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Top 5 Windows Phone 7 deals


Know Your Mobile brings you the list of top 5 mobiles which are powered with Windows Phone 7 OS

Android has been flavor of the season. But this month Indian mobile users will get to taste another unique flavor – Mango. We have seen the launch of quite a few devices powered by Windows phone 7 in India. If you are looking to dip your hands in ‘Mango’ here are our top 5 picks:

Samsung Omnia W: Samsung Omnia W is Samsung’s first Windows Phone 7 Mango in India. This handset has 3.7-inch super AMOLED display. It is equipped with dual camera, 5-megapixel-rear and VGA front facing camera. The phone is powered with 1.4GHz processor and it runs on the 512MB RAM. It has the power to capture 720p HD videos. It is a 3G handset and it supports the Wi-Fi direct, GPS, and has a microSD card slot. The best price of this phone is Rs. 19,990.

HTC HD7: HTC HD 7 has a 4.3-inch S-LCD Capacitive touchscreen display and it is equipped with 5-megapixel camera with autofocus and dual LED flash. This handset is powered with Qualcomm Snapdragon 1GHz processor and it can support the HD video playback. It has a 16GB internal memory and 576MB RAM. Besides all this it is a 3G phone and it supports the Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, USB and GPS. The best price of this phone is Rs. 18,999.

Dell Venue Pro: Dell has also launched its first Windows phone 7 in India. equipped with a 4.1-inch AMOLED capacitive touchscreen with WVGA resolution, the display of this handset is protected with Gorilla Glass. It is a slider phone with QWERTY form factor. It has 5-megapixel camera with autofocus and LED flash. The handset is powered with Snapdragon 1GHz processor with Adreno 200GPU, and 1GB flash ROM. It is also equipped with 512MB DDR RAM and sports 16GB of internal memory. Disappointly the phone doesn’t have any microSD card  for memory expansion. It is a 3G handset and it supports Wi-Fi, GPS and micro USB. The best price of this phone is Rs. 23,999.

LG Optimus 7: LG Optimus 7 is expected to be LG’s first Windows Phone 7 in India. The phone is speculated to arrive by next month. It is equipped with 3.8-inch WVGA capacitive touchscreen with 800 x 480 pixel resolution. It is also equipped with 5-megapixel camera with LED flash and has the feature of capturing HD video at 720p. It is powered with 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and it sports 16GB internal memory. Its other features include digital compass, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor and an accelerometer. The price of this phone is expected to be around Rs 30,000.

HTC 7 Mozart: HTC 7 Mozart is also launched along with the HTC HD 7. This handset is equipped with 3.7-inch S-LCD capacitive touchscreen with 480 x 800 pixel resolution. It has 8-megapixel camera with Xenon flash capabilities. This handset is powered with 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. It can capture 720p HD videos. The device also  has 8GB internal memory and 576MB RAM. It doesn’t have microSD card option. Also a 3G phone it supports the Wi-Fi, and GPS connectivity. The best price of this phone is Rs. 18,599.

Source: http://news.in.msn.com/technology/article.aspx?cp-documentid=5528509

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Posted by on October 24, 2011 in HTC, LG, Samsung

 

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AT&T’s Windows Phone 7 lineup: HTC Titan, Samsung Focus S & Focus Flash (first look)


Summary: Will these Windows Phone 7 “Mango” phones from AT&T make it to a stocking near you this holiday?

Microsoft’s Phone President Andy Lees showed off  three AT&T-branded Windows Phone 7 (Mango) phones at the All Things Digital Asia conference in Hong Kong this morning.

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While you may be able to recite the features of Mango by heart, you probably couldn’t tell these WP7 handsets apart, especially when they’re all displaying the same ‘Metro’ home screen (see right). Well, consider this as your cheat sheet to AT&T’s upcoming WP7 offerings: the HTC Titan (left), Samsung Focus S (center) and Samsung Focus Flash (right).

