13 terrible Windows Mobile smartphones from yesterday
posted by John V. / Apr 10, 2013, 1:23 PM
Through the years, I’ve been fortunate to check out and review some wonderful smartphones. From today’s flagship Android devices, to the venerable iPhone, and even the handful of great Windows Phones out there, there’s a wealth of choice to pick and choose from to call your own. Despite the rich offerings, there are always some terrible ones that make us cringe in pain by their total package. However, the more I thought about it, the more I started thinking about some of the terrible smartphones from yesterday – the Windows Mobile days to be exact.
Below, I’ve complied some of the Windows Mobile smartphones we’ve collectively reviewed through the years, and uncovered some of the lowest scored devices. Some of them, I’ve personally reviewed several years ago, such as the abysmal LG Incite, but the handful of others were done by other fellow PhoneArena colleagues. Above all, it’s surprising to see that there was a rich mix between form factors with Windows Mobile devices – such as QWERTY devices, which are becoming rare occurrences nowadays. Anyway folks, here are 13 terrible Windows Mobile smartphones from yesterday.
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I had the Verizon variant of the HTC Mogul. XV6800 if I remember correctly. For its time it was okay in terms of hardware. Ultimately, I ended up using it as a block to change my tire as the thing was a huge brick. I went through about 5 of them. The software was atrocious.
posted on Apr 10, 2013, 1:37 PM 4
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I loved the XV6800 & its many variants. I owned the previous 6700 model for Sprint, then the updated HTC Tilt.
posted on Apr 10, 2013, 2:40 PM 0
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How bout the Motorola Q9m or the Samsung Omnia 1 both CDMA. The Omnia atleast had WiFi and a good camera. The touch screen was horrible. The Motorola had neither. I have em both and never use them. Instead I use my Razr Maxx HD and Bionic.
posted on Apr 10, 2013, 1:54 PM 0
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How about a review of the best Windows Mobile phones that were released BEFORE iPhone and Android even existed ? The HTC Universal was my fave for a long time followed by the Dash and the Dash 3G, then the HD2 (although the HD2 was post iPhone). The Diamond touch I also really liked. Come to think of it HTC made some awesome phones back then, and was innovative as well.. Hopefully they can get thier mojo back.. BTW anyone else notice the HTC one seems to be more a mix of the Windows Mobile version of HTC sense with Windows Phone almost more than the Android its based on.
posted on Apr 10, 2013, 2:21 PM 8
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phonearena.com/news/10-of-the-greatest-Windows-Mobile-smartphones-ever_id28911 Your welcome.
posted on Apr 10, 2013, 3:15 PM 1
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This is a summary of why windows Mobile OS failed at that time; it was mainly bad hardware. Microsoft was trying to put a powerful OS on a non-powerful hardware. It was a similar thing that almost killed Nokia. They kept on using s**tty hardware which was not adequate for their phones. I think Microsoft learnt from this which was why they gave manufacturers basic hardware requirements at the advent of windows phone 7 because people will only complaint about the software not mentioning the hardware.
posted on Apr 10, 2013, 2:23 PM 1
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Back in the day you will say, oh I love this phone, but now that you have the most powerful phone, you can diss the old ones. But those were the ones that created the innovation we are having now. It may failed but it gave us the Idea to run a PC like operating system in such a small cramp hardware such as phone. Bottom line, the one who created the future was the past..
posted on Apr 10, 2013, 3:30 PM 0
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ah yes, nothing about the software, no USB driver issues, no horrible syncing issues where activesync would stop for no reason when people had hundreds of contacts to sync, no issues with EAS never syncing on its own, no issues with WM5 and their brain dead decision to move syncing to a network card, so as to have every winsock and firewall program stop it from working, no issues requiring full wipes to fix no ring when calls come in, charging not working No, nothing wrong with the software at all.
posted on Apr 10, 2013, 10:51 PM 0
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Before we have the powerful OS running a less and not so good hardware. The one who is catching up with the OS was the hardware. But now, its the other way around. Its the hardware playing the catch up. You can see the most powerful hardware, for the software still not there yet. Maybe the gap maybe closer in the near future..
posted on Apr 10, 2013, 3:34 PM 0
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I always wanted a Moto Q, I never had a Windows Mobile phone, but I like it because it was a Motorola and I wanted to try it... how good was it on their days?
posted on Apr 10, 2013, 3:40 PM 0
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lol wow thanks John V. for taking us way back. I completely forgot about the old WM devices.
posted on Apr 10, 2013, 5:46 PM 0
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PA should have included the omnia2(which is somewhere hidden and forgotten in my house)the combination of windows mobile 6.5 and touchwiz2 was a complete failure. That phone was totally laggy. There are also a bunch of useless buttons on the phone.
posted on Apr 10, 2013, 6:21 PM 0
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hahah i used to have the LG Incite, i thought it looked kool, but it was crappy in term of quality. The screen scratches easily and then the software was a piece of crap too. The caller id basically worked whenever it felt like it and doesnt when it doesn feel like it. Sometimes when ppl call i would be able to see who it is, sometimes it doesnt even show.
posted on Apr 10, 2013, 6:31 PM 0
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