Hands on: Windows Phone 7 devices

Microsoft announced 10 new Windows Phone 7 handsets for various mobile operators worldwide today.

Launching on October 21 in Europe/Asia and November 8 for those in the Unites States, there's a number of different options for those wanting to grab a Windows Phone 7 device this holiday season. At the London launch of Windows Phone 7 today, Neowin got an early hands on with a number of different Windows Phone 7 devices. Here's our first impressions of some of the best.

LG Optimus 7

The LG Optimus 7 sports a 3.8" LCD display. Although not the best display of the bunch, the colours are still vibrant and clear. The device also comes with a 1GHz CPU, 16GB of storage and a 5MP LED flash. So if you're looking for a large amount of space then this is a good starting point. Overall the device felt great in the hand and we liked the rounded bottom.

Samsung Omnia 7

The Samsung Omnia 7 sports a 4" super AMOLED display that will knock your socks off. The image quality from this display is jaw dropping. The Omnia 7 also sports a 1GHz Qualcomm CPU, 5MP camera and 8GB of storage. It doesn't have the best storage in the business but if you're looking for a device with a crisp display then this is right up there.

HTC 7 Trophy

 

The HTC 7 Trophy takes advantage of a 3.8" display coupled with 8GB of storage and a 5MP LED flash camera. It seems that this will be more of HTC's entry devices for Windows Phone 7 which will be priced less than devices such as the HD7. Good starter device for those who do not want to invest in something more costly.

HTC HD7

The HTC HD7 certainly stole the show at the Windows Phone 7 launch today. Packing a 1Ghz Qualcomm chip, a massive 4.3" LCD display and 8GB or 16GB of storage, this is a beast of a phone. There's also a dual-led 5MP camera on the back and a stand to allow you to watch movies on the device whilst it sits on your favourite table.

Dell Venue Pro

The Dell Venue Pro was one of our favourite Windows Phone 7 device of the day. The device has a dazzling 4.1" AMOLED display that sits perfectly in the well built casing around it. The straight lines of the device fit perfectly with Microsoft's Metro UI. The Dell feels extremely well built with a gorilla glass display and a great feeling back. The device also features the standard 5MP camera and 1GHz CPU. The slide out keyboard is responsive and offers a great alternative to touch screen typing. Our favourite device alongside the HD7.

Neowin also compared the iPhone 4 to the HTC HD7 on a number of different aspects. We compared mail, music and home screens and you can see the results in our gallery below.

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Cyryl The Wolf said,
HEY EVERYONE!! Before you start thinking that Windows Phone 7 is so awesome...

Read what I read HERE...

http://www.computerworld.com/s...thering_for_Windows_Phone_7

NO TETHERING FOR WINDOWS PHONE 7 DEVICES.

That's right. You're NOT going to be able to use that 3G connection that you pay for on your LAPTOP.

Think about that BEFORE you pass up something that's AWESOME...like an Android phone. (PDAnet is a FREE APP, BTW.)

That could change in future generations. The iPhone did not allow tethering for the longest time.

Cyryl The Wolf said,
HEY EVERYONE!! Before you start thinking that Windows Phone 7 is so awesome...

Read what I read HERE...

http://www.computerworld.com/s...thering_for_Windows_Phone_7

NO TETHERING FOR WINDOWS PHONE 7 DEVICES.

That's right. You're NOT going to be able to use that 3G connection that you pay for on your LAPTOP.

Think about that BEFORE you pass up something that's AWESOME...like an Android phone. (PDAnet is a FREE APP, BTW.)

Another scared fanboy...

OK, dude we get it, you hate the device. But that doesn't mean you need to be on here harassing others who want to take a look at one.

Get lost.

Cyryl The Wolf said,
HEY EVERYONE!! Before you start thinking that Windows Phone 7 is so awesome...

Read what I read HERE...

http://www.computerworld.com/s...thering_for_Windows_Phone_7

NO TETHERING FOR WINDOWS PHONE 7 DEVICES.

That's right. You're NOT going to be able to use that 3G connection that you pay for on your LAPTOP.

Think about that BEFORE you pass up something that's AWESOME...like an Android phone. (PDAnet is a FREE APP, BTW.)


Hmmm, it's interesting that you are replying to everyone with pro-android, anti-winpho7 comments...
Just keep in mind that competition is good, and that's what makes android such a great platform because of the innovation that comes out of that. And I applaud them for such a good job.

