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10 of the greatest Windows Mobile smartphones ever

10 of the greatest Windows Mobile smartphones ever
If you haven’t noticed at all in the last few weeks, Microsoft’s very own Windows Phone has been building a lot of buzz of late – thank primarily to the highly coveted Nokia Lumia 900. Well, we know how crucial that smartphone is to the entire Windows Phone landscape, but we can’t forget that it isn’t the most memorable device to sport Microsoft’s platform. Heck, we might also have the HTC Titan II as an alternative right now, but as we look through the selection of Windows Phone thus far, there have been very few to choose from. Needless to say, the fierce competition in the mobile market is surely the culprit, but regardless of that, we’re certain that Microsoft will pull out a winner as its mobile platform continues to grow and mature.

Peeking over the current crop of Windows Phone, devices like the Nokia Lumia 900, Samsung Focus S, Dell Venue Pro, and HTC Titan II easily all stand out as the premier of the crop, but long before them, Microsoft built its reputation around its aging Windows Mobile platform. No doubt, we’ll continue seeing some drool worthy Windows Phones, but before we all go gaga over them, we really need to look back and see some of the key contributing Windows Mobile smartphones that aided Microsoft in establishing itself as a force to reckon with in the mobile industry. With that in mind, let’s go down memory lane and check out 10 of the greatest Windows Phone smartphones ever.

Also, don't be shy to let us know what are some of your favorite Windows Mobile devices as well!



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posted on 09 Apr 2012, 12:14 2

1. bossmt_2 (Posts: 437; Member since: 13 Oct 2009)


There are probably people out there with functioning Treo's, my old 700p still turns on and functions.

posted on 09 Apr 2012, 12:15

2. ilia1986 (unregistered)


Ah, poor windows mobile. If only MS would have delivered a more coherent and intuitive UI - as well as enforced the use of capacitive displays - it would have been a second Android by now

posted on 09 Apr 2012, 12:23 5

5. remixfa (Posts: 14188; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


the funny thing is windows used to be like android is now.. anyone could lisence it and slap it on anything. And it was just like when android first came out.. there was a couple of stand outs in a sea of crap. Unlike android though, MS never learned their lesson and designed the phone to be more hand friendly. It also helps that chips are 3000x stronger than they used to be. Where androids have quickly become better en mass, windows never really did.

Things will come full circle with WP8 when MS reinstalls desktop compatibility on the phones. Maybe this time they will get it right.

posted on 09 Apr 2012, 12:33 3

8. ilia1986 (unregistered)


I dunno man. WP7 is just iOS with widgets instead of icons. Much better than iOS, of course, but still nothing to write home about.

posted on 09 Apr 2012, 14:24 2

25. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


what does it do better than ios? and it is nothing like ios... android is even more like ios in terms of how you do stuff on the phone.. wp7 is in a whole thing on its own

posted on 09 Apr 2012, 14:45 5

27. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5648; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


WP7 competes more with iOS because neither of them are true multitasking platforms like Android is. there's a whole article about it on this very site. o:

posted on 09 Apr 2012, 15:00 2

32. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


saying if an os is multitasking or non-multitasking is not a way to say which os is similar to what... the whole way wp7 functions is on its own.. android and ios are similar in that u open an app to use it and it has a standard menu with options.. wp7 is constantly shifting between different apps and uses a much different viewing pane for it

posted on 09 Apr 2012, 15:57 5

42. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5648; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


that's just what it looks like. technically the homescreen on Android is an App. it's just like any launcher you download from the market. it's how you look at it but at the core Android is coded much differently to be used as a true multitasking platform while WP and iOS give up true multitasking to have smoother performance.

posted on 09 Apr 2012, 16:26 1

48. Lucas777 (Posts: 2137; Member since: 06 Jan 2011)


alright so technically they are written similar, but in reality wp7 is all on its own... we can both be right here.. haha

posted on 09 Apr 2012, 16:39 3

49. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5648; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


NO! NO RIGHT FOR YOU! THE RIGHT IS ALL MINE! >:P

lol j/k, in reality all of the Operating Systems are on their own.

posted on 09 Apr 2012, 15:26 4

39. DIYguy (Posts: 190; Member since: 27 Feb 2011)


Haha :D android doesn't have true multitasking... Only handset with multitasking I know of is the N9 and perhaps N900.

posted on 09 Apr 2012, 15:58 2

43. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5648; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


and you don't have your facts straight.

posted on 09 Apr 2012, 16:19 2

47. tedkord (Posts: 5304; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Ummmm, yeah. Android does have true multitasking. Has at least since eclair, maybe prior.

posted on 09 Apr 2012, 14:01 1

21. tedkord (Posts: 5304; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


I had both the Omnia and Omnia II, verizon style. Yes, WinMo had a piss poor UI, but simply installing SPB Mobile shell, and later MSkip's Pro Plus Freedom addon, and they became virtually as good as any other phone at the time. The glaring exception was the resistive screens, which just weren't as good as capacitive.

