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Windows Mobile vs. Pocket PC

Discussion in 'Audio, Video & Electronics' started by japac1, Jul 18, 2008.

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    I have 2 questions (as I know nothing of these topics, and it seems there are many people here who do). First, I am confused about the difference between Windows Mobile and Pocket PC. This is what I think: You can have a windows mobile device or a windows mobile device on the pocket pc platform. After reading online, it seems the 2 are the same. Furthermore, I am looking for a pocket PC smartphone that will work with my BT and also is compatible with software I install on it. For example, I use Epocrates, which is a medical database. Their requirements include either Palm (which I have currently) or Pocket PC/Windows Mobile, but not Windows Mobile or Blackberry. I am just confused about the difference between Pocket PC and windows mobile. Can you get a pocket pc device running another OS? I assume there are devices running windows mobile that are not pocket PC's...Sorry for the long post....
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    A Pocket PC is to Windows Mobile as Palm device is to Palm OS.
    A Pocket PC runs the Windows Mobile operating system. If that software says it's compatible with both Palm and Windows Mobile, then your Pocket PC device will be able to run it, depending on which version of Windows Mobile is required and which version your Pocket PC is running.



    Just for reference, I have a smartphone; Verizon Wireless XV6900 (also known as the HTC Touch) that runs Windows Mobile 6.0. My brother calls it my "Palm", which is completely incorrect seeing as it's a Windows Mobile platform.



    ** Note **
    Microsoft is dropping the Pocket PC naming scheme and will no longer be calling it Pocket PC. Phones that run Windows Mobile but don't have touchscreens are now "Windows Mobile Classic" devices. Phones that have WM but have touchscreens, such as my phone, are now "Windows Mobile Professional" devices.

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    Thanks for your reply. Makes perfect sense now. Can you tell me how you like your verizon xv6900? I am thinking about upgrading. Currently, I have a razr and an old Palm PDA and I want to combine forces and also try windows platform. I am concerned (as is everyone on this forum) about how these phones (ie XV6900) pair with your Bimmer.
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    I don't know how it would pair with my Bimmer seeing as my Bimmer is an old timer who doesn't understand technology with blue teeth... :)


    I am very satisfied with my phone. I love the looks, except for the fact that it's white. Sprint has the black version. I'm mad that Verizon only has white and not the black, but oh well.

    The device has enough memory to run quite a few applications at a time. 256MB ROM and 128MB RAM is plenty, IMO. If there will be another OS upgrade in a few years, then the abundant ROM should be enough to run it. I really like the screen on it. Most PDA smartphones have a screen that's a bit recessed into the device, like the XV6800 (which I have and want to sell - want to buy it? nearly mint), and I find it hard to use those kinds of devices with your finger. The XV6900's screen is smooth across and does not recess into the device, making it much easier to tap the edges of the screen with your finger and actually register a response.

    It also features a new kind of text entry that's similar to a regular mobile phone, making it easier to use with your finger. It includes a stylus though, so if you want to use that then you have the option to.



    I could go on, but I'm at work. :)


    If you're interested in the XV6800 though, let me know. I liked it while the vibrate worked. It stopped, so I sent it back for a replacement, got another dud, so I sent it back and finally got back a decent unit. In all that time, I bought the XV6900, tired of waiting, so the working XV6800 I got back is for sale. $250 negotiable, if interested. Includes charger and leather belt-clip case (really like this case).

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    Good sales pitch!!....but I am holding out for the XV6900. But it's got to work in my car...
    Thanks again for your help...
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    No problem, mate. ;)

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