But microsoft is taking a new design philosophy and strategy and I still have to give them credit for. I'm just interested to see how the market reacts, because we can't say definitively that windows phone 7 is going to fail before it's even launched. We just have to wait and see.
Consider how much money microsoft threw into the xbox, and it was only the 360 that was really successful. So they're definitely going to be in this for the long haul, and so we have no idea what the smartphone market's going to look like in 4 or 5 years considering how much it's changed in the last 2 years.
And Microsoft is the underdog now, so they'll try their best and hopefully windows phone will turn out great and force competitors like android to continue innovating and creating new products. ^^

Cyryl The Wolf said,
HEY EVERYONE!! Before you start thinking that Windows Phone 7 is so awesome...

Read what I read HERE...

http://www.computerworld.com/s...thering_for_Windows_Phone_7

NO TETHERING FOR WINDOWS PHONE 7 DEVICES.

That's right. You're NOT going to be able to use that 3G connection that you pay for on your LAPTOP.

Think about that BEFORE you pass up something that's AWESOME...like an Android phone. (PDAnet is a FREE APP, BTW.)

You know the iPhone did not support tethering for 2 generations right. Geeses, grow up.

Cyryl The Wolf said,
HEY EVERYONE!! Before you start thinking that Windows Phone 7 is so awesome...

Read what I read HERE...

http://www.computerworld.com/s...thering_for_Windows_Phone_7

NO TETHERING FOR WINDOWS PHONE 7 DEVICES.

That's right. You're NOT going to be able to use that 3G connection that you pay for on your LAPTOP.

Think about that BEFORE you pass up something that's AWESOME...like an Android phone. (PDAnet is a FREE APP, BTW.)

The Android looks nice too bad wasn't available when I had gotten my n900.

Cyryl The Wolf said,
HEY EVERYONE!! Before you start thinking that Windows Phone 7 is so awesome...

Read what I read HERE...

http://www.computerworld.com/s...thering_for_Windows_Phone_7

NO TETHERING FOR WINDOWS PHONE 7 DEVICES.

That's right. You're NOT going to be able to use that 3G connection that you pay for on your LAPTOP.

Think about that BEFORE you pass up something that's AWESOME...like an Android phone. (PDAnet is a FREE APP, BTW.)

Hope people like you sell their Windows Phones for cheap on eBay for 200 dollars. Then I can get one without paying 400-600 on a Windows Phone. I wasted my contract price on a crappy iPhone.

thextinct said,
No phones have front facing camera. I'm starting to like Microsoft's/partner's ways for not including something that has no future whatsoever.

Y'know... I've thought that, too. I just can't see the point in a front-facing camera. Video calls? On a mobile device?

As if the number of idiots just trying to TALK on their cell phones while driving wasn't high enough!?!? NOW we have to contend with them talking AND looking at their phone?

Even so... I think that if they're on their phones while driving...the GPS ought to detect a rate of speed higher than 4 mph and DISABLE the video call option. LOL

Aside from that... Really... Who's going to use that on a regular basis? Especially since it's just another way to ruin the battery life AND it's much more bandwidth-intensive function. If you have problems with dropped voice calls... GOOD LUCK WITH VIDEO CALLS.

It's just...retarded.

Cyryl The Wolf said,
As if the number of idiots just trying to TALK on their cell phones while driving wasn't high enough!?!? NOW we have to contend with them talking AND looking at their phone?
Couldn't help but picture the people walking around talking on Bluetooth, doing this instead.

Cyryl The Wolf said,
Even so... I think that if they're on their phones while driving...the GPS ought to detect a rate of speed higher than 4 mph and DISABLE the video call option.
Passengers are going that same speed. Constantly running the GPS unit, even if only done while video calling, would also add heat and serve to destroy battery life even further.

Cyryl The Wolf said,
Who's going to use that on a regular basis? Especially since it's just another way to ruin the battery life AND it's much more bandwidth-intensive function. If you have problems with dropped voice calls... GOOD LUCK WITH VIDEO CALLS.
It does hurt battery life even more, and it would use more bandwidth (on limited plans this would obviously be a negative moving forward when it's eventually unlocked for over the network usage). However, I would bet that dropped calls would be a greater issue than video calls simply because of how robust network communication is compared to voice calls over GSM. Certainly, you will lose it if you lose signal, but the random dropped call is more of an artifact of the tower hand off, usually. Switching data just means dropping packets and will cause stuttering, but as long as the protocol is robust, then it should work regardless.

