Windows Phone 7 Roundup: US Launch Edition

Windows Phone 7 made its public debut today in the US and Canada, following the rest of the world, who had their phones in hand on the 21st of October. Windows Phone 7 is Microsoft's attempt at re-entering the smartphone market after it was left behind with Windows Mobile a few years ago.

Neowin has extensive coverage on the platform, including reviews, comparisons as well as other Windows Phone 7 related news. Here's a few of the picks:

General Coverage/Reviews:

Windows Phone 7 Features:

  

General WP7 News

      

Windows Phone 7 is only in its early stages, but it's a hot product right now, with stock being short worldwide at launch. Over the next few weeks, as more devices get into consumers' hands, and more applications are availablt, the platform should start to gain a large momentum. To follow Neowin's coverage of Windows Phone 7, be sure to follow the tag, found here.

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Grabbed a Samsung Focus on the way home last night, very pleased. Zune software is so much nicer than iTunes and having any real media management is years beyond the current Android landscape.

Does anyone know if the Samsung Omnia 7 has a SD card to expand on the 8 GB memory? (I'm looking forward to getting one for christmas)

i was very convinced this would be great at first, but then half way through i thought it might do bad. Now that its out i think its an excellent software to put on any phone, and i also beleive its sucess will be great! cant wait to try this out.

jasonon said,
Need news on verizon service!

Yeah, so far all we've gotten is "it's coming first half of 2011". I'm expecting it in the first big update personally, but I guess we'll see. And I heard that Sprint (Another CDMA carrier) opened up to WP7 preorders to Microsoft employees, so if that's the case, it sounds like they're already working on getting CDMA support in the OS (Which is what Verizon is waiting on.) I just hope that it also supports Verizon's new 4G as well. I can't wait for it to come to Verizon though.

Just got my HTC Surround. I'll be playing with it for a week and then go look at the LG Optimus to see if I wanna swap (14 days to do so).

So far, so good. some minor annoyances but in general, I'm very satisfied. Soooo smooooth!

I love my HD7, but the camera sucks. Love the software, but the camera is rather pathetic. Unfocused, and it has the pink problem for sure all over again. HTC too busy pushing the damn Android stuff. Time to get your hardware in order HTC. WTF??!!

jimmyfal said,
I love my HD7, but the camera sucks. Love the software, but the camera is rather pathetic. Unfocused, and it has the pink problem for sure all over again. HTC too busy pushing the damn Android stuff. Time to get your hardware in order HTC. WTF??!!

I have to agree, the camera is woeful. I've had an Nokia N95 for many years and the 5MP camera in that is way better. This camera doesn't seem to focus at all (using the correct shutter operation) and it produces washed out, grainy, colour poor photos no matter what the conditions. It's a real shame because I'm really having fun with this phone, I can't put it down!

Ned said,
I getting real used to seeing that windows phone 7 icon on the front page.

Once Android has more news, you'll see that more too

I almost had an urge to change my avatar to a happy face and reply to this as well, but no.

C-c-c-combo breaker....?

Picking up two Samsung Focus phones tomorrow morning I've got a wiki/mapping app in the works that I want to test on a real phone.

JohnCz said,
Picking up two Samsung Focus phones tomorrow morning I've got a wiki/mapping app in the works that I want to test on a real phone.

Nice! Be sure to let us know about it so we can try it out

omega_dony said,
just got my htc surround from telus... Amazing phone!!!!

I was debating on getting that from telus too..but then i hear the sound quality isnt worth the size so i was going to go for the LG optimus 7 untill they were totally out of stock. LET ME KNOW HOW U THINK IT SOUNDS pllzz

Owen W said,

Windows Phone 7 was released in the US today.

Hehe, you news reporters always change things ^^ It was "Windows Phone 7 Roundup: US Edition" first as title lol

Anyway, great writing