I had high hopes for Windows Mobile 6.5 to at least provide a better touch experience, but it only does so on a basic level. We now see no customization support in the Start menu or Today screen and an overall lack of consistency across the platform. Windows Mobile needs major work and I am not sure people are willing to wait until the end of 2010 for Windows Mobile 7.
Another level of the Start menu
There are lots of new icons provided in the Start menu.
The Settings look different at one level, but further down go back to the same as always.
Single available option for Start menu
All you can do with the icons on the Start menu/page is move them to the top. You cannot add, remove, place them where you want, or organize by folders.
Internet Explorer Mobile upgrade
The updated Internet Explorer Mobile browser is pretty good and gives you access to full Internet pages.
IE Mobile bottom toolbar
The toolbar auto hides and gives you quick button access to the main functions.
Good old fashioned drop downs
As you can see beauty isn't even skin deep in Windows Mobile 6.5.
More fun menus that require a stylus
Pull out that stylus, Windows Mobile is alive.
Start menu on Pharos Traveler 137
The more traditional 3 wide grid is provided on the Traveler 137.
More new icons
Flicking up and down is required in WM 6.5.
New Today screen
The Today screen brings the sliding panels from WM 6.1 Standard (non-touchscreen) devices to the touch screen.
More of the Today screen
The right soft key changes with the selected utility on the Today screen.
Wallpapers are customized
You can select an image for the wallpaper too.
Good old Windows Media Player
I just can't believe that this media player comes out of the same company that made the Zune HD. This is embarrassing Microsoft.