How good is Windows Phone 7?

Has anyone used Windows Phone 7? I've been reading that its really slick but haven't had a chance to check it out myself...

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JonLester / MOD  Jun. 3, 2011 at 14:46

As a WP7 user, I would strongly urge you to hold off investing in the platform at this stage. The lack of true multitasking, custom ringtones and other basic smartphone necessities are simply not available at this stage, and I'd suggest waiting until the next generation of handsets and the Mango update come along.

But as far as the original question is concerned, yes, the WP7 OS is extremely slick and genuinely fun to use. If you're an Xbox 360 owner with an existing account, the games (and achievements) alone make it worth considering.

Bartletts  Jun. 9, 2011 at 15:39

It's nice enough (from what I've HEARD) but the problem with it (as well as WebOS - look it up) is that Android and iOS are so far ahead, and the lingering resentment against Microsoft so strong, that there just isn't the apps out there available for W7Phones.

Reminds me of the race to be a Superpower, or developed 1st world country. Those that won...essentially stopped others catching them because of the winners' size difference to the losers. If that makes sense.

detechno  Jun. 14, 2011 at 10:00

Good enough for Microsoft fanboys who want to make Bill Gates a rich man.

Anyone intelligent will never opt for it. Do you want phones to suffer like Windows desktops? Antivirus, antispyware, rootkit and all that crap?

JanSt / MOD  Jun. 14, 2011 at 12:32

I had a Htc HD7 upon launch in October, and I just got my hands on a HTC 7 Trophy by 'accident'.
I find wp7 as a 'smartphone' platform ridiculous and annoying.
It is very slick indeed. And I think for anyone who just wants a cool, well built 'dumb phone' it's great. You get some for £200 simfree that can stand proudly beside £400 phones in terms of hardware. But the software is so limiting, it's almost bizarre.
But again, if you come from a 'dumb' feature phone, and calls, texts and the odd email are all you need, then it's a bargain.
Mind you, even dumbphones have more smartness - most dumbphones can be connected to a pc in mass-storage mode to transfer files easily. With WP7 you CANNOT transfer anything witnout the Zune desktop suite.
You will also miss out on some apps that are standard for most other OS's (or are actually built into other OS's) - no Opera Mini/Mobile, no screenshot apps etc. And though 'slick', many wp7 app ports pale in comparison to their original versions.

mrew42  Jun. 14, 2011 at 12:39

And as 95% of the computer using population will attest, you are talking out of your trouser area.
My Windows desktop suffers less than my colleagues iPhone or my Android.
Intelligence is in the opinion of the beholder. And I know what I think :)

mrew42  Jun. 14, 2011 at 12:47

Err thats you as in detechno not you as in Jan, Jan :/
You have many good points (as usual) I was harking on about detechno's obsession with the Windows Desktop as a point of concern....

JanSt / MOD  Jun. 14, 2011 at 12:53


detechno  Jun. 14, 2011 at 13:00


Windows share on the Desktop is dropping thanks to the 'virus' issue, you might have not noticed, but according to many stats, the market share is less than 90% now and that's why MS is desperate.

The first thing I get reminded of windows is 'virus'... ain't the number of security companies a proof of that? You're still a faithful Bill Gates dog?

JanSt / MOD  Jun. 14, 2011 at 13:12

Windows shares are cown because of changes in the market. Because Apple's iPhone/iPad success ties more folks into their realm. There are countless other reasons, but viruses and rootkit?
And again, that is 100% IRRELEVANT to the original poster's question.
Granted, because of the reliance on Zune I would not use WP7 in any serious manner. But because of iTunes I do not currently use an iPhone.
The location tracking 'bug' in WP7 - yes, unforgivable. Oh, wait...

detechno  Jun. 14, 2011 at 13:26


Not only Windows sales, PC sales are down, people are now migrating to ultra portable smartphones, and that's cause of the reliability and security issues of ~90% of PCs (i.e. Windows). Nowadays most don't even wanna listen to music on the PC -- they got their mobile phones, they opt for larger phones and PMPs to view movies even!

This's all cause of better reliability and the failing reliability of Windows and not to mention the comparatively high prices of Windows. All this happened cause people supported Microsoft which only works for purpose of money. Had Microsoft not existed the Desktops whould've been flourishing with a lot of opensourced Android clones.

JanSt / MOD  Jun. 14, 2011 at 13:32

I sum up: Google, the world's biggest advertising corp, works for security conscious charity. Apple, the industry's profit-margin king, works altruistically to maximise fun.
Only Microsoft does it for money.
Well, looking at it that way, I'm really totally wrong. Sorry I'm so stupid.

JanSt / MOD  Jun. 14, 2011 at 13:33

And can we all keep it on topic now that we know all the facts.
The OP had a simple question.


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