HTC Titan

True to its name, the HTC Titan from AT&T has the biggest display of the bunch at 4.7 inches, which beats yesterday’s largest phone, the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, by 0.05-inch. According to the Window Phone Blog, it has a 9.9-mm profile, a 1.5 GHz processor under the hood, an 8-megapixel rear camera with dual LED flash (plus a front cam), and offers a brushed aluminum back with the curves (and build) that HTC phones are known for.

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Samsung Focus S

The Samsung Focus S may be the middle child in AT&T’s WP7 portfolio but there is nothing middling about the phone. It serves up Samsung’s specialty: a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, powered by a 1.4 GHz CPU that is capable of 4G speeds, along with a 8-megapixel rear and 1.3-megapixel front camera, in a svelte 8.55-millimeters package. What’s not to like about these specs?

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Samsung Focus Flash

It’s easier to differentiate the Samsung Focus S from the Focus Flash as the latter has a more modest 3.7-inch Super AMOLED screen, sharper lines and a slightly slower 1.4 GHz processor under the display. It’ll likely be the most budget-friendly WP7 from AT&T so bargain hunters should keep their eye out on the Focus Flash rather than its flashier brothers.

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AT&T has yet to announce a ship date or pricing for these phones so no need to lineup at your local store for now. There’s still plenty of time until the holiday.

Source: http://www.zdnet.com/blog/gadgetreviews/at-ts-windows-phone-7-lineup-htc-titan-samsung-focus-s-focus-flash-first-look/27934

 
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Posted by on October 20, 2011 in HTC, Mango, Samsung, Windows Phone 7, WP7

 

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Windows Phone 7 Mango Update Next Week?


Windows Phone 7.5 adds long-awaited features like multitasking and native 4G support to Microsoft’s mobile platform.

A Microsoft official said the company may begin distributing the widely-anticipated Mango update for Windows Phone 7 as early as next week.

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“For months, we and dozens of partner companies have been laying the groundwork for the Windows Phone 7.5 update–and making solid progress. As a result, we now expect to start rolling it out in the next week or two,” said Eric Hautala, general manager for Customer Experience Engineering in Microsoft’s Windows Phone group.

Mango is officially known as Windows Phone 7.5. It adds more than 500 new features to the Windows Phone platform, including multitasking and 4G support. For those who can’t wait to get their hands on the official update, Hautala cautioned against downloading and installing pre-release versions that have been circulating on the Web.

“During the official Windows Phone 7.5 update process, every Windows Phone will also receive software from the handset manufacturer,” Hautala said, in a blog post. “This matched and paired firmware has been painstakingly tuned so your phone–and apps–work with all the new features of Windows Phone 7.5. Since your phone requires the proper firmware to function as designed my advice is simple: steer clear of bootleg updates and homebrew tools.”

Users of the current version of Windows Phone 7 will need to update their devices through their personal computers. Windows PC users will need to install the latest version of the Zune software for PCs, while Mac users, if there are any that use Windows Phone, will need Windows Phone 7 Connector for Mac. Windows Phone devices are available from HTC, Dell, Samsung, and LG. Nokia will join the group later this year as Microsoft’s go-to partner for Windows Phone under a strategic alliance.

Mango adds numerous improvements to Windows Phone, from new end-user features to transparent back-end services, according to Microsoft.

A feature called Threads lets users glide between text, Windows Live Messenger, and Facebook chat within the same “conversation.” Groups lets users receive and send messages from predefined social or business circles directly to and from the Smart Tiles home screen. Contact Cards have been enhanced to include feeds from Twitter and LinkedIn, as well as previously supported networks.

Local Scout, which is integrated with Bing, yields hyper-local search results for dining, shopping, and entertainment. Mango also adds long-awaited multitasking capability, which lets users move freely between applications and pick up and resume where they left off. 4G wireless support is embedded.

For security-conscious enterprise customers, Mango adds support for various rights management technologies. For example, it lets authorized users open emails tagged with restrictions such as “do not forward” or “do not copy.” Additionally, it beefs up integration with authoring and collaboration tools like Lync and Office 365.

