Unique and solid design
After spending some quality time with the Nokia Lumia 900, we have to admit, we're not entirely blown away by it. Rather, it's essentially yet another device that we've experienced on numerous occasions in the past already and it merely plays to the same level found with existing Windows Phones like the HTC Titan and Samsung Focus S.
There's a lot on the line for Nokia and Microsoft with the Lumia 900. While one handset isn't going to sink either company, the right one could certainly do wonders for both companies' market (and mind) share, where iOS and Android have continued to thrive into a thoroughbred race with only two horses.
Jaw-droppingly gorgeous bod
When super-fast 4G connectivity is one of the Lumia 900's core features, and something that won't be widely available in the UK for yonks, we see this new Windows Phone 7 device as a minor iteration on the Lumia 800. But that's no bad thing when it has an equally well-built, jaw-droppingly gorgeous bod. While we like that Nokia hasn't blasted out a dozen half-hearted Windows Phone handsets to date, a 4.3in option couldn't do the Lumia series's sales any harm.
Excellent voice quality
If you got the idea that we really like the Nokia Lumia 900, you're right. The elegant and durable design, unique appearance, simply irresistible ClearBlack AMOLED display and fast performance have us hooked. Throw in 4G LTE with fallback to HSPA+ and Nokia's excellent camera with Carl Zeiss lens and it's good times for Windows Phone 7.5. The Lumia 900 has excellent call quality, good reception and a compelling selection of Nokia custom apps.
Big screen, cool design
Nokia has done the best it can to make the most of Windows Phone 7, for us making this a viable alternative to Android and the iPhone. The app scene is still lacking though. It is getting better, but if that's your main want, WP7 still won't deliver as much as the other two main platforms. For us, the success with WP7 is with contacts, the interactive tiles, and how easy everything is to use. The apps will come in time.
Pleasant looking Super LCD display
Although it's the latest thing to grace AT&T's lineup, the HTC HD7S doesn't dethrone the Samsung Focus as the carrier's best WP7 handset. Moreover, its $200 on-contract price is undoubtedly hard to swallow considering that it doesn't differ tremendously from the original model. Revolting in a way, we're sad to see that the latest crop of WP7 devices on the market are none other than recycled models like this one, but it's even worse for the HD7S since it doesn't receive a fitting price point.
Large Super LCD display
The HTC HD7S is currently our top pick among Windows 7 Phones. However, we understand if you opt for the also capable Samsung Focus for its Super AMOLED display and slightly more pocketable form factor. The Focus is currently less expensive since it's been in AT&T's lineup since November of 2010, but we wouldn't be suprised if third party dealers offer the HD7S at very attractive prices.
Nice ergonomic keyboard
If you are looking for alternatives, the HTC Desire Z/T-Mobile G2 handset is a great Android option, but the screen doesn't tilt. You can also have a look at the Nokia E7, which offers bigger 4 inch screen that tilts, 8MP camera, and great keyboard, but is running Symbian, which might be a deterrent for you, if you were attracted to a WP7 device because of the slick interface in the first place.
Long battery life
The HTC 7 Pro is a fairly standard Windows Phone 7 smartphone albeit one with a slide out keyboard. The keyboard adds a little bulk, but with a very good tappable keyboard in widescreen mode, we wonder whether it really enhances usability enough to warrant the increased size and weight of the hardware.
Average smartphone in today's extremely competitive environment
Overall the HTC 7 Pro comes in as an 'Average' smartphone in today's extremely competitive environment. It's quite a shame that it has taken so long for the HTC 7 Pro to debut to the public. After the amazing showing from competitors at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show, such as the extremely innovative Motorola Atrix 4G, the HTC 7 Pro may just end up being a niche, cult classic like the other Touch Pro series of smartphones for HTC.
Slide out keyboard
Overall, we're not sure we can recommend the HTC 7 Pro over other QWERTY devices out there simply because the keyboard is so ill-thought out. even if you're a noted touchscreen hater but are desperate for Windows Phone 7, we suggest you check out the HTC HD7 or wait for the forthcoming Dell Venue Pro.
So far, there's really very little difference between WP7 handsets they've all got broadly similar functionality and features but the HTC 7 Pro stands out for its Qwerty keyboard, which is a winner. If that's what floats your boat, this is the handset for you, but if you can do without it, you won't find much else here to recommend it over HTC's other Windows handsets.
