Pros: Free; Quick access to information; Pretty smooth experience on touchscreen phones ; ;
Cons: Can't create tiles for Web sites; Limited number of applications; Not as fun on smart phones without a touchscreen
Verdict: This Windows Mobile app tries to make accessing Web-based content more fun with a unique tile interface, but it's not ready for prime time.
How Zumobi Works
Zumobi has certified and recommends using the application on the Motorola Q, Samsung BlackJack, HTC Dash, and HTC Touch, though it should work on most phones running Windows Mobile 5 or 6.
Tiles can be sent to your handset from a gallery on Zumobi's Web site. The site is free, but there is a small sponsor link at the bottom of each tile. The selection includes AP Sports, Flickr, MTV News, and Solitaire. Unfortunately, only 75 tiles were available when we tested the product (versus up to 20,000 from competitors such as Plusmo). Our favorite was a surprisingly challenging game of Hangman. Zumobi is fun to use, as you navigate among the tiles by zooming in and out.
Touchscreen Phones vs. Non-Touchscreen Phones
Zumobi looked a lot cleaner on a BlackJack than it did on the Tilt because the icons are smaller, but the performance was much worse. There was an unusual amount of lag, and each tile icon took about 4 seconds to load. Navigation without a touchscreen isn't nearly as fun, because it doesn't feel as interactive, and you have to rely entirely on your number pad. It also crashed every time we used it.
Although Plusmo isn't as compelling graphically, it's ad-free and doesn't limit the number of tiles you can have on your phone at one time; Zumobi caps it at 16. Nevertheless, if Zumobi can beef up the number of widgets, it will be worth a second look.
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