In the U.S., Windows Phone is available on the AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, and T-Mobile networks.

Source: http://www.informationweek.com/news/windows/microsoft_news/231601976

 
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Posted by on September 30, 2011 in AT&T, Dell, HTC, Mango, Microsoft, Samsung, Windows Phone 7

 

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Microsoft CEO admits Windows Phone 7 sales are slower than expected


SOFTWARE DEVELOPER Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 (WP7) hasn’t got off to the best start.

According to data from Kantar Worldpanel Comtech, Microsoft’s WP7 mobile operating system has just 1.7 per cent of the market.

It was therefore no surprise when Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer admitted that WP7 sales have been slower than expected.

“We haven’t sold quite as many as I would have liked in the first year,” Ballmer said at the company’s financial analyst meeting.

He still thinks there is room for growth though. “I’m not saying I love where we are but I am very optimistic on where we can be,” added Ballmer. “We’ve just got to kick this thing to the next level.”

How Ballmer will kick things to the next level we have yet to see, but there’s a lot of pressure on the Windows Phone 7.1 Mango update to be successful.

Finnish phone maker Nokia was expected to be the first to market with WP7.1 Mango, but it has already been pipped to the post by HTC and others.

Source: http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/2109880/microsoft-ceo-admits-windows-phone-sales-slower-expected

 
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Posted by on September 22, 2011 in HTC, Nokia, Windows Phone 7, WP7

 

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Windows Phone 7 Challenge: End of Week 1 (updated)


It’s the end of the first full week of my Windows Phone 7 Challenge (catch up with previous installments here), and in simple summary, my feelings on Windows Phone 7 Mango are decidedly mixed–with the exception of the Maps and navigation, which I despise. Read on for that. Oh, and I wish it had a screen capture feature, which would make these blog posts a lot easier.

It’s probably easiest to do a simple list of pros and cons. And, for context, this week has just been about setting up the phone, establishing basic use, getting familiar with the interface, and easing it into my daily tasks: e-mail, texting, social networking, and getting directions to various Bay Area locations. I have not yet established any other services–namely Zune Pass. That’s coming next week, so stay tuned.

Also, for those of you who’ve asked about the technical details, I’m running the Mango developer’s build (build 7712) on a Verizon HTC Trophy. I won’t be evaluating things like call quality, necessarily, since that’s such a subjective determination between phone and mobile OS, but I can say that compared with my Droid X post-buggy Gingerbread update, this phone is doing a much better job staying connected to the Verizon 3G network overall.

OK, with those details out of the way, let’s start on a positive note, shall we?

The pros
• Interface: The Mango interface is lovely. The screen tiles are attractive and the “live tile” behavior (they update constantly with new Facebook images, flip-board incoming e-mail counters, and so on) is dynamic without being annoying. Plus, the tiles are nice and big, which makes it easy to see things at a glance.

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I like the notifications on the lock screen (although I really, really, really wish they carried over to the top of the home screen, along with the 3G signal strength and battery indicator), and I love the “infinite scroll” behavior in the menus. In e-mail, for example, flip sideways to the right to see All, Unread, Flagged, Urgent, and then right on back to All without having to back out through the previous screens. I’d like to see more long-press options built into the entire interface (like, long-press a phone number to add to contacts, for example), but the ones Mango does have are useful (like pinning an app to the Start page or deleting a chat thread).

It took me a long time to realize that long-pressing the “Back” button brought up Mango’s version of an application switcher (I’m trying to skip the reviewer’s guide and learn as I go), but once I figured that out, everything got a lot more usable in terms of multitasking. A few of the onscreen icons are a little mysterious (especially in the Map application), but after some exploratory pressing, you can usually accomplish what you need.

