Sorry to quash the irrational exuberance of suspected Zune and Halo 3 announcements, but this one is still big and you're getting it early. There’s a new web browser in town for Windows Mobile fans that goes by the name Deepfish
. It runs technology borrowed from Sea Dragon
, the imaging engine behind Photosynth
It’s free and you won’t have to wait for an update to be pushed out through your cellular carrier to get it, you can download it now
A bit about me and my phone: I’m a former diehard Sidekick user. I see a lot of people speculating about this phone and that phone, whether it will have map integration, GPS, games, MP3/video player, still/video camera, a nice graphics frontend, a good web browsing experience, and an open development platform. While they dream and speculate, I’m enjoying all of that right now.
I’ve got an HTC 8525
(w/ 2GB memory). Seamlessly syncing with my desktop Outlook, it’s the last thing I look at before going to bed (to see my schedule the next day), and the first thing I look at in the morning (as an alarm and to check email.) I can use a Bluetooth GPS
to find my way around, and I have a similar Virtual Earth experience
that I enjoy on my computer. I even see dynamic overlays of traffic
, which is important if you live in a big city. I have a great interface
when I turn it on, and now with Deepfish
I have a great web experience with it too.
Because Windows Mobile is an open platform, I have Voice Control
, RSS reader
, fullscreen touch keyboard
, FTP client
, my choice of instant messengers, and I can choose from thousands of other applications to fit any need I might have (or you could write your own, but that's for those Channel 9
guys.) I can stream all my videos, music and pictures
from my home computer to my phone on the road. There are more games than I’ll ever have a chance to try, including a great MahJong
game and a pixel perfect port
of my favorite game of all time – X-Com
. Soon, you'll even be able to use Windows Sidebar Gadgets on your phone
One little switch opens the battery compartment. I have 3 spares (including a monster
wart battery for long flights) and a charger at my desk to rotate them through so I can go days without even thinking about power. In a pinch, I can just plug in a standard old USB cable to charge my phone from any powered USB port.
But this is the best; when I’m on the road I can plug this cellphone up to my laptop to get mobile broadband.
So yes, I'm a Windows Mobile (and Deepfish) fan.