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HTC Arrive (Sprint)
HTC HD7 (T-Mobile)
HTC Surround (AT&T)
LG Quantum (AT&T)
Samsung Focus (AT&T)
HP Glisten (AT&T)
HTC HD2 (T-Mobile)
HTC HD2 (unlocked GSM)
HTC Imagio (Verizon)
HTC Pure (AT&T)
HTC Tilt 2 (AT&T, Touch Pro2)
HTC Touch Pro2 (Sprint)
HTC Touch Pro2 (T-Mobile)
HTC Touch Pro2 (Verizon)
HTC Touch Pro2 (unlocked GSM)
LG eXpo (AT&T)
LG Fathom (Verizon)
Samsung Intrepid (Sprint)
Samsung Omnia II (Verizon)
E-TEN Glofiish X610 (unlocked)
E-TEN Glofiish V900 (unlocked, US 3G, VGA)
HP iPAQ 910c
HTC Fuze (AT&T)
HTC Touch Diamond2 (unlocked GSM import)
HTC Touch Diamond (unlocked US 3G)
Sprint HTC Touch Diamond (Sprint)
HTC Touch Diamond (unlocked Euro GSM)
HTC Touch HD (unlocked GSM)
HTC Touch Pro2 (Sprint)
HTC Touch Pro2 (T-Mobile)
HTC Touch Pro2 (Verizon)
HTC Touch Pro2 (unlocked GSM)
HTC Touch Pro2 (Verizon)
HTC Touch Pro (Sprint)
HTC Touch Pro (Verizon)
HTC Touch Dual (US version)
LG Incite (AT&T)
MWg Zinc II (unlocked GSM)
Palm Treo 800w (Sprint)
Palm Treo Pro (unlocked GSM)
Sony Ericsson Xperia X1a (unlocked GSM)
Toshiba Portege G810
AT&T Tilt by HTC
E-TEN Glofiish X650 (unlocked GSM, VGA, GPS, EDGE)
E-TEN Glofiish X800 (unlocked GSM, 3G, VGA, GPS)
E-TEN Glofiish X500+ (unlocked GSM, VGA, GPS)
HTC Advantage X7510 (updated model with 16 flash disk and WinMo 6.1)
HTC Advantage X7501 (unlocked GSM mini-PC format)
HTC Mogul (Sprint)
Sprint Touch by HTC (Sprint)
HTC Touch (unlocked GSM)
Sharper Image TSI101 (unlocked GSM)
T-Mobile Wing
Verizon XV6900 (Touch)
HP iPAQ 110
HP iPAQ 210 (VGA)
Samsung Mondi (WiMAX 4G)
ASUS A636 (has GPS)
Dell Axim X51v (VGA)
HP iPAQ rx1950
HP iPAQ rx5915 (has GPS)
HP iPAQ hx2490
HP iPAQ hx2790
Cingular 8525 (AT&T 8525)
HTC TyTN (unlocked)
Cingular 8125
E-TEN G500 (unlocked, has GPS)
E-TEN M600 (unlocked)
E-TEN M700 (unlocked, GPS, keyboard)
E-TEN Glofiish X500 (unlocked, has GPS)
HP iPAQ hw6915, hw6925 (has GPS)
HTC P3300 (unlocked, has GPS)
i-mate JAQ3 (unlocked)
i-mate JAMin (unlocked)
i-mate K-JAM (unlocked)
Palm Treo 750 (Cingular)
Palm Treo 700wx (Sprint)
Palm Treo 700w (Verizon)
Sprint PPC-6700
T-Mobile MDA
Verizon XV6700
XDA Orbit (has GPS)
Audiovox PPC-6601
E-TEN M500
E-TEN P300B (discontinued)
i-mate JAM
HP iPAQ 6315
HP iPAQ hw6515
Hitachi G1000 (discontinued)
Samsung i700 (discontinued)
Samsung i730
Siemens SX66
T-Mobile Pocket PC Phone Edition (XDA) (discontinued)
XDA II (aka iMate PPC phone, MDA II, QTEK 2020)


ASUS A730W (VGA + WiFi)
Dell Axim X30
Dell Axim X50 Editor's Choice 2004
Dell Axim X50v (VGA)
Garmin iQue M3 (has GPS)
Garmin iQue M5 (has GPS)
HP iPAQ hx2750 (hx2410/hx2100 too)
HP iPAQ hx4700 (VGA) Editor's Choice 2004
HP iPAQ rz1715
HP iPAQ rx3115
HP iPAQ rx3715 (has camera)
ASUS MyPal A620 (discontinued)
ASUS MyPal A716
Dell Axim X3 (discontinued)
Dell Axim X5 (discontinued)
HP iPAQ 1945 (discontinued)
HP iPAQ 2215 (discontinued)
HP iPAQ 4155 (discontinued)
HP iPAQ 4350
HP iPAQ 5555 (discontinued)
Mitac Mio 168 (has GPS)
Toshiba e405 (discontinued)
Toshiba e805 (VGA) (discontinued)
Toshiba e355 (discontinued)
Toshiba e755 (discontinued)
ViewSonic V36 (has camera)
TDS Recon (ruggedized for vertical and military use)


Windows Phone Reviews and Information

What is a Windows 7 Phone? What models are out there?

Windows Phone 7 is a brand new platform from Microsoft that was introduced in early November, 2010. It's a fresh start from Microsoft and it looks and acts nothing like the older Windows Mobile OS. That's a great thing if you want an attractive, easy to use and consumer oriented OS that's looking to compete with the iPhone. It's not so great if you're a power user or geeky type who loves to hack and customize their smartphone-- Android is the platform of choice for heavy customizers and tinkering types.

