Windows Phone 7 Series – A Review

Windows Phone 7

The Windows Phone 7 series is basically the Microsoft SmartPhone we’ve all been waiting for. It has brand new, fresh operating system – and is being backed by all the major wireless carriers and probably all the hardware makers. The name sounds rather awful, especially for a phone that is so good! It’s everything you’ve ever dreamed of in a phone, it’s basically a computer that is small enough to fit in your pocket.

The look of Windows Phone 7 is very different – it’s not just a rectangular grid of thumbnail-sized glossy icons. Now you get a set of bright, flat squares that fill the screen. You’ll love the colors and the high sense of flatness – it’s got a lovely sense of crispness that feels both modern and playful! As for the text, it’s beautiful and it’s big. The phone is all set to be launched by the holiday season of 2010, and it’s a complete overhaul from the previous versions of the OS. The user interface is slick, sleek and touch-friendly. The thing is – if you know your way around the Zune HD’s user interface, then chances are you’ll be able to handle the Windows 7 pretty well. This is because the interface and the menus basically have very similar animation and clean typeface as the Zune HD’s.

Phone by Long Zheng

The Quick Launch screen is different too – it’s changed. Now you can see large and colorful tiles which act as shortcuts to your favorite applications or even to Websites. If you want to place live tiles on your screen with links to your Facebook profile or your friend list – then that too is possible. These tiles are live – this means that if the content of the application or that particular site is updated, there will be an automatic update on the tile in your screen. While this can be a little creepy sometimes, on the whole it’s rather nice.

Plus, you can easily move them around to any order or pattern with just a tap and a drag. If you want them removed, then you have to press the broken heart icon. If you would like to move any of the applications to your Quick Launch display, then all you have to do is press on the application, and select “Add to Quick Launch”. That’s it – as easy as that!

Then there is the People Hub, which is basically the sum total of the friends from all your friend networks – in three screens – Recent, All, and What’s New. The friends who have just updated their statuses or profiles come under Recent, All shows all of them (but obviously!), and under What’s New – you see the status updates all in one single feed. You could also share your own status update, if you want.

There is also something called the Pictures Hub, which you would definitely be interested in. this is basically a thing where you can see all the pictures on your hub, as well as the most recent pictures and you can also see what’s new with your friends. The latest pictures you have uploaded are chosen by the Phone, and in What’s New, you can see the most recent picture uploads of your friends. Plus, you also get the opportunity to share your own photos with the social networks, through The Pictures Hub.

Photo by Fotosposterous

Let’s not forget Office Hub – which allows you to sync your documents between your PC and your phone. There is OneNote (for note-taking), Documents, and Sharepoints, for collaboration on presentations. You will also get access to an Outlook Mail application.

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