Everybody seems to be taken aback when the Windows Phone 7 Series was formally introduced in Barcelona during the MWC last Monday. Everyone claims that Microsoft has indeed embodied the unthinkable in this new OS. It is an entirely different operating platform from the previous Windows Mobile. It is by a long shot wider and deeper than the Zune.
The interface of the WP7 is designed with the Metro (7 series UI) which makes it “authentically digital” and “chromeless”, as described by one of the designers, Albert Shum. This means that there are no shaded icons, faux 3D no drop shadows, no busy backgrounds but with fresh typeface and animated transition. The main crossing point is composed of 5 live tiles (boxes that contain text and photos) intended for Internet Explorer, Phone, Text, People, Pictures and Multimedia (Zune).
Further scrolling will let you see more big live tiles for Calendar, Exchange, Windows Live, Me and Xbox Live. Located at the right of the screen is a scrolling feature where the user will find the phone’s list of applications. No Adobe Flash can be found in the phone since an ‘Office Hub’ will be the one to provide a full Microsoft Office support.
Five hardware buttons (back, home, search, camera, and power) is to be found in all WP7 phones. Microsoft left consumers wondering about the multitasking features of WP7, all they said was that music will be heard on the background. The company also did not articulate so much about the hardware requirements of WP7 but instead declared that further information will come out during the MIX developer conference by middle of March. Qualcomm is said to supply the chipsets for the initial set of WP7 phones.
The phone companies from which WP7 will come from are Dell, Garmin-Asus, HTC, HP, LG, Samsung, Sony Ericsson and Toshiba. In the United States, known carriers like AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon will all be offering the WP7 phones to their subscribers once they are out and released. Other Mobile carriers from different nations which will offer subscription of WP7 phones are Deutsche Telekom, Orange, SFR, Telecom Italia, Telefonica, Telstra, and Vodafone.
The WP7 phones, however, will only be available 10 years after it was introduced and that would be during the holidays season of 2010. By then, interested consumers may have already saved enough money to purchase or subscribe to WP7 smartphones.
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