A new day, a new phone.


Bias declaration: I’ve been a fan of Windows Mobile since before we started using the name. But having picked up my new Orange E650 aka HTC S710 codename “Vox” I’m left thinking “Boy oh boy Mobile 6 devices are a jump forward“. You could dismiss some of the changes as cosmetic, but I find they really help readability especially with the new screens – as with my new camera, small screens seem big step in the last couple of years. Jason’s got a run down of the changes in mobile 6 and a demo on youtube. Instead of repeating his work,here’s a run down of my first few hours with the E650


Orange activated my existing number on the new phone less than an hour after I collected it – about 12 noon. Vista’s Mobile Device Centre set itself up automatically when I plugged the phone in. That walked me through setting up Server and let me get the certificate needed for corporate WiFi access (a bit of a fiddle), and I installed OneNote mobile and Communicator mobile: both worked first time (although communicator was wrongly configured).
I had to do a telephone interview at 4PM – when I was sorting out a problem with my car. I needed the other interviewer to set up a 3 way call. I tried to IM him (and discovered the configuration gremlin). So I used the (new) GAL look-up to find his phone number and call him. The candidates CV was in a word document in my inbox, so I downloaded that and was able to view it on the phone while we were talking to him. I wanted to make some notes, so I switched to speaker phone, slid out the keyboard and tapped them into onenote. Fantastic. When I got home I setup the Bluetooth pairing with the laptop, syncing my interview notes into OneNote on my PC, and put together my own home screen layout, finally I tried to charge the phone with a standard cable and my Swiss Word Adapter – success! no more special cables. I picked up mail over the home WiFi network – including one from expansys saying they’ve shipped my memory card, Y adapter – which will live in the car with a double USB car power adapter (which will also power my GPS puck with the lead pictured here), and. All I have to do now is sort out a satisfactory Bluetooth hands-free solution – the result of an unsatisfactory one is pictured here

I compared the amount of stuff I used to carry and what I have now. So I’ve taken 4 points.


  • What I had the day after I got my original iPaq in 2000
  • What I had the day before the first Smartphone arrived in 2001 
  • What I’ve had for longest (the C500 – functionally not much different from the original SPV, but worked better)
  • What I have now.













































































































































  


2000


2001


2004


2007


Hardware


Phone Model and size
(my reaction)


Nokia 7110
141g, 125cc
(125 x 53 x 24 mm)
(Reputedly Nokia’s worst phone to date)


Ericsson T39.
94g, 108cc
(105 x 49 x 21 mm)
(Great battery life, but dreadful UI)


SPV C500
103g, 86cc
107 x 46 x 18mm
(A proper smartphone not a prototype)


SPV E650
140g, 90cc
101 x 50 x 18mm
(WOW !)


PDA Model and size


iPAQ 3650
170g, 173cc
130 x 83 x 16 mm


iPAQ 3650 + CF/Bluetooth jacket
235g, 320cc (139 x 92 x 25)
or PCMCIA jacket 270g, 383cc (139 x 92 x 30mm)

 

  


Input


Phone: “multi tap”
PDA: Stylus only


Phone: T9,
PDA: Stylus or Targus keyboard 335 g 367cc
140 x 105 x 25mm


T9 or Bluetooth Freedom keyboard
204g 278cc
(145 x 99 x 19mm)


T9 / Integrated Mini Qwerty


Memory + Expansion


32MB


32mb + CF via Jacket*


32mb + Mini-SD


64mb + Micro-SD


Camera


No


CF/PCMCIA available for Jacket*


640×480


1600×1200


Display


240×320


240×320


176×220


240×320


Works in US


No


Yes


Yes


Yes


GPS


No


Jacket* Available


Via Bluetooth


Via Bluetooth


Applications


Word & Excel


Yes


Yes


No


Yes


Power Point & PDF


No


No


No


Yes


Onenote and Communicator


No


No


Yes (Orange require developer unlock)


Yes


Mail


PDA: plain-text sync with PC,


PDA: plain-text sync with MIS Server PC
Phone: WAP (MIS)


Plain-text sync with E2K3 Server


Rich text sync + mailbox search with E2k7 server


Personal contacts


Sync PC-PDA


Sync PC-PDA (MIS sync broke addresses)


Sync E2K3Server-Phone


Sync E2K7 Server- phone


Corporate Address book


No


Via WAP on phone


Add on Application


Yes, integrated


Web Access


Offline sync


Offline sync or On-line WiFi


On-line, GPRS


Online, WiFi or GPRS


Corporate Management


No


No


No


Yes


Connections


WIFI


No


802.11b via PCMCIA Jacket*


No


802.11g integrated


GPRS


No


Not authorized


Yes


Yes + Edge


Bluetooth


No


Yes (phone)
Via Jacket*(PDA )


Yes


Yes, with stereo support


Connection to PC & charger


Proprietary


Proprietary


Bluetooth or Mini USB (non standard charger)


Bluetooth or Mini USB (Standard charger)


Music


3.5mm Jack


3.5mm Jack


2.5mm jack


Proprietary or Bluetooth


 


So is anything wrong with the new phone ? I don’t like having to buy an adapter to connect headphones or changing my memory card again – what was the point of mini-SD? At 140g it is a shade heavy (conventional wisdom says the optimal weight and size for a phone is about 100g and 100cc) . Installing communicator doesn’t enable IM functions from Contacts or Mail. And Mail doesn’t support voting buttons … not much really.


 


Comments (2)

  1. Anonymous says:

    Guy, yes Jason langridge has a document on his blog … http://blogs.msdn.com/jasonlan/archive/2007/03/18/windows-mobile-5-0-vs-windows-mobile-6-comparison-document.aspx

    The PDF attached has a little Exchange 2007 logo on those features which need 2007.

  2. Guy Adams says:

    James,

    Is there anywhere to see the comparison of features between a WM6 + Exchange 2007 and WM6 + Exchange 2003?

    Thanks