Somehow it reminds me of one of those extinct Zune devices.

je je, Picture #17 compares one of the phones with an iPhone! That means a lot for the iphone community.

Kondrath said,
I really hope these sell well, but I don't know if I can get used to the UI...

...which is PRECISELY why you and MILLIONS of others just WON'T buy it.

Good one. You hit it right on the head! People will THINK about it...but will eventually walk away from it in favor of a more robust interface that they can easily configure. REMEMBER FOLKS. MICROSOFT HAS SPECIFICALLY WENT OUT OF THEIR WAY TO KILL THE ABILITY OF THE DEVICE MANUFACTURERS AND USERS TO RECONFIGURE THE INTERFACE. (Sorry, HTC. No more "SenseUI" for you. Such a lovely interface it was, too... Pity.)

It's nothing more than yet ANOTHER locked-down device by Microsoft. They've already effectively alienated themselves from any power-users who have awesome options that WILL do what they want...such as the Android phones.

Even the iPhones are better than this garbage. Sure...you have to jailbreak it first but... Whatever.

This is just NOT cool.

Cyryl The Wolf said,

...which is PRECISELY why you and MILLIONS of others just WON'T buy it.

Good one. You hit it right on the head! People will THINK about it...but will eventually walk away from it in favor of a more robust interface that they can easily configure. REMEMBER FOLKS. MICROSOFT HAS SPECIFICALLY WENT OUT OF THEIR WAY TO KILL THE ABILITY OF THE DEVICE MANUFACTURERS AND USERS TO RECONFIGURE THE INTERFACE. (Sorry, HTC. No more "SenseUI" for you. Such a lovely interface it was, too... Pity.)

It's nothing more than yet ANOTHER locked-down device by Microsoft. They've already effectively alienated themselves from any power-users who have awesome options that WILL do what they want...such as the Android phones.

Even the iPhones are better than this garbage. Sure...you have to jailbreak it first but... Whatever.

This is just NOT cool.

Wow, seems like you haven't got laid in a while.

Relax dood it's just a phone.

Cyryl The Wolf said,

...which is PRECISELY why you and MILLIONS of others just WON'T buy it.

Good one. You hit it right on the head! People will THINK about it...but will eventually walk away from it in favor of a more robust interface that they can easily configure. REMEMBER FOLKS. MICROSOFT HAS SPECIFICALLY WENT OUT OF THEIR WAY TO KILL THE ABILITY OF THE DEVICE MANUFACTURERS AND USERS TO RECONFIGURE THE INTERFACE. (Sorry, HTC. No more "SenseUI" for you. Such a lovely interface it was, too... Pity.)

It's nothing more than yet ANOTHER locked-down device by Microsoft. They've already effectively alienated themselves from any power-users who have awesome options that WILL do what they want...such as the Android phones.

Even the iPhones are better than this garbage. Sure...you have to jailbreak it first but... Whatever.

This is just NOT cool.


Wow, you've gone out of your way to attack a product that you haven't even use.

Cyryl The Wolf said,
(Sorry, HTC. No more "SenseUI" for you. Such a lovely interface it was, too... Pity.)
This implies a couple of different things:

1. You like the Sense UI. I am not a fan.
2. That somehow, Android's OS fragmentation (both base versioning, and carrier/manufacturer bloat) is better for developers than a unified system.

I am disappointed in a couple things about WP7. Specifically:

1. Lack of Copy and Paste. I use it regularly on my iPhone 3GS.
2. Lack of Visual Voicemail. I really do not use it much, but it's handy when I do.
3. I am worried that the hardware physically may disappoint (in appearance, not performance). I really like the look of the Samsung Omnia 7 (and I love them stealing the Home button from iPhone), but as a US customer, I am "stuck" with the Samsung Focus, which lacks the Home button.

That's it. Copy and paste will come in the next 3-4 months. I can live with that. Whenever Visual Voicemail finally arrives, it will be a nice feature to have. I actually really like the physical look and feel of the Samsung Galaxy S lineup, and I think it's more that I want the physical Home button that gives me fears for the Samsung Focus.

I'm prepared to give Microsoft a shot at doing something pretty cool. I love their development tools, and I've been in a perpetual state of "making an app" for my iPhone for the past two years (since I had an iPod touch). Apple's development tools are just terrible. Once XCode 4 comes out they'll be a bit more user friendly, but it just amazes me how much I have to relearn simply to code up a simple program (and I am not referring to Objective C; I am literally referring to their tool ecosystem). On the other hand, Visual Studio is awesome. It has always been my favorite IDE.