• Social: I went back and forth on this, but finally decided it’s a “pro.” Mango has integrated Facebook and Twitter support (and Windows Live and LinkedIn, for the record), and it’s pretty nice. The little “People” tile lets you immediately see what’s happening on Facebook and Twitter. This feature was much improved when I realized I could sort by either Facebook or Twitter. And you can post a status update to all the services at once–mighty useful. Plus there are benefits like Facebook Events integrated into the calendar, and, of course, easy uploading of photos to Twitter or Facebook. Facebook chat is built in, too (yes, I missed that when I bemoaned the lack of the standalone Facebook Messaging app on Buzz Out Loud).

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I’m slightly mixed on Mango’s Groups feature; I think categorizing your friends and family always sounds better than it is in practice. But you can create groups of friends and pin the groups to your home screen, which is handy for seeing all their updates at once, but much more handy for starting a group chat or text or e-mail with them. That assumes your address book is in order like it should be, but more on that later.

• Local: The feature is called “Local Scout,” and the button on the Maps page is a little hieroglyph of buildings: if you press it, and you have location enabled, you get a cool little list of places to eat and drink, things to see and do, and places to shop–plus something called “Highlights,” which in the case of things near my office includes a lingerie shop I didn’t even know existed. Long lunch! This is local done well, it’s useful, it doesn’t require an external app, and although the list isn’t super comprehensive, Microsoft says it’s building out the database over time.

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There are reviews attached, the place pages are clean and simple: address, directions, phone number, etc. And you can pin the Local Scout to your Start page, so wherever you are, you just hit the tile and see what’s around you. Simple and elegant, and I dig it. Android, by comparison, obviously lets you search and then filter by Places, or use a Yelp app, or whatever, but this is much faster, and I’ve been complaining recently that Google’s search results don’t offer up clickable phone numbers like they used to unless I click Places–slightly too complicated compared with Mango.

• Autocomplete: The autocomplete is awesome. It’s accurate, it’s less aggressive than the post-Gingerbread Android dictionary, and it seems to have a lot more words. Love it.

• Speech: Press and hold the Windows (“home”) button on the bottom of the phone and you can control a ton of things with voice commands: call or text someone in your address book, launch a search, or open an app. It’ll even read back a text you compose, so you can double check it without having to look, and then you can say “send” and off it goes. I like. I’ve used it several times for composing texts and for launching searches. I have some constructive criticism, though, about the speech integration, so let’s move on to…

The cons
• Speech: Speech is there in Mango, but it’s not there in Mango. I can’t, for example, say “Navigate to” an address from the home screen speech commands. But more importantly, while there’s a little microphone for speech-to-text on the onscreen keyboard when I’m texting, there’s no speech to text in any other app (that I’ve found): not e-mail, which I need, not mapping, which I need, not in the browser, which I need. You can voice search with the Bing app, but it’s just not enough. Android is doing speech to text light years better than Mango at this point, because it’s integrated across the OS. This little bit of speech in Mango is almost more frustrating than helpful because it just highlights what’s not available.

Also, compared with Google, the speech recognition just isn’t as good. I have to recompose texts multiple times, whereas Android has an uncanny ability to know what I’m saying. And there’s no way to speak punctuation, as you can with Android; Mango inserts it for you, which is nice if you only ever want to compose a long, run-on sentence that ends in a period, but I’m kind of a grammar freak, even in speech to text.

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Worse, though, there appears to be a predetermined point after which the phone stops listening and starts transcribing (it interrupts you with a beep and starts thinking), and there’s no way to append one spoken sentence to another. With Android, I frequently speak a sentence or two of a text or e-mail, check its accuracy, then speak a few more sentences. Mango gets overwhelmed by long spoken sentences (it panics and says “can’t connect” instead of transcribing), so I find I need the appending more than I did with Android, and it drives me crazy not to have it. Am I nitpicking? A little. Is this how I actually use my phone all day every day? Yes.

