Here's a closer look at five phones running Microsoft's new Windows Mobile 6.5.

Microsoft's latest mobile phone OS, Windows Mobile 6.5, was officially launched this week. So now it's up to the handset manufacturers to bring out their best hardware for the occasion.

HTC is stepping up in the biggest way, with the HTC Pure, HTC Imagio, HTC Ozone, and HTC Tilt 2. Samsung's also joining the Windows Mobile 6.5 crew with the Samsung Intrepid.

If you believe that the operating system is the heart and soul of any smartphone, you're probably more interested in Windows Mobile 6.5 itself than the hardware it's on. Microsoft's mobile platform is decidedly less flashy than the iPhone or Palm's WebOS, but it'll get you through the work day with its eye towards productivity.

Sure, the reviews are pretty dismal so far, calling it a mostly cosmetic update that isn't worth an upgrade to a new phone, but we know some of you don't care what the critics say: it's WinMo or bust, and only the newest version will do.

For all those WinMo enthusiasts - we know you're out there somewhere - have some choices to make, should your current contract be up for renewal soon.

So here's our gallery of the five latest Windows Mobile 6.5 phones, looking all slick in their marketing photos. As with any phone, choose wisely, as you'll be stuck with it for two years.

The HTC Imagio

The HTC Imagio's aesthetics make it a good-looking handset, but its not all style over substance, as it also features a 5Mp autofocus camera, GPS and a 3.6in WVGA touchscreen.

The HTC Pure

Adhering to HTC's baffling habit of switching product names when launching a product, the HTC Pure was once known to tech watchers as the HTC Touch Diamond 2.

Whatever you call it, it's a mildly received but relatively inexpensive way to get Windows Mobile 6.5. There's a 3.2in WVGA touchscreen, a 5Mp camera and HTC's TouchFLO 3D interface, but a proprietary headphone jack instead of a standard 3.5mm output. At least it looks nice.

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Here's a closer look at five phones running Microsoft's new Windows Mobile 6.5.

HTC Tilt 2

If the other three HTC phones didn't strike you, the Tilt 2 might, because of its familiarity. It's got the same hardware as the existing Touch Pro 2 (pictured), but with an eye towards business uses thanks to HTC's Straight Talk conference calling feature.

You'll also get a 3.6in widescreen WVGA display, a slide-out qwerty keyboard and a 3.2Mp camera.

Samsung Intrepid

Samsung's Windows Mobile 6.5 phone has a 2.5in QVGA screen atop a full qwerty keyboard, with a 3.2Mp camera. It's the first device to use Microsoft's TellMe feature, which uses voice recognition for phone dialing, text messages and web searches.

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  2. The HTC Tilt 2 and the Samsung Intrepid
  3. The HTC Ozone


Here's a closer look at five phones running Microsoft's new Windows Mobile 6.5.

The HTC Ozone

The HTC Ozone has a qwerty keypad right on the front of the device. It also benefits from a 2.4in touchscreen and a 2Mp camera. For software, you'll get a bunch of pre-loaded tools, such as an MP3 splitter, visual voice mail and the usual Microsoft Office trimmings.

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  1. We take a closer look at the phones running Microsoft's latest OS
  2. The HTC Tilt 2 and the Samsung Intrepid
  3. The HTC Ozone