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Mr. Gibs    3,865
Really? Wow. I hadn't seen anything confirming that MyPhone was supported (Which is why I asked), but I always half expected that it worked with WP7 as well. So, when I get my WP7 device I'll have to manually enter in all of my contacts then?

Well I assume you have all your contacts on Windows live too? If you don't you can quickly add them by doing the following:

1. Plug your WinMo device in and get it to sync the contacts with outlook

2. Go to your hotmail, click contacts

3. Select manage -> import

4. Click outlook and follow the instructions

All your phone contacts will then be uploaded to windows live and if you so want to you can merge them with other products too...like I have my WL contacts merged with Facebook so they show up as just one...and I don't have like 300 duplicate contacts.

Essentially everything MyPhone does, WP7 does in the background by default (apart from maybe text syncing). And well I prefer the implementation in WP7 than the 6.5 one, since it actually uses the Live Services (the 6.5 one uses a completely different website that you can't import/export from).

And if I use the Facebook features of the People Hub, I am able to tell it which people I want in my phone, right? I won't end up with all of the people on my Facebook in my phone?

I believe so. I mean I have 300+ contacts in my peoples hub..but if I go to the phone tab only a few of them show up (I think its only the ones that have numbers lol but I could be wrong).

I did read somewhere that they added in filters, but I could be wrong. I haven't come across a filter option (well I haven't really looked since I don't have a need for it) but then I've only had the phone for 4 hours so it may well be there.

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Jaguar645    5

The filter option is there just hidden away a bit. If you have a look at settings -> Applications -> People there are 2 options you can select:

* Shaow all my Facebook friends

* Only add Facebook information to existing contacts.

Personally I use the latter one cause i just want information in my phone from people I know on a better base.

And since I have my phone for a while now I'll finally fill out the questions :p

1) What device did you get?

I went for a Samsung Omnia 7. Already loved the design of it (Looks a bit Zune-ish) and love those gorgeous Amoled screens. Samsung did a great job with this phone!

2) How long have you had it for?

Around 2-3 weeks now. Phone had massive stocking issues here in Holland so couldn't get it in October

3) What are your top 3 features/'hits'?

* Performance, It just doesn't matter how long you had it on or what you're doing the phone/software always feels snappy. And even people in my area with iPhones say it feels faster then their own phone.

* UI/Design, Finally MS has a design at hand that just works. It's easy to understand and in it's simplicity it just looks great.

* Social integration, the way they integrate with Facebook is great. Gives you quick access to what the people are thinking at the moment and you can also quickly reply to them without installing the FB App. Now I just need to get more people to properly fill out their profiles ;)

4) What are your top 3 'misses'?

* Marketplace in general, Although there are a lot of apps available i still think it's a miss. Especially here in Holland. You get the phone and need to grab an UK/US account to get on the marketplace. That was known before I bought the phone but MS didn't have to block it all the way. They also could just've launched the Marketplace here without localization and update it when they're finished with the localization. Now I just have a lot of cash burning in my wallet and can't grab any paid apps (or at least don't want to since I want to use my Xbox account when localization is done)

* Windows Live Messenger. I can't understand why it wasn't ready for launch. If it's one thing people will want to use (Especially a younger generation of people)

* Youtube support. Youtube video's work flawlessly when you install the app but it stands out from the rest of the UI. I mean they could've at least made a normal app out of it and not link to a cheap mobile website...

5) Anything else you want to say?

Microsoft did a great job on WP7. Especially when you consider it being a version 1.0. The updates that have been announced are always great nd will only improve an os that's already mature imo

6) What app is your favo(u)rite so far?

* IMDB, the new standard for apps basically. Looks great and it just works

* Shazam, always loved Shazam when I just couldn't get to the name of a song. Just tap and go

I'd love to get those paid apps. But I don't want to use my US account. I've already got a great account which I've also been using for xbox so it's just waiting for a localized version of the marketplace :)

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Mr. Gibs    3,865
* Windows Live Messenger. I can't understand why it wasn't ready for launch. If it's one thing people will want to use (Especially a younger generation of people)

There's a WLM app in the marketplace :blink: and it's been there for a while lol. Someone needs to make a multi-IM program though =(

* Youtube support. Youtube video's work flawlessly when you install the app but it stands out from the rest of the UI. I mean they could've at least made a normal app out of it and not link to a cheap mobile website...

Yeh the MS youtube application does suck, there are some alternatives that work much better though.

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~Johnny    397

Wasn't there supposed to be a feature added during development to choose who in your Facebook Contacts list you wanted on the phone? I was pretty sure this feature was announced during development. I was rather excited about that feature myself. I am waiting for Verizon to get WP7 before I can upgrade.

