Fresh Windows Mobile 6.5 screenshots

Mobile World Congress is not far away and we have had already many screenshots of Windows Mobile 6.5 leak. Except for the new Honeycomb interface, the screenshots didn't look that good. pocketpc.ch have managed to install the latest Windows Mobile 6.5 in HTC Touch HD and have provided with some high-quality screenshots which certainly looks better than the previous ones leaked.

Enjoy these screenshots for now without that (cute) bird in the background!

The Home Screen

Home screen with missed calls info

Device locked

Home screen with the music player

Honeycomb interface

Option to move an item to top in the Honeycomb

And the inner-honeycomb after you open Office Mobile folder in the above screenshot

Honeycomb in landscape mode

Incoming Call

Missed Call and other reminders

Full QWERTY Keyboard with WLAN Configuration

Mailbox

Images Courtesy: pocketpc.ch

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I like the new direction they are going, however what is with the inconsistencies with their UI lately... Some screenies the menus are transparent/opaque while others they are solid black. They did similiar UI enhancements to 6.1, the default 6.1 theme the top is a solid color while the bottom has a "glassed" look to it...

You don't get it? In the screenshots that have a solid black menu are ones where you have a menu or an app open. When you're back to the home screen they are transparent showing that you don't have anything "open".

That's how I see it.

I'm still not sure about that honey comb. It looks alright I guess, but how is that more functional than a grid? Seems more like a waste of space...

The other changes look nice. Generally more touch-friendly and a bit more pleasing to the eye.

JonathanMarston said,
I'm still not sure about that honey comb. It looks alright I guess, but how is that more functional than a grid? Seems more like a waste of space...

I can imagine that a grid may be more touch friendly - for example, your finger is more of a circle than a rectangle.

Kirkburn said,
I can imagine that a grid may be more touch friendly - for example, your finger is more of a circle than a rectangle.

From PocketNow:
"What's with the hexagonal honeycomb style application icon layout in the new Windows Mobile 6.5 leaked screenshots we've seen? Was this design implemented purely for the sake of being different? What's the point?

Well, there actually is a point. If you'll notice, there are no more scrollbars in the honeycomb interface. However, with the hexagon-shaped grid layout, you are easily able to recognize a pattern to the layout and instantly see that the pattern continues towards the bottom of the screen. That visual cue should indicate to users that they can pan in that direction in order to see more icons. The areas where the hexagonal grid pattern do not continue are obviously the limits to the content dimensions.

Most other touch-scrolling smartphone operating systems really don't take these kinds of usability issues into account. Android and the iPhone's scrollable lists really have no visual indication that they are continuous since the lists simply stop at the bottom of the screen. Microsoft's design makes it instantly clear to new users that this pattern can be panned."
http://pocketnow.com/index.php?a=portal_de...&t=news&id=6820

I'd like to think MS doesn't just slap in a new UI element without testing it out and thinking about it.

Though I'm sure others think they do it just for the hell of it.

I'm convinced that a lot of UI elements were slapped into many Microsoft products with little thought other than "We need to find somewhere to put this feature... here looks good!".

That seems to have entirely stopped since Office 2007, and I'm very grateful for it.

Still looks crap to me. The taskbar at the top just doesn't work well for a phone IMO and the programs menu looks pretty cluttered.

LaXu said,
Still looks crap to me. The taskbar at the top just doesn't work well for a phone IMO and the programs menu looks pretty cluttered.

As in, it has many programs?

Windows Mobile needs to be more like iPhone.

If I ever need to pull out a stylus to use my phone, then the terrorists have already won.

I don't need a screen full of tiny buttons.

Xenomorph said,
Windows Mobile needs to be more like iPhone.

If I ever need to pull out a stylus to use my phone, then the terrorists have already won.

I don't need a screen full of tiny buttons.


Whereas I'd rather be able to do more, than less with my phone. If you don't assume a stylus is present, then you can only assume fingers as an input method.

Not exactly great for drawing, writing, or many types of games.

hey, i just noticed that the word qwerty is spelled out on the keyboard itself.. lol.. is this where they got the name from? sorry for being so ignorant..

It's a really good start. The honeycomb looks incredible...I might actually get a WinMo phone now!
Looks like they took some inspiration from the Zune team on that home page?

...now to fix that taskbar and the application title bar. This has GOT to be more than what HTC and others have already been doing. Control Panel needs to look just as good as the home page.

Raa said,
That X button STILL looks effin ugly!

But I like the rest it seems okay.

It'll be smoothed before release you can bet on it.

I am all for being anti-mac for a plethora of reasons, but at least the iphone interface looks nice.

I have to say this new windows mobile looks fugly. The text is sooo damn big, plus, why read when you can recognize an icon a lot faster (iphone), and what's with the ugly f00kin honey comb boxes?

This crap looks horrible, I'm serious, MS needs to fire the idiot working on this. Look at the pre, now that's a really cool and useful interface - MS is trying to hard to reinvent the UI wheel.

Sorry guys, maybe you'll do better on 7.0

shempanzy said,
I am all for being anti-mac for a plethora of reasons, but at least the iphone interface looks nice.

I have to say this new windows mobile looks fugly. The text is sooo damn big, plus, why read when you can recognize an icon a lot faster (iphone), and what's with the ugly f00kin honey comb boxes?

This crap looks horrible, I'm serious, MS needs to fire the idiot working on this. Look at the pre, now that's a really cool and useful interface - MS is trying to hard to reinvent the UI wheel.

Sorry guys, maybe you'll do better on 7.0


Im not in the business of looking at leaked photos, or using a leaked ROM of an unreleased product, and making definite conclusions about the usefulness or beuaty of anything.

So I'm going to do the sane and rational thing of actually waiting for them to present it, and in the future, having a run with an offical ROM.

Anyone doing anything else, and making pronouncements is being a windbag.

why? how drastically do you see software change when it is presented to the public? not very much. Also, I've not stated that this is the final product nor have I stated that it's a beta, my critique was simply of the current state of the look.

True I might have alluded that win 6.5 looks ugly, but I stated this according to what I saw, why is it not ok to judge a product before final release? Designers do this all the time, evaluate and reevaluate their own work, so get over it buddy.

I think you're a windbag cause you're trying to limit my free speech, *******! - but don't take that personally! lol

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