HP iPAQ hw65xx and hw69xx User Interface

1/16/2009 11:01 PM
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Because the HP iPAQ hw65xx and hw69xx Mobile Messenger devices have square screens and a different set of buttons and keys from most current Pocket PC devices, Styletap Platform on the Mobile Messenger uses several new UI conventions. The downloadable attachment provides an illustrated guide.

1. Hiding the taskbar and command bar. On the HP iPAQ Mobile Messenger devices, the Windows Mobile taskbar (at the top of the screen) and the StyleTap command bar (at the bottom) overlap the main application window of a StyleTap application. You can hide or show the taskbar and command bar by pressing the left action key, just below the screen (with the "Contacts" icon on the hw65xx).

By default, these bars are initially hidden when you run a StyleTap application on these devices. StyleTap runs slightly faster when the taskbar and command bar are hidden.

2. Application menus. The menu key (to the right of the Tab key in the bottom row) causes the current application menu to be shown/hidden.

On devices that have a hardware keyboard, like the Mobile Messengers, menu shortcut characters (which are displayed beside each menu option) can be entered from the keyboard. While the menu is active, you can press a shortcut key to select the corresponding menu option.

3. Virtual keyboard. With the StyleTap command bar showing, you can use the SIP (keyboard) icon to bring up the virtual keyboard/input area. When the SIP is up, only part of the application is visible; you can scroll the screen using the up/down navigation keys.

4. The right action key (with the "Messaging" icon on the hw65xx) exits the application. From any StyleTap application, press this button to jump back to the StyleTap Launcher. From the StyleTap Launcher, press the button to terminate StyleTap.

5. Using hard keys to control games. Some games need access to the four Palm hard keys. On a HP iPAQ hw65xx or hw69xx with StyleTap, you can use Game Mode to access these keys. To switch to Game Mode, press the blue function key (lower left corner) followed by the left action key (with "Contacts" icon on the hw65xx). In Game Mode, the keyboard keys Q, W, O and P generate Palm key codes for hard key 1 (usually the Calendar key on a Palm device), hard key 2 (usually the Address Book key), hard key 3 (usually the To Do key) and hard key 4 (usually the Notes key) respectively. Game mode lasts until you press Alt and the left action key again, or switch out of or terminate the current application.