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VIDEOVIEW: HTC VueFLO Easy Navigation Technology
Posted by Arne Hess - on Wednesday, 02.05.07 - 15:19:34 CET under 08 - Reviews - Viewed 24278x
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HTC is pretty active in adding new, uncommon features, to its Windows Mobile devices. For instance HTC was the first (and so far the last) which added the JOGGR (see the::unwired's preview here) to its HTC Excalibur Windows Mobile Smartphone which replaced the jogwheel as used for ages.
Now, with the HTC Athena (also known as T-Mobile Ameo or HTC X7500 Advantage), HTC added another technology it calls "VueFLO" which uses the G-Sensor which the Athena includes.
Basically, the G-Sensor was designed to protect the hard disk from damages, in case the device drops or gets other shocks but the G-Sensor can also be used for navigating through the operating system.

While HTC hasn't enabled it for all Windows Mobile features and menus, it's part of the browser experience which means you can scroll through websites horizontal and vertical without using the stylus or joystick but simply by moving the device up and down, left and right.
VueFLOw is activated with the button right to the display and once enabled, it's indicated with an additional icon in the task bar:

Depending on the direction (up, down, left, right) the dot in the circle either goes up or down, left or right. However, it's not a 4 way navigation only but VueFLO even supports 8 ways:

Bellow a video which shows you VueFLO in action:

Final Conclusion

I've played quite a while with VueFLO and for me, it's still a gimmick. A pretty fancy one but a gimmick which I can do without well and which I wouldn't miss at all. Sure, it shows what a Pocket PC can do today and HTC integrated it smooth but I haven't seen the real benefit at all. At the end I have to use the stylus or joystick anyway to open a link.

Cheers ~ Arne


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