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Windows Mobile Smartphones

This site contains information on Windows-powered mobile phones using the Windows Smartphone platform

 

What is Windows Smartphone?

Windows Mobile Smartphone is a cut-down version of the Windows Mobile operating system found on handheld Windows Mobile PDA devices. The key difference is that Windows Mobile Smartphone edition doesn't support a touch screen

The latest version of the Windows Smartphone operating system is Windows Mobile v5.0, superceding the earlier Windows Smartphone 2003

 

What does Windows Smartphone offer?

Windows Mobile v5.0 smartphones come with a suite of standard Microsoft applications, which include: Internet Explorer, Windows Media, Messaging, Calendar, Contacts, Voice notes, Picture/Video viewer, Tasks, Calculator, File Explorer, and Pocket MSN Messenger / MSN Hotmail. Other applications such as a SIM manager, camera / video applications may also be included, if supported by the phone manufacturer.

Main menu
Windows Smartphone Menu

Web Browsing
Web Browsing

Windows Media Player
Windows Media Player
Agenda
Calendar Application

 

Windows Mobile Smartphone devices

Below are a few of the Window Smartphone devices:

Orange SPV e200
BT ToGo / HTC S620

BT launched this Windows Mobile device in May 2008 - the handset is provided for free with their top-end BT Total Broadband Anywhere package.

  • Operating system: Windows 6.0 Smartphone
  • Memory: 64 MB
  • Dimensions: 111 x 63 x 13 mm
  • Weight: 130 g
  • Expansion: Integrated Micro SD memory card slot
  • Connectivity: Quad-band GSM, GPRS, Wi-fi, USB, Bluetooth
  • Extras: Digital Camera

Price: The BT ToGo handset is available free on the BT Total Broadband Anywhere. More details on our BT ToGo page

Orange SPV C500

Orange SPV c500

Orange SPV C500 mobile phone is described by Orange as being the world's smallest smartphone. It includes a camera and MP3 player
  • Processor Type: ARM OMAP 730 200MHz
  • Operating system: Microsoft 2003 SmartPhone 2nd Edition
  • Memory: 64 MB
  • Display: TFT 65k colour 176 x 220 pixels
  • Dimensions: 108 x 46 x 16mm
  • Battery life: 3.5 hours talk time, 4 days standby
  • Expansion: Integrated MiniSD memory card slot
  • Connectivity: Tri-band GSM, GPRS, Infrared, USB, Bluetooth
  • Extras: MP3 player, Digital Camera

Price: Available free on selected Orange tariffs directly from www.orange.co.uk, or from Carphone Warehouse and MobileShop.

Orange SPV e200

Orange SPV e200

This powerful smartphone is the successor to the Orange SPV and the SPV E100

  • Processor Type: 132Mhz Texas Instruments OMAP 710
  • Operating system: Microsoft 2003 SmartPhone
  • Memory: 32 MB
  • Display: TFT 65k colour 176 x 220 pixels
  • Dimensions: 120 x :50 x 24mm
  • Weight: 130 g
  • Battery life: 2.5 hours talk time, 100 hour standby
  • Expansion: Integrated MMC/SD memory card slot
  • Connectivity: Tri-band GSM, GPRS, Infrared, USB, Bluetooth
  • Extras: Digital Camera

Price: Available free on selected Orange tariffs from www.orange.co.uk, or at Carphone Warehouse and MobileShop.

Motorola MPx200

Motorola MPx200

Handset became available in December 2003. Fully functioned smartphone (no camera)

  • Operating system: Microsoft 2003 SmartPhone
  • Dimensions: 89 x 48 x 27 mm
  • Weight: 116 g
  • Battery life: 5 hours talk time, 100 hour standby
  • Expansion: Integrated MMC/SD memory card slot
  • Connectivity: Tri-band GSM, GPRS
  • Extras: MP3

Price: Available on o2, Vodafone and Orange tariffs at Phones 4 U . Also at Carphone Warehouse and MobileShop.


Windows Smartphone FAQ

Looking for software?

If you're looking to get the most from your Windows Smartphone, there's a whole lot of third-party software that you can install on your device.

