by Brandon Miniman | September 22, 2010 2:07 AM
In this video, we compare the interface of Windows Phone 7 with that of the iPhone. Previously we showed you a web browser and email comparison between iPhone, Android, and Windows Phone 7. This is a closer look at how the iPhone differs from Windows Phone 7. As mentioned in the video, the home screen layouts are completely different. While the iPhone is a very application-centric operating system, which reflects on the home screen, Windows Phone 7 attempt to be more action-centric by providing a wide array of dynamic tiles for your home screen, many of which can show live data. We also ...
by Brandon Miniman | September 13, 2010 7:40 PM
In Windows Phone 7, the on-screen keyboard experience is super important because out of the gate, Microsoft isn't allowing developers to change the keyboard (Swype, anyone?). So hopefully the keyboard is good enough, because you're stuck with it unless you get a Windows Phone 7 phone with a hardware keyboard. Fortunately, the on-screen typing experience is quite good. The keys are rectangular-shaped, and when pressed, give off a gentle "knock" sound that many will find satisfying. There are a variety of autocomplete options you can choose from in Settings, but out of the box, the default ...
by Brandon Miniman | September 8, 2010 5:08 PM
Windows Phone 7 will use Zune software to synchronize with your PC. You can use Zune to transfer photos, music, videos, and podcasts. In this video, we show you unreleased version 4.7 of the Zune software that works with Windows Phone. Note that the hardware and software shown in the video are not final. The Zune software treats the Windows Phone 7 device just like a Zune, so you can even wirelessy sync your device, or do it manually by dragging and dropping content from your library to the picture of your WP7 device in the bottom left corner. You also use Zune to update your phone's ...
by Brandon Miniman | September 1, 2010 8:51 AM
Here's a look at the Bing Maps application on Windows Phone 7, shown on non-final WP7 hardware and software. Like other mapping applications, Bing maps on Windows Phone 7 lets you search for specific places, get directions, find your location, and even get reviews. One cool discovery is that you can actually pin a location to your Start screen, adding to the list of other pinnable items like apps, contacts, web pages, and other live tiles. Overall, the mapping interface is smooth and responsive and it helps you find your way quite capably.
by Brandon Miniman | August 30, 2010 4:28 PM
A smartphone is only as good as its ability to make calls. In this video, we show Windows Phone 7 acting as a phone in a variety of ways: making calls, receiving calls, and multitasking while on a call. Remember that the hardware and software shown in this video is not final. To make a call, you have a few options. You can pin your favorite contacts to your Start screen for easy access, which is probably the best option for people that you call often. Another way to call someone is to simply use the dial pad, although in this build of Windows Phone 7, the quick-dial feature doesn't work ...
by Brandon Miniman | August 29, 2010 8:23 PM
In this video we take a look at the text messaging experience in Windows Phone 7. Keep in mind that the device shown is running on non-final Windows Phone 7 hardware and software. The SMS experience in Windows Phone 7 is much like the rest of the operating system: it's smooth, simple, and fast. The live tile on the Start screen will act as a counter for your text messages, and the smiley face will change from a frown (no text messages received in a while) to a wink (new text message received) to a smiley face (no new messages), which is pretty neat. Beyond that, SMS is basic. You get a ...
by Brandon Miniman | August 28, 2010 9:57 AM
Windows Phone 7 has some pretty unique features for the digital photography enthusiasts among us, and in this video, we run through them. Keep in mind that the hardware and software shown in this video is not final. First, we talk about a feature that will turn on the camera even if the phone is turned off and locked. This allows you to quickly take photos without having to dig through the phone and find the camera app. The proximity sensor will keep the camera from launching accidentally if the phone is in your pocket. Second, we dive into the Pictures hub, which pulls pictures from your ...
by Brandon Miniman | August 27, 2010 8:42 AM
In this video we compare the startup time of Windows Phone 7 with Windows Mobile, iPhone, and Android. As a reminder, we're testing on non-final Windows Phone 7 hardware and software. Remarkably, Windows Phone 7 starts up in almost half the time of all of the other smartphone operating systems. Since most people leave their phones turned on all the time, startup time is not that big of a deal, but when the time is under 30 seconds (as is the case with Windows Phone 7, this build at least), it's worth mentioning. If you want more Windows Phone 7 coverage, here's what we've gone through so ...
by Brandon Miniman | August 26, 2010 1:00 PM
In this video we compare the email client of Windows Phone 7 with that of iPhone and Android 2.2. Please keep in mind that the WP7 device shown here (which is an LG Panther) does not represent final Windows Phone 7 hardware or software. Email is a critical function of any smartphone operating system, and fortunately, it seems that Microsoft has a good handle on the situation for Windows Phone 7. The email client is fast and productive, although it's lacking in some key features like HTML support, unified inbox, and advanced display settings (it's possible these features could be included ...
by Brandon Miniman | August 25, 2010 1:58 PM
Following up on our earlier browser comparison of Windows Phone 7 (with Android and iPhone), plus some thoughts about the overall experience, we present a look at the Start Screen, Settings, and Camera in Windows Phone 7. Please remember that this is not final hardware or software, so what you see in this video could be different than what you experience when Windows Phone 7 goes gold this fall. The promise behind the Start screen is quite exciting: to be able to have a variety of tiles, some that are just static links to apps/hubs/contacts/websites and some that are live and updating ...
by Brandon Miniman | August 23, 2010 5:06 PM
Following up to some previous thoughts about Windows Phone 7, we present a short video showing how the browsing experience on the upcoming smartphone platform compares to iPhone and Android 2.2. Please note that the device shown in the video is not final Windows Phone 7 hardware or software. The hardware isn't meant to be released, and the software is still a work in progress. We're just doing this for fun. The browser of Windows Phone 7 seems to be on the right track. Tab management is super quick (you can even load multiple tabs simultaneously), website load times are competitive with ...
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