Jamie Thomson

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Windows Phone review

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Windows Phone 7 has been available here in the UK since 21st October and I managed to get hold of one –an HD7- 6 days later hence I’ve spent 10 days getting used to it and feel I’ve learnt enough to share some experiences in this blog post.
First of all I should reiterate what I said in my recent blog post My thoughts on Windows Phone 7 and why I shall be getting one. I have been excited about this phone for a long time because I feel its the first realisation of the latent potential that Microsoft have with their various consumer products and services. With that in mind, let’s dive in.

Availability

A word first about availability. I took me 6 days to get my hands on a phone and that wasn’t through want of trying. It seemed that if you wanted to get a Windows Phone here in the UK then you had little choice but to sign up with a carrier on a new contract which is not something I wanted to do – I wanted a contract-free, SIM-free phone. The online retailers (Amazon, Expansys etc…) had no stock but O2 offered a way out as they were offering the HTC HD7 on a pay-as-you-go contract. I took up that option and got the phone unlocked, in-store, for a small extra fee. Job done – I had my contract-free, SIM-free HD7. Its not the device I wanted –that was the Samsung Omnia- but it was the only one I could get without waiting for weeks.
The limited phone availability could be interpreted as there being an unexpected high demand for the phones – I suspect that the phone manufacturers’ inability to meet the anticipated demand is also a factor.

First impressions

I pretty much new my way around the phone before I got it due to the plethora of online videos so there wasn’t much new to learn about it but still I was looking forward to finally getting one in my hands. I can safely say that the phone is a delight to use; it is quick, it is easy and very intuitive. Do I say that because I already knew my way around the phone? Possibly, yes, though I am still of the opinion that this phone’s base interface (known as Metro) is both a refreshing change and a step ahead of any of its competitors. Microsoft have clearly spent time dreaming up ways that the phone can impress and delight be that with an entire feature (such as OneNote sync) or a user interaction (such as email notifications on the lock screen).
The Music and Video hub is new to me because I have never handled a Zune HD before (which is where the interface borrows from heavily). The backdrop to the hub changes to show the artist that you last listened to which contributes heavily to the overall positive aesthetic. The best word I can think of to describe the Music and Video hub is “classy”.
The calendar too is a work of art. I have four different calendars (meaning four separate accounts) syncing to the phone and the calendar does a beautiful job of displaying them all. The vibrant colours used for each calendar contrast fantastically with the black background and make the simple act of looking at one’s agenda a real pleasurable experience. The app bar has a button that takes you back to the current day no matter where you happen to be browsing within the calendar – a very smart idea indeed.
All that being said there are still problems with the phone, niggles if you will, some of which leave me scratching my head and thinking to myself “What on earth were they thinking?”. Moreover lots of features are not complete (calendar and office being classic examples) which is no doubt due to Microsoft’s desire to get something in front of consumers for holiday season 2010.

The good…

The main activity that I use my phone for is sending/receiving email and this is where Windows Phone shines; I have two email accounts synced to the phone and am happy to report that triaging email on this thing is a pure joy. Simple things like a single click to delete an email and  then being returned to your inbox rather than showing the next email brings a smile to my face. The animation when deleting an email is a delight and navigation is both simple and efficient. For me though the real high point of email is the presentation of information on the lock screen which is probably easier to show rather than explain:
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The first number in this image represents unread text messages whereas the second and third represent unread emails in each of my two email accounts. What I particularly like about this is that the O/S isn’t relying on space-consuming verbiage to tell me which account has unread messages, it is simply communicated by location on the screen and it takes no time at all to get to grips with which is which. Its a great example of Windows Phone taking something that might seem fairly insignificant but that serves to make the whole overall experience easier, more intuitive and, quite simply, better. Truthfully, that’s a microcosm of the whole phone.
I have seen lots of reviews on the web complain about the lack of a unified inbox (i.e. the ability to view email from multiple accounts in one place) but that is not a feature that I require. I point it out here because evidently this is a feature that people do want so if you’re one of them you should be aware that it does not exist today.
The second feature that I have fallen in love with is OneNote syncing. I am a fairly regular OneNote user and recently added all of my OneNote files to http://office.live.com knowing that this would enable me to view them on my phone. There’s something deeply satisfying and delightful (there’s that word again) about being inside a OneNote page on your phone, hitting the camera button on the app bar to take a picture, then watching that photo automatically turn up on your laptop screen just a few seconds later. I can think of many scenarios where this will be useful and is definitely a very unique differentiator for Windows Phone.
What else is good? I mentioned the the Music and Video hub and truly it is an awesome aesthetic experience but with some foibles that I’ll cover later. Zune related info also shows up at http://windowsphone.live.com which is a nice touch.
Speaking of http://windowsphone.live.com, I should explore that a little more deeply.
Its an online companion to your phone and displays Zune, Xbox, OneNote notebooks, calendar items, photos and contacts; its also the site from which you access the fantastic Find My Phone feature (locate your phone if you lose it) – again, another great differentiator. In many ways http://windowsphone.live.com is the embodiment of the integration potential that I spoke of in  My thoughts on Windows Phone 7 and why I shall be getting one and its a great first stab at an online “portal” for all your interactions as a consumer with Microsoft. I’m expecting lots of enhancements to this site in the future and am hoping that those enhancements include a universal search feature that enables you to search all of your “stuff” (you may know of my belief that personal search is going to be huge in the future).

