Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 15th Feb 2010 15:47 UTC
Windows So, after much, much speculation and many, many rumours, Microsoft finally took the wraps off Windows Phone 7 Series, its newest mobile operating system. Hold on to your hats, because uncharacteristically for the Redmond giant, they've rebuilt everything from the ground up - this system has little to no connection to the Windows Mobile of yore. I don't say this lightly - but dear lord, Windows Phone 7 Series is full of win. Update: Hands-on video from Engadget inside. Update II: There is no sync application. It's all done over-the-air, to the internet. Only videos and music are synced via the Zune software. Update III: Since I didn't mention it clearly, here it goes: Windows Phone 7 Series is a clean break. There is no backwards compatibility at all. Update IV: Channel9 has a 22-minute in-depth demonstration of Windows Phone 7 Series.
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RE: wow!
by ssa2204 on Mon 15th Feb 2010 17:29 UTC in reply to "wow!"
ssa2204
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2006-04-22

Holy crap! I thought I was going to stick with my Treo 800w with WM6.1 for a few more years, but if Sprint comes out with a GOOD WP7 handset, I'll be upgrading. I love the UI! It's so simplistic and gorgeous. I love how high contrast it is, too!

Wow, props MS. I'm really surprised by this.


I had 100% opposite reaction. The old WM6 may be just that, but it is highly functional that most importantly does NOT rely on touch screens. This touch fad would work fine if we were not dealing with 3" screens. Mind you I have actually small fingers, and even I find the touch on iPhones to be excruciatingly annoying. If a WMP7 phone from HTC did come with a stylus, sure then maybe it is worth considering if it offers something more. But it seems that Microsoft has said to hell with business users in favor of Joe consumer. Which is fine, and the smart thing to a degree. But I do not need Xbox live connection, Twitter, or any of that garbage on a phone. It seems they want to just "social" network these phones up the ying yang when I personally find "social" networking to be idiotic (sorry Ashton, I don't give a f**k about your Twittering).

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RE[2]: wow!
by helf on Mon 15th Feb 2010 17:31 in reply to "RE: wow!"
helf Member since:
2005-07-06

yeah, I tried multitouch phones and hated it, but they all had smaller UIs. The UI on this one had most of the widgets oversized and easy to hit.

We will see, tho. I tried out webos for a month before calling it quits and going back to my trusty 800w. I do like how I can do 99% of everything with just the dpad and keypad.

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RE[3]: wow!
by ssa2204 on Mon 15th Feb 2010 17:52 in reply to "RE[2]: wow!"
ssa2204 Member since:
2006-04-22

I found I could type in a web address about 50%+ faster using my stylus in WM6 over an iPhone. Of course I also have a HTC Tilt with a slide out keyboard...which is half way usable. Maybe HTC will come out with a new Tilt that will have a keypad slide out.

BTW, as for the "There is no sync application. It's all done over-the-air, to the internet". In other words you pay $50+ for internet access at home, and another $35 for just your phone. That $35 gives you 200mb, which is really not much when you think about it. So maybe on the safe side you want more, the 5GB plan which will now cost you $60. Any wonder why these cell phone carriers are so in love with smartphones? They also almost defeat the purpose of even having Wifi on the phone if your forced into a data plan.

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