Farewell to Windows Mobile 6.1

I use my Treo 800w primarily for email, and Windows Mobile has excellent support for Microsoft’s Exchange Server (as you would expect). Registry edits and a wide variety of freeware allowed me to make it very functional and convenient, meeting my occasional needs for navigation, note-taking, and web searching. But my Treo’s small display, regular crashes, and deteriorating battery life led me to look for a new device.

When I got my Treo in November 2008, the landscape of smartphones was quite different. At that time, the iPhone 3G supported Exchange, but lacked basic functionality such as copy and paste; the first Android device was less than 30 days old; Palm still sold PalmOS devices, and webOS was a rumor, many weeks from being previewed; and RIM had not yet combined a keyboard and touchscreen on any of its devices. I was tempted by the HTC Touch Pro, sporting a VGA resolution screen and five-row slide-out keyboard, but after trying it for a few weeks, I grew weary of opening and closing the keyboard and rotating the screen, and waiting for the somewhat sluggish HTC TouchFLO interface. So I stuck with Palm.

Fast forward to 2010. The iPhone has matured as the top choice for ease of use, Android has become the top selling mobile OS, BlackBerry is reinventing itself by small steps, and Windows has been completely transformed. The category of front-keyboard, non-slider phones with native Exchange ActiveSync support has shrunk to a very short list: the Droid Pro and the Palm Pixi. It was time to give a keyboardless phone a serious try.

When the Droid X appeared on the Dell Mobility site for $10, it was time to make the jump. It should be here in a couple of days…

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