HipLogic Alternative App Platform for Windows Mobile/Symbian S60: Slow & Chunky Looking

I’m a long time Windows Mobile user (since Windows CE 1.0). But, when was the last you recall seeing me write about testing something with Windows Mobile here. So, when I read about HipLogic over on ReadWriteWeb…

HipLogic Brings Real-Time Apps to Windows Mobile and Symbian Phones

…I headed over to…

http://www.hiplogic.com/

…found that my HTC Touch Pro2 was listed as compatible with the HipLogic platform, and pointed my IE Mobile browser at…

m.hiplogic.com

…to download and install HipLogic on the TP2.

Unfortunately, my initial impression of HipLogic is not a good one. It seemed very sluggish on the TP2 and had a navigation design that reminded me of Java apps from the late 1990s. It seemed to be able to locate my geographic position but did not communicate it to the weather app. Its low-res chunky graphical looks reminds me of the old Nintendo Gameboy.

This lowest common denominator design helps them deliver the platform and apps to multiple phone platforms (Symbian S60 3rd and 5th edition and Windows Mobile 6.0, 6.1 and 6.5 Professional) but doesn’t provide the “graphical wow” experience that I think many of expect after looking phones like the iPhone, Droid, and Nexus One.

I’m planning to keep HipLogic on my TP2 for at least a couple of more days to give it a fair shot. However, I suspect it will be uninstalled by this weekend.