So thinking about getting a Windows Phone 7 device? Before you do, you want to know what it’s all about? Well, in this wireless 101, we’re going to go over Windows Phone 7 as an operating system and list out some of the things it does super well, and some of the things it could improve on. As newer versions of Windows Phone come out, we’ll add links to this post to new runthroughs/reviews of the update to show what new features they’ve added and what they can still improve on.
- Slick, smooth, and intuitive
- Transitions are prettttyyyyy
- Uniform layout and design, even in most third party apps
- Responsive and smooth
- Feels natural (similar to iOS)
- Apps load relatively quickly
- Pageloading in the browser is on par with Android and iPhone
- Games are fluid and have little lag
- Poor if any (as of this release, called “NoDo”. Expected in next update due out this year called “Mango”.)
- Simple, easy to navigate contact list.
- Able to jump to certain letters in contact book quickly
- Facebook, Exchange, and Google contacts can all be synced into one contact book.
- Contact images can be grabbed automatically from Facebook
- Ability to pin contacts to the homescreen for quick access to their Facebook feed, and to contact them
- Integrates into contacts natively, no third party app required
- Ability to click on any contact in phone book and instantly see all of their Facebook activity or even jump to their wall to write on it.
- Using the Me profile, you can update your Facebook status directly from the native app on the phone and see all of your past Facebook activity in one place.
- Facebook photos are integrated into your picture album so you can see all of your friends latest photos in one place
- Official third party Facebook app is a little more robust than other official Facebook apps for other OS’s. (Hmm someone likes Microsoft more than Google and Apple… Looking at you, Zuckerberg!)
- Twitter official app is available at launch as well.
- Dialer is responsive and natural feeling
- Call log has large writing so easy to read, also missed calls are highlighted in blue.
- Text messaging is simple and sorted by person.
- Text is large and legible
- Contact’s name is displayed in large font at the top of the conversation (in case you forget who you are talking to) and clicking on their name will bring you to their contact.
- Exchange mail is fully supported and well organized (it’s Microsoft after all).
- Email is no exception and follows the basic, simple format of the other apps with large legible text without any fancy icons etc.
- Swiping to the sides can give easy access to all unread mail, flagged mail, and urgent mail.
- Load times are on par with other major operating systems like Android and iPhone
- No Flash or HTML5 support however.
- Browser supports opening up to 6 pages at a time
- Find on page feature is helpful
- Ability to pin specific web pages to the homescreen
- Bing maps is used instead of the industry norm, Google Maps
- Automatically switches to satellite view when you zoom in enough
- When you click on a location, details are pretty robust and easy to find what you need
- Ability to pin a specific location to the homescreen
- Xbox Live integration allows you to link your Gamertag and profile from your Xbox to your phone. You can win additional gamerscore by playing Windows Phone specific Xbox live games and completing achievements just like on regular Xbox.
- Ability to see your animated avatar from Xbox live is novel and fun.
- All changes made to your avatar on the device is reflected on your Xbox and vise versa.
- You can access all of your Xbox Live messages on the phone as well as friend new users and view their profiles as well.
- Compete against friends in leaderboards (actual head to head coming soon apparently)
- Ability to try a demo of any game before purchasing
- Zune pass is great for a generation that refuses to buy CD’s, one monthly fee listen to all the music you possibly can for as long as you keep your membership.
- Video and audio playback are on par with other OS’s
- Music and video library is organized well
- 17,000 apps in the app store as of writing this
- Apps are limited but the ones that do exist are pretty decent quality and have a shared experience with the OS itself (large text, panoramic swiping, etc.)
- Needs more apps…