I just recently re-did the Omnia II with an AMDZero custom ROM, SPB and MSkip, shut off the phone radio, and set it up as an MP3/Video player for my 10 year old son, since his iPod shuffle won't charge anymore. He loves it.

The Omnia II amoled actually looks better than my Thunderbolt's LCD - brighter, clearer, prettier. And, with the same resolution on a smaller screen, it's better resolved.

posted on 09 Apr 2012, 13:08 2

12. dcgore (Posts: 207; Member since: 24 Feb 2012)


You say poor windows mobile...i say poor palm.

posted on 09 Apr 2012, 12:19 2

3. frydaexiii (Posts: 1239; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


I thought the HTC Touch came before the iPhone?

posted on 09 Apr 2012, 13:58

19. HTCFreak (Posts: 152; Member since: 17 Jul 2010)


No, it was released a half year later :)

posted on 09 Apr 2012, 14:08 1

23. andygallo (Posts: 39; Member since: 21 Oct 2011)


Yup, like HTCFreak said, released later the same year. Loved my Touch and the Diamond after that.

However, HTC did build the i-mate Jam back in 2004, which was sort of the prototype for the Touch. I remember when I first saw that thing, I wanted one so bad...

posted on 19 Apr 2012, 10:04

63. GUIGuy (Posts: 2; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)


What? The HTC touch was before the iPhone. It was on sale worldwide (well Europe & Asia) in late May/Early June 2007.
Here's a review from May 2007
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gHzDTLIjF_U

The iPhone went on sale in the US only at the end of June... most of the world waited until spring 2008.

Granted the iPhone was announced in January 2007 but the Touch was known about in Jan as well
http://www.phonearena.com/news/HTC-Roadmap-2007_id1714

posted on 09 Apr 2012, 12:20 2

4. remixfa (Posts: 14188; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


wow.. a lot of bad memories there. The HD2 is a huge POS. The palmW was too. The samsung i760 ended up not being so nice even though they were cool initially. Dont get me started on those absolutely horrible HTC Touch series phones.

The omnia and TouchPro2 are the stand outs in that field.

One thing this does remind me is how far HTC and Samsung have come from the cheap crap they used to make to the top devices they make now. I used to cringe when i saw an HTC logo on a phone.

posted on 09 Apr 2012, 12:31 3

7. frydaexiii (Posts: 1239; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)


I don't know, I found my friend's HD2 an excellent tinkering phone. Able to run WP7 and Android, that's pretty badass

posted on 09 Apr 2012, 13:57

18. remixfa (Posts: 14188; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


yes, and it only worked as long as it didnt have windows 6xx on it.. u know. the OS that came installed on it. lol.

It was basically an Evo with windows 6.5

posted on 09 Apr 2012, 15:43

41. Whodaboss (Posts: 176; Member since: 18 Nov 2011)


Got to disagree! I've had my HD2 since the release date! It's my everyday phone! I've never had not even one issue with my HD2. It runs like a charm. I use my wife's HTC Radar at times Win Mo and WP devices have served me well. And prior to my HD2 I used my Nokia 6610 for 8 years!!!!! Now I'm just waiting for Nokia to release a 900 type phone on TMo then I'll upgrade again.

Can't speak for your experience but I'm here to say Windows are great phones! (to me) Now MS+ Nokia = Winner!!!

posted on 09 Apr 2012, 16:02

45. remixfa (Posts: 14188; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


lol, you are the only person in the world with a problem free HD2 then. lolz

posted on 09 Apr 2012, 12:33

9. dallas90733 (Posts: 35; Member since: 06 Mar 2011)


I try to give you 10 thumbs up on ,"A lot of bad Memory".And MS wondering why alot of people love Android...lol

posted on 09 Apr 2012, 12:26

6. christianqwerty (Posts: 460; Member since: 05 May 2011)


I used a HTC fuze and and HTC diamond for a few months, HORRIBLE, bad memories.

posted on 09 Apr 2012, 12:36

10. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)


Personally, I had #'s 2, 3 and 7; XV6900, SCHi760 and XV6875, respectively, and they were all garbage.

