Windows Mobile 6.5 Launched — “Disappoints”

WM6.5The big Windows Mobile (s msft) 6.5 launch is today, and some folks have gotten the opportunity to play with it in advance. I have not played with WM6.5 myself, and have been anxiously awaiting the thoughts of those I respect who have tried it. Matt Miller, our podcast co-host and ZDNet blogger, is a self-proclaimed Windows Mobile fanboy, and the first place I looked this morning for WM6.5 impressions. Wow, was I surprised at his take on the newest offering of Windows Mobile.

I wasn’t expecting a whole lot from this point release, but I was expecting more than what Microsoft delivered. I expected to be able to place icons where I wanted them on the Start displays, I expected to have finger friendly menus throughout the OS, and I expected some attention to the media player, device search, and more.

I am a fan of Windows Mobile, but find very little added value in this Windows Mobile 6.5 release and would never recommend anyone actually purchase a new device just to get this update on their smartphone. We are going to have to wait and see if Microsoft can pull anything out of the hat in Windows Mobile 7, but with the current schedule of late 2010, most likely slipping into 2011 like this release, I think the T-Mobile Touch Pro2 may be my last Windows Mobile device for quite some time.

Zing! That is about as telling as anything about this new WM release, and this from a big fan of the platform. Matt based his review on two different phones from different vendors, both running 6.5. Kevin has also been playing with a WM6.5 phone and I can’t wait to see what he thinks about it. I am shocked at Matt’s reaction, but at this point I don’t know why I should be.