Exclusive: Windows Phone 7 Start Screen, Settings, and Camera (Video)

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 (think sports scores, weather, etc), arranged in such a way that you can easily glance at your Start screen and know what’s going on, without digging into apps. Without having any third-party tiles to use, it’s difficult to gauge the true usability of the Start screen since the included tiles are a bit limited in functionality, but so far, so good.

The camera application has a nice little feature that allows you to quickly access the picture you’ve just taken with a simple swipe. This is a very intuitive way to review photos that you’ve taken. Because all Windows Phone 7 devices will require a hardware camera button, the photo-taking experience on WP7 should be quite fantastic.

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Brandon Miniman
Brandon is a graduate from the Villanova School of Business, located near Philadelphia, PA. He's been a technology writer since 2002, and, in 2005, became Editor-in-Chief of Pocketnow, a then Windows Mobile-focused website. He has since helped to transition Pocketnow into a top-tier smartphone and tablet publication. He's so obsessed with technology that he once entered a candle store and asked if they had a "new electronics" scent. They didn't.