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Yes everyone, you have read correctly. After only a few months with my HTC Touch I feel like I really am ready to swap it in for something else. The reason being that this PocketPC’s greatest strength is also its greatest weakness. It runs Windows Mobile and just like Windows on the PC, I can’t stand it except for certain tasks. The Touch isn’t slow when it comes to running said OS, but the touchscreen is another problem I’ve encountered with the device. The only good SIP (Standard Input Panel) that I’ve used so far TouchPal by CooTek can be quite hard and annoying to use as my thumbs are quite large and thus end up hitting the wrong keys. I could do better with practise, but these methods of input coupled with the cumbersome menus and programs that I’ve used from time to time (Outlook’s Calendar, Outlook’s Contacts especially) make this an uneasy experience. Using the device for messaging was for a while quite easy if not slow (stupid big thumbs!) but then I just dropped it since it took so long to tap everything in not to mention that I needed to add words to the dictionary for every fews words of IM speak. The Touch for me was great for a time but in order for it the improve my productivity, I need it to sprout a hardware keyboard (and no HTC, the Touch Dual or S720 aren’t gonna cut it). Plus it needs proper J2ME support. So for now I’ll be doing my software reviews until I have enough money to upgrade to a BlackBerry Curve 8330. Why the 8330? The 8830 is way too big for my hands plus the lack of a 3.5 mm headset jack, a camera, and space between the individual keyboard keys would make it hard to live with. The 8130 on the other hand while small and sporting a 3.5 mm headset jack, camera, and GPS (!) has the same 20 key keyboard layout that the TouchPal and default SIP have on my Touch and has too small a screen for my liking. Thus I’m going for the BlackBerry 8330. It has a full keyboard with enough space between the keys that I may not hit wrong keys, a 3.5 mm headset jack and like my current PocketPC a QVGA (this one being 320×240 instead of 240×320) screen and best of all PROPER MIDP 2.0 support. The last thing I like (and this is the same for all BlackBerries) is that they can do so much with just a few megabytes of RAM and ROM (although the OS does have its own set of quirks to deal with). I’ll be taking mine in silver please.

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Google’s ubiquitous Maps application has been available for both Windows Mobile Classic and Professional turning what was once just a business tool and media player into what I would call a complete package. Here is my review on the Google Maps application for Windows Mobile as seen on my HTC Touch (with a plethora of screenshots).

My Location has yet to work so I cannot cover it

Until I can get this working, I am going to work on the reviews for other applications.

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No, I have not brought another Apple product. I’ve learned pretty quickly that despite the power, Mac OS X at the moment is not what I need for really for working in Ruby (more on that in another post) or on my HTC Touch. Anyway, I was thinking that in light of the reviews that I’ll have an iExperiment. Expect the screenshots, the list of applications used, as well as a video of all the iNess by mid to late March of this year.

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That’s right! I’m going to be doing reviews on some of the most popular and most useful applications on the Pocket PC! Why? To answer some of my burning question as well as many of yours. So here’s my list of categories of software I’ll be reviewing:

  • 1. Alternative UIs for replacing Windows Mobile’s Home Screen and/or Start Menu
  • 2. Web Browsers
  • 3. Music Players
  • 4. Video Players
  • 5. E-Book Readers
  • 6. File Browsers
  • 7. Java MIDlet Managers
  • 8. UI Configurators
  • 9. System Configurators
  • 10. Contact Managers and of course the stylus-prone
  • 11. Calender Applications

These will come in the following months as I learn about the many pros and cons involved in each programs usage on my HTC Touch Vogue otherwise known as the P3050. Before I begin the reviews, I’ll hard-reset (as in erase all of my programs and returning the Pocket PC to its original state) my Pocket PC as to make for fair reviews. If any of you have recommendations for FREEWARE (commercial, open source or otherwise) software for Windows Mobile 5 and 6 PROFESSIONAL Edition, your comments will be greatly appreciated.

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