Reviews and Problems with Microsoft Windows Phone 7
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HTC Surround and Windows Phone 7 OS Review
20 July 2011
Excerpt: I know this review is a tad late but considering that HTC Surround 7 is not yet available in the Philippines, I think it should be excused. This review will provide an overview on one of the first ten Windows Phone 7 devices released last year.
Conclusion: And load up the Amazon Kindle app with your child’s favorite books, and you are set for a road trip, wait in the docs office, or more.The design of the Windows Phone OS makes it easy for kids with small hands to navigate and get where they need to go. You would be surprised how quickly they catch on and learn. The responsiveness is awesome. It’s not like some other phones where you click something and wait and wait for something to happen.
Conclusion: Windows Phone 7 is very different from other smartphone operating systems and a giant leap forward from Windows Mobile 6.5. There are some gaps to be filled, though, and a significant update is already planned for early 2011.
Conclusion: In our original preview, we said that Windows Phone 7 didn't quite feel like a complete smartphone OS yet. We'd like to come back and report that it finally has the fit and finish of a fully realized product, but that isn't exactly the case. Don't get us wrong: there's a lot to like or even love in WP7. Microsoft has done an outstanding job with lots of aspects of this UI, particularly when it comes to navigation and ease of use -- but there are holes here as well.
Pros: Beautiful new user interface, Excellent Xbox Live and Zune integration, Great use of glanceable information
Cons: Buggy behavior makes it feel like beta, Third-party apps have issues, Lack of multitasking hampers usability
Excerpt: Hexic should be a familiar game to many people since it comes pre-installed on many Xbox 360 systems. The classic puzzle game from Carbonated Games and platform, lets you rotate trios of hexagonal pieces in order to make a match of three pieces. The Windows Phone 7 version, as with the original, cause players to be more strategic than most puzzle games.
Excerpt: , and the game does not disappoint. With the release of Bejeweled LIVE, PopCap has delivered a game which offers a smooth, beautiful and fun experience. Bejeweled LIVE’s game play starts with the classic 8×8 grid of colored jewels. Your goal is to line up three or more of a kind by moving gems horizontally or vertically in order to make a match. Match three jewels and they disappear, leaving the jewels above them to fall into place.
Excerpt: There’s a lot of hype about the new Windows Phone 7 operating system and that’s how Microsoft wants it. They’ve done something really special with this revision by completely starting over. This is something totally new and design-wise, something completely different. Unfortunately, you might find some of your favorite features missing in the new OS, but you might also find some new features that you’ll fall in love with.
Pros: + Very well designed and completely fresh user interface
Summary: The system makes the impression of somewhat incomplete, if being not in the initial stage of development it is clearly not in the alpha version, not to mention the beta one. Till the end of 2010 the developers have still enough time to make a lot of improvements in the OS. While what we see now, does not make any impression. Everything is too ascetic, too easy and too familiar. Perhaps this is caused by emulator’s shortcoming.
Excerpt: Since the arrival of Windows Phone 7, one of my more major gripes with it (and I have a lot of gripes , believe you me) has been the lack of an instant messaging client besides the third party serving of Windows Live Messenger. Of course, the future Mango update has taken care of that, as well as Facebook chat, but if I wanted to sign into Gtalk or Skype chat, there really wasn’t an option for me.