Slick interface and impressive Office document support
HTC's 7 Pro is a tricky phone to judge. If you're already sold on the benefits of Windows Phone 7 - a fast, slick interface and impressive Office document support - the 7 Pro's QWERTY keyboard could make it the handset youâ?? ve been waiting for.
If multitasking and powerful mapping is more important to you, the similar keyboard-equipped Android HTC Desire Z is more up your street. Either way, the 7 Pro is another example of the Microsoft mobile operating systemâ?? s promise - weâ??
Build quality on the Focus is amazing
In the first 3 days of use, I went back and forth between just liking Windows Phone 7 and really liking it. Samsung's Focus hardware is an obvious winner, so it was up to the OS to determine whether or not I could use the Focus as my own device.
After messing with it for days, I think I can safely say that I could do just that, and enjoy myself in the process. WP7 is really nice.
Brilliant Super AMOLED display
Ultimately, the Samsung Focus might not be the biggest and baddest device we've seen to date, but it shouldn't be this time around, because the attention is best reserved for Windows Phone 7. Granted though it does offer some pretty decent hardware, such as the 1GHz Snapdragon chipset and gorgeous 4" Super AMOLED display, which does well in showing off all of the glitzy eye candy that WP7 has to offer the end user.
attractive, well-designed phone
The Samsung Focus is beautifully designed with a gorgeous display and solid 5-megapixel camera, but it remains to be seen if Microsoft can win over customers with Windows Phone 7. The Samsung Focus is beautifully designed with a gorgeous display and solid 5-megapixel camera, but it remains to be seen if Microsoft can win over customers with Windows Phone 7.
superior viewing angles
These days, smart phone shoppers have a lot of good choices in the $199 price range, even just on AT&T. So it means something when we say the Samsung Focus is among the top three devices in the carrier's lineup. Its Super AMOLED display is a brilliant showpiece for the new Windows Phone 7 OS and all of the entertainment options Microsoft brings to the table.
The Samsung Focus is our favorite Windows 7 Phone launch device. The Dell Venue Pro might offer some serious competition but it's not available as of this writing and is destined for T-Mobile rather than AT&T. The Focus has an absolutely wonderful 4" Super AMOLED display, and the competition literally fades in comparison. It's also more sensitive to touch, even more sensitive than the iPhone 4. The Focus is attractive and solidly built, though it doesn't hide its plastics.
The audio quality on the Focus is frighteningly good.
The Focus is kind of the everyman of the Windows Phone 7 line. It doesn't really have any fancy features and isn't especially stylish... but it gets the job done. If you're in the market for a WP7 handset, here in America you don't have a huge amount of options. We prefer the Focus over the Surround (for you AT&T buyers), but there isn't such a wide amount of differences between the two that either one would be a bad choice.
All said and done, the Samsung Focus is a good enough handset, especially for those entry-level players who like to flaunt their devices. With a slim look, elegant appeal and unique ways of handling functions, the phone wins the hearts. Besides, the price tag of just $199.99 does give you a reason to think about it.
Voice calls were clear and crisp, with the speakerphone being reasonably loud and Bluetooth supporting mono and stereo headset use.
There are obviously some features still missing, more from Windows Phone 7 than from Samsung's Focus. Copy/Paste is an obvious one, which Microsoft has already committed to changing, and the inability to share recorded video beyond synchronizing it with the desktop Zune client. Perhaps more controversial is the absence of universal search, something Microsoft tells us they don't believe people actually want or use.
Good hardware and exciting new OS
I really like the LG Optimus 7. I like the hardware design quite a bit, and think the 3.8-inch display is on the mark - I just wish that it was AMOLED based instead of TFT. The phone feels very solid, and I really like the hardware buttons on the device, except for the power button, that is.
Solid build quality
The LG Optimus 7 arrives at the market to be one of the more compact Windows Phone 7 handsets available initially. It's practicality doesn't come at the expense of usability though, as its screen measures the fantastic 3.8 inches. It has an overall good-looking and solid design, mainly thanks to the large metal back cover, and all the needed hardware to make it a worthy WP7 offering, such as the popular 1GHz Snapdragon chipset.
For all its limitations Windows Phone 7 is the fastest and most responsive mobile operating system on the market.
There is no denying the Optimus 7 is an extremely polished handset and its implementation of DLNA is far and away its killer feature. On the flip side the camera is a disappointment and you'll need to buy in the knowledge that however slick Windows Phone 7 is it remains painfully short of core functionality at present. Vodafone price plans do make this easier to swallow, so if you've decided Microsoft's new OS is for you check the DNLA status of your existing gadgets and dive in.
