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There’s news today of an HTC executive saying the company will have Windows Mobile 7 devices in the first quarter of 2009. That may or may not be true, but assuming that it is, my guess is that among the first devices from HTC will be […]

HtclogoThere’s news today of an HTC executive saying the company will have Windows Mobile 7 devices in the first quarter of 2009. That may or may not be true, but assuming that it is, my guess is that among the first devices from HTC will be a Windows Mobile 7 netbook. The momentum is growing for low-priced, small laptop form-factor devices so you can bet HTC won’t be waiting two to three years to jump on this market. We can debate the success of the HTC Shift, their entry into the UMPC market, but here’s what I’m thinking. If you call the Shift a failure, it’s not due mainly to the form factor; it’s likely due to the comparably lower resolution screen coupled with the pairing of Vista with the Intel A1xx CPU.

So what if you took the Shift form factor with a few tweaks and popped in a decent CPU with Windows Mobile 7? Granted, you won’t have x86 program compatibility, but based on rumors that WinMo 7 will be robust enough for a Mobile Internet Device or Netbook to combat mobile Linux distros. There’s a ton of third-party applications out there for Windows Mobile… anyone else thinking along the same lines as me? Would you be interested in a small notebook form factor with Windows Mobile 7? I’m expecting to see such a device at CES 2009.

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  1. The Shift has the worst keyboard I’ve ever encountered. Have you ever fondled it? It makes the EeePC keyboard seem roomy!

    Question is: If HTC and the others jump in with these silly WinMob-based netbooks, what happens to the Redfly, eh?

    And they really should stay OUT of netbooks with WinMob. Do you really think such a non-standard niche OS has a chance in terms of features against XP? And they simply won’t be able to compete against the EeePC, et al, on price, either.

  2. “Would you be interested in a small notebook form factor with Windows Mobile 7?”

    NO

  3. Kevin C. Tofel Monday, June 16, 2008

    I would agree that the keyboard isn’t the best. Yes, I’ve used it.

    “So what if you took the Shift form factor with a few tweaks and popped in a decent CPU with Windows Mobile 7?”

    One of the items I’d tweak was the keyboard, making it more usable. As far as XP, at some point it goes away. Windows Mobile doesn’t and I thought I read that over 20m Windows Mobile phones were sold or planned to be sold this year. (I could be wrong, and I’m sure someone will correct me, so thanks in advance if you do!)

    MIDs, UMPCs, and Netbooks would be more of a niche than Windows Mobile devices at this point. I think some folks would argue against you on the WinMo being a non-standard, niche OS…

    I still expect Windows Mobile 7 to compete against Linux in this space as XP fades away. Pure educated guess on my part though. My point here is that HTC has what it takes to make this a reality and gets them in a hot market that they aren’t in right now.

  4. I’m not interested in any of these deveices unless they give me full Windows compatibility. The only benefit you’d get from Windows Mobile is instant on. Windows Mobile is good on Pocket PCs but it’s not powerful enough to warrant lugging around anything heavier.

  5. My first instinct would be to say I wouldn’t be interested, but that’s based on WM6. Will have to wait and see what WM7 really brings to the table.

    I love my WM based phone, and will probably get a WM7 phone when they come out. I just don’t know if I would need another device with WM on it when I could do most anything with my phone.

  6. It’s this just Windows CE all over again?

    I remember the Hp Jornadaes and NEC Mobileproes. Great idea, but too pricey at the time. I bought a used Mobile Pro 790 and used it for along time and it worked well. Instant on and all day battery. But I was unwilling to buy until I could get one for under 200 dollars.

    Keep these “WinMo Netbooks” under 300 bucks and I might just have to get one. I’m gonna keep an open mind.

  7. Adam Z Lein Monday, June 16, 2008

    Doesn’t the HTC Advantage already have what you’re talking about?

  8. Windows Mobile is instant on? My dash takes at least a minute. My Dell 410 boots faster and TC1100 boots in about the same time.

  9. Jahan Khan Rashid Monday, June 16, 2008

    Well if theres something like the xperia screen res/size etc ill be finally ditching my vaio ux, i personally think from the screenshots ive seen of win mo 7 that for users like me (need internet web browsing, type the odd 1 page letter, music player, casual entertainment etc) its going to be perfect, i own a vaio ux1xn and a htc diamond atm, the sony x1 near as dam it will be perfect for me but i think the x1s successor (meaning same style with win mo 7) will make me say goodbye to the UMPC/OQO/UX standard for good. I personally think deesktop tower PCs are short lived, most people will just have a large 15-17″ laptop as a primary desktop computer and a mobile device the size of the htc touch pro/X1 or The Shift.

  10. Jahan Khan Rashid Monday, June 16, 2008

    sorry the last word meant to be advantage lol!

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