Windows Mobile 6.5 Standard Review

This review is based on Emulator Image. Not a real phone experience.

Windows Mobile 6.5 Standard is a Non-Touchscreen version of Windows Mobile 6.5 OS.

Why Standard?? It is still very popular today due to its ease of one handed navigation though real buttons, instead of touch controls on touchscreen based phones. Entire OS is fine tuned to let a user access most features one handed though tactile feel. After sometime using the phone most common operation do not require looking at the phone - which is Impossible with touchscreen based phones. I have been using this as my favorite OS for almost 5 years, with breaks to suffer WM Professional devices. Also, this was first real Smartphone from Microsoft; not a Pocket PC Phone Edition ;-)

Samsung Jack is first announced 6.5 Standard Upgradable phone, and it is a beauty to hold and use, also has a really fast 528 Mhz CPU. The 6.5 update date or price [if any] have not been announced.

To preface the review: WM 6.1 Standard UI and UX was so far ahead of WM 6.1 Professional, there is little left to change.

 

So what’s actually new?

 

-New Default Style & Home Screen Time-out mode

 

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New Black Default theme, goes with same look that WM Pro 6.5 chrome does, but is not as exciting on WM Standard.
Because WM Standard does not get highlight effect or new upsized Menus, it’s just for product styling consistency.


There are 4 new wall papers, that came with Emulator. You see water in my screen shots, others make text unreadable, with out black text theme.

 

-IE6Mobile


Due to no touch screen, we have SkyFire-like navigation with mouse cursor on the page:

The mouse in the screenshot is actually there. When you type into textboxes, you are actually typing into them.

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User must hit a softkey once to see the chrome. Then again to select a menu item. Clicking on Zoom, brings up the zoom bar.

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To navigate across the the page when zoomed in, use the Up Down Left Right rocker, moving the mouse close to the edge of the screen.
You will only have to be in the right not that far off the center of the page to start scrolling. There will be an indicator where on the page you are.
It’s impossible to Print Screen so no screen shot, sorry. It’s very intuitive though and shows you where on the page you are.

Bing is the default search engine, right now. And looks fairly good on the device.
Also in the menu up and down arrows [indicating that more menu items are then screen shows] looks different, and we finally have “Exit”, no more “End Task”!

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A new address bar icons. The progress bar is light blue behind the address text, left to right progress.

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Browsing Modes:

To quickly switch from Desktop to Mobile UAs, check out Menu -> View. [Thanks  Alpha for letting me know ]
But I really don’t like how there isn’t a fast way to switch desktop to mobile version. Desktop is default mode.
It takes 6 clicks and navigation steps needed to get to this part: 
Here is where you can switch the default browsing mode:

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And Favorites Home screen Item, let’s you quickly navigate to selected sites from your IE Favorites list.

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-Widgets Support

 

Widgets install almost like apps, download the .wgt file or get it from Marketplace, locate it on device and run.

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[ The green check icon is mine, and does not indicate anything related to being Certified or Approved. ]

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Unfortunately, for some strange reason, I am not able to see the Icons form the Widget.
Even the built in Live Search Widget does not show it’s own Icon, hoping it’s an Emulator bug.

This was confirmed to be a bug in Emulator version. WM Standard uses .ico files. Read more here.

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I will do a Widgets Tutorial soon. For now read this one: Getting started with widgets on Windows Mobile 6.5

To remove a Widget, simply go to Remove Programs in general Settings Menu of the phone itself.

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I also noticed that I was able to install same Widget, twice and have both of them…Devs - read up on fix for that here.


-Windows Mobile Marketplace

 

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Screen shot says it all at this point. It did open in IE btw…

-Minimal UI Refresh


Reworked a few elements in menus and settings, new Loading/Busy Icon, very Windows 7 Beta boot-up like:
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What can I still do:

 

-Run 6/6.1 Standard Apps, like Live Search Mobile, Google Maps, SkyFire and others.

-Change the style and home page back to WM 6.1 look. I enjoy the Grey and Samsung Green on BlackJack II.


What I could not find:

 

-How to change my Start Menu Style to be a scrolling list in All Programs, not having to press “More” for next page. This might be something that is only specific to my BlackJack II with WM 6.1 and not the OS itself.

-Widgets are only listed in the Start Menu Program List. Not very differentiating at all, especially when custom icons did not work. [Once again, hoping it’s an Emulator bug]

 

Overall:

As an upgrade from 6.1 it’s 3.5 out of 5 stars.
As a Smartphone OS, it’s now 4.5 out of 5 stars!

 

All in all, I like it!

And I want it on my BlackJack II. There is no compelling reason why I would need new hardware for it. Especially since AT&T seems to have locked the Samsung Jack phones down so harshly.

Mostly because there is not much new for WM 6.1 Standard owners, but Standard already had it so good :-)

In fact that is actually the problem - 6.1 Standard was so polished, that not much needed to change.

