It was my first smartphone, and it was when I really started to get into mobile phones. Windows mobile for smartphone was the most efficient mobile OS at that time, Outlook sync, smart dialing, web browsing, even multimedia with media player was state of this art. It was elegant, compact and quite easy to use once you get into it.
Obviously it was Microsoft, so you had to reboot it once in awhile or once every day, but it was just brilliant and it was a one way ticket for me. Since then, I had a hard time coming back to normal phones such as the big hit of 2005:
Nokia 3220 6230i, Siemens A62, LG C3310, Alcatel OT256, SE T290, Motorola V3 or Samsung D500e
Why was that? I think for the same reasons that make people love the iPhone today: Synchronisation, application, web browsing, multimedia capability,... Ok GPRS browsing was crappy, multimedia was not tremendous and applications were basic, but everything was there and it was a really good voice and text device.
I really do miss those windows mobile smartphone, today the only alternative to big smartphone are the Nokia E52 an 6700s. They are very good devices, far better than what was the SPV C500, but it is not the same and there is no smart dialing. Let me just say something about this, smart dialing was the killer feature of Windows mobile OS, no other device would give you the easiness to look for a contact and get in touch with it. It is so true that HTC have redeveloped this application for Android and it has been part of HTC Sense since the beginning. It was a tremendous application and that is what I miss the most.
Successor of this device were brilliant too, C550 with the dedicated hardware multimedia buttons and the QVGA screen. C600 with edge connectivity and exchange support and its two "sons" the low end S310 and the sliding full keyboard S710. The HTC Meteor was one of the first HTC branded device and was a precursor in term of battery lifetime issues :-) showing everyone how difficult it would be to have a 3G smartphone that last more than a day.
Of course I can't end this post without talking about the brilliant HTC C620, it is by far the best Windows mobile/ Symbian S60 full qwerty bar handset ever. the keyboard, the battery life, the smart dialing, ... everything was there for a brilliant texting device. Needless to say that it is the precursor of the Facebook phone and that I hope HTC will make a B2B version of it.
Next time I will tell you how Sony Ericsson broke my heart.