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Sharp Windows Mobile device
One of the benefits of attending the Mobius event each year is the opportunity to see and touch a number of Windows Mobile devices from all over the world. We saw the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1, HTC Diamond, and many more as you can see in this image gallery.
This Sharp Windows Mobile device was quite large and appeared to be a portable media player. It is a device from Asia.
Qisda Windows Mobile Smartphone
This Asian device is one of the few keypad Smartphones left that are even produced anymore now that everyone is going to QWERTY.
This pink Windows Mobile device can be found in Japan.
This Samsung device is a non-touch screen Windows Mobile device.
Small ASUS Windows Mobile Professional device
This touch screen device felt great in my hand and seemed like a decent device. However, I read that the ASUS models were a bit underpowered and need to see more before I purchase one.
Velocity Mobile touch screen
I was quite impressed with the Velocity Mobile device with its VGA display and touch screen display. I look forward to checking out these devices when they are released this year.
Beautiful VGA display on the Velocity Mobile
Both of the Velocity Mobile devices have beautiful VGA displays.
Lamborghini Windows Mobile device
Some manufacturers have partnered with other brand names to create high end devices. I didn’t get to see this device turned on, but it was definitely a solid device.
ASUS Nokia E90 competitor
This ASUS device has a form factor like a Nokia E90 and the outside display appears like most Windows Mobile devices, but it also opens up.
ASUS device opened up
The ASUS device looks a lot like a Nokia E90, but I have to say the inside display wasn’t as big as I would have liked to have soon.
Unnamed Windows Mobile device
I couldn’t find any labeling on this device.
NTT DoCoMo device
This Asian device felt like a decent device in the hand.
i-mate’s BlackBerry competitor seemed like a decent device, but I haven’t been that impressed with the quality of i-mate’s Windows Mobile devices.
i-mate 8502 keyboard
The keyboard of the 8502 has angles and ridges to make text entry a bit easier.
Velocity Mobile's BlackBerry competitor
The Velocity Mobile device with integrated QWERTY keyboard was quite impressive.
Close up of the Velocity Mobile keyboard
The Velocity Mobile keyboard seemed quite usable when I tried entering text on the device.
For some reason a .dll error popped up and wouldn’t go away on this device. The device had an unusual keypad/keyboard layout with a joystick in the bottom right.
i-mate 9502 looks like a Sidekick
The display slides up on this device to reveal a QWERTY keyboard. The keyboard is a bit too deep to be that usable though, but this is probably the most compelling i-mate device I saw.
The 6150 has a unique keypad design, but I am not looking at this device as a choice for me.
Toshiba Windows Mobile device
This device was HUGE with a very thick form factor and large keyboard that lies under the display. I think this device has been out for a few months, but the firmware has been quite buggy.
Toshiba device in hand
As you can see it is a bit large in my hand and thicker than what you can really see in this shot.
New and old Sony devices
Here I have the XPERIA X1 next to my Sony CLIE UX50 PDA. The CLIE is my favorite stand-alone PDA and it remains to be seen if the XPERIA X1 can become my favorite Windows Mobile device.
XPERIA X1 keyboard
The Sony Ericsson XPERIA X1 seems like a very solid piece of hardware and I can’t wait to try one out in a few months.
MWg Zinc II retail packaging
MWg did a great job with the packaging of the Zinc II and it makes for a great out-of-the box experience.
Open MWg Zinc II
The Zinc II has a slide-up display similar to the AT&T Tilt. The display does not tilt up though.
The keyboard is a bit unique in that there are no real buttons/keys, but outline of the keys on a flat surface. I think it would take some practice time to get used to using this keyboard.
MWg keyboard backlight
The keyboard is well lit in blue on the device so you can enter text easily in the dark.
Back of the MWg device
The MWg Zinc II has a 2 megapixel camera and soft touch casing. Here you can see the back with the keyboard extended.
Mwg Zinc II in hand
The Zinc II felt solid in my hand and had some heft to it as well.
North American HTC Touch Dual
I am seriously considering the HTC Touch Dual since it now supports the AT&T 3G network. It is available for pre-ordering at Best Buy right now.
HTC Touch Dual keyboard
The North American HTC Touch Dual has the 20-key QWERTY keyboard with SureType text entry support.
The HTC Diamond was just announced a couple of weeks ago and we were able to get some hands-on time with one at Mobius.
Back of the HTC Diamond
The photos make it seem like the back has major angles, but when you hold the device you see the lines are much finer than believed. I saw another Diamond from O2 Germany that had a soft touch back rather than the angled one.
Opera Mobile on the Diamond
HTC worked with Opera to create a custom browser that rocked!
Surfing with Opera Mobile on the Diamond
The browser is excellent and the TouchFLO 3D functionality helps make browsing enjoyable on the device.
Weather application on the HTC Diamond
You cannot see it in this photo, but a windshield wiper moved across the screen to wipe the rain drops off of the display. Very cool animation!
Specs of the HTC Diamond
The Diamond has some great specs with a powerful processor and lots of RAM and ROM.
This 3G device is a follow-up to the very successful HTC Excalibur/T-Mobile Dash. However, it was only released in Japan and is not available elsewhere.
White Softbank device
The white color is a bit unique and the keyboard seemed very cool. Too bad we can’t find it here in the U.S.
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