Windows Mobile Crossbow Reviewed (Verdict: Not Enough New Stuff)

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The guys at Mobile Review have gotten their hands on a copy of what they're calling Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.0 for Pocket PC, otherwise known as Crossbow. While they decry its paucity of all-new features, the good news is there will be increased interface speed and bundled IP telephony, along with a bunch of new noises the thing makes. Too bad they're getting rid of my personal favorite sound, Old Telephone.

Another welcome new feature: support for HTML in messages. It's about time. Other than that, it looks like there's not a whole lot of new stuff here. It looks like this is just stopgap for the holy grail, Windows Mobile Photon, which is expected to be released in a couple of years. But when will we see this version? And will we be able to upgrade our existing phones?


The reviewers predict the first devices loaded with this updated operating system will appear in the second quarter of next year, with only HP and E-Ten on the list of companies that are ready to upgrade existing devices. Check out the long-winded review for every conceivable detail.

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Review of Windows Mobile 6.0 for PPC (Crossbow) operating system [Mobile Review]

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I have a Samsung i730 Windows Smart Phone/PDA phone. Here's the only thing I care about. My single, one and only concern. IS IT STABLE? I have to reset my phone at least once a day. That is not an exaggeration. And from the reviews and accounts I've read, this is not a problem with my hardware, but something that is common to all Windows-based phones. I have had cell phones that did not run windows (though this is the only smart phone I've had) and they rarely needed reset — maybe once ever few months, if ever.

My phone is so damned glitchy. I'll look down and realize that I have five voicemails because it has simply decided not to take calls. Reset. I'll go to look up a number, but instead of opening my contact list the phone locks up and the only button that works? Reset. Reset reset reset reset. It's the story of my life since I got this thing a little over a year ago.