Today, many Pocket PC phones have 240x240 resolution because Windows Mobile 5.0 doesn't support 320x320 resolution and the next square screen resolution supported is 480x480.
However, when it comes to prices of touch screens, the screens with 480x480 are too expensive. So Pocket PC phone manufacturers, who wanted to use square resolution in order to accommodate a QWERTY keyboard, were forced into 240x240.
Examples of devices sporting the square screens are the HP iPaq HW6515, HW6715, Palm Treo 700w, and Fujitsu Siemens Pocket LOOX T830 Pocket PC phones. Look for some others later in 2006.
When regular Pocket PC applications and games are run, the square screens cut off the information below the 240 pixel mark. Sometimes, they do scroll but often that's not the case which means that about 25 percent of the display is missing.
The only real solution to this problem is to have software that is designed to accommodate the 240x240 resolution.
Developers have begun to rework existing games and applications to work on square screen devices but a convenient list of what's currently available is a little difficult to come by.
A convenient list of 240x240 applications and games has been assembled at:
Dozens of programs are listed and it is maintained and updated regularly as new software becomes available.
About The Author:
Steve Bralovich is a Pocket PC enthusiast, developer and business owner.
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