First look at new Windows Mobile 6.5 phones

Take a gander at HTC, Samsung and other phones using Microsoft?s new mobile softwar

The first phones based on Microsoft's Windows Mobile 6.5 made their debuts this week, a showing that Microsoft hopes will make the company relevant in the mobile market . Windows Mobile 6.5 has a number of things going for it: it is more finger-friendly, and includes integration with Windows Servers and Web services. Microsoft is giving handset makers and carriers new freedom to customize the UI's look and feel, as it gives up stamping the Windows PC experience onto handhelds. The Windows UI has been retooled to be more finger friendly, and Microsoft unveiled new Web services for smartphone users.

HTC Pure, AT&T

HTC Pure, AT&T. Known elsewhere as the HTC Touch Diamond 2, it has a 3.2-inch touch screen, 800x480 resolution. Haptic feedback for the software keyboard. Native Windows Mobile 6.5 UI, with its distinctive honeycomb of home screen icons, or HTC's TouchFLO 3D UI. It's 4.3x2.x0.59 inches, weighs 4.1 ounces, with 512MB memory, up to 32GB external memory via microSD slot. Suppports Bluetooth and UMTS/HSDPA 3G wireless but not Wi-Fi. It was two browsers, Opera Mobile 9.7 and the new Internet Explorer Mobile. Price: $150 after a $50 mail-in rebate, with a two-year contract.

HTC Tilt 2, AT&T

HTC Tilt 2, AT&T. Elsewhere this is the Touch Pro2: the Tilt 2 has a big handheld, 4.6x2.3x0.7 inches) with a big resistive touch screen: 3.6-inches, 800-by-480 resolution. There's a sliding five-row QWERTY keyboard. Flash memory is 256MB, with 128MB of SRAM. Bluetooth, Wi-Fi (11b/g), and UMTS/HSDPA 3G cellular. It, too, has the HTC 3D UI. Internet Explorer Mobile and Opera Mini browsers. More emphasis on the speakerphone and dual-speaker quality, and less on multi-media (lacks a 3.5mm headphone jack, for example). Price: $299.99 with a two-year contract.

Samsung Intrepid, Sprint

Samsung Intrepid, Sprint. A BlackBerry-like tablet-style CDMA phone (accessing EV-DO Rev A cellnets), with a 2.5-inch, 320x240 resolution, touchscreen, positioned above a QWERTY keyboard. Onboard are 802.11b/g Wi-Fi and stereo Bluetooth. It can connect globally to GSM networks. Mobile versions of Microsoft's desktop applications, and Enterprise ActiveSync to connect with Exchange servers. MicroSD slot for up to 32GB external storage. Price: $150 with a two-year contract, a $50 instant rebate and a $100 mail-in rebate.

HTC Imagio, Verizon Wireless

HTC Imagio, Verizon Wireless. Imagio has a big 3.6-inch, 480x800 resolution touch screen, software QWERTY keyboard, and like its cousins has the Touch FLO 3D UI. 3G phone on Verizon's EV-DO Rev A networks. Also: 512MB flash, 288MB, RAM, a 528MHz Qualcomm chip, 11b/g Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1, a 5-megapixel camera. Integrated with an array of standard optional Verizon V Cast services. It's 3.65x2.42x0.55, weighs 5.2 ounces. Price: $200 after a $100 mail-in rebate and two-year service contract.

Samsung Omnia II I8000

Samsung Omnia II I8000, Europe (but rumored to be arriving soon via Verizon) Sports a 3.7-inch active matric OLED touch screen, 480x800 resolution, featuring Samsung's TouchWIZ 2.0 user interface, with its distinctive menu cube. 5 megapixel camera. Bluetooth 2.0, Wi-Fi, support for HSDPA 7.2Mbps and HSUPA 5.75Mbps 3G. Internal memory options: 2G,8G, or 16GB; microSDHC slot for up to 32GB.

Samsung Omnia LITE

Samsung Omnia LITE , Europe. As with others in the Omnia line, the LITE is aimed squarely at business users. It includes the mobile version of Microsoft Office applications, Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync for corporate e-mail, both Internet Explorer Mobile and Opera Mobile Web browsers. Connects to several cellular networks including HSDPA 3.6Mbps 3G, and has Wi-Fi. The 3-inch touch screen has 400x240 resolution, and 250MB internal memory available for user data.

Toshiba TG01 W

Toshiba TG01 W , Europe. The "W" is a software update to the TG01 released early in 2009. It features a powerful Qualcomm 1GHz Snapdragon processor, a 4.1-inch, 800x480 resistive touch screen, with HSDPA/HSUPA 3G, Bluetooth 2.0, and 11b/g Wi-Fi. 256MB internal RAM, 32GB microSD card.

The Windows Mobile 6.5 UI

The Windows Mobile 6.5 UI : browsing. The new OS version features Microsoft's first full-blown mobile Web browser, redesigned for handheld. It incorporates parts of the desktop IE versions 6, 7 and 8. There is also support for Adobe Flash.

The Windows Mobile 6.5 UI

The Windows Mobile 6.5 UI : Exchange Inbox. Microsoft ActiveSync gives users access to Exchanged-based e-mail, calendars and contacts. Here's how the Inbox looks in the 6.5 release.

The Windows Mobile 6.5 UI:

The Windows Mobile 6.5 UI: Microsoft Office. Business users get the updated suite of mobile Office apps on their Windows phone. Shown: editing a Word document on the small screen.

New Windows phone Web services:

New Windows phone Web services: MyPhone. MyPhone is a Web-based service to back up, sync, restore and manage all data and files on your Windows phone, accessible from the phone or your PC. Shown: A phone synchronization has completed.

New Windows pone Web services

New Windows phone Web services: Windows Marketplace for Mobile. Marketplace is Microsoft's answer to Apple's App Store: an online catalog of Windows Mobile apps, which are arranged by various criteria for searching. The service is built-into the 6.5 release. Shown: the Marketplace "What's new" menu.

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