Well since nobody here has really talked about this I’d thought I try to bring it up. And my opinion if it will be better than the iPhone/Android/Whatbeit.
First I’ll just tell the tech facts about it. Firstly, it’s based on the same kernel that Windows CE6 is based on. Also the same kernel the Zune HD uses. Which is an upgrade because Windows Mobile 6 was based on the CE5 kernel.
Now the UI of it is very interesting and very pretty. First you have the home screen which is full of several ‘blocks’ that can be personalized to your choosing.
For anyone who has used previous WindowsMo versions you can clearly tell Microsoft spent a lot of time trying to make this version look puurdy. No longer do you have to use that little stylus to tap that start menu and tap the application again. One of Windows Phone 7′s premier features, in my opinion is pushing the brand towards a ‘finger friendly’ experience.
Now on the the applications. That’s all anyone seems to care about these days. Well in the first party applications instead of being conventional and making the application scroll up and down like any other device. In Windows Phone 7 you go from left to right and vice-versa.
Another thing you can see if that Microsoft clearly modelled this after the Zune HD interface. Which was a good decision in my opinion.
As for an actual ‘app store’ Microsoft has that covered too! It’s called the ‘Windows Phone Marketplace’. But Microsoft says this will be much more than some ‘app store’. You’ll be able to buy content from Xbox Live games, to your favourite music.
Another big part of this is the new Xbox Live integration. You will be able to login to Live with your gamertag and download live games. You can play these games on your phone and earn gamerscore to go towards you Live account. You can also send messages and do anything else you’d be able to do on your Xbox 360.
Now two things Microsoft did that drives me crazy.
- No Multitasking
- No Copy & Paste
Those are two things that were always held against Apple and it’s iPhone. And with OS 4 the multitasking will be fixed and then it will have everything people held against it gone. And I know this will probably be fixed with a firmware update in the future but why not have the things you’ve mocked Apple for not having in the first version of Windows Phone 7?!
And now my final take. I think this Windows Phone 7 is the most intergrated phone OS ever. You’ll have your Hotmail, Xbox Live, Facebook,etc all in one location. And MS takes the opposite approach that Apple took by letting you customize everything. But one major thing helps Windows Phone 7 is that it’s just an OS. It’ll be on a lot of different kinds of phones. Meaning if you want a messaging phone,you can have it with this, if you want a candy bar phone, you can have it with this, and etc. While the iPhone OS is just locked down to one form factor. But to say this is better than iPhone OS or Android is nearly impossible as it is not out yet and we don’t have a physical phone we can buy yet.
Keep in mind that this is a very brief breakdown and I will be posting more info when more info become available.