The Bad…

I’ve talked about some of the things I love but I’m afraid I have to report that not all is well with Windows Phone. I find it to be teeming with foibles that detract from the overall experience and I’m going to list some of them out here.
  • I wrote above about how I love being able to sync my OneNote notebooks from http://office.live.com to my phone but I can’t ignore that setting up syncing of a notebook up in the first place is a very difficult thing to do. I managed to get myself into such a pickle first time around that I believed my OneNote notebooks on the phone were in unrecoverable state (for more details go read my thread on WinPhoneJunkies) and had no option but to do a hard reset of the phone. As it transpired the proper remedial action was not quite so drastic but I wouldn’t have known that had it not been for Jon Noble’s blog post How to open your existing OneNote notebooks on Windows Phone 7 that explains the decidedly intricate process required to do this. This whole process is not in keeping with the positive first impressions that I spoke of earlier. and nowhere do Microsoft try and explain it to you
    Other issues with OneNote:

    • if you have any section groups in your Notebooks they and the sections/pages within them are completely ignored
    • there is no search function which is a fundamental need in a note taking app.
      All of these OneNote foibles are indicative of the “unfinished” nature that is prevalent throughout the phone.
  • The Music and Video hub is indeed a delightful experience as I emphasized earlier but still its missing things and, quite frankly, some of the foibles I find downright bizarre. For example, I can shuffle all of the songs on the phone but I can’t shuffle a playlist. Huh? That seems like a glaring omission to me and is one that I miss a great deal because in general I make great use of my playlists but listening to them in the same order each time is not really what they were designed for. (UPDATE: Thanks to Chris in the comments who pointed out that you can shuffle a playlist although given the obscurity of it I don’t feel bad for not finding it. Read Chris’s comment here.)
    I had already purchased a Zunepass (to enable streaming of music) prior to purchasing the phone but streaming wasn’t immediately available when I first took delivery of the phone and plugged in my Windows Live ID. I can happily report that it is working now but I have no idea what caused it to be “triggered” and I don’t understand why streaming wasn’t working from the get-go.
    Speaking of streaming – here’s another issue. One would assume (I did anyway) that having opted to stream (say) an album that the whole album would be getting downloaded as the first track was being played. Not so, it only downloads a track when it reaches it in the playlist and hence we get a 10-20 second pause in-between each song – not an ideal way to listen to music I’m sure you’ll agree!
    SmartDJ. Where is SmartDJ? Its a great feature in both Zune on Windows and on Zune devices but its not here on the phone – a glaring omission.
    Zune Social. Again, where is it? It simply aint here! One of the reasons I got on board with Zune a long time ago is because I liked the notion of building social into it so I find it strange that they haven’t built it into the phone.
    Again, the word that springs to mind when using the Music and Video hub is “unfinished” and to be honest that is a common theme across the phone.
  • The Home screen is in keeping with the pleasing aesthetic of the phone but, as Charles Arthur was quick to point out in his Guardian article Windows Phone 7 review: you sure Microsoft wrote this software?, quickly becomes unwieldy as you add more and more apps to it. Granted it is possible to launch an app using your voice but in my limited testing thus far it doesn’t easily my recognise my gruff northern England twang. Admirable though the home screen is Microsoft need to fix this.
  • Copy and paste. Ah, copy and paste. its well known that this feature is currently missing from the phone and some observers have commented that you don’t really miss it. They’re wrong  – copy and paste is a fundamental need on a smartphone and I find it bizarre that Microsoft thought they could leave this out in version one. The expected update in early 2011 that is going to bring copy and paste can’t come soon enough.
  • I spoke about the Calendar being beautiful, and it is, but its sadly lacking in functionality. I am subscribed to many many calendars at http://calendar.live.com but only one of them, the primary one, shows up on the phone.
  • My biggest complaint is reserved for apps written by Microsoft or, more accurately, the lack of them. I have just searched in the Windows Phone marketplace for apps created by Microsoft and have found ten (they are YouTube, Facebook, Unite, Last.FM, Level, Weather, Translator, Unit Converter, Shopping List). I think that’s a pathetically paltry number for a company that sells software by the bucketload and whose target market for these phones should be the existing customers that already know and trust them.
    If Microsoft truly are serious about this phone then their product teams should be churning out apps for this thing by the boatload; where’s my mobile MSN viewer (the MSN Celebrity app doesn’t interest me), my Remote Desktop client, my mobile SQL Server admin tool, my Microsoft Dynamics client, my Live Meeting client, my Windows Live Writer Mobile program (yes, I believe there is a need for such a thing), my Microsoft Connect client, my OData viewer, my Codeplex client and (most of all) my Windows Azure admin client? These apps and many many more are conspicuous by their absence and it highlights the inherent problem Microsoft have in effectively being many many different companies under a single brand. Somebody should be banging down the doors of product teams throughout the company and getting them to build apps for this thing but clearly that is not happening.