I would have liked to have seen the Thera 2032 and XV6600; both now ancient but, true first Smartphones in their day.

The HD2, for it's time, should have been on-par with the HTC EVO, released just months later.

posted on 09 Apr 2012, 12:48

11. networkdood (Posts: 6328; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Loved my TILT I....

posted on 09 Apr 2012, 13:10

13. TROLL.ISAHA (banned) (Posts: 535; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)


Yea I still got the HTC TYTN 2
Which still isn't a bad phone.....

posted on 09 Apr 2012, 13:18

14. xmusicianguy (Posts: 96; Member since: 13 Jul 2011)


I've still got my Verizon Samsung Omnia. Camera and FM Radio are good. Rest is total crap IMHO! I use my Droid Razr Maxx and Bionic though now.

posted on 09 Apr 2012, 13:28

15. REYNER (Posts: 187; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


i got excited as i was starting to read this article but i ended up quite disappointed and yet satisfied at some point i agree with the HD2's impressive early adaptation of big screens and 1ghz processors but im disappointed as my old wMo samsung Omnia II is not included thats a good phone though but too laggy it has the 1st 800mhz but after a year 1ghz arrived haha memories i just remember what i said exactly when im thinking of getting an HTC HD2 "too big it looks like a portable t.v" hahaha and now smartphones regularly has a screen size of 4.3-4.7 hahaha technology.. very impressive

posted on 09 Apr 2012, 14:47 3

28. John.V (Posts: 92; Member since: 27 May 2011)


Yeah, I remember the OMNIA II having that cool design in the rear, but by the time of its release, WM was going out the door. Personally, I'd like to see more portrait style QWERTY Windows Phones - things like the Palm Treo Pro and HTC Snap.

posted on 09 Apr 2012, 14:49 1

29. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5648; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


yeah i think the Omnia II came out like a month before the Droid and Droid Eris. REALLY bad timing for such a nice phone.

posted on 09 Apr 2012, 13:33 1

16. good2great (Posts: 1040; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


that HTC Touch Pro 2 for tmobile had the BEST keyboard i ever used... good memories for me...

posted on 09 Apr 2012, 15:07

34. John.V (Posts: 92; Member since: 27 May 2011)


The TP2 has one of my favorite keyboards. Layout is smart & organized too. As for portrait QWERTY stuff, the HTC Snap also gets my nod in addition to the Palm Treo Pro.

posted on 09 Apr 2012, 13:40 4

17. jwl3429 (Posts: 36; Member since: 28 Sep 2009)


Android will go the way of windows mobile just give it time, it is bound to happen. History will repeat its self. PS I use and android phone, not trolling.

posted on 09 Apr 2012, 14:00 1

20. remixfa (Posts: 14188; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


history?

what history do they have in common?

the only thing they share was multitasking an a semi-open source nature on MS's side vs fully open source by google.

All things come and go, but android is growing like wildfire, where at this point in wp5/6x's life it was still the small guy and shrinking from RIM and soon the iphone.

posted on 09 Apr 2012, 14:06 2

22. bayhuy (Posts: 307; Member since: 23 Jun 2011)


HTC HD2 is still the best phone...true legend...

posted on 09 Apr 2012, 15:09 2

36. John.V (Posts: 92; Member since: 27 May 2011)


Gotta give the HTC Touch HD some props too, but yeah, the HD2 was the platform's shining moment.

posted on 09 Apr 2012, 16:04 1

46. remixfa (Posts: 14188; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


u have obviously never worked for a carrier. the HD2 was one of the biggest buggiest easilest broken POS ever to grace the carrier. It was pretty sure, but that was it.