I like the addition of IE6Mobile.

But it seems a little buggy in the Emulator, Ex: I could not type digits in it at all !?!

But I had trouble pulling up some mobile sites, this is most likely due to new Browser ID, so I simply get rejected and re-directed to search engine.
Hope this goes away soon. Or is an issue because I am browsing though Cradled Emulator…

And of course lack of Silverlight or Flash still puts IE6Mobile behind newer Mobile Browsers.

I’d be happy to use 6.5 Standard on a device like Samsung Jack [ if that device comes App unlocked AT&T :( ]

Widgets:

Love them. But, they can’t be added as Favorites on Sliding Panel home screen, this would have been huge!!!

I created a favorite pointed to the file, but it opens in IE, as expected. Safe to say this is IE Favorites home screen tab, bummer!!!

The widget is usable, but one looses the custom soft key menus and it just feels wrong.

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Here are some more screen shots:

 

Default Color Theme, Sliding Panel Homepage, Water wallpaper:

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Here is something new – Display time out, there are no icons shown, just Wallpaper:

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This is how the default emulator looks like, when it’s first booted up:

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Anyways, let’s hope next version would look more like this:

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Print | posted on Thursday, June 4, 2009 1:23 PM

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# re: Windows Mobile 6.5 Standard Review

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Thanks for the info. How does 6.5 use the old 2D look at the bottom of the homescreen? I have tried everything but I cannot create a scheme.xml file that will use 2D. They are all 3D. Thanks!
Left by Dean on Jun 05, 2009 12:44 PM

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To quickly switch from Desktop to Mobile UAs, check out Menu -> View.
Left by Alpha on Jun 05, 2009 6:40 PM

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This is still not enough OS upgrade. You still can't paste a shortcut or select non-contiguous items in File Explorer. The emulator image doesn't seem to include Windows Update or Office Mobile, which by the way are present in the emulator image for 6.5 Professional. For an OS upgrade I was hoping Microsoft would finally put Windows Update to use and add features to Office Mobile that are present in the Pro version but missing in the Standard version, such as creating new Word and Excel documents, and changing fonts and font sizes.

All in all, Windows Mobile 6.5 Standard is a big disappointment. It should be called at the very best, "Windows Mobile 6.1 AKU 6.5".
Left by RCC on Jun 05, 2009 7:40 PM

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Hmmm,,, windows mobile! Wow!
I like it,, thank's for writeing. Good article!
Left by bagosbanget on Jun 13, 2009 8:17 PM

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None of these guys doing the reviews seem to KNOW what thier talking about. If u wanna know what its gonna look like go to youtube and look at thee SAMSUNG OMNIA PRO B7320. It looks eexactly lik the jack and runs 6.5 standard. Its got some new homescreenss and better internet. Dontt go by these pics up heree. It loooks pretty good to me
Left by bobby on Nov 01, 2009 2:35 PM

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how do u get this to install in to your phone?
Left by julie on Nov 30, 2009 4:26 PM

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You have to check this page for upgrade availability:
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsmobile/en-us/meet/wm65-upgrade.mspx
Left by Nikita Polyakov on Dec 01, 2009 3:10 AM

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Is this available for Samsung Blackjack 2
Left by jovan on Dec 08, 2009 2:15 PM

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No it is not available for BJ II unfortunately.
Left by Nikita Polyakov on Dec 09, 2009 2:23 AM

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i have loaded ( windows mobile 6.5 ) on my ( Samsung OMNIA Pro B7320 ) that had ( windows mobile 6.1.)

simpley now i just want to get back to ( windowds mobile 6.1) that was in my ( Samsung OMNIA Pro B7320 ) when i first bought the phone.

now i want back ( windows mobile 6.1 )

how do i uninstall ( windows mobile 6.5) from my phone ( Samsung Omni Pro B7320 )

from internet i have loaded ( Jack_Windows_Mobile_6_5_Upgrade.exe )

now i want to uninstall ( windows mobile 6.5) and get back to the older (windows mobile 6.1 )

how do i remove that (windows mobile 6.5) and get back my orignal ( windows mobile 6.1) ?

kindly help

hyde_xy@yahoo.com
Left by HyderAli on Jan 31, 2010 10:30 AM

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Hyde,

You will need to find the original ROM. The instructions on the ROM download page should have specified that the upgrade is not reversable.

It over-wrote the original ROM on the device. So unless you can find a 6.1 ROM, you are stuck with 6.5 ROM. There is no un-install, it's not like an app.

If you are having issues I suggest you reach out to Samsung.
Left by Nikita Polyakov on Jan 31, 2010 10:37 AM

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thank u so much for your informative respond, cant we format it and get back the windows 6.1 ............