You can choose to show all Facebook contacts, or only those in your phone book. But, it' doesn't quite do that you expect it to. Even though it'll only show the Facebook contacts in your phone book, all the other Facebook contacts are actually still on your device, their pictures will all be downloaded and randomly appear on the People's hub live tile, and for example, if you try to write a new email - ALL your facebook contacts show up, regardless of whether you've chosen to include them or not. >.<

I'm still more annoyed by the fact that every in your Windows Live Messenger/MSN contact list is synced to your phone, with no way to get them off unless to delete them entirely from your Windows Live contact list or unlink Windows Live >.< Using it for a couple of months now there are lots and lots of little things and bugs that Microsoft need to fix and change - there's a lot of polish, but it's noticeably still rough around the edges :p.

@ Razorfold - the Miyowa Messenger app isn't really a proper first party messenger app, and i's really not all that good either. Kinda hoping Microsoft themselves would actually make a decent app :p

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Mr. Gibs    3,865
@ Razorfold - the Miyowa Messenger app isn't really a proper first party messenger app, and i's really not all that good either. Kinda hoping Microsoft themselves would actually make a decent app

Haha that is true...Kindoff retarded that it doesn't support multi-client sign in :rolleyes:

But I have run into a much more annoying problem...I can't purchase any paid apps (free ones work fine) on either the zune player or the phone marketplace I keep getting error C00D11CD / C101A7E3. I've checked my regions and they're both set to the US, and my credit card info is correct...I swear Microsoft billing is in dire need of upgrades...oh well hopefully MS gets back to me soon :/

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Mr. Gibs    3,865

Well after playing around with WP7 for a while (and still having that stupid annoying "bug" or w/e it is that is preventing me from purchasing any paid apps...yay for MS support and their retarded forums)...I'm liking what I see, save for a few bits:

1. Multitasking =( Yes I knew this doesn't exist yet (and is supposed to be added in via an update), but it's annoying to live without lol. Like for example, say I load a radio station into last.fm and want to change the equalizer setting on my phone...oh wait I have to reload last.fm to continue listening to the music :/

2. Skydrive support - Sometimes I really wonder who the **** makes the decisions at MS. You have a phone that's integrated quite nicely into the cloud...and then you leave out one of the main products...skydrive. So now if I want to open a document that I have synced to my storage, I have to go open IE..visit the skydrive page, find the doc and then download it. Why can't this be integrated into word mobile (it is for Onenote :/)?

3. Marketplace really needs some sort of "advanced search" feature where I can select if I only want to search for apps / songs / video...kindoff annoying having to scroll through a gigantic list just to find an App.

4. They need to put in a facebook filter of sorts. Yes I know a basic one exists, but I like having all my facebook contacts available to me in the peoples screen...I don't like having them all available to me in the compose an email / phone screen (I made a mistake in what I said above).

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But yeh this is a new OS, and I know they were working on a tight schedule to get it out in time, so hopefully these get fixed!

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peacemf    59

1) What device did you get? HTC Mozart

2) How long have you had it for? Two weeks

3) What are your top 3 features/'hits'? the interface is nice, speed and the virtual keyboard

4) What are your top 3 'misses'? some sort of ability to switch between apps (like on the palm pre - without a doubt that was a best way to switch between apps), miss the ability to adjust things like sounds (ringtones, alarms etc), and skype!

5) Anything else you want to say? it needs more updates, faster!

6) What app is your favo(u)rite so far? nothing really

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Mr. Gibs    3,865

Well after a 1hr long phone call with MS support they still haven't figured out what's wrong :rofl: Oddly enough I have 2 live accounts that use the same email address, so they're going to escalate the issue and try to figure out wtf is going on.

Why do I always seem to run into "duplicate account" issues :( I had to get rid of my old live ID because I had 2 xbox live accounts with different gamertags registered to it (no idea how :/ either) rofl and it kept causing me problems so I was like screw it, I'll just make a new account.

Oh well...still have like 12 days to return this phone if they can't figure out the issue by then so hopefully it gets sorted. Don't want to have to return this device =(

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George P    5,488

Well I'm waiting for my Optimus 7 to come in, doubt I'll get it this week though, so probably next week.

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Prince Charming    163

Well I'm waiting for my Optimus 7 to come in, doubt I'll get it this week though, so probably next week.

Ahhh, you gave up and changed your Venue Pro order? I'm still waiting for mine, which is scheduled to come in...next week :)

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George P    5,488

Ahhh, you gave up and changed your Venue Pro order? I'm still waiting for mine, which is scheduled to come in...next week :)

Ya, decided to go with the optimus 7 since I can get it from the shops here instead of having to import it. Plus it's size is enough to fit in my pocket, something I doubt I could do with the VP.

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downhillrider    9

LoL

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Prince Charming    163

Ya, decided to go with the optimus 7 since I can get it from the shops here instead of having to import it. Plus it's size is enough to fit in my pocket, something I doubt I could do with the VP.

I don't blame you at all :) The optimus 7 or omnia 7 would likely be my fallback choice, and the optimus has that fancy DNLA stuff I'm all jelly about.

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George P    5,488

I don't blame you at all :) The optimus 7 or omnia 7 would likely be my fallback choice, and the optimus has that fancy DNLA stuff I'm all jelly about.

Yup, the DNLA is mostly why it was my 2nd choice from the get go.

