AT&T has announced its first two models running Windows Mobile 6.5, the newest version of Microsoft’s operating system for smartphones. The AT&T Pure — which has a tablet-shape — has just launched, while the AT&T Tilt 2 will debut later this month.
Despite the proprietary names, these are versions of two smartphones already available from other carriers; the Pure is this carrier’s name for the HTC Touch Diamond2, while the Tilt 2 will be a version of the HTC Touch Pro2.
A Comparison of the AT&T Tilt 2 and AT&T Pure
These two smartphone will have much in common — they will both run Windows Mobile 6.5 Pro on 528 MHz processors, have WVGA touchscreens, mobile broadband, Wi-Fi, GPS, and microSD card slots. They will have different designs, though.
The Pure has a tablet shape with a 3.2-inch display, and depends on its on-screen keyboard. The Tilt 2, on the other hand, will have a 3.6-inch slide-and-tilt display and a horizontally-oriented QWERTY keyboard.
The Pure has a 5.0 MPx camera, while the Tilt2 will have a 3.2 megapixel one.
Microsoft + HTC
Both models employ the HTC TouchFLO 3D user interface on top of Windows Mobile. This is a fingertip-friendly UI that extends the homescreen with a number of tabs, each with a different focus: e-mail, music, calendar, applications, etc.
Underneath this is Microsoft’s standard suite of entertainment and productivity applications, including Office Mobile and Outlook Mobile.
These devices will include other apps too, like Opera Mobile and a Facebook client as well.
Pricing and Availability
As mentioned earlier, the AT&T Pure is available now in stores and at www.wireless.att.com. It sells for $150 with a two-year contract of at least $70 per month, and a $50 mail-in rebate.
The AT&T Tilt 2 will be released in the coming weeks for $300, under the same contract and rebate conditions.