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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My n900 from Nokia has better graphics than the WP7 phone and fully customisble. I can also run PS1 games on it with no issues. I can even install Android on it, firefox, output my phone video on a TV, even run apache (if I really wanted to on it), and no issues about what apps can be install on it. Hell even I can put Mac OS X 10.4 on it. Even though it takes like 40 minutes to boot, still possible. What can your phone do? nothing except looking at blocks. hahahaha.

ZekeComa said,
Very craptacular and poorly designed interface.
Agreed. Looks like it was designed for a grade 9 school project in MS Paint. It might get an A for a school project, but I expect more from pro designers. MUCH more.

Cyryl The Wolf said,

It takes a real simpleton to defend such a CRAPPY, BASIC AND USELESS interface.

Zeke is completely, 100% correct. He is OBVIOUSLY educated enough to know that you DON'T need an education to use such a childish, immature interface. (Which explains why someone like YOU would be so quick to defend it...)

His post was completely warranted and I stand behind it.

CRAP INTERFACE. That's all there is to it.

Try using an Android phone. That is IF you're educated enough to figure out HOW. I know it's HARD...but if you work at it, you just might find out things that will shatter your little world.


It's time to grow up.

ZekeComa said,

How is it uneducated when I seen videos of Balmer showing it off and can see in the photos it's butt ugly. It's an opinion just like you fanbois choose to have opinion that anything Microsoft make's is the omg best every invented on the planet.

Let's break it down for you, Mr. "Educated"...

Remember when you stated that the interface is "Very craptacular and poorly designed"?

That is written as a fact, yet you are expressing an opinion. I can think that you're ugly without ever meeting you, just like you can think that WP7 is ugly without ever actually meeting it.

So, you are very ugly and disgusting, by your logic. Actually try WP7 before judging it, and try to make your one opinion a fact to live by. Many reviews have praised the Metro interface, since it is different, unique, innovative, and simple.


And to the Neowin mods... that's not a personal attack or what not. I was relating my point to something that would help him understand his own logic, that's all.

Cyryl The Wolf said,
senseless chatter

Unbelievable... do parents nowadays monitor their toddlers' usage of computers at all?

What a blatant desecration of every academic qualification he has attained.

Cyryl The Wolf said,
Just look at THAT. You want to talk about graphics? The Samsung Fascinate has the PowerVR SXG540 graphics accelerator in it. I CAN PLAY OLD-SCHOOL PLAYSTATION 1 GAMES ON IT. Not to mention that it's got an awesome 4.3" AMOLED screen on it.

-Fascinate (PowerVR SXG40 GPU): 90 MILLION TRIANGLES PER SECOND.

You do realize that the Samsung Focus is made by the exact same company and using a very similar design as the Galaxy S phones, right? There's at least a pretty good chance that the Focus (and/or Omnia 7) could have the exact same internals. Personally, I feel like my iPhone 3GS is on the cusp of being too big, and probably 4" is about the max for a phone (otherwise it just takes up too much pocket space). Screen size is all personal preference though.

By the way, the comparatively weak iPhone 4 GPU sports the Unreal Engine, as well as id's new Rage game pretty well. If it's that capable, then I'd be happy with that plus the battery savings a weaker chip entails.

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.

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.

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