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George P    5,488

Just got an email today, my order has been processed, I'm expected to have my phone on the 4th! Talk about timing, the day before MS's CES keynote and maybe even the release of the first WP7 update. I'm sorta pumped up now.

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Mr. Gibs    3,865

Just got an email today, my order has been processed, I'm expected to have my phone on the 4th! Talk about timing, the day before MS's CES keynote and maybe even the release of the first WP7 update. I'm sorta pumped up now.

Haha nice. The LG devices do have some of the best software / apps though...you have that augmented reality app, DLNA, and then you get 10 free apps from the marketplace every 2 months.

In other news, I'm still debating whether or not to install my developer certificate lol (Dreamspark students get it free!)....anyone know if "developer devices" get updates before everyone else?

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George P    5,488

Haha nice. The LG devices do have some of the best software / apps though...you have that augmented reality app, DLNA, and then you get 10 free apps from the marketplace every 2 months.

In other news, I'm still debating whether or not to install my developer certificate lol (Dreamspark students get it free!)....anyone know if "developer devices" get updates before everyone else?

Don't know till MS gets ready to release their first update, some select partners do have a newer build already though if you remember those leaked C&P vids that are out. I'd have to say that they probably do if MS does API/core changes that could effect apps somehow then ya, I'd expect devs to get it first. Guess we'll have to wait and see how the handle it next month.

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Mr. Gibs    3,865
Don't know till MS gets ready to release their first update, some select partners do have a newer build already though if you remember those leaked C&P vids that are out. I'd have to say that they probably do if MS does API/core changes that could effect apps somehow then ya, I'd expect devs to get it first. Guess we'll have to wait and see how the handle it next month.

Hm true. I guess I'll wait lol...I mean I have no intention (yet) to sideload apps, and nor do I plan on making any so the only reason I would install the cert is if I get updates early :rofl:

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George P    5,488

Hm true. I guess I'll wait lol...I mean I have no intention (yet) to sideload apps, and nor do I plan on making any so the only reason I would install the cert is if I get updates early :rofl:

Ya, haha, that's a good enough reason IMO. I'd do the same if I could.

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Omen1393    16

1) What device did you get?

Samsung Focus

2) How long have you had it for?

5 Days

3) What are your top 3 features/'hits'?

1. Speed

2. Xbox Live Integration

3. Wi-fi syncing

4) What are your top 3 'misses'?

1. Lack of multi-tasking

2. Lack of proper expandable memory support, I got a 32 GB Class 2 SD card from Sandisk and the phone restarts about 2 times a day.

3. Capacitive buttons lead to accidental presses, whenever I hand the phone to someone, they always press the start or search button.

5) Anything else you want to say?

I really love the phone, I'm just a little bummed that my SD card doesn't completely work. I can get by with the random restarts since it only happens 2 times a day, but i'm always worried about it restarting at the time the alarm is supposed to go off. I am quite surprised at how fast the mobile IE is, I expected it to work much worse than it actually is.

6) What app is your favo(u)rite so far?

Max and the magic marker is an amazing game, besides games, my top three favorite apps are:

1. Zune app,

2. Weather Channel App

3. Alien News (Reddit app)

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Mr. Gibs    3,865

Ya, haha, that's a good enough reason IMO. I'd do the same if I could.

Just find someone in the US who has an .edu email :rofl: (and isn't using it with dreamspark). I mean the verification usually is just you clicking a link in an email (some schools have additional verifications but most don't).

I really love the phone, I'm just a little bummed that my SD card doesn't completely work. I can get by with the random restarts since it only happens 2 times a day, but i'm always worried about it restarting at the time the alarm is supposed to go off. I am quite surprised at how fast the mobile IE is, I expected it to work much worse than it actually is.

Are you using one of the "supported" SD cards (There's a list on XDA)? And have you hard reset your device after installing the card?

Mobile IE is extremely fast but MS really needs to get HTML5 supported and enable dithering.

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Prince Charming    163

FYI, developer unlocked devices do not get pre-release updates. Developer devices have seen some pre-release updates, and the two are not the same thing. Developer devices is stuff like the Samsung Taylor and the LG Panther, not unlocked devices.

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Mr. Gibs    3,865
FYI, developer unlocked devices do not get pre-release updates.

That's what I wanted to know, thanks.

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guruparan    0

Currently have the HTC Surround (WP7)..its really good, responsive and Touch is perfect! (its bought for company though)

I am personally gonna buy the Omania once it is available local market.

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blockcipher    0

1) What device did you get? Samsung Focus w/ ATT

2) How long have you had it for? 3 weeks

3) What are your top 3 features/'hits'? Fast UI, People Hub, Bing Maps

4) What are your top 3 'misses'? Camera Settings cannot be saved. (or at least I haven't seen it), MAC Address not being readily available.

5) Anything else you want to say? So far LOVE my phone, works great. I have had no issues with AT&T in my area ...

6) What app is your favo(u)rite so far? I'm not a huge app guy. But the one's I like so far are: Facebook, Beezz

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