Maz, many phones will now launch as 6.1 phones and then offer free 6.5 updates after launch. M$ delayed the launch so long that the phone makers are stuck launching new hardware with the old OS.
There's alot of nice WinMob phones coming out, many of which are currently on HTC's site.
As for 6.5 itself, it's a nice update and actually I disagree with the OP, touch-screen focus is what M$ has needed since the Audiovox and UT Starcomm devices, the tiny X and tiny menu options are terrible on what were already limited screens. Having used the HTC Touch Pro, Samsung Omnia and currently Palm Treo Pro, and a dozen previous WInMOb phones I can say that it's about time. I like the Treo Pro, but mainly because I can navigate easily with the metal ring and not have to use the Stylus, and I say that as someone whose still using a Kyocera 7135 which is 6 years old and is about as geared to touch screen as any WinMob 6.1 device.
Yes the good thing is that new HTC devices like TOUCH PRO 2 and Touch Diamond 2 support WM 6.5 also if u look @ new HTC phones from Touch Diamond 2 till now,u will see that they have changed a lot from past making them a reasonable/good choice.
Although WM phones doesn't support MultiTouch/Capacitive screen (currently) but lets not forget that WM has unlimited options of customizing
I wish Verizon would already release WM 6.5 on HTC TP2. Sure there are cooked ROMs but I don't want to have my warranty voided. It would be different if I could save my current ROM state and re-flash it if I don't like it. Kind of like an disk image.