Since the introduction of Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition, also Microsoft's Smartphone version supports an increased screen resolution than the originally introduced 220 x 176 pixel display. However, so far everything was theory because phones with the supported QVGA format (320 x 240 which is also used by most of today's Pocket PCs) aren't commercially in the market yet.
Nevertheless, we can expect them soon because two phones (the SDA II and SDA II Music) were announced by T-Mobile last week as well as some information of a new Orange Smartphone (so called SPV C550) leaked some weeks ago. All three devices are expected to support QVGA - finally.
Today I've received a couple of screenshots which shows the difference. For better comparison, I've downsized the original screenshot size, please click the thumbnails to get the original QVGA size.
While you will not notice any serious differences on the Homescreen, you see the QVGA version gets one more start-menu line (on top the new 320 x 220 resolution, below the current 220 x 176 pixel resolution):
However, if you are browsing a website, you see the real benefit of the increased screen-resolution. You get way more content on the screen (on top the new 320 x 220 resolution, below the current 220 x 176 pixel resolution):
The new QVGA size looks promising and I can hardly await the new Smartphones with QVGA support since the will provide me the same user experience I already have with my Pocket PCs (I have to admit that I don't have a VGA Pocket PC today because no Pocket PC Phone Edition is supporting VGA - yet).
Cheers ~ Arne