Good battery life.
The Optimus T for T-Mobile is incredibly affordable, but you get what you pay for-- the multimedia features are lackluster. The Optimus T for T-Mobile is incredibly affordable, but you get what you pay for-- the multimedia features are lackluster. This dual-core phone is fast and boasts solid data speeds, but the Atrix-powered laptop accessory is a good idea poorly executed.
snappy smartphone performance
We found that our review Optimus 7 ran Windows Phone 7 perfectly well; apps open in a flash and Windows Phone 7 is generally a great place to be. We prefer the experience on the slightly larger devices however, and we don't feel that the design is quite as sharp as that of the Samsung Omnia 7 or the HTC 7 Mozart.
We also don't feel that LG's added features really serve up that much of a benefit.
Excellent hardware design
When I first powered up the HTC 7 Surround I was pretty blown away by Windows Phone 7. It's the first time I've been able to say that a Microsoft mobile operating system feels hip and cool.
I've found myself typically using Android for the most part these days. But I really wanted to dive into Windows Phone 7 and decided to make the Surround my primary device for a while. There's a lot to love, such as the home screen and the zippiness of it all.
Dynamic aspects of the homescreen
Based on our initial experience with Windows Phone 7, it's clear to say that Microsoft placed a lot of emphasis on its presentation â?? which is evident with its heavy usage of transition effects and dynamic tiles. Although it showcases plenty if stunning visuals throughout the platform, the constant theme of responsiveness reverberates throughout every aspect of the platform; from the smooth kinetic scrolling to the lightning quick pinch gestures.
sound recording was impressive due to the phone's enhanced microphones.
Well, we've seen the Samsung Focus, which specializes in the best touch screen display with its Super AMOLED screen. Then there's the Quantum with its ample sliding QWERTY keyboard for the texter and avid Word document scribe. Then along comes the HTC Surround, which is abviously the entertainment aficionado's phone of choice, offering the ability to prop the phone up on its kickstand and take advantage of portable Dolby stereo sound with exceptional quality for a phone.
sharp, smooth video
The Surround is a solid Windows Phone 7 phone with a regrettable "boom box" gimmick. The Surround is a solid Windows Phone 7 phone with a regrettable "boom box" gimmick. The powerful myTouch 4G delivers when it comes to multimedia and performance, but make sure you live in an HSPA+-supported area before purchasing it.
Available for $199 on AT&T, we like the idea of a phone with strong media capabilities, a kickstand for watching movies and TV, and a big speaker that can fill a small room with Zune tunes.
The HTC Surround is what happens when a company has to be creative within a set of specific limitations. While we applaud HTC for creating an innovative design with its slide-out speaker, the phone as a whole doesn't fully deliver as a multimedia-centric device. If you're looking for the best possible Windows Phone 7 device on AT&T, the Samsung Focus costs the same as the Surround ($199 with a two-year contract) but is lighter, has a brighter screen, and longer battery life.
Solid build quality
The HTC Surround is a solid, professional looking smartphone. Build quality is excellent and the phone feels good in hand. We have our doubts about the speaker bar not because we hate blasting music on the train or in a small room, but because it adds thickness and weight. We're just not convinced that the average Windows Phone 7 adult buyer will sign on for more bulk, though teens will likely love it.
The HTC 7 Surround is one of the best Windows Phone 7 devices with a special focus on multimedia playback.
Overall, the HTC Surround should be considered an 'Average' rated smartphone, and not on the higher side of that 'Average' rating either. The idea for the HTC Surround sounds a bit sketchy on paper but there's that feeling that it just might work out, but in practice, it really falls flat. Microsoft's limitation of hardware and software forces the HTC Surround to only have the soundbar as the distinguishing feature.
Long battery life
As with any phone featuring a new operating system, one must judge the engine separately from the vessel it moves. In the case of the HTC Surround, the second Windows Mobile 7 phone coming from AT&T sometime in the next couple of weeks, the operating system makes a far more positive impression than the phone. The HTC Surround's conceit is its slide-up horizontal speaker with a "surround enhancement" button to activate Dolby or SRS surround sound, and a rear kickstand.
Plenty of high-end features
Overall, the HTC 7 Mozart is a good handset and packs plenty of high-end features and social networking gubbins to please the most demanding users. However, with Windows Phone 7 still in its infancy and a lack of apps in the Marketplace, many users may be better served by an Android, iOS, or BlackBerry handset, with their added support and maturity.
