Up close interview/demo video of Windows Phone 7 device

In the press room at MIX, Senior Game Platform Strategist for the Xbox team, Andre Vrignaud, gave Neowin a little "hands off" demo. He answered a few questions about the interface and overall functionality. He covered phone calls, music, and the UI, among other basic things.

The video has some blurry moments due to the poor lighting, but all-in-all, it's a nice little overview of things. The phone, which is a development model that will not be released, looks amazing in person. The screen is vibrant, bright, and big. Videos don't do it justice, but unfortunately, that's all you get for now. Since all WP7S devices must have similar sized screens, we can expect some gorgeous devices in the near future.

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im 1/2 on 1/2 off about WP7, I've grown attached to things like the start menu etc... I like change, but im not sure about the total overhaul of WP7. Its kind of starting to remind me of the iPhone in the restrictive sense... I suppose that after some time places like XDA will have the whole thing hacked out, but that was one thing I liked about WM was its flexability... I am wondering if WP7 will share an equal amount of customiation/flexability that WM had... but im feeling like it wont every time I watch one of these videos.

Hm... Looks really nice. Waaaay too many steps to turn off music though... That should be on the unlock screen, and somewhere in the tiles... I don't like that one bit...

Aside from that I'm really liking the look of this OS... Multi-tasking hopefully will work out as well. Not sure how that will impact 3rd party apps... Just terminating an app could be bad...

M_Lyons10 said,
Hm... Looks really nice. Waaaay too many steps to turn off music though... That should be on the unlock screen, and somewhere in the tiles... I don't like that one bit...

Aside from that I'm really liking the look of this OS... Multi-tasking hopefully will work out as well. Not sure how that will impact 3rd party apps... Just terminating an app could be bad...


I'm pretty sure Joe Belfiore showed you can pause from the Start screen.

After having another look at the video, you can pause it from the lock screen.

Edited by , Mar 17 2010, 3:57am :

I heard a lot of "I don't know"'s when it came to the important questions. Sad really. It's not like the interviewer was asking anything obscure. These were all valid questions and the answers should have been readily available. What really annoyed me was when the interviewer asked what would happen when there was an incoming call. The guy not only had no idea, but also downplayed third party apps as if they were insignificant compared to "what Microsoft thinks is important". Not...cool.

I agree, but you have to remember this isn't something that will come out anytime soon (sadly), because if it was they would have a lot more answers to these questions being asked.

But clearly, there's a lot for them to do still. I hope they can take most of the criticism being handed out and work with that to deliver something amazing at launch. They did this with 7, and that turned out great IMO.

Recon415 said,

Fail. Watched the second vid, answered my question.

Yeah, unfortunately it doesn't meet the hardware requirements...

M_Lyons10 said,

Yeah, unfortunately it doesn't meet the hardware requirements...

I can't watch the video but is everybody sure the Zune HD2 is going to be the exact same look as the original? I doubt it. I'm sure they can change some stuff around for it.

It's amusing that the main feature of Windows Phone 7 is the one thing that has got the least exposure. Is it that hard to have someone place a test call to the phone? I'd love to know what happens when a call comes in while you were editing a document, surfing the net, watching a video, texting, etc. I want to see the actual process in action.

In the locations they're showing it off, reception isn't likely to be very good. Especially with a tech conference going on.

Edited by Kirkburn, Mar 17 2010, 2:16am :

xiphi said,
It's amusing that the main feature of Windows Phone 7 is the one thing that has got the least exposure. Is it that hard to have someone place a test call to the phone? I'd love to know what happens when a call comes in while you were editing a document, surfing the net, watching a video, texting, etc. I want to see the actual process in action.

Probably act like my touch pro 2 it would let me know of an incoming and if i want to ignore it

Edited by ishtar, Mar 17 2010, 8:38am :

xiphi said,
It's amusing that the main feature of Windows Phone 7 is the one thing that has got the least exposure. Is it that hard to have someone place a test call to the phone? I'd love to know what happens when a call comes in while you were editing a document, surfing the net, watching a video, texting, etc. I want to see the actual process in action.

Yeah, I am always rolling my eyes at the things that people don't know. I realise that there is a lot to know for a single person, and I don't expect it, but there should some sort of FAQ or knowledge base that each of these demo-people should have on hand for everything just in case they don't know. If this was done, no questions would go unanswered, which I think can reduce the quality in such interviews.