The TouchPro2 was the last great windows phone that actually worked.

posted on 09 Apr 2012, 14:16 1

24. AhmadAlsayegh (Posts: 256; Member since: 18 Jul 2011)


had the HTC TYTN 2...good old days

posted on 09 Apr 2012, 14:43

26. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5648; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


i remember the Omnia quite well. my dad had one and when he was through using it as his primary it became my custom ROM playground. xD the HD2 and the TG01 were pretty nice too. one phone i was surprised to not see make the list was the TouchPro 2. REALLY nice phone and it was a rarity on most Carriers (which btw launched on ALL major US Carriers) on launch because those bad boys were selling like hot cakes. o:

posted on 09 Apr 2012, 14:50 1

30. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5648; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


NEVER MIND! I FOUND IT! MY BAD! xD

posted on 09 Apr 2012, 14:52 1

31. remixfa (Posts: 14188; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


darn it.. i was just about to make fun of you for missing literally the biggest phone on the list. lolz.

posted on 09 Apr 2012, 15:02 1

33. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5648; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


yeah, i don't know how i missed it. i guess i expected it to stand out more. maybe next time! xD

posted on 09 Apr 2012, 15:08

35. snowgator (Posts: 3304; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


One of my Boiler Inspectors STILL uses a Palm with WM. :-D

Really glad the Blackjack from Samsung wasn't on there. That phone was so bad I went back to a feature Phone for a while!!

posted on 09 Apr 2012, 15:16

37. John.V (Posts: 92; Member since: 27 May 2011)


Wow, I forgot about the Samsung Blackjack, thanks for reminding me too about that one. Also, how could I have forgotten about the Moto Q as well?

posted on 09 Apr 2012, 16:01

44. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5648; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


yeah, the Q was actually a real trendsetter. the Q is what made everybody want to make the Smartphone Sexy too. o:

posted on 09 Apr 2012, 15:21

38. savien808 (Posts: 59; Member since: 27 Aug 2011)


tmobile htc wing was great!

posted on 09 Apr 2012, 15:34

40. John.V (Posts: 92; Member since: 27 May 2011)


Yeah, it was part of that line (XV6800 i think), that came out prior to the original Touch Pro.

posted on 09 Apr 2012, 16:53

50. lsutigers (Posts: 772; Member since: 08 Mar 2009)


The Sprint HTC Mogul was very popular, too.

posted on 09 Apr 2012, 17:28

51. Jyakotu (Posts: 823; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)


I'm glad the Sony Xperia made the list. It's funny to see how far smartphones have come. Many things that are so common in today's market were started with Windows Mobile first. I actually remember wanting a Samsung Epix. Still, I'm glad Microsoft is now aiming for a more cohesive and smoother experience and ecosystem with Windows Phone 8. Now if only manufacturers weren't so LAZY and started to make some different hardware designs. Like, IDK, many more Windows Phones with QWERTY keyboards. I need my keyboard.!

posted on 09 Apr 2012, 17:30

52. sinfiery (Posts: 19; Member since: 18 Mar 2012)


HTC TouchPro2 owner to this very day!

I do not look forward to the day when I must go from The perfect keyboard ever produced for a phone to one where I must jam at on screen buttons in hopes to convey my trivial ideas to others at such an accelerated rate as per my mind being spoiled by such a magnificent keyboard.

Not to mention the developer support the phone received.

posted on 09 Apr 2012, 17:40

53. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5648; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


if you're on Verizon the Droid 3 and 4 are great keyboard equipped alternatives. o:

posted on 09 Apr 2012, 19:46

54. plantman60 (Posts: 15; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)


Come on, nobody remembers the audiovox xv6600? 4" screen using wm2003! :P

posted on 09 Apr 2012, 20:19

55. romeo1 (Posts: 302; Member since: 06 Jan 2012)


Oh how i love the x1
the build quality was really good.
i loved that phone the keyboard was really good also.
to bad i lost the phone :-( hope i will find it one day

posted on 09 Apr 2012, 20:36

56. phatride4ever (Posts: 32; Member since: 01 Mar 2012)


I LOVED my LG eXpo, I really wish WinMo was still around...

posted on 09 Apr 2012, 20:45

57. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5648; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


it is it's just evolved and you can still get WM6.x devices. o:

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 00:43

58. david_the_gom (Posts: 114; Member since: 20 Dec 2008)


Touch Pro 2 was great for me~ :) I still miss its TouchFlo 3D interface, not the WM system... One of the BEST qwerty ever!!

posted on 10 Apr 2012, 03:47

59. Cn_Se (Posts: 5; Member since: 27 Mar 2012)


i think it was nice to mention that thanks to "htc hd2's specs" it's a "Multy OS" device
i have one, and now i have android 4.0.4 on it and if i want, i can change it to wp 7.5 refresh
it's just something you do see much these days

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