( Jack_Windows_Mobile_6_5_Upgrade.exe ) windows mobile 6.5 is not for my country , as i am from india , city Hyderabad.

my phone is still at service center .

do u have any idea where i can find version for my country India where i am from ......... i am using (VODAFONE INDIA) that my provider.......

i do not think so ( Jack_Windows_Mobile_6_5_Upgrade.exe ) is for my mobile ......... because it buttons configuration changed ......... and it is not searching for my Indian vodafone network .........

i brought that set ( Samsung OMNIA Pro B7320 ) in my country and in my city ..........

i was wondering if u know where online i can find ( Samsung OMNIA Pro B7320 ) {{{ windows mobile 6.5}}} for country INDIA ......... so that my phone can catch up my Vodafone-INDIA-Hydeaad..........

prevision i had I-MATE/xda-II , it was amazing , because it had reset button ...... as it was pocket pc ,,,, so that it had auto format button ...... i use to keep backup phone directory .........

i am so getting frustrated, i have phone SIM IN pocket and , i don't have any mobile phone now and sadly look like my country has only one software engineer in authorized SAMSUNG SERVICE center who travels around INDIA.


my phone is at(authorized samsung service center) ........ and i feel if they have software they can do it with in a matter of few minutes ..........

i am thinking to take back my phone if i know how to do it my self ...... to reset it ....... i am not bothered if all the information in my phone is lost or if its format .........

will be great help if u can share link from where i can load ( windows mobile 6.5 for my ( Samsung OMNIA Pro B7320 )

HYDER-ALI
Left by Hyder Ali on Feb 05, 2010 9:38 AM

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my phone b 7320 is also installed the jack upgrade 6,5 wm and my phone not compatible with this software so the function is not working and i am gooing frustated because samsung said i should change the board and its so expensive.. any idea please??
Left by adrian hartadi on Feb 05, 2010 3:25 PM

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To reset your ( windows mobile 6.1 for my ( Samsung OMNIA Pro B7320 )
this is only if you have windows mobile 6.1


u need to dial this number

*2767*3855#

i am not sure if this is only for India .

u can try .....

note: it will reset and u will lose all your information ...... i am not sure my service provider said me this .............


*2767*3855#

*2767*3855#

dila this number to reset your phone

*2767*3855#

one again all your data will be lost and your phone will be rest ..... once again not that this is only for windows mobile 6.1 not for windows mobile 6.5.
Left by Hyder Ali Himmathi on Feb 12, 2010 4:33 AM

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i have window mobile htc 620 exca100 verison 6.1may i replaced new verison 6.5 how its possible?
Left by pasha khan on Mar 23, 2010 2:43 AM

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Windows Phone Standard 6.5 update is only available for Samsung Jack.

All others will come with it installed.

So if your phone did not come with it installed, there is no options.
Left by Nikita Polyakov on Mar 23, 2010 2:57 AM

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i'm user of samsung omnia pro b7320 with upgraded windows to 6.5. i think it has so far so good, i can install any program like windows maps, facebook for windows, slick, ebuddy, many program with ***.cab and java. i think its just ok and working properly
Left by alex on May 15, 2010 4:56 AM

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I am wondering if i can upgrade my mobile samsung b7320 (purchased in India). Is the upgrade available in WSA site will work on my mobile. Quite confused form the above statement. Can some one please suggest.
I really want to try out the new OS. I am a developer too and I keep of intalling custom softwares created by me or trying out numerous other software as well.

Please suggest about the upgrade to WM6.5 gtom WM6.1
Left by Sandeepan Kundu on Jun 01, 2010 11:06 PM

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i have upgraded to 6.5 and i want to hard reset my phone, will it b reset to 6.1 or 6.5 OS ??
Left by Mifraz on Jul 15, 2010 6:32 AM

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Plz help
I upgrade my mobile to jack 6.5 and want to get back my 6.1 original to my gt b7320 samsung mobile.. plz help very soon...... plzzzzzz.... thanx
Left by Kush on Aug 30, 2010 4:28 AM

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There is no way to go back, that should have been listed on instructions.

To go back you have to find the 6.1 ROM for jack to do so.

