Windows Phone 7 spotted on Samsung prototype, plays Xbox Live game

So far we've only seen three devices running Microsoft's up and coming Windows Phone 7 mobile OS - we've seen the ASUS prototype model that is the main testing device for WP7, the LG Panther which recently was shown on the Engadget show, and the Omnia i8910 which was hacked to run Windows Phone for a "One-off demo".

Engadget is reporting that the Omnia was shown off again this week at an event in France called "reMIX", with a recent build of Windows Phone 7 running on it - which seems to be making great progress - the OS/Phone is fast, responsive and all the features functioning - including GPS and Camera. Videos of the phone running have surfaced, which show the phone performing day-to-day tasks, as well as playing a ported Xbox Live Arcade/iPhone game, which was programmed in one week using a staggering 90% shared code. 

Engadget points out that the device "looks like an Omnia" but doesn't have the Omnia's original OMAP3 processor - instead the internals have been swapped out for a more powerful SnapDragon processor.

Windows Phone 7 is Microsoft's highly anticipated update to the older Windows Mobile series, due out in "late 2010". There has been a lot of news surrounding the release, with Skype and Mozilla dropping development of their products due to OS restrictions, and leaks of new phone models surfacing regularly.

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With Zune built in, I hope manufactures continue to use good DACs. The Zune's DACs have been great, and the older iPods were pretty good as well. My guess is they'll just use something that is "ok" I want higher quality DACs!

The UI looks mean nothing until you use it. If the wm7 runs as silky smooth as the ZHD I personally can't wait to get myself a ZunePhone

I think UI design is not as important as UI response and overall touchscreen response

for a UI just implement a different ROM or third party UI, but is a hassle to have a very "beautiful" UI that has latency.

At least for me ;-)

As most others agree, the UI is just a cluttered fugly mess. Other than that, great phone. If they had the UI of android or iphone, or something in between, I might switch, but not with it looking like that.

Android is ugly, iphone is ugly, this is simple and looks useful. Everyone has their own opinion. =)

I prefer this to look at in the video than my htc hero gui, though the phone on demo here looks ugly and too bulky.

i like the metro ui thing, but im not sure if it will work well with a phone.
i love it on my zune, but there's a million other things youd want to do with a phone, so the ui might be slow and annoying to go through.

smooth3006 said,
after watching those video's there seems to be alot of lag on that phone.

There is, but everything is a prototype. The OS isn't even fully developed yet.

lordcanti86 said,
Gotta admit, I'd rather pick up the LG Panther or Dell Lightning.

the lightning design looks awesome, can't wait until they port android to it, lmao!

I can certainly see why people like the UI, but I just can't come to like to homescreen. It looks too basic and a lot of wasted space and disorganized. The UI also looks laggy and choppy, but I assume that will be fixed before release.

I like some of the other feel of the OS. I'll hold on final judgement until the final product comes out and I can play with it.

Chrono951 said,
I can certainly see why people like the UI, but I just can't come to like to homescreen. It looks too basic and a lot of wasted space and disorganized. The UI also looks laggy and choppy, but I assume that will be fixed before release.

I like some of the other feel of the OS. I'll hold on final judgement until the final product comes out and I can play with it.

sadly i don't think the UI will change. all we can hope for is a dev will crack it and get more interfaces working. and that's a BIG if at this point. i do know if microsoft doesn't succeed with wp7 it's end game for winmo.

smooth3006 said,
the hardware acceleration and gaming look good, don't get me wrong, ill admit that. BUT my kid could draw up a better UI.

What's your kid doing then? Get his little butt to work, make some money.

Edited by George P, May 27 2010, 6:42am :

smooth3006 said,
the hardware acceleration and gaming look good, don't get me wrong, ill admit that. BUT my kid could draw up a better UI.

Yep, it really looks like it was designed by an 8 year old. I think that every time I see it

Ji@nBing said,

Yep, it really looks like it was designed by an 8 year old. I think that every time I see it

It reminds me of a kids class project, where they cut up squares of colored construction paper, tape on some pictures and glue it to a black background.

Edited by mantis-, May 27 2010, 7:16am :

smooth3006 said,
the hardware acceleration and gaming look good, don't get me wrong, ill admit that. BUT my kid could draw up a better UI.

You're just looking at the home screen. I suggest loading up the emulator and taking a look at the rest of the OS. There's a lot more going on than just white text on a black background. There's a lot of movement. It's very fluid and organic.

They chose that they wanted something different. Something other than a grid of shortcuts.

Bengal34 said,
They chose that they wanted something different. Something other than a grid of shortcuts.

How are they different? The Home screen is very much a grid with shortcuts... It doesn't get more grid-like than a bunch of aligned squares...

I just cannot believe microsoft is gonna keep that hideous UI. I do know there's not alot of interest in it over at xda & ppcgeeks. You should see the number of devs that are jumping ship to the EVO.

smooth3006 said,
I just cannot believe microsoft is gonna keep that hideous UI. I do know there's not alot of interest in it over at xda & ppcgeeks. You should see the number of devs that are jumping ship to the EVO.