Windows Phones use the Metro UI based on a Live Tile home screen that's bright and colorful. Each tile belongs to an app and can provide info about new email counts, calendar appointments and latest photos. You can add and remove tiles, and can have a maxiumum of 256 tiles (more than you'll want to use!).

Windows Phone 7 is a safe and sandboxed OS where only Microsoft apps can multitask. This works much like the iPhone in its first few years, and has its good points (speed and superb stabilty) and bad points (3rd party apps like Twitter can't run in the background and notify you of new tweets). The devices runs quickly and smoothly in part thanks to Microsoft's high minimum hardware requirements that include a 1GHz Snapdragon CPU, at least 8 gigs of storage, WiFi 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth, GPS and a 5 megapixel autofocus camera. They also must have a large 800 x 480 capacitive multi-touch display.

In the US, the initial launch devices are the Samsung Focus, HTC Surround, HTC HD7, LG Quantum and Dell Venue Pro. These are GSM phones on AT&T and T-Mobile. CDMA phones on Verizon and Sprint launched late spring with the HTC Arrive on Sprint and the HTC Trophy on Verizon.

The older stuff: Windows Mobile

A Windows Mobile Pro smartphone runs the Windows Mobile operating system (built on Windows CE and .NET), which is a slimmed-down counterpart to Windows. It has much the same look and feel, but not all of the features of Windows XP (hey, how much can you get into these tiny units?). You'll see the familiar Start Menu, taskbar, Control Panels (called Settings) and so forth. Navigation is pen-based, or you can use your finger if you don't mind smudges on the screen. The screen is a fixed portrait oriented 240 x 320 pixels (specified by Microsoft) in all OS versions prior to Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition which offers both landscape and portrait orientations and support for VGA resolution. The latest OS, Windows Mobile 6, supports even more resolutions, including 320 x 320. Most Windows Mobile products offer transflective 16 bit, 65,000 color screens. All have one or more expansion slots (Compact Flash and SD on older models, miniSD or microSD on newer phone edition models) which allow you to add more memory (all), modem and network cards (those with CF, SD or miniSD slots). All Windows Mobile 6 Classic (the new name for Pocket PC) and Windows Mobile 6 Professional (the new name for PPC Phone Edition) devices are compatible only with PCs running Windows. They have a USB sync connector, so reallly old versions of Windows like Windows 95 won't work since they don't support USB. Windows Mobile devices come with no Mac support, though there are 3rd party syncing apps (MissingSync for Windows Mobile and PocketMac Pro) for the Mac that can do the trick.

You'll get the following applications with Pocket PCs: Pocket Outlook for mail, calendaring, contact and task management, a Notes Application, Pocket Internet Explorer, Pocket Word, Excel and a PowerPoint viewer. Input is done using the stylus and the on-screen keyboard, or via handwriting recognition programs included with the units. These recognition programs work remarkably well! There are models with thumb keyboards, and these are phone editions.

Windows Mobile 6 Professional and older Phone Edition Pocket PC models incorporate a cellular phone into the Pocket PC, and are available on CDMA networks (Sprint and Verizon) as well as GSM networks (T-Mobile and AT&T). Non-Phone Edition models, now called Windows Mobile Classic, do not have built-in mobile phones.

Windows Mobile 6 devices hit the market in 2007, and it offers minor UI and some behind the scenes improvements over Windows Mobile 5 including support for more screen resolutions and HTML email. In addition to the Professional and Classic versions, there's Windows Mobile 6 Standard Edition, which is the new name for MS Smartphone. Standard Edition smartphones don't have touch screens and look more like traditional mobile phones.

Windows Mobile 5.0 was released in the early summer of 2005, and the first devices running that new operating system began to appear in the early Fall of 2005. It boasts quite a few improvements, including persistent memory, which you can learn about in our Introduction to Windows Mobile 5.0.

Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition was announced in the Summer of 2004. It varies little from Windows Mobile 2003, hence the "Second Edition" title. The most significant feature of Second Edition is the ability to support larger displays such as VGA (Pocket PCs have always had QVGA 240 x 320 displays) and both portrait and landscape display orientations. In the US there are two VGA Pocket PCs: the HP iPAQ hx4705 and the ASUS A730, both of which were released in the Fall of 2004.

A Little History

Windows Mobile 5 devices began hitting the market in September 2005. They offer all of the features of Windows Mobile 2003 SE, and add improved mobile versions of Internet Explorer, Word, Excel and Outlook. WM 5 adds PowerPoint Mobile, which can read and display PowerPoint presentations, basic GPS driver support (3rd party drivers are no longer required for GPS devices) and more. The user interface was improved somewhat to make one-handed operating possible (still a ways to go here), and to make the device more intuitive overall.

Windows Mobile 2003 (sometimes called Pocket PC 2003) was introduced in June 2003. It bears many similarities to the original Pocket PC 2002 operating system, but it has numerous bug fixes, a more capable version of Pocket Internet Explorer that supports many current browser standards, improved networking capabilities and support has been added for XScale optimized 3rd party applications. It's built in the Windows CE 4.2 core, while older versions are built on Windows CE 3.0. You can read our Pocket PC 2003 Comparison here.

Pocket PC 2002 was introduced in the Fall of 2001. It's fairly similar to the original Pocket PC operating system, but the user interface and networking capabilities were significantly improved.

Generally, Pocket PC 2002 units physically differ from their Pocket PC forbearers in 2 ways: they have more built-in memory for storage, and faster processors. Pocket PC 2002 models were replaced by Pocket PC 2003 models in the summer of 2003.

The original Pocket PC OS and models were introduced by Microsoft on April 19, 2000, is the oldest iteration of WinCE for the PPC. These models are discontinued and were replaced by Pocket PC 2002 in the Fall of 2001.










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