Thursday, September 21, 2006

The death of Windows Mobile 5.0?

Last year I announced the death of Palm OS, and went out and bought an Orange SPV M5000 (aka the HTC Universal) and despite support for syncing from Windows Mobile devices to my Mac finally arriving, I'm now announcing the death of Windows Mobile 5.0.

I've just bought an Nokia N80, or rather Orange have just given me one as a free upgrade on my contract. I don't have any complaints about HTC's hardware, but I've finally got so frustrated with the clunky Windows Mobile interface I just had to go back to a Nokia.

I've had the new phone about 2 hours, and I've already set it up as a bluetooth modem using Ross Barkman's scripts and sync'ed it with my Mac's Address Book using the mactomster iSync plug-in. It took me weeks to figure out how to do that with the HTC Universal, and it was always a bit on the flaky side even after I finally got things working.

So far I've had no real problems, and despite a number of Series 60 annoyances, I so much happier with the interface, even after Orange have mucked around with it, than with Windows Mobile. I'm miss the keyboard on the Universal, but not as much as I expected.