The HTC 7 Mozart is all the Trophy is and more. With a great screen, comfortable, ergonomic design and an attractive interface with a lot of promise, the phone wonâ?? t do everything an Android handset will, however, itâ?? s much easier to work your way around, and with the bonus of an 8MP camera with a xenon flash, it makes for a compelling choice. If you arenâ??
It's interestingly got the smallest screen at 'just' 3.7-inches - but this makes it sit well in the hand and feel jauntily nonchalant in the pocket.
The HTC 7 Mozart is a good start for Windows Phone 7. It's got its heart in the right place and with HTC behind it, you'd be churlish not to expect a high quality handset.
For straightforward music playback and a comprehensive contacts book, the HTC 7 Mozart won't go far wrong, but don't expect too much from it. Even with that 1GHz processor and 576MB of RAM to play with, it sometimes struggles with seemingly simple tasks.
speedy 1GHz Snapdragon QSD8250 processor
Overall, the Mozart is a very likeable smartphone. It feels speedy to use, has a great screen and the Windows Phone 7 OS has a surprisingly charming user interface. However, it is quite expensive, and if you do buy it you're going to have to wait not just until cut and paste and multitasking arrives, but also until the range of apps can challenge other platforms like iOS and Android.
All in all, the HTC Mozart is a great phone to have if you like to listen to lots of songs and surf the Web on the go.
The HTC 7 Mozart is an attractive phone with a good build quality. In terms of performance, it is on par with other WP7 phones and runs smoothly.
Also, surfing on Internet Explorer was good although it lacks Flash support.
We like the unique look and feel of WP7 in general and the OS ran smoothly on the Mozart.
However, WP7 still has a long way to go before it can be a viable contender to the iOS and Android operating systems.
The HTC 7 Trophy is a winner after all. With solid specs, a nice rugged feel as well as solid performance across the board, the HTC 7 trophy delivers a great screen, great connectivity and great performance. Admittedly, the camera could be better and the screen bigger, however, weâ?? d say the HTC 7 Trophy finds a good balance between price and performance.
There are also other assorted applications pre-loaded on the HTC 7 Trophy, such as Photo Enhancer and Stocks â€“ HTC also gives a link to download cool things like the Flashlight application for free as well.
There's nothing lost feature-wise in the OS coming down from its more expensive cousins, and not much on the hardware side, but this one is free from just Â£25 per month. The ease of use factor alone makes it worth considering at that price.
Call quality is fine (it's neither the worst nor the best we've seen) on the Trophy, with or without the included earbuds, or when going commando and using the Trophy as a speakerphone.
HTC's Trophy is not the best smartphone on the market. It's not even the best Windows Phone 7 phone. To make matters worse, you'll often find the Trophy sitting side-by-side with the equivalently priced LG Optimus 7 when shopping for a new WP7 handset in Europe -- both are â? ¬49.90 on contract with Vodafone in Germany or free in the UK with monthly plans starting at Â£25 (our review unit is sold by Coolblue in The Netherlands for $499).
very stylish phone
The HTC 7 Trophy is truly a run of the mill Windows Phone 7 handset. It really is the bare minimum of what Windows Phone 7 handsets will be. One of the worries with Windows Phone 7 is that with each new handset that's released, it's harder and harder for it to be sellable to the market. Microsoft has tried to use Apple's idea of ensuring the hardware works with software, but unlike Apple, Microsoft has left the manufacturing of hardware to third parties.
Excellent Sound Enhancer
It's tricky to recommend the HTC 7 Trophy over other handsets because there's so little that marks it out. Sure, it has the HTC Hub to download apps like the Flashlight and Notes, and excellent Sound Enhancer (although this is only available through an external app, so you have to drop in and out of the music and video player to change the quality).
What's in a name? Is there any difference between the HTC Mozart and the HTC Trophy, aside from the fact that one is going to Telstra and the other is going to Vodafone?. What's in a name? Is there any difference between the HTC Mozart and the HTC Trophy, aside from the fact that one is going to Telstra and the other is going to Vodafone? What's in a name?
Windows Phone 7 looks great on the screen
The HTC HD7 is an all in all pleasure to use. Unfortunately however, it isn't as much of a wow device as its Android 4.3" siblings, having been released far later than the EVO 4G, therefore lacking the edge and without the build quality of the HTC Desire HD or the new Sense UI's functional implementation. HTC's overlay upon Windows Phone 7 comes only in the form of HTC Hub, and is pretty underwhelming as it's not intended to be another Sense UI.
