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 conversation view that shows you who is saying what through right/left justification, though it would be nice if some color was used so that you could tell the two parties apart.

Notifications for SMS work quite well. You’ll get a little preview at the top of your screen when a new SMS comes in. Ignoring it will make it go away (there doesn’t seem to be a way to dismiss the notification), or you can tap on the notification to be taken to the text messaging application.

If you’re following our series on Windows Phone 7, be sure to check out the browser comparison, email client comparison, Start screen walkthrough, start up time comparison, and digital photography features tour.

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