Back when the original Windows Phone 7 was released, one of the most annoying things about it was the lack of landscape view support especially on devices like the HTC Pro 7, HTC Arrive, and LG Quantum which included a landscape sliding keyboard. Unfortunately landscape support was very inconsistent. What has changed in Windows Phone 7.5 Mango?
Well, it turns out, not so much. We’ve been told that Mango will include enhanced landscape support, but in our unfinished preview device we still saw plenty of unfortunate inconsistencies. Of course, the device we’re using does not have a landscape sliding keyboard, but in most cases simply holding the device on its side should rotate the screen contents where supported.
It’s one thing for the hubs to be portrait orientation only, but in areas where a keyboard can be used, one would hope a landscape sliding keyboard would be supported. Unfortunately, the contacts search, phone history search, maps search, and even programs listing search don’t rotate for landscape keyboard support.
If Microsoft is unable to implement proper landscape orientation support for text input fields, should they even allow manufacturers to make devices with landscape keyboards?
For lots more videos and information about Windows Phone 7.5 Mango, check out our Ultimate Windows Phone Mango Preview.