I recently bought an AT&T Fuze, the latest Windows Mobile powered device in the US. It is in the mail right now and should be here next week some time. When I get it I plan on doing a full on Fuze vs. iPhone comparison. But before I get it, I just wanted to give a look at the history of the WM powered phones I’ve been using for the last 4-5 years and what made me decide to get another, even while around a year ago I wrote that it is broken beyond repair.
My first was the Cingular 8125 (HTC Wizard). It came with Windows Mobile 5 and I loved it at the time. It did everything and did it decently. When Windows Mobile 6 came out it was an excitting time, getting the latest hacked WM6 roms for the Wizard and all that entailed. Over all I really liked the 8125 and I still believe that it was a BETTER device then the 8525 is.
The only issue I ever had with my 8125 is the screen drift issue, where you had to align the screen about every 2-3 days. I eventually cracked the screen on it due to my own stupidity/anger at the drift issue.
I bought an AT&T 8525 (HTC Hermes) after that…. and this device has really turned me off of windows mobile in the last year or so. Couple that with the fact that my work phone is an iPhone, I really had a hatred growing inside of me for WM. I still believe in the post I wrote and that Windows Mobile is broken beyond repair. What I mean by this is that if Microsoft wants to compete seriously with the iPhone, all WM base needs to be thrown out and they need to start over.
I don’t know what went wrong during the hardware design phase of the 8525 but someone some where really screwed the pooch. This phone has really been nothing but problems with me since I first got it. The device has always seemed to run SLOWER then my 8125 did, and it always seems to be having issues, ESPECIALLY lately. Most recently the phone is locking up ALL the time on me and some days I’ll miss multiple calls and text messages because of this.
I believe part of the issues with the 8525 compared to the 8125 are due to the 8525’s under powered single processor. The 8125 actually had 2 processors in it. 1 for the OS related tasks, and 1 that managed all the phone’s radio related tasks, like calls, data, and text messaging. The 8525 does both OS and radio tasks on 1 400 mghz Samsung processor, and I believe this is where the 8525’s shit-factor really comes in to play.