The Ugly…

I’ve talked about my main complaints and here’s a quick-fire list of more minor issues that irk me a little:
  • When typing a URL into the address bar in Internet Explorer there’s no “/” on the facing keyboard. What the….? [OK, its there if I long-hold on the period but still – you’d think this would be front and centre when typing a URL]
  • After installing an app from the marketplace you have to come out of the marketplace to actually launch it. Why can’t I simply launch it from the marketplace when it tells me that its finished installing it?
  • Maps app doesn’t work in landscape
  • Searching in marketplace will return playlists that people have shared on Zune Social. All I can do though is view the playlist or play individual songs from it via my Zunepass, I can’t play/download the whole playlist.
  • I can upload photos from my phone to SkyDrive or choose to have them sync up there automatically. Strangely these two functions put the photos in two completely different places; one sends them to https://photos.live.com/browse.aspx/.MobilePhotos and the other sends them to https://photos.live.com/browse.aspx/.WMPhotos. WHY????
  • When I logged onto the Music marketplace recently the main promoted release was Cheryl Cole’s recent single release. Anyone that knows me tell you that Cheryl Cole isn’t exactly my cup of tea and Zune knows this too given I share all my music plays with them so why are they trying to flog me Cheryl Cole trash? Surely they should try and sell me something they have an inkling I might like!
  • Long-holding the period on the keyboard will present a submenu of different punctuation marks that I can add to wherever I’m typing. This submenu includes a dash, an exclamation mark, a colon and a question mark but unbelievably no apostrophe. It seems like a small thing but I’m left incredulous at this omission.
  • I can pin a person to the home screen which is kinda cute n’all but its not what I want; I want to pin a person’s phone number up there. That would be useful.
  • In my use of apps so far I haven’t found the Live Tiles on the home screen to be particularly, well, live. A very small percentage of all the apps I have installed so far actually make use of Live Tiles which is disappointing given that Microsoft’s whole sell about the phone is “glance-and-go”.
  • I find the functionality of the Bing search app to be distinctly underwhelming. One of the features I like about the main Bing site is Instant Answers but they don’t turn up on the phone unfortunately.
  • I have lots of content on the phone (email, text messages, OneNote notebooks, Excel spreadsheets, Word docs) but the phone doesn’t allow me to search through all of that content. It needs a universal search function.
  • The Marketplace Search is annoying because it presents all content types in a single list. I don’t understand why they don’t use the now-familiar pivot interface and produce a page for apps, albums, playlists etc… Presenting all of this stuff in a single list is not helpful.

Conclusion

There’s a lot of complaints in this blog post and that is indicative of this being version one of Windows Phone – I used the word “unfinished” a couple of times and that sums up the whole phone pretty well. Happily the majority of these irksome foibles are not core to the phone and can be easily fixed and I’m sure that will happen in the not too distant future. I don’t want to give the impression that I’m not enjoying the phone –I am, I’m loving it- but be aware of its shortcomings before you decide to jump in!
@Jamiet
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November 7, 2010 at 10:36 pm

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  1. Nice coverage Jamie. Another glaring omission : speed dial. The most basic of phone functions and I cannot seem to set a speed dial on the phone dialler :(

    Bert Craven

    November 7, 2010 at 10:51 pm

    • Ref Speed Dial: If you go to a contact you want to be a speed dial, and say pin to start – then it will be one touch from your tiles. That’s pretty speedy.