• Turn by turn: The pro part of the navigation on Mango is that it has turn-by-turn navigation…kind of. Also, the mapping is beautiful, and I love the very human-friendly directions, which include helpful little notes about traffic (moderate congestion, etc.), local landmarks (“You’ll see a 7-Eleven on the right”), and also, as your near your destination, notes like, “The last intersection is Woodhaven and if you get to Potter you’ve gone too far.” That’s awesome. More awesome if you have a passenger in the car with you to read them, but still very helpful.

Here’s what I don’t understand, though. Why is the turn-by-turn navigation only audible when you tap the screen for directions!?

In one of the most bizarre interpretations of mapping I’ve ever seen, Mango offers spoken directions, but only user-initiated spoken directions. You can only get audible directions by reaching down and tapping the screen for the next move. Um. What? Worse, early screenshots of Mango seem to indicate that it would have standard spoken turn-by-turn directions, but…what happened!?

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The way the audible turn-by-turn navigation experience has existed since the beginning of time is that you map a destination, then sit back and relax and wait for the nice map lady to tell you to turn a few hundred feet before the turn. Mango’s navigation leaves you adrift, and caused me to literally miss turns as I waited for some kind of instruction, like I’ve been trained to do by navigation systems that work. Oh, and instead of a verbal alert that it’s time to turn, you get a nice little chime after you correctly execute a turn (that you’ve memorized), and that, I guess, is supposed to compel you to feel around blindly for the phone and tap the screen for the next audible instruction.

Let me not mince words, here: I hate this. I’d rather just know that I’m going to get a written list of instructions, iOS style, that I have to look at it or memorize it–and then, to make matters even more baffling, sometimes the lady does announce the next turn or instruction, but I can’t figure out why. Maybe the phone bumped the side of the cup-holder? Hate. Seriously hate.

Also, there’s no rerouting on the fly, as there is with Android. If I make a wrong turn (which happened twice last night as I was navigating the foggy, confusing, overgrown El Cerrito, Calif., hills where the street signs are impossible to see and a little audible direction might help), the app informs me that I’ve gone a different way, and then asks me if I would like to tap to reroute. One of these days, “tap” will equal “smash.” Let’s move on.

• Fit and finish: I know I’m running a developer’s build of Mango, but I also know it’s probably not far off from finished, and there are more than a few oddities that make Mango feel like a first-gen product, instead of the 7.5th iteration on a long-lived mobile operating system. They’re niggling, but they annoy. For example, I entered three e-mail accounts, each with its own address book, and synced with Facebook, and there are still phone numbers calling or texting me with no names attached–even though the contacts exist somewhere on the phone. And I can’t long-press a recent phone number to add it to my address book (it just wants to delete it).

If you’ve entered someone’s phone number in your address book as “home” instead of “mobile,” and you say, for example, “Text Emily,” the phone refuses to text her, and insists on calling instead, because her mobile number is listed as a home number. In point of fact, it’s both, but it really shouldn’t matter, and come on.

If you accidentally text someone’s land line, because you used a voice command to text them, and the contact isn’t merged and things are a little vague, the phone will convert an entire existing message thread to the wrong number–even if you were previously successfully texting their mobile number. So, every reply you send from then on will go to the wrong number, until you just start a whole new thread with the right one.

Mapping isn’t integrated into the search, Web, text, or e-mail experience the way it is in Android. I can’t click an address in a text message and launch maps for navigating, as I can in Android, for example. Again, this may sound nitpicky, but if someone texts me an address, and I’m already in the car, I can’t very well copy and paste it into the Maps application (which I have to do) without, well, crashing.

It’s really hard to click the screen and place a cursor at a specific location; you always end up selecting an entire word, when you just want to edit. And again, a long-press for “select all” in a URL field window or similar would be superuseful.

• Apps: I know I mentioned this in a previous post, but the lack of app support is problematic for me, personally. I actually don’t know that it will be for everyone. But yesterday, I needed to download the Square app for a video piece I was working on, and I couldn’t; I was actually hamstrung in my work as a result of the lack of app support (and the guys at Square seemed to have little inclination toward building a version for the platform, which has got to hurt). That won’t be everyone’s experience, I know.

