Windows Phone 7 didn’t evolve much from the early emulator builds we tested back in the spring of 2010. One thing that did change, rather subtly, was the landscape view in the browser. When you go into landscape, the address bar and buttons disappear from view. While this gives you a nice full screen web experience (pictured below), you have to turn the device back into portrait to access the buttons and address bar.
Personally, I like this behavior. It makes a lot of sense that if you want the most close-up and intimate web experience, you’ll flip over into landscape, which takes less than a second. Usually when I’m browsing the web, I go to one destination, hit a bunch of links, and read for a bit. It’s unusual that I’d be constantly changing the URL and thus having to switch into portrait to expose the URL bar.
What about you? Do you wish Microsoft had kept the buttons and address bar in landscape view, or are you happy with the full screen look that we have today?