There are quite a few new Windows Mobile devices being announced at the 3GSM World Congress being held in Spain this week. If you check out Geek.com you will see that I mentioned the upcoming HP iPAQ hw6900, the i-mate Smartflip, and the Samsung SGH-i320. There is also a new Loox Phone Edition model I saw on some other sites. T-Mobile also now has the SDA (HTC Tornado) Smartphone available for purchase with the MDA (HTC Wizard) coming next week.
The HP device looks good on paper, but they haven’t been very successful with their Mobile Messenger devices and I have to see one in action first before I pass judgement. There is quite a selection for thumb keyboad devices now and if the Motorola Q doesn’t get released soon it may be seen as an also ran, which is too bad since I think a Smartphone with a QWERTY keyboard may be just what I am looking for. I think my wife would love the almost RAZR like Smartflip running WM 5.0.
In the last couple months I have been primarily using the Nokia N90 and now N70 to see if these devices can satisfy my needs and for the most part they can. However, in situations like at church I love using my Treo to enter sermon notes into MyBible and can’t do that with a Smartphone. The high quality cameras on the Nokia Nseries have been allowing me to travel without a dedicated digital camera on me and that is a big deal with 3 young active daughters. I would love it if a manufacturer could get one of these high quality cameras into a Windows Mobile device, but so far I have not seen a single good quality camera in one. I wonder if Palm was able to get the camera in the Treo 700w up to par with the Treo 650?
I also like the fact that I can listen to podcasts with the Nokia N70/N90 via a Bluetooth headset with the audio gateway even when A2DP is not yet available on any of these devices. The Nokia devices also work like a champ with the Parrot EasyDrive car kit I am using and simply pick up the signal as I approach my truck. I found on Windows Mobile devices that I often have to reestablish the Bluetooth connection.
I tried using my Treo 650 for GPS navigation this weekend with Mapopolis and after experiencing the amazing Wayfinder solution on the N70 I can’t go back to having to load maps in advance.
I am blessed to have quite a collection of devices to evaluate at this time and am trying to figure out which one I want to go with as my main device. It is very difficult giving up the Treo 650 and its wonderful high resolution display. If the camera was on par with the Nseries then I probably would not even consider anything else, but I like to photoblog and capture higher quality photos than the Treo 650 gives me.
I just participated in a usability study so I may have some PDA funds to get a T-Mobile MDA, but first need to really evaluate which device meets my needs.