On the plus side, I did find OpenTable, MyFitnessPal, and the Flight Tracker app I’m obsessed with, although there’s no free version of Flight Tracker, only the $5 version. And there’s no Google Voice. Ouch. There’s just no getting around that fact: the app support isn’t quite there yet, and it’ll have to get there before this platform can be truly competitive. I, at least, don’t want to be the one at the party, or on the field shoot, who can’t get the cool app that everyone else is downloading all around me.

Phew! That’s it for my first full week’s worth of thoughts. I know you’ll agree and disagree and offer tips and tricks in the comments below, so have at it. I’ll be back next week with thoughts on more of the integrated services, like SkyDrive, Zune Pass, and maybe even Office. See you then!

UPDATE: Thanks to the commenters and tweeters who pointed out that long-pressing in a text box gives you an easily placeable cursor. I had tried that, since it’s the default behavior in Android and iOS, but hadn’t had any luck. I went back and tried again, and after some fussing with the cursor, got the placeable version to appear. I’ll chalk that one up to the HTC Trophy: its touchscreen is pretty unresponsive, and I often have to press live tiles twice to get them to activate, etc. Appreciate the heads up from all of you, however. That one complaint is withdrawn.

Source: http://news.cnet.com/8301-31322_3-20091841-256/windows-phone-7-challenge-end-of-week-1-updated/

 

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Windows Phone 7 featuring Google Plus+ spotted online


Probably Google+ is coming to Windows Phone 7, as per the recent image leak – but how authentic is it?

It seems like Google+ is set to make its way for Windows Phone 7, if believe on the leaked image.

The snap we spotted over Internet looks like a Google+ application – the main clue is Google+ lettering over the phone’s screen, it is ensuring that the HTC 7 Trophy Windows Phone 7 handset is running the Google’s latest social networking application.

Kevin Marshall, the one who posted the snap, also used the hashtag #wp7 (the abbreviation for Windows Phone 7) when he tweeted the picture, as our sister concern knowyourmobile.com has mentioned in a report.

However, we will still say that it’s not tough task to insert an image into a gadget to give it real look. For this you just need to work a little bit on Photoshop with any image, so there are chances for image to be a fake.

If we look at Marshall’s blog, he’s sticked to the Windows Phone 7 platform and has been posting related to that topic for an year now.

Besides, it is not a concrete evidence to assure that we will certainly see a Google+ app on Windows Phone 7. Till the time it will be nonsense chopping off parts of the mobile market.

If you are not yet aware of Google+ then we might tell you that it is Google’s latest social networking site. It has features quite like Facebook and Twitter that makes social networking easy and interesting both.

Althogh, it comes with a unique fearture known as Circles, which let the users to split up their feed into groups so, you can filter out mundane tweets or have a group for work.

More On Windows Phone 7 featuring Google Plus+ spotted online

Source: http://news.in.msn.com/technology/article.aspx?cp-documentid=5339447

 
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Posted by on August 3, 2011 in Google Plus, HTC

 

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HTC 7 Pro (U.S. Cellular)


While HTC’s Android cell phones have stolen the show, the company originally made its name here in the United States on deluxe, full-featured Windows Mobile phones. The HTC 7 Pro on U.S. Cellular continues that tradition, albeit with Microsoft’s vastly improved Windows Phone 7 OS. The HTC 7 Pro is a solid smartphone, and a good choice if you text or email more than the average person, although it lacks the battery life and third-party app catalog of other models.

Design, Call Quality, and Apps
The HTC 7 Pro measures 4.6 by 2.3 by 0.6 inches (HWD) and weighs a substantial 6.5 ounces. It’s made of a complex mix of matte plastic, glass, soft touch rubber, and aluminum surfaces; the effect is bulky, but handsome. The front panel slides back and tilts up at a 45-degree angle, which is great for watching movies or using the phone as a very tiny laptop computer.

