Nokia and Windows Phone haven’t come up in conversions about buying a new smartphone for quite a while but we think that Nokia Lumia 800 (and a large multi-million pound marketing campaign) will change that. For the first time we feel like the Windows Phone 7 finally got a desirable handset and Nokia finally got a decent touchscreen operating system that actually has got a future. Nokia definitely made us a believer this time around. But that’s not all Nokia Lumia 800 will be available from £26 per month with no upfront cost on either Orange, Vodafone or Three. If you decide go SIM-free be ready shell out just above £400. You can expect Nokia Lumia 800 to hit the stores sometime in November just in time for Santa to get a hold of a reasonable stock for those who are not iPhone 4S crazy. Until then check the video hands-on by Cnet and official press shots after the break. Come on… you want to… Continue reading >
The final handset in the HTC’s lineup of Windows Phone 7 smartphones is the HTC Surround. It is aimed at customers looking for an entertainment smartphone as it features speakers with surround sound with Dolby Mobile and SRS Wow audio processing. The speaker is revealed by sliding it out from behind of the screen and it packs an integrated stand to hold the phone vertically in landscape position. Add 16 GB of internal storage for all your movies and music and it looks like a serious entertainment smartphone.
With HTC and Samsung releasing Windows Phone 7 handsets we shouldn’t forget that they are not the only ones in the game. LG released the LG Optimus 7 smarpthone and according to the guys over at Engadget the Optimus 7 is the best Windows Phone 7 handset to date. The reason being the look and feel of the handset. Its minimalist approach shows us what a Windows Phone should be like while also incorporating very clever design decisions.
After going through HTC’s Windows Phone 7 lineup we had a look at Samsung Omnia 7 smartphone. Specs-wise it does little to differentiate from HTC’s offerings as it too features a 1 GHz processor, a large 4 inch capacitive touchscreen and a 5 megapixel digital camera with LED flash. Comparing the Samsung Galaxy S the Omnia 7 definetely feels like a better handset with its luxurious aluminium construction. It is a brilliant entertainment smartphone and the form factor feels just right.
HTC’s HD series have always been the showcase top hardware and for-most-too-large-screen at 4.3 inches. HTC added also the HTC HD7 to the HD series family that now comprises of Windows Phone 6.5, Google Android 2.2 and Windows Phone 7 smartphones so the circle is complete. Unfortunately the build quality is not up to the HD series and the screen while bright it lets down by poor contrast and viewing angles. Continue reading >
Here we have another Windows Phone 7 handset from HTC the HTC 7 Trophy. It is a step down from the HTC Mozart as it doesn’t feature an aluminium body design and has a lower resolution 5 megapixel camera with LED flash. But don’t get us wrong this stil is a very good quality smartphone. The large 3.8 inch (480 x 800 px) capacitive touchscreen is very responsive and accurate and HTC added an HTC Hub which offers shortcuts to HTC’s widgets similar to those found on HTC’s Windows Phone 6.5 smartphones.
With Windows Phone 7 launching couple of weeks ago first of the Windows Phone 7 packing smartphones have started competing for the best Windows handset. HTC’s effort the HTC Mozart 7 is by no means a perfect hanset but definitely is the most good looking one as it features an aluminium unibody design that HTC used for Nexus One and Legend. Another stand-out feature is the 8 megapixel camera that is accompanied by a xenon flash. Add a large 3.7 inch sharp screen and a 1 GHz snapdragon processor to the mix and HTC Mozart 7 is shaping up to be a one-heck-of-a-handset. Check the videos, review and photo gallery by Engadget after the break for all the details.
Windows Phone 7 operating system for smartphones was finally released. None of the features shown were surprising as there have been loads of previous leeks and rumours on the web so we pretty much knew what was coming. Still it is good to know the official set of features. We feel that Microsoft has finally given us a mobile Windows operating system we deserved although we are not particularly fond of the solid color tiles as the icons look a bit out of date. It might not be better then iOS or Android but it’s compatibility with Windows environment will definitely appeal to some users.
Engadget: You might have missed it if you were sleeping, but we broke open a huge treasure trove of leaked Dell mobile devices last night, including the high-end Lightning Windows Phone 7 slider and ThunderAndroid set. We also got wind of the mid-range Flash and Smoke Android phones, as well as the Looking Glass seven-inch Android tablet, and to round things out we scored more details on the Aero and Streak. Yeah, it was a hell of a night, but we’ve got it all rounded up for you right here, so click on through if you missed anything!