Windows Mobile - Help and Advice
Help and Advice on Microsoft's Windows Mobile Operating System
This page contains information on Microsoft's Windows Mobile platform, with links to useful online web resources, frequently asked questions, reviews, and recommended applications.
Windows Mobile is Microsoft's operating system that powers newer handheld PDAs and mobile phones. Windows Mobile includes a host of features, such as a web browser, email application, media player, diary, address book and a whole load of other useful applications.
There are two key versions of the Windows Mobile Operating System:
Windows Mobile , Pocket PC - Designed for PDAs and mobile phones with touchscreen
Windows Mobile, Smartphone Edition - Designed for mobile phones. No touchscreen
Here, we take an overview of the Pocket PC version of Windows Mobile, including the built-in programs. We also look at some devices that are powered by Windows Mobile, and answer some of your frequently-asked questions.
We also have a page dedicated to Windows Mobile Smartphone Edition
Windows Mobile Applications:A selection of screenshots of Windows Mobile in action:
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Buying a Windows Mobile device?
Looking to buy a Windows Mobile Pocket PC or Smartphone? Try some of these links to make sure you get a good bargain...
- Buy online: If you're looking to buy
online, try the following mainstream stores first: PC
World, Dabs.com and Amazon.
- Price compare: Try an online price comparison at Kelkoo to find a cheaper price.
- Bargains: Try bidding for a cheap PDA or accessories at eBay.co.uk or eBay.com
Some Windows Mobile Devices
The XDA Trion from mobile phone operator o2 follows in the line of o2's successful range of mobile phone / PDA devices. As well as being a high-powered Windows Mobile PDA, it's also a high-powered quad-band mobile phone with 3G and GPRS for Internet and Email access, has onboard Wi-fi, a megapixel camera and a nifty little sliding keyboard.
The o2 XDA Trion is available free on contract from www.o2.co.uk
o2 XDA Orbit - Combined PDA and mobile phone
From the same manufacturer of the o2 XDA Trion, this is a high-spec mobile phone and PDA in one package. As well as being a GPRS-enabled mobile phone, it has the Windows Mobile 5.0 software, has a built-in GPS receiver for satellite navigation, has built-in Wi-fi and Bluetooth, and a 2 megapixel camera. Released in November 2006, this is a top PDA/mobile in a tiny package.
See our o2 XDA Orbit for more details
Dell Axim X51 Pocket PC Lowest Price!
Availability: Now, priced upwards of £220 inc. delivery
Hewlett Packard IPAQ HX 2490
T-Mobile MDA Range Combined PDA and mobile phone
Below is some information on MDA Vario (Pictured)
The MDA range is available free on some tariffs. One of the advantages of getting an MDA, is that you can sign to the T-Mobile Web ' n' Walk tariff, which offers some of the best data transfer deals at the moment.
More on the MDA range at t-mobile.co.uk.
Windows Mobile Software to check out:
There's a huge range of Windows Mobile software available from third-parties, to cater for all interests. Check out www.handango.com for a huge range of Windows Mobile software.
Here are a couple of our favourites:
Navigator. Excellent route planning software from mobile
navigation experts, TomTom.
||DigiGuide, via Avantgo
- Forget buying
TV listings magazines, or struggling with the TV section of the
daily newspaper, by getting daily TV and radio listings synched
to your Pocket PC or Palm PDA. There are two offerings, the Radio
Times handheld, or DigiGuide. Our favourite is the Digiguide offering.
Firstly, it's cheaper than the BBC's offering, but it offers up
to a month's worth of programme listings, allows you to mark your
favourite shows (and get an email reminder if you like), and it
has a companion online service, so you can search listings from
your web browser. Best still, if you have a complex channel line-up
(such as a Sky package), you can type in names of favourite series
(past and present), and see if and when they get repeated on any
channel - occasionally that old classic sitcom will get repeated
somewhere - and you'll be in the know.
For details, see the Radio & Telly Guide page
|How can I transfer data from another PDA?||Moving data from one PDA to another, or trying to convert a non-standard file into Pocket PC format can be troublesome. As it's such a common question, we've created a dedicated conversion page. If the information on this page isn't useful, or we're missing a format, please let us know.|
|Looking for software?||Check out www.handango.comfor a huge range of Windows Mobile software. If they don't have what you need, try www.pocketgear.com.|
|Installing software||Looking for help with software installation, or ActiveSync? See our dedicated ActiveSync page|
|Copying files to/from a Windows Mobile||
If you have files on your computer that you'd like to copy to your Pocket PC, there are several ways to achieve this:
|Looking for accessories?|
For problems with ActiveSync, see our page dedicated to Microsoft's PC synchronisation solution, Activesync
|I need help connecting||
We offer some pages of help on this, as follows:
|Help with Bluetooth||Bluetooth
allows you to connect to mobile phones, PCs and other compatible
devices without wires. Some Pocket PC devices come with Bluetooth
built-in, and some can use attachable, CF or SD card Bluetooth modules.
For help with Bluetooth connectivity for your Pocket PC, see our Bluetooth page.
|Help with MMS||If you're looking for help setting up your Windows mobile device for picture messaging (MMS), take a look at the entry on our MMS Useful Info page|
|Help with wi-fi||If you're looking to set your Pocket PC up to connect to the Internet or to your desktop PC using 802.11 wireless networking, see our dedicated WiFi page.|
We've been asked for help showing how to connect a Windows Mobile PPC to a Bluetooth headset, for hands-free voice calls. Here, we'll walk through how to connect - we're connecting an o2 XDA Orbit PPC with a Plantronics Discovery 640 (pictured - excellent value from Amazon or Misco)
You should now be paired, and ready for action.
|Twitter, Facebook, MySpace or Flickr?||
Looking to use a social networking site such as Twitter, Facebook, MySpace or Flickr? It should be possible to access the major social networking sites from your Windows Mobile device.
If you're looking for information on social networking on your mobile, or for some screenshots of these applications, check out our Mobile Social Networking page.
|Where are my backups stored on the PC||Try: c:\Documents and Settings\<username>\Application Data\Microsoft\ActiveSync\Profiles|
|ARM, MIPS or Sh3 ?||
If you come across Pocket
PC software asking you to pick one of these three options, the
one to go for is almost certainly ARM. These options represent
earlier days of Pocket PC development, where an application had
to be compiled for a specific processor. Just about all of the
Pocket PC 2002 / 2003 devices are 'ARM' (including IPAQ and Loox).
Early Casio Cassiopeia were MIPS and the early HP Jornadas were
|Remote control your PC!||
Want to be able to access your desktop PC from your Windows Mobile device while you're out and about? You'll find that you can use your mobile device to access a larger PC, using the GoToMyPC service.
|Connecting to a Mac||
Windows Mobile and Pocket PC devices are designed to sync with a desktop PC. Microsoft hasn't released a program that supports sync with a Mac, which make connection tricky. Luckily, a few companies have brought out software that supports connection between Pocket PC / Windows Mobile devices and a Mac. Here are a couple worth taking a look at:
It's important to check that the Mac Sync solution you go for supports your make and model of device
|Free up some memory||If you're finding your Pocket PC is grinding to a halt or running low on memory, it's worth noting that when you close an application with the button in the top right of the display, you're not actually closing the application, just minimising it, so it's easy to fill up your memory with open applications.
To solve this, there are several Task Manager applications out there (including the excellent Battery Pack Pro), but our favourite is Magic Button, which replaces the Close (minimise) button with a Close (and exit) button. Magic Button is available for free from www.trancreative.com.