Mobinnova ICE Hands On

At CES GearLog had the chance to take a look at Mobinnova’s Windows Mobile device, the ICE. In case you can’t recall what Mobinnova is or does, you might want to check this article here. That is right, its the company that will probably take over after HTC and create the XPERIA X2 with SonyEricsson.

The Mobinnova ICE is, according to GearLog, an unusual Windows Mobile phone, since its a dual screen device. There is a main 3inch WQVGA screen and a second one, used as a virtual cursor pad. Other features include, Windows Mobile 6.1, 3G, GPS, Wi-Fi, 3MP camera and a 528 Mhz Qualcomm 7201A processor.

Mobinnova also kitted the device with a custom today screen, MobiFriends as it is called. Quoting the source of this article:

Mobinnova’s put some custom software on here to differentiate themselves from the mass of Windows Mobile phones. “MobiFriends” is a carousel of pictures of your friends, much like T-Mobile’s MyFaves but with eight friends instead of five. Tap on a photo, and you get all the various ways you could contact someone. Mobinnova also loaded in a bunch of custom menus with large icons so you can easily get to various features without having to pull out a stylus.

But alas, press the wrong button and the old Windows Mobile home screen pops up. Not only that, but you can summon a mode where the screen is cluttered with icons in different orientations – it’s hard to figure out which way to turn the phone! Windows Mobile looks, and works, great sometimes, but it’s hard to shake the feeling that it’s holding some of its more innovative licensees back, and it looks downright 20th-century compared to, say, the Palm webOS.

The first Windows Mobile device by Mobinnova looks very promising, and since GearLog didn’t comment on the quality of the device all we can hope now is that it will be as good as HTC’s newest devices, or even better. HTC is after all, the benchmark in Windows Mobile devices.

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