Microsoft Corp. today joined its partners in revealing nine new Windows Phone 7 handsets that will be available this holiday season from leading mobile operators in Europe, North America and Asia Pacific. With more than 60 mobile operators in over 30 countries worldwide committed to bringing Windows Phones to market, the millions of people around the world looking for a phone that plays as hard as it works will have a variety of phones from leading device-makers to choose from.
“We have a beautiful lineup in this first wave of Windows Phone 7 handsets,” said Steve Ballmer, chief executive officer at Microsoft. “Microsoft and its partners are delivering a different kind of mobile phone and experience — one that makes everyday tasks faster by getting more done in fewer steps and providing timely information in a ‘glance and go’ format.”
One good thing we liked about WP7 (windows phone 7) was its uniqueness, the whole UI was different from anything you ever had see before not like a cheap rip off android and iOS we had seen during the N8 launch but that is a different story.
We didn’t see any real multitasking at the launch preview, I guess we will have to wait and see till the phone is officially out. WP7 comes with a complete integration of bing, though it functions a lot like Google integration in android, it also the voice search feature but it kinda looked slower than android but all this will be clarified when it comes out to the consumer. Then there was the Xbox live integration which was quite good if you consider the future prospects of this feature and EA partnership its pretty awesome. In WP7 there are no icons, they have replaced them with live tiles and it has vertical scrolling unlike the horizontal in the iOS, Personally I am not the fan of the WP7 Home Screen system but thats maybe because I am more used to colorful icons and live widgets. Now we have to wait and see for a Hands on to see what it really got but by what we know so far is never been seen UI on a smartphone.
The two best things which we like about the WP7 phones tha talso makes it stand out is the MS Office integration and Consistence in OS through out all phones.
Microsoft has done a wonderful job in integrating MS Office 2010 in the phone, its a wonderful blessing for the Office people and students. In the presentation they showed off the powerpoint presentation and WP7 handled it very well with all custom animation and stuff. Microsoft claim that it can do and view just like in the desktop.
The second thing is the consistency in OS on all the phones, Microsoft has made it clear that all WP7 phones will have the same OS on all phones and there will be no Custom UI overlay by the manufacturer or the carrier and have also specified the minimum hardware requirements (which is OMG). So what’s in for the consumer? Well if you are and android user you know what a mess manufacturers create over giving out updates, there is no stream line, even the same phones has different dates of receiving the updates depending on the carrier/ country and there are still like X10 which are still stuck on oldest version. But if you are iPhone user u know all the phones around the world get the updates together (if there is a delay its of days not months). Microsoft looked at this situation and decided to go the apple way to take care of its user experience and and to ensure stream lined updates. So any manufacturer you chose you will not be left out.
Windows phone 7s Specs Compared to iPhone and Android
MS Office integration
Different manufacturer give different phones so more choice
Zune integration with wireless syncing
Excellent cloud services integration (SkyDrive, Windows Live)
No system-wide file manager
No Bluetooth file transfers
No USB mass storage mode
Limited third-party apps availability
No Flash or Silverlight support in the browser
Too dependent on Zune software for file management and syncing
No custom ringtones
No internet tethering support
No memory card slot
2010 Device distribution plan
In North America:
HTC Surround, United States
Samsung Focus, United States
LG Quantum, United States
HTC HD7, United States
Dell Venue Pro, United States
HTC 7 Surround, Canada
LG Optimus 7, Canada
LG Optimus 7, Mexico
HTC HD7, United Kingdom, Germany
HTC 7 Mozart, including France, United Kingdom
Samsung OMNIA 7, including France, United Kingdom
HTC 7 Trophy, France
Samsung OMNIA 7, France
LG Optimus 7, Spain
HTC HD7, Spain
Samsung OMNIA 7, Spain
Deutsche Telekom AG
HTC 7 Mozart, Germany
Samsung OMNIA 7, Germany
HTC 7 Trophy, including Germany, Spain, United Kingdom
LG Optimus 7, including Germany, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom
In Asia Pacific:
HTC HD 7, Singapore
LG Optimus 7, Singapore
HTC 7 Mozart, Australia
LG Optimus 7Q, Australia
HTC 7 Trophy, including Australia
For the Iphone Users and the blackberry users this may seem like a upgrade due to hardware options and change in UI, for symbian users it may seem like a giant leap but for the android users it may seem like a downgrade and specially for the android users who left iPhone for android, they will experience deja-vu. As if you look at the “bads” they are all same as the original iOS. Some experts also call it iOS with WP7 UI overlay. Though india is not included in the 2010 time frame but it is expected early 2011 as Microsoft doesn’t want Apple to get start in the blooming Indian smart-phone market.