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Tired of dissing Windows Mobile, I emailed HTC for help

5h013I’m absolutely tired of dissing Windows Mobile.

I’ve had enough of it, I really have.

I met ANOTHER guy the other day sporting a Windows Mobile handset.

“Do you like it?” I asked.
“Oh, it’s brilliant,” he responded, “I love it!”

“Shit!” I thought, reaching for my SMS Text News business cards, “Maybe I’ve found someone I can actually blog!”

I grabbed the guy, sat him down and explained I ran this site and that I really would like his opinions.

“So,” I began, “Tell me about your device, what do you love about it?”

“Well, it’s just amazing. I really love it,” he starts, “Although I do have to reboot it about 3-4 times a day, especially when it hangs or cashes,”

My face dropped.

F*** it. What do I have to do to find someone who actually uses these devices without trouble?

Seeing my face, he asked if my new Nokia E61i needs a few reboots each day.

I looked at him with a degree of horror.

Er no. No. No it doesn’t. Maybe if you overload it, as I often do, with a ton of things, it might slow… but crash? Rare. Now and again you’ll get an application error, but, you know, we’re talking rare.


I’ve had enough.

I emailed HTC’s PR and asked to be put in touch with whoever does their PR in the United Kingdom. After an abysmal time with that iPAQ over the weekend, I am desperate to:

a) Find some people who LOVE their Windows Mobile devices without immediately telling me how many times they crash.
b) Check out some of the latest HTC handsets and try and redress the balance of reporting here on SMS Text News.

I’ll let you know if I get any response from HTC.

If you can help, by the way, let me know?

By Ewan

Ewan is Founder and Editor of Mobile Industry Review. He writes about a wide variety of industry issues and is usually active on Twitter most days. You can read more about him or reach him with these details.

4 replies on “Tired of dissing Windows Mobile, I emailed HTC for help”

I like the iPAQ… I use it for everything. Works like a champ. In addition we’ve built some software that allows me to integrate the GPS data into the browser. That way we can do local GPS enable search inside the default browser (Pocket Internet Explorer).

You can see screen shots on our website ( examples of uses cases and if you want I can send you the software to try out.

As for the reboot issues. Very occasionally – nothing that slows me down. Email works great, I use POP accounts and SMS is fine. Maybe once every couple of days.

In fact I say it works 98% of the time just fine.



After using S60 for years, and trying Windows Mobile on three devices: SMT-5600, Cingular 8125, and Samsung Blackjack (yes, I know they all have generic names, but I’m too lazy to look them up), I finally realized why Windows Mobile devices have a physical button on them to reset and Symbian doesn’t. Apparently you have, as well.

[…] died on me a few weeks ago. I could use a Windows Mobile device, but the idea of my cell phone crashing on me twice a day isn’t very appealing. But here’s the thing – buying a new Treo in […]

The thing with windows mobile devices… is theirs a huge amount of software available for them… thousands of times more than on the symbian platform.

Now some of that does cause conflicts… and Microsoft’s stupid idea of never letting the X button close an app is stupid it minimises it instead! . So with a little freeware application closer… and a bit of care choosing and installing software I’m stuggling to remember my last forced soft reset.

Previously, the only source of my soft resets at the moment is downloading 3-4 30mb podcasts at the same time… while moving them to folders on the microSD card. Now that I’ve realised this is a bad idea I’ve stopped… and am happy again.

I honestly believe that the Windows Mobile platform has far more going for it, when it comes to flexibilty, software choice, customisation, and general tweaking to fit my needs… BUT i’m perfectly willing to concede that out of the box the symbian platform is more user friendly and stable… But then I’ve never had my SE K750i crash on me ever….

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