WM2003 vs. WM2005


This is a very short review which compares WM2003 and WM2005 running on a T-Mobile MDA I Compact (WM2003) and T-Mobile MDA Compact II (WM2005). I recently got a WM2005 device as firm equipment and this are my first impressions.


  • Booting the device takes a very long time
  • PIE: Cannot hide the adress bar
  • More clicks are necessary to access some features
  • Generally slower (but newer device!)
  • No backup application
  • Some apps not work as expected (worked for PPC2002 and WM2003)
  • MIDlet manager sometime crashes the whole system
  • MIDlet manager always asks for allowing connection to the internet (under WM2003 only asked once)
  • SIP does not indicate if it is pressed (Windows CE 2.11, PPC2002 and WM2003 does)


  • PIE full-screen feature (but: hardware keys cannot be used to switch to other applicatio)
  • Better keyboard (look likes the PPC2002 one again 😉 … but I prefer handwriting SIP) – was just a setting in keyboard options
  • All files in flash memory (no data lost when battery is empty)
  • Password required only if device is not used for X minutes (worked in PPC2002 but not in WM2003 and work again under WM2005)
  • Time for Tasks is available again (was available in Windows CE 2.11 but removed in PPC2002 and WM2003 and now available again in WM2005 – Congratulations to Microsoft!)

About hfrmobile

Nice guy but with a sarcastic type of humor. I have combined hobby and profession and I am happy about this. At the moment I am holding MCP, MCSE (NT 4.0), MCTS and MCPD certificates. Having experience in developing software for more than 15 years. Started learning programming using Pascal, Assembler, C/C++. Also having experience with non-Microsoft products / programming languages (e.g. PHP). Most experiences at the moment: MySQL, MS-SQL, PL/SQL, ASP.NET, C#, Silverlight (Windows Phone) and WPF.
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4 Responses to WM2003 vs. WM2005

  1. Unknown says:

    the midlet manager apier in window but not work any type

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