The 3.6-inch capacitive touch screen is on the small side for such a bulky phone, but its 480-by-800-pixel resolution looks sharp. The display lacks the vibrancy of HTC and Samsung’s newer panels, though. The slide-out, five-row QWERTY keyboard is an absolute gem. It features large rectangular keys that are well-raised and separated. They exhibit just the right texture and resistance for fast, near-silent typing.

The HTC 7 Pro is a dual-band EV-DO Rev. A (850/1900MHz) device with 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi; the phone connected to my WPA2-encrypted network without a problem in tests. There’s no Wi-Fi hotspot mode, though. Voice quality was fine overall, with a clear if somewhat brittle tone in the earpiece, and plenty of available gain. Callers uniformly said I sounded good through the microphone. Reception seemed about average. Thankfully, the HTC 7 Pro doesn’t suffer from the same horrid background hiss as the HD7S ($199.99, 2.5 stars), even though the wide earpiece speaker looks identical on both handsets.

Calls sounded clear through an Aliph Jawbone Era Bluetooth headset ($129, 4 stars) and the TellMe-powered voice dialing worked flawlessly over Bluetooth. The speakerphone was excellent, with plenty of gain for use outdoors, albeit with a touch of distortion at the highest volume setting. Battery life was short, though, at just over four hours of talk time.

By now it’s clear that Windows Phone 7 is a beautiful smartphone OS that’s fun to use. It features smoothly sliding home screen tiles; tight integration with Microsoft Office, Exchange, and Outlook; XBox Live compatibility; and it works just like a standalone Zune for music and video playback. Regardless of the task, the 7 Pro’s 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU keeps things moving at a good clip. That said, while the Windows Marketplace offers a decent selection of apps and games, it’s nowhere near what’s available for Android and iOS devices. Keep an eye out for news on the upcoming “Mango” version of Windows Phone 7, which adds many new features to the OS.

Multimedia, Camera, and Conclusions
There is a standard size 3.5mm headphone jack, plus 16GB of internal storage for media files, with about 13.7GB free. There’s no microSD card slot or USB mass storage mode, though; you must sync the phone with a PC or Mac using dedicated Microsoft apps in each case.

Music tracks sounded clear and full through Samsung Modus HM6450 Bluetooth headphones ($99, 4 stars). The Zune-like music app was fun to use, with large album art, clear fonts, and smooth animations and responses—much like the rest of the OS. There’s also an FM radio that uses the bundled, tinny-sounding wired stereo earbuds as an antenna. Standalone videos played smoothly in full screen mode, but audio only played through the phone’s speaker, not over stereo Bluetooth.

The 5-megapixel auto-focus camera has an LED flash. Test photos were okay but not great, with well balanced in bright outdoor sunlight but only modest detail and muted colors. Indoors, some shots exhibited slight graininess and a softer focus, but they weren’t too bad. The HTC 7 Pro’s auto-focus works before you press the button, not after; let the phone focus automatically first, then snap the photo, and you’re golden. The camcorder recorded crisp 640-by-480-pixel videos at a smooth 27 frames per second. But 720p files (1280 by 720 pixel) looked soft and not as detailed, with a more uneven frame rate that averaged 19 frames per second.

U.S. Cellular still trails the four major U.S. carriers in terms of network coverage and high-end smartphones, but it’s beginning to rectify the latter problem in earnest. The HTC 7 Pro is a fine choice if you like Microsoft’s clean slate, Zune HD-influenced mobile OS. But with a paucity of third-party apps, it’s still a niche player next to Android phones like the HTC Merge ($149, 4 stars), our current Editors’ Choice smartphone on U.S. Cellular, and the LG Genesis ($149, 3 stars). Both of those handsets are $50 less expensive up front, offer more features like free, Google-powered GPS navigation and a mobile hotspot mode, and work with a vast selection of third-party apps in the Android market.

Source: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2388650,00.asp

 
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