So, maybe I'll finally make that app. But maybe it will be for a Windows Phone.

It won't be for a phone that might only work on one or two phones, and not on the rest. It won't be for a system that is about to be sued into a license agreement by Oracle. Google's best defense for the Oracle lawsuit is to say that "they should have opened their system." Their solution to fragmentation is to "allow" (it's open source, so it's sort of not up to Google, but every business is going through Google) Android to be released on tablets, and more phones than ever, with random versions of the OS sitting on top. Google is very good at pushing forward, but they appear to be terrible at planning.

Stealing Bing's background? Terrible.
Buzz? Terrible.
Recording all sorts of WiFi details? Terrible.
Wave? Terrible (Awesome idea and implementation though, but they failed to plan on how people could make the leap from email to Wave).
Fragmentation? No solution (maybe in Android 3.0, which is anyone's guess).
Fantastic customization? Great, if you're willing to do everything people scream must be done on iPhone to do it: jailbreak/root. Otherwise, you're limited by the manufacturer, again.
Fabulous new JVM? Fantastic performance. Forgot to make sure it was okay with Oracle, which has apparently been pulling the strings for awhile if you believe all of the articles (which considering Oracle, I do).
Multitasking? Great, as long as you remember to shut it down before it turns the phone's poor battery life into even less.

Android is cool, but it has a lot of things going against it, just like the iPhone and WP7. I don't want this to become the peeing match that it will, but you have to at least recognize that Android has plenty of weaknesses.

Cyryl The Wolf said,

Have you used a Zune HD before. MetroUI is fantastic. Much better than iOS or Android. I think people will check it out and love it.

Gorgeous devices and there are 2 that I have my eye on. One for myself and the other for my wife. I'm really not sure a slide out keyboard is necessary as the onscreen keyboard seems subperb.

Nicholas-c said,
The devices look nice, Nice big screens and so on. Great for a good OS... Sadly i feel windows phone will fail here.

No one cares about your feeling, so emo these days

But wow, where are all the usual winpho fanboys to leverage the boys below? They too bz reading engadget coverage?

Nicholas-c said,
The devices look nice, Nice big screens and so on. Great for a good OS... Sadly i feel windows phone will fail here.
+1. Hardware looks nice. Software, not so much.

Ji@nBing said,
+1. Hardware looks nice. Software, not so much.
I think both look nice enough to succeed. I am worried only about the battery life. Other than that, this looks like a good release from MS and OEMs.

TakeNothingBack said,
Surprised that there arent any landscape slide-out keyboards just yet.

LG have the only one at the moment. Forget the official name but theres only 2 LG's so

astroX said,
so right now the largest phone capacity for WP7 is 16GB?

wow about the HTC HD7 specs!

Yep, they all use MicroSD for storage, so 32GB won't happen for a while (too expensive)

~Johnny said,

Yep, they all use MicroSD for storage, so 32GB won't happen for a while (too expensive)

What? Sandisk has 32GB MicroSDs for less than $100 now. That's pretty sweeeet!!!

SHoTTa35 said,

What? Sandisk has 32GB MicroSDs for less than $100 now. That's pretty sweeeet!!!

Less then $100 being what though? $80? That's still a big chunk when the OEMs probably get 16GB cards for like, $5 on bulk.

We'll get 32GB phones in time, I'm sure, but if I can get a nice Samsung with 16GB that should hold me over till the next wave of phones.

Great Hands-on Tom. After working with the previous Samsung Galaxy S phones I'd have to set my expectations high for the Samsung WP7 devices. They're certainly working their way up in the market. Absolutely brilliant display.

Pat Laughner said,
Great Hands-on Tom. After working with the previous Samsung Galaxy S phones I'd have to set my expectations high for the Samsung WP7 devices. They're certainly working their way up in the market. Absolutely brilliant display.

Indeed. To hell with a new graphics card. I might just pick this up instead!

Pat Laughner said,
Great Hands-on Tom. After working with the previous Samsung Galaxy S phones I'd have to set my expectations high for the Samsung WP7 devices. They're certainly working their way up in the market. Absolutely brilliant display.

After a happy conversion to the Samsung Galaxy S from my HTC Touch Pro 2 I have to say that the Omnia sounds almost exactly like it's obvious predecessor, even as far as coming in with up to 16GB of internal storage, can't wait to try it out. But I do miss my HTC Touch Pro 2 and am very keen to try out there range too especially the new pro.