We're expecting the debut Nokia Windows Phone to show its face for the first time at Nokia World at the end of next month – that's the consensus, anyway – and even the most rabid Android or iOS fanboys will concede that it's one of the most significant launches of the year – if not the most significant.
And Microsoft Program Manager Joe Marini, no doubt looking to crank up the anticipation factor even further, has tweeted his impressions after playing with the handset for the first time.
Microsoft and Nokia are unquestionably among the biggest tech companies in the world, but it's safe to say the smartphone gods haven't exactly been smiling on them so far in 2011.
Both have committed fully to the Nokia Windows Phone project, and as a result it really is a make or break moment for both. Succeed and both will be on an upward trajectory again; fail and the future will look bleak for both.
And if Marini's comments are anything to go by, it'll be option A. Pouring out his thoughts via Twitter, he's given the device a big thumbs up after seeing it in the flesh for the first time: “I just got a chance to try out one of the slickest looking Nokia phones I have ever seen. Soon, you will too!”
Pressed for more detail he then rated it an 8 out of 10, saying he loved the “solid feel, good camera, responsive UI, and nice little touches on the body construction.”
Now your probably thinking this is one of those “yes, well he would say that wouldn't he?” moments, but to his credit Marini was willing to point out a couple of areas where the device fell short.
Responding to another tweet, Marini conceded: “Yeah, the camera was good, but I didn’t have optimal lighting. I’d like a larger screen too.”