Some people are not happy with Microsoft’s standard UI of Windows Mobile. They say it is too complicated or too slow. Although Windows Mobile 6 is more stable and perhaps also faster than older versions (especially WM2003, 2003SE and 5), many users prefer, for example, Palm OS, which is more simple and also faster. Now the developers of Pointui want to create a stable, efficient and simple user interface which runs on Windows Mobile devices.
The home screen shows a status bar displaying your mobile provider, active data sessions, battery status and so on. Below there is a big widget which can be changed. Currently you can choose between an analog or digital clock, a calendar, a task (or appointment) list or the weather. In the lower line there are some four to programs.
When you start it the first time, it offers you a tour through its features:
The application uses the same scrolling method through the widgets or lists like TouchFLO or Picsel Browser. Furthermore, you can handle this application using your fingers as all buttons are big enough.
The next screenshots show other home screen widgets. Unfortunately, only one widget can be displayed at a time:
It has also a built-in keylock. If you tap onto the lock icon, it is activated. You can open it the same way like in Slide2Unlock (or at the iPhone).
Using the other icons in the top bar, you can view and edit some system settings:
Turning on and off worked for the phone and Bluetooth adapter, but not for the Wireless LAN module. But this doesn’t necessarily need to be the fault of this program, as my MDA III (running Windows Mobile 6.0) has some Wireless LAN problems. It is also strange that these pages (and some others) don’t appear in the standard (blue) colour theme.
In the second part of this article we will go further into details and cover other features, e. g. the support of the phone or the cooperation with standard Windows Mobile applications.