Try these at your own risk [unless you find one on Samsung Website]:
http://www.bing.com/search?q=6.1+ROM+for+blackjack+II&form=QBRE&qs=n&sk=

Nikita
Left by Nikita Polyakov on Aug 30, 2010 6:51 AM

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i have loaded ( windows mobile 6.5 ) on my ( Samsung OMNIA Pro B7320 ) that had ( windows mobile 6.1.)

simpley now i just want to get back to ( windowds mobile 6.1) that was in my ( Samsung OMNIA Pro B7320 ) when i first bought the phone.

now i want back ( windows mobile 6.1 )

how do i uninstall ( windows mobile 6.5) from my phone ( Samsung Omni Pro B7320 )

from internet i have loaded ( Jack_Windows_Mobile_6_5_Upgrade.exe )

now i want to uninstall ( windows mobile 6.5) and get back to the older (windows mobile 6.1 )

how do i remove that (windows mobile 6.5) and get back my orignal ( windows mobile 6.1) ?

kindly help vinodanytime@gmail.com
Left by vinod on Sep 21, 2010 4:18 AM

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i have loaded ( windows mobile 6.5 ) on my ( Samsung OMNIA Pro B7320 ) that had ( windows mobile 6.1.)

simpley now i just want to get back to ( windowds mobile 6.1) that was in my ( Samsung OMNIA Pro B7320 ) when i first bought the phone.

now i want back ( windows mobile 6.1 )

how do i uninstall ( windows mobile 6.5) from my phone ( Samsung Omni Pro B7320 )

from internet i have loaded ( Jack_Windows_Mobile_6_5_Upgrade.exe )

now i want to uninstall ( windows mobile 6.5) and get back to the older (windows mobile 6.1 )

how do i remove that (windows mobile 6.5) and get back my orignal ( windows mobile 6.1) ?

kindly help hel helpplzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz vinodanytime@gmail.com
Left by kumar on Sep 21, 2010 4:32 AM

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# re: Windows Mobile 6.5 Standard Review There is no way to go back, that should have been listed on instructions.

To go back you have to find the 6.1 ROM for jack to do so.

Try these at your own risk [unless you find one on Samsung Website]:
http://www.bing.com/search?q=6.1+ROM+for+blackjack+II&form=QBRE&qs=n&sk=

Nikita
Left by Nikita Polyakov on Sep 21, 2010 8:09 AM

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می خوام windows mobaile 6.5به تنظیمات اولیه باز گردد نمیدونم چیکار کنم ؟؟؟؟؟؟؟experiya x2
Left by terminator on Oct 24, 2010 6:10 AM

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cannot install widgets, says cannot find a program to open it. is it smth. to do with the marketplace?
Left by Max on Feb 10, 2011 10:45 PM

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hay cool kindly check for new phone 2011

Samsung CandyBar Android 2.2 Phone [2.8-inch Screen, QWERTY]
Left by hyder on Mar 08, 2011 6:04 PM

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my phone "B7320" updated with crazy SAMSUNG JACK AT&T WM 6.5 self installing **** and now I can not bring it back to it's WM 6.1 Standard, keypad not working properly, Device Part number changed to i630 from b7320 even I can't make call with it. I have all needed files downloaded like CSC, Eboot, PDA and Phone images but the main issue is "The device do not enter downloader mode in any way" not by holding "J" and attaching USB cable or doing some tries with OCTANS downloader and etc, the device just turn on crazy boot up mad AT&T WM 6.5 and I can not do any thing with it, do you think I have to through it out of window or ask SAMSUNG guys to change my phone's board? ;) so many thanks in advance feel free to give me any kind of technical guide I had some like this experiences before
Left by fahim on May 10, 2011 2:52 AM

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Windows Mobile 6.5 Standard
this is very nice because some was not in older version
like copy paste option in inbox
chat room
office not installed in older version
Left by mudassar on May 22, 2011 10:26 AM

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i need farsi languege and windoswse 6.5 mobile
Left by javad on Jun 19, 2011 1:02 AM

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i have loaded ( windows mobile 6.5 ) on my ( Samsung OMNIA Pro B7320 ) that had ( windows mobile 6.1.)

simpley now i just want to get back to ( windowds mobile 6.1) that was in my ( Samsung OMNIA Pro B7320 ) when i first bought the phone.

now i want back ( windows mobile 6.1 )

how do i uninstall ( windows mobile 6.5) from my phone ( Samsung Omni Pro B7320 )

from internet i have loaded ( Jack_Windows_Mobile_6_5_Upgrade.exe )

now i want to uninstall ( windows mobile 6.5) and get back to the older (windows mobile 6.1 )

how do i remove that (windows mobile 6.5) and get back my orignal ( windows mobile 6.1) ?

kindly help

bprakash.neitl@gmail.com
Left by B Prakash on Aug 22, 2011 4:43 AM

# Windows Mobile 6.5 Standard Review

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how do i remove that (windows mobile 6.5) and get back my original ( windows mobile 6.2)
Left by charles on Oct 31, 2012 7:14 AM

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Don't belive you can, unless you have the old update handy.
Left by Nikita Polyakov on Oct 31, 2012 7:45 AM

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how can i reset window mobile 6.5 standard from Nigeria
Left by Akporue Joshua on Jan 30, 2013 4:12 AM

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please am using samsung b7330 omnia pro with window mobile 6.5 standard I want tom find out if I can download whatsapp or viber on it .
Left by papa kojo mensah woode on Jun 14, 2013 9:26 AM

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