Easy to use OS.
The HD7 is one of the better looking large screen smartphones and feels speedy to use. We also like the modern looking and straight forward Windows Phone OS. However, the phone feels a bit like a missed opportunity, because what could have been a great entertainment device, is hampered by its disappointing screen and below par battery life.
great entertainment phone
The behemoth HTC HD7 has some impressive specs like a 4.3-inch screen, 16GB of storage, and a 5-megapixel camera with 720p video capture, but it does not support T-Mobile's speedy HSPA+ network. The behemoth HTC HD7 has some impressive specs like a 4.3-inch screen, 16GB of storage, and a 5-megapixel camera with 720p video capture, but it does not support T-Mobile's speedy HSPA+ network.
Design feels solid, including kickstand
If you're intrigued by Windows Phone 7, the HD7 is a tempting choice. It offers faster data speeds than the Samsung Focus (when you're within HSPA range), and its larger display makes typing and reading sites easier. However, we ultimately prefer the Focus because of its richer Super AMOLED screen and more pocket-friendly design.
The HD7 is the highest end looking Windows 7 phone at launch in terms of materials and design (the Samsung Focus is great looking but screams plastic).
If you're a T-Mobile customer looking to try a new Windows 7 Phone, the HD7 is a great way to start. It's not perfect, but the display size, classy looking hardware and kickstand are big pluses. Until the Dell Venue Pro hits retail shelves (if it ever makes the trip from online sale via Dell.com), the HD7 is also your only Windows 7 Phone selection on T-Mobile. There's much to like in Microsoft's brand new, clean slate OS; particularly the clean and stunning UI.
Massive screen gives you plenty of browsing space
Overall the Windows Phone 7 experience on the HD7 is presenting on the large scale, which fits it perfectly. Windows Phone 7, although in its infancy, does offer a compelling and competitive experience and we find ourselves waiting expectantly for a few apps to fall into place, such as YouTube to enable some degree of online video support.
All in all, the Samsung Omnia 7 is a very feature-rich smartphone, which also comes in a dandy casing. Its almost all-metal body exudes a premium feel, while the stylish looks automatically make it a tempting offer that can easily compete with the rest of the initial Windows Phone 7 squadron.
Plenty of features and has a stunning screen
The Samsung Omnia 7 is mostly a very nice handset. It's largely glass and metal construction looks good and feels sturdy, while it packs in plenty of features and has a stunning screen for viewing video and playing games. However, the hardware lacks a certain something in design and is incredibly slippery.
The Omnia 7 produces still photos with good colour reproduction, excellent detail and minimal noise.
A fantastic-looking Windows-based smartphone we'd be proud to pull out our jacket pocket, the Samsung Omnia 7 shows just how good photos and videos can appear. Although it's slightly larger than we'd like, it's only the underwhelming camera that prevented us awarding the Samsung the crown in this category.
We've already mentioned that the loudspeaker's pretty good, but of course, users aren't expected to blast out music wherever they go.
Well, we've done our gushing, and it's obvious that we're in love with Samsung's Omnia 7. Simply put, this phone's got all the right hardware to qualify as a brilliant multimedia device in today's standard, plus its form factor feels great in our hands.
Super fast and responsive
The Samsung Focus is a winner in just about every category. Though it's a bit bigger than I personally would like (I prefer more pocketable phones over those with ginormous cinema-quality displays), I do like just about everything about it.The display is truly gorgeous, the phone is fast and responsive to my every whim, and the battery life is great.
Large Super AMOLED touchscreen
The Samsung Omnia 7 is a great looking handset with a decent camera and a large Super AMOLED touchscreen. It's easy to use, websites, pictures and maps look great and the overall experience is a very slick and polished one. On the other hand, because of Microsoft's high minimum specifications for Windows Phone 7 phones, there's not much on offer here that's different from similar devices.
Great screen, 1Ghz processor and decent camera
With a great screen, 1Ghz processor and decent camera the Samsung Omnia 7 is a good handset to showcase Windows Phone 7. Altoough it's not perfect it's a bit bland to look at and the camera isn't as good as we expected, however the intuitive interface makes it very enjoyable to use. We love Xbox integration and the Marketplace has more in common with the Apple App Store, than the haphazard Android Market. At the moment, game and choice is limited, although this should grow.
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