Check out www.handango.com for one of the widest ranges of Windows Mobile Smartphone software out there. 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 a Smartphone

If you have files on your computer that you'd like to copy to your Smartphone, there are several ways to achieve this:

  • PPC Mobile DeviceActiveSync - Certainly the easiest option, you make use of Microsoft's ActiveSync software. When your phone is connected to your PC, you'll find you can use the connection to copy files using drag-and-drop. Go to Windows "My Computer", and you should see a "Mobile Device" icon. Double-click on this icon, and it should open up the files and folders on the Windows Mobile Smartphone - you can also drag files to an installed memory card this way.
  • Bluetooth - If your desktop computer and Smartphone have Bluetooth, you can beam files in either direction. For more on Bluetooth, see our Bluetooth Pocket PC section
  • Memory card - If your smartphone takes memory cards (such as MMC or SD), you could get a card reader for your PC, and use that to transfer files
  • Email - A last resort, but you could email files to an email account, and then configure the Smartphone to download emails from that account. Not ideal, but may help if you're trying to get a small file and away from your normal desktop. More on using Email on our connectivity page.
Looking for accessories?

For a good range of spares and accessories, we recommend you try Partmaster - Spare styli, cases, Memory cards, leads and batteries can all be found on the Partmaster site for to-the-door delivery.

Also recommended for accessories is Dabs.com or you can try bidding for a bargain on eBay.co.uk

System font

We've been asked if Windows Smartphone supports different font sizes. The Windows Smartphone platform has the option of Normal or Large font. This can be accessed from Settings > More > Accessibility > "System font size". Not all apps support Large font.
Here's a comparison of small vs large in Messaging:

Standard FontLarge font

MSN Messenger

Windows MSNHere's some information on how to use MSN from your Windows Mobile device:

  • As the MSN Messenger service makes use of an Internet connection, you will need to ensure that your Windows Smartphone can go online. If you need help setting up your phone for an Internet connectiion, see our Smartphone Connected page. You'll probably want a GPRS or 3G data connection, and not a dialup connection.
  • Once you're able to connect, press the Start button, then go to 'Pocket MSN' and select 'MSN Messenger'
  • You'll then be prompted to enter your MSN username and password
Activesync problems

For problems with ActiveSync, see our page dedicated to Microsoft's PC synchronisation solution, Activesync

Bluetooth headset

Plantronics 640We've been asked for help showing how to connect a Windows Smartphone with a Bluetooth headset. Here's how to connect to using your Smartphone. Here, we're connecting with a Plantronics Discovery 640 (pictured - excellent value from Amazon or Misco.)

  • Switch on the phone's Bluetooth - 'Start' > 'Settings' > 'Connections' > 'Bluetooth', then set 'Bluetooth' to 'On'
  • Turn on the Bluetooth headset and set it to "discoverable" , so it can be 'paired' to the phone. On the Plantronics headset, 'pairing' is enabled by holding down the Call button until it goes Blue, then flashes red/blue. Refer to your headset manual if in doubt.
  • Scan for the headset - From within 'Bluetooth', press 'Menu' > 'Devices' > 'New', then wait while it scans. When found, press 'Next'
  • On the next screen, you're asked for the headset's four digit passcode. On our Plantronics, this is '0000' but check your headset manual if in doubt.

You should now be paired, and ready for action.

Memory Card

Micro SD cardMany Windows Smartphones have expansion slots for external memory cards, such as a Micro-SD card (pictured). If you're looking to extend your Smartphone's memory, recommend Amazon. There's more on storage cards on our Memory Card page

To access the storage space on an installed memory card, go 'Start'> 'More' > 'File Explorer'. Then, from File Explorer, press 'Menu', and choose option 8 'Storage card'.
Alternatively, you can access the memory card from the Windows Media application - to do this, go to the main menu, press 'Start', go to Windows Media, then press 'Menu', choose option 4 ('Library'), then choose option 2 for the storage card

I need help connecting

We offer some pages of help on this, as follows:

Got a general question? Contact us. If it's technical, best to ask in our Smartphone forum

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