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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64 Comments

64. techsavvy.jaz

Posts: 163; Member since: Feb 07, 2012

HD2, the great grand dad of them all. And by the way the original Sony Xperia X1 was built by none other than HTC themselves!

62. luxzy801

Posts: 140; Member since: Jun 16, 2010

Yea, and now people wonder why WinMo went downhill!!! It wasn't the software people, it was the hardware!!!!!!! HD2 is a great phone but had extremely sh***y parts! I babied my HD2 and the digitizer gave out a year after I bought it. Touch Pro 2 suffered from crappy plastic as all other touch series did, breaking apart within the first year, it also didnt help that HTC Stuffed TouchFlo which made the OS slow and unstable as HELL. Treos' were great, but way too bulky and always underpowered. My Treo Pro outlasted most of the ones on the list (I phad most of the ones on this list by the way, except for the Toshiba, which I dont think ever made it to the U.S.). The funniest thing is when I hear people say that WinMo was slow and it always froze... In my personal experience, I think my Sony Tablet S freezes more times than my Treo Pro LOL!!!! I would honestly love to see what WinMo could do on a Dual Core 1.5GHz chip with 2GB RAM!!!!

61. mercorp

Posts: 1045; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

I have the ominia and hd2...

60. dblue45

Posts: 77; Member since: Aug 26, 2009

I still own an HTC HD2 as a substitute phone! It oozes the high class, I tell you :)

59. Cn_Se

Posts: 20; Member since: Mar 27, 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

58. david_the_gom

Posts: 114; Member since: Dec 20, 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!!

56. phatride4ever

Posts: 33; Member since: Mar 01, 2012

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

57. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

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

55. romeo1

Posts: 825; Member since: Jan 06, 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

54. plantman60

Posts: 22; Member since: Mar 02, 2012

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

52. sinfiery

Posts: 19; Member since: Mar 18, 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.

53. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

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

51. Jyakotu

Posts: 868; Member since: Dec 12, 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.!

50. lsutigers

Posts: 832; Member since: Mar 08, 2009

The Sprint HTC Mogul was very popular, too.

38. savien808

Posts: 59; Member since: Aug 27, 2011

tmobile htc wing was great!

40. John.V

Posts: 99; Member since: May 27, 2011

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

35. snowgator

Posts: 3629; Member since: Jan 19, 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!!

37. John.V

Posts: 99; Member since: May 27, 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?

44. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

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

26. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 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:

30. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

NEVER MIND! I FOUND IT! MY BAD! xD

31. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

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

33. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

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

24. AhmadAlsayegh

Posts: 326; Member since: Jul 18, 2011

had the HTC TYTN 2...good old days

22. bayhuy

Posts: 320; Member since: Jun 23, 2011

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

36. John.V

Posts: 99; Member since: May 27, 2011

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

46. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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.

17. jwl3429

Posts: 36; Member since: Sep 28, 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.

20. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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.

16. good2great

Posts: 1042; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

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

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