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Jan 29, 2009

Is that windows Mobile 6.5 running on HTC Touch Pro?

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OK, it's not. I don't want to deceive you guys, but I just had to see how the new WinMo (supposedly) design may look like on my Touch Pro...

I just saw that more 6.5 images continue to roll and here's the latest stuff I found at the XDA-Developers:

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Are they real?

I'm not sure. I can definitely imagine some lonely photoshop designer having a great laugh on all of us right now...

Is WinMo 6.5 going to look like that, eventually?

I bet not. From my experience as a UI developer I can say that there's always the last minute "fine tune" work which involves fonts, icons, and other cosmetic work. In addition, as this is a localized beta version migrated to an older device - it cannot be an indication of the real thing, just a direction.

 

Let's see what we can learn from it:

Lock Screen:

5Nice.

I'm not a huge fan of the iPhone lock screen, it's annoying and I wish I could remove it. Here, it seems like the time is located in an unusual position (too low), not sure I like it...

 

 

 

Honeycomb screen:

4Cool stuff, I think it's nice, even though it's not as amazing as the stuff we've seen from Palm Pre.

Notice there's a cut cell in the bottom, indicating that this screen can include a lot of items and probably a way to scroll them using a finger gesture.

I think it's a refreshing addition to the basic 'Today' screen.

 

Today Screen:

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Not sure I know how to react to that.

On one hand - the expandable gradient/transparent panels look nice (I sure like it in the standard edition). On the other hand, it currently cannot match SPB Mobile Shell or the TouchFlo 3D.

 

 

I can only assume that the final user interface will look more like the standard edition, which means much better...

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Internet Explorer

Naturally there's not much to say in regards to the actual browsing experience, but we can spot a zoom bar, and the bottom area that includes couple of icons a-la-iPhone. Nice.

Oh, one more thing: notice the transparency of the top bar which looks like Vista (which I actually don't like so much...)

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Those 2 screenshots are yet another example that the UI is not finalized yet: I assume the actual release will have better icons and better looking 'X' button...

Overall, I'm not too impressed, but I'm optimistic. I believe the official 6.5 user interface will have a lot of cool improvements.

 

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2 comments:

Bubby said...

You know, that honeycomb screen looks so much like a non-smartphone menu. I'm not sure I like it (it removes some of the differentiation between 'them' and 'ud' [wink]) but I'm also not sure how else they might make it finger friendly.

Bubby said...

That's what I get for not proofreading... 'ud' should be 'us' (D'OH!)

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