I’m back, mother fuggers, with the second – and final – instalment of "How many Windows Phone 7 handsets are there?" If you missed part 1, go back and read it now or I’ll send Big D round to punch you in the crown jewels. Repeatedly.
When I looked at the Windows Phone 7 range a few months back, there were only seven to choose from. Delicious irony. On Friday, HTC and Nokia alone managed to amass an impressive eight. Can we double that today? Probably not, but let’s give it a shot.
So who’s left? Samsung, LG, the budget boys, and…
Dell’s a bit of a funny one. The manufacturer had committed to providing a handset at the Windows Phone 7 launch in October 2010, but the Dell Venue Pro didn’t see the light of day in the UK till a good five months after that.
Somewhat confusingly, the Dell Venue Pro followed the Dell Venue – an Android phone sans keyboard. So obviously, for the successor, it made perfect sense to switch operating systems and throw in a sliding QWERTY. What the…?
Just to keep the bizarre-o theme going, Dell has completely dissed Mango. Great stuff.
Oh, check out our Dell Venue Pro review. It’s alrightish.
Dell Venue Pro: 4.1in display, 5MP camera, 1GHz processor
Samsung tentatively dipped its toe in the Windows Phone 7 waters one year ago with the entirely decent Samsung Omnia 7. Incidentally, there’s that bloomin’ “7” again.
The manufacturer recently announced its Mango players for the US, but things aren’t so crystal clear over here. The Samsung Omnia W is definitely heading for Europe, and we’re expecting a higher-specced Samsung Omnia S (similar to the Focus S in the US) at some point too.
I’ll give Samsung the benefit of the doubt and say three.
Samsung Omnia 7: 4in display, 5MP camera, 1GHz processor
Samsung Omnia W: 3.7in display, 5MP camera, 1.4GHz processor
Samsung Focus (Omnia?) S: 4.3in display, 8MP camera, 1.4GHz processor
LG’s first foray into Windows Phone 7 was the LG Optimus 7. Like the rest of the initial Windows Phone 7 line-up, it didn’t exactly set the world on fire, and can currently be found floundering in bargain bins for less than £200.
Its first Mango effort is one of those fashion handset thingies, namely the LG Jil Sander. “The LG Who What-now?” Yeah, that was my reaction too. Essentially it’s a slightly redesigned LG Optimus 7. What the hell is wrong with you, LG?
Check out this ridiculous YouTube video for the LG Jil Sander Mobile. Sigh.
LG Optimus 7: 3.8in display, 5MP camera, 1GHz processor
LG Jil Sander Mobile: 3.8in display, 5MP camera, 1GHz processor
The budget guys
Back in May this year, Microsoft announced that Acer, Fujitsu and ZTE were jumping on board the Windows Phone 7 train. These guys will probably stick to the lower end of the spec-trum (see what I did there?).
I don’t think any of their Windows Phone 7 efforts have made it to the UK, have they? Well, the official Microsoft Windows Phone 7 page (which, incidentally, is crammed with Nokia content) doesn’t seem to think so, and that’s good enough for me.
Right, I make that 14 in total now. So that’s twice as many as six months ago. Interesting. I imagine that figure will grow exponentially with Nokia’s arrival. See you again in six months.