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Take care,

Jay


The Windows Phone 7 Review RoundupBy NICK BILTON, Jin Lee/Bloomberg News,
October 22, 2010, 1:05 pm

The Windows Phone 7 Review Roundup - NYTimes.com

For a while it seemed that the competition in the smartphone space was going to consist of an unfair fight between the Apple iPhone, Research in Motion’s BlackBerry and a few bedraggled stragglers. But over the past year as new products have started making it into the marketplace, including Google’s Android platform, competition is finally heating up.

Now the Windows Phone 7 devices are about to make their debut and the platform’s unique design and interface could help stir the pot even more.

As the reviews have started to roll in, the new lineup of phones and the unique interface are getting overwhelmingly positive reactions, but its still unclear if this will translate into sales or make it possible to attract customers away from existing platforms.

Here is a roundup of some of the notable reviews so far.

Peter Bright of Ars Technica posted an exhaustive review of the phone, delving into every aspect of the operating system and hardware, dissecting almost every detail. Overall, Mr. Bright seems extremely impressed with the new platform:

Microsoft doesn’t often get version one releases right, but this time, it has got the release very right indeed. Windows Phone 7 looks great, works well, and is a treat to use. Market success isn’t assured, but judged on its merits alone, this is a platform that absolutely deserves to succeed, and I really, really hope it does.

Although The Wall Street Journal’s Walt Mossberg doesn’t believe the new phone will drive people away from the iPhone or Android platform, he was impressed with Microsoft’s new foray against Google and Apple:

My conclusion is that Microsoft has used its years in the smartphone wilderness to come up with a user interface that is novel and attractive, that stands out from the Apple and Google approaches, and that works pretty well.

Endgadget’s Joshua Topolsky, who has offered a preview review in the past, also likes the new phone and believes it will offer real competition in the smartphone space:

Microsoft has done an outstanding job with lots of aspects of this UI, particularly when it comes to navigation and ease of use — but there are holes here as well.

Gizmodo’s Matt Buchanan was a little more granular with his analysis and focuses on the Samsung Focus phone, one of 9 devices set to be released this year. Mr. Buchanan believes that the Samsung phone is the “most eye-catching” and “the thinnest and lightest” Windows Phone:

It’s fast. The Windows Phone 7 interface, as frenetically flippy as it can be, never chugs. Same goes for more graphically intense games, even if the load times are longish, bordering on angst-inducing.

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