      Paul Dawson

      December 17, 2010 at 3:52 pm

  2. As I look to pick up a Windows Phone 7 device tomorrow, I appreciate this review. I like the balanced review.

    jkavanagh58

    November 7, 2010 at 11:00 pm

  3. Thanks Jon, I tried to be as objective as possible, perhaps not something I can always claim.

    Jamiet

    November 7, 2010 at 11:03 pm

    • Agreed, I have been ready for a Windows Live oriented phone for some time so I admit I would probably be getting one either way.
      As for the foibles, I have had a Droid for over a year and it has many of its own (like you talk about onenote, accessing google docs from a google device is oddly difficult if possible at all). I think that we can see updates outside of the carrier distro model could be the biggest advantage. Having been a Zune and XBox user from day one (not to mention working with the Windows Live community) this platform makes sense and I think with feedback like yours we will see these foibles overcome.

      jkavanagh58

      November 7, 2010 at 11:10 pm

  4. You missed how bad the browser is. Every startup I’ve interviewed has mentioned how bad the browser is and how that is really holding back this system.

    Robert Scoble

    November 8, 2010 at 1:33 am

    • Robert,
      Other than lack of Flash I haven’t had any issues with the browser – honestly I haven’t. Mind you, I haven’t used it for much more than checking Google Reader, any news reading is done using apps.

      -JT

      Jamie Thomson

      November 8, 2010 at 9:24 am

      • Yeah, I have not seen any issue with the browser either.

        jkavanagh58

        November 9, 2010 at 6:15 pm

    • Why is it bad?

      Seems pretty competent to me…

      Paul Dawson

      December 17, 2010 at 3:53 pm

  5. As primarily an Android and Google user, it’s nice to see Microsoft come out with something that seems worthy of being mentioned in the realm of iPhone and Droid. I recently purchased a Droid X and am very happy with it, but maybe Microsoft will have fixed all these issues by the time I am finished with my contract (be thankful you guys in the EU don’t have all these contract restrictions), and maybe I can take a serious look at it.

    I just had a few questions questions. How well does WP7 work with Google services — Gmail, Google Calendar, GTalk. And does Bing Maps perform compared to Google Maps, if you happen to have experience with Google Maps on a mobile device?

    Thanks for the great review!

    James Mowery

    November 8, 2010 at 2:09 am

    • Hi James,
      I don’t use many Google services (apart from search and Google Reader) so can’t give a first-hand account but I can tell you what I know.
      Mail – You can connect to GMail using EAS so the experience should be similar to that on the iPhone.
      Google Calendar – It works but suffers from the same problem as Hotmail Calendar – it only syncs the primary calendar, not other calendars that you happen to be subscribed to
      GTalk – No way of using GTalk from Windows Phone as far as I am aware – I stand to be corrected.
      Bing Maps v Google Maps – It compares very well. Bing Maps has some lovely transitions between map layers and I find that the “locate me” feature works as well as it did on Google Maps. Where Bing Maps falls down (outside the US anyway) is the quality of search results IMO – you can compare the quality of the search results by trying out the normal browser-based versions of Bing Maps and Google Maps. There’s no Google Latitude either of course.

      Hope that helps.

      -Jamie

      Jamie Thomson

      November 8, 2010 at 9:23 am

    • Having come from a Droid I will say WP7 does GMail much better than android did Live/Hotmail/MSN. A big pain for me is Google maps still can’t find my home address so Bing Maps wins just on that, but in general they work equally as well. I have not installed the new Google app for WP7 but with GRedie accessing my google reader items I have not had the need to implement the other services.

      jkavanagh58

      November 9, 2010 at 6:14 pm

  6. Hi Jamie,

    Excellent review. I got to try a Win7 phone for the first time a couple of weeks back at PDC10 NL and had much the same impression in a few minutes as your review. Gorgeous UI, very responsive and well thought-out in many respects. As a developer, the dev tools *seem* to be superb, too.

    The major frustration for me, and one you (but no-one else I’ve seen review it) mention is the lack of integration with the other MS products I use daily: SQL, etc. It seems like an area where MS could really distinguish themselves from the competition and offer truly smart smartphones. E-mail isn’t enough any more, is it?

    When/if they get that far, I’ll invest immediately, but for the time being I haven’t seen anything that will prise me away from my beloved Android phone. It’s good to see a fairly credible effort from MS, though.