Of course xda and ppcgeeks don't like this. The whole purpose of those sites is ROM flashing and uber-customization of smartphones. WP7 doesn't really lend itself for that (sans-jailbreaking).

Edited by lordcanti86, May 27 2010, 2:25am :

I love how the UI/panels/hubs slides, it looks so cool. One thing, the ONLY thing, that I (still) don't like about Home screen is the empty space. I think that arrow could be changed into something else.

ccoltmanm said,

When it is set up properly, it will be alive and animating.

Can I borrow your time machine sometime? I have some DVDs I wish I'd not thrown away a few years ago...

ccoltmanm said,

When it is set up properly, it will be alive and animating.

Exactly. When you buy these Windows Phones, they will be pre-configured to stand-out and not look so blank like they do right now. It's why they looked best on demo compared to these shots of them.

Electric Jolt said,

Exactly. When you buy these Windows Phones, they will be pre-configured to stand-out and not look so blank like they do right now. It's why they looked best on demo compared to these shots of them.

I don't think they will be, when you first buy them I suspect that bleak UI is what you'll be greeted with (since MS has pretty strict guidelines with what OEMs can preload). However, as others have said once you load on your photos/music/contacts and setup Facebook (if you have it that is) etc it will come to life BUT even populated with user data I still find it damn ugly.

If you like it then great but I've tried, I've taken into consideration that the UI will be populated with user data and yes I've seen it in action (very very silky smooth no question) but I just cannot stand it I think the UI is love or hate, you either love it or hate it, sadly I'm the latter.

the windows 6 series was great. i loved the honey comb in 6.5 and the update in 6.5.3 (has to be the best version since wm ever came out)

phone 7 look like a bunch of posters jammed into the phone... i'd get so lost using that thing.

my personal feelings would be: as long as a file explorer is still there, which brings me back to feeling like i'm using a laptop with windows rather than pure menus (eew) it'd be alright to have.

I am unimpressed by the ugly GUI and the operating system as a whole. Black background with white text interface? Seriously?

IMO, Google and Apple have nothing to fear.

MindTrickz said,
I am unimpressed by the ugly GUI and the operating system as a whole. Black background with white text interface? Seriously?

IMO, Google and Apple have nothing to fear.

I'm sure it's customizable.

ccoltmanm said,

I'm sure it's customizable.

It is. It still has many glitches. The OS MUST be setup with tons of user data for it to seem great right now...without any contacts or apps or txts or Facebook integration, etc....it turns out to be really blank.. By the time it is released though, I'm sure it will feature a great look for when you buy it and when you start using it without bloatware.

yep the XBlive addition might help them catch up to apple pretty fast
I was first in line for the first iphone but this year I'm waiting for Microsoft's phone cause iphones are getting pretty boring

.Neo said,
I don't get why you think the UI looks great? It looks ugly to me.

Trolololol?
But really it looks quite nice. Glad they're switching up the UI to make it more appealing then the WM 5/6-esque look. >.<

.Neo said,

My point is, thinking if something looks got or not is subjective.

Subjective or not, you can still quantify your opinions. For example, I could provide a list of reasons why I think Android looks ugly and why I think the iPhone will soon look dated.

ccoltmanm said,

You gotta be kidding, the thing is beautiful.


Why must he be kidding? I can't stand it either! Beauty is subjective anyway.

^^
awww don't Q_Q little apple boys.
Your interface wont be forgotten.
Mummy and daddy just have to spent a little extra time with the new interface.
It doesn't mean we don't love you any less.

Edited by Felix_, May 27 2010, 9:54am :

warwagon said,
God that's one ugly UI

If that UI was any sexier it would be fap material.

But I concede each to their own

warwagon said,
God that's one ugly UI

+1. It is really puzzling how fugly it is considering they have had almost four years to clone the iPhone.

warwagon said,
God that's one ugly UI

I don't see why that could be classed as ugly. It is simplistic but stylish, very clear and looks easy to navigate.

I much prefer this (G)UI to Android or iPhone OS, but I will probably end up with an Android phone.

Apple's desktop design is much nicer than their mobile one.

Edited by Minimoose, May 27 2010, 12:03pm :

Bullhead said,

+1. It is really puzzling how fugly it is considering they have had almost four years to clone the iPhone.

You know what you would be saying if..it win phone 7 remotely looked anything like the Iphone...
"They had four year and they could only clone the iPhone."
you sux

Bullhead said,

+1. It is really puzzling how fugly it is considering they have had almost four years to clone the iPhone.

This isn't Apple Phone 7; we don't need to flash all kinds of pretty colors at you to cover up the fact that we can't do anything substantial.

Bullhead said,

+1. It is really puzzling how fugly it is considering they have had almost four years to clone the iPhone.

+1

ffs here are some simple design rules MS
- consistent
- simple
- functional

Temperingpick said,
Yes, let's review a user interface that we only have seen. Very nice.

1. I think the UI is awesome. It looks great and feels even better.

2. A lot of people have done more than just looked at it. I've been using the emulator since they updated the tools to work with the release version of VS2010