I have been using Windows Phone 7 given July and over the past week we have been using the AT&T HTC Surround and Samsung Focus sell let go devices. we moreover had the luck to try out the LG Quantum, Dell Venue Pro, and HTC HD7 for a couple of mins each. The working network has not altered as well sufficient from the Technical Preview chronicle we looked at in height so it was easy to collect up and use these sell devices. we embedded video travel throughs of the HTC Surround and Samsung Focus, print art studio of product photos and screenshots , and enclosed more thoughts on the hardware and software. Stay tuned for follow-up posts on 3rd celebration apps, content input, and Mac synchronization.
I suggest you examine out all of my videos and coverage of the program in the Tech Preview Guide . Looking at the formerly Technical Preview chronicle of the WP7 program and what is present on today’s shipping devices, we see the subsequent to updates:
True multi-tasking, as seen on Android and Symbian, is not provided. There is a save state sort of experience identical to the way we comprehend iOS functions. Copy and gum is moreover not supported, but Microsoft settled it will be forthcoming in an refurbish in early 2011.
I regard Microsoft has completed a intrepid work with Windows Phone 7, but we am not nonetheless sole on using it as my usually device. There seems to be as well sufficient flipping, sliding, overlay over animations, and extensive times of loading when launch things similar to the Marketplace. we have difficulty adhering with a singular device that doesn’t supply me with improved focus notifications, such as for Twitter mentions, the capability to fasten by a line or wirelessly, and the capability to indeed run multi-part applications at the same time.
When we initial saw the HTC Surround we questioned the need for a device with such a dedicated orator system, but then we took a few time to use it and find it to be a flattering convincing smartphone even if the speakers are never used. Compared to the Samsung Focus, the HTC Surround is more completely built and feels really identical to the T-Mobile G2 Android device . The manifestation is good, but not as bustling as the Super AMOLED one on the Focus.
Specifications of the HTC Surround include:
The specifications are flattering sufficient what you will see opposite the Windows Phone 7 lineup, with the 16GB being on the high finish of many launch devices. The device has a earthy camera button, microUSB port, power button, and volume symbol around the edges with the 3 compulsory buttons for back, Start, and Bing search. The unique underline of the HTC Surround is the excellent stereo speakers (see my video) and cold kickstand. The one thing to keep in thoughts is that you should redress the kickstand before shifting the speakers closed or you may break off the tiny kickstand.
While the kickstand is interesting, Windows Phone 7 is a bit of a damaged experience when keyboards or kickstands spin the device in a landscape device. The Start screen, focus launcher, and other displays via the working network do NOT stagger in to landscape. Shoot, even using the lengthened speakers to attend to song is increase given the Zune song player does not rotate.
A post on 3rd celebration apps will be live shortly and the preference is flourishing daily. we do not similar to how Twitter is supposing by a dedicated app with no presentation encouragement and hope that a live tile with mentions or updates may be supposing in the future.
HTC includes their HTC Hub, that is simply a continue utility and store front for HTC apps and utilities. It is a bit unusual that you have to “fly in” (see my video) every time when you launch the application, but it is usually for a second or two. HTC apps include a print enhancer, notes, batch ticker, converter, and sound enhancer.
AT&T does obtain to place their program and services on Windows Phone 7, in paltry quantitites. Thus, you will find AT&T FamilyMap, myWireless, Navigator, Radio, and U-verse Mobile. Each of these services, with the difference of myWireless, comes with a monthly service price of $9.99. FamilyMap lets you find the other phones in your family plan. AT&T Navigator is the excellent TeleNav GPS voice-guided navigation software. AT&T Radio is a subscription service for streaming air wave stations. AT&T U-verse Mobile is a subscription service for video content. Your monthly phone bill would be outrageous if you updated all of these services and thankfully you can simply eliminate them from your phone if you want. You can increase them back after that by the Marketplace if you change your mind.
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