    Paul Clancy

    November 8, 2010 at 10:42 am

  7. Just curious here but the knock on the browser just seems typical. IE has taken shots from many critics and quite frankly I have used it and it just works for me, so that critique seems to be more of the same.

    jkavanagh58

    November 8, 2010 at 12:25 pm

  8. Good review, especially since it gives insight of the other touchpoints that the phone needs… eg: market place and the zune client.

    Marketplace still bugs me though, there are a lot of developer-geeky apps appearing – who wants a Xaml Tester App. One guy has expressed his prowess by publishing 30+ applications that are all about dev tasks and they’re not that useful either! But, worse than that… why is Flight Control considerably cheaper in the iTunes AppStore and considerably more expensive on Marketplace!

    I know that email-calendar integration has been something that you’ve been wanting since WM6.5 and so glad to see that they managed to sort it out.

    Regarding the less than optimal omission of the “/” from the main keyboard display, I guess that MS are expecting Bing search to be your entry point. but I agree, it’s an annoying niggle!

    mark

    markm

    November 9, 2010 at 2:23 pm

  9. Jamie – might want to apply some blurring to that screenshot to remove your phone number before telemarketers have a field day ;)

    Ed Gillett

    November 10, 2010 at 9:30 pm

  10. I just realised why typing this that I am following you already on twitter :)

    Like you, I was excited by the prospect of Windows Phone 7.
    MS seemd to have great people, whose ideas are ruined by internal power struggles and politics.
    MS have become IBM :)

    Availability, I agree, finding the phone was painful.
    I gave up waiting for the Samsung Omnia 7 (my preferred) to get the LG Optimus 7.
    (The LG Optimus that has broken BlueTooth)

    First impressions, I love the “tactility” of it.
    I don’t need a unified inbox either (don’t know why seperate inboxes doesn’t work)

    Zune, very broken in the UK
    No SmartDJ as you’ve seen
    No MIXVIEW on both the PC and WP7 version
    No HIP HOP category in UK (Urban!)
    No podcasts on PC Zune
    No Social on WP7
    MS need to get UK parity with the US Zune service

    SharePoint requires SharePoint 2010, which most people don’t have or won’t have soon.

    I’d like to see a turn by turn navigation/maps that is as nice as the Android version
    You could throw out your TomTom and use Android, not so with Bing Maps, its not great.

    Be able to connect to hidden Wifi
    Be able to customize my ring tones/email tones/sms tones

    Totally agree about the terrible marketplace search. Very bad.

    Also agree with your summary. Unfinished.
    Really intriguing to see how they go about updating. If by the middle of next year most of these issues
    aren’t resolved, I will be going back to iPhone. Its safer, if more boring there :)

    Hugh

    November 10, 2010 at 11:12 pm

  11. My guess is that the Maps application does not switch orientations on purpose. The iPhone works this way. It does so in order to allow the user to look at the map from different directions. For example, you may want to look at the map in the direction of the street you are navigating to get more of a feel for what to expect (as opposed to North always being at the top of the screen). If the app switched orientations, North would always be up, and you’d find yourself struggling to view the map from any other direction.

    Alan Ridlehoover

    November 11, 2010 at 8:46 pm

  12. re: shuffling: you can shuffle playlists- when your listening to a song, on the “now playing” view, tap on the album cover art, and three buttons will show up: repeat, heart, and shuffle. far from intuitive,but the functionality is there.

    re: speed dial: just pull the contacts that you want to dial onto the home screen, and calling them is exactly 2 taps away. or, go to recent panel in the people hub… “recent” is kinda like auto-speed dial.

    re:maps/navigation: bing maps looks great, but it’s not an *actual* gps navigation app- it does turn by turn directions, but it doesn’t actually take you along the route as you drive. My phone (Tmobile HD7) came with a decent enough navigation app, but it doesn’t compare to the overall slickness of google maps/navigation on ‘droid.

    re: browser: met my expectations. i’m not looking for a killer browser on my phone… i’m looking for a phone a marketplace rich enough so that there’s always a native app for whatever i want to do. day 1, my phone has insanely good native apps for facebook, foursquare, twitter, fandango, imdb, netflix, open table,and a dozen or so more… whatever i’ve *needed* a browser for, pocket IE has been fine.

    re: office hub: getting documents into and out of this hub is just silly… it really needs to be an order of magnitude smoother.

    re: google stuff: apparently, there’s a gvoice app in the marketplace- haven’t used it yet, but i doubt it integrates incredibly deeply… it might extend the people hub,but i doubt it takes over the dialer. Also, there’s a great 3rd party google reader front end called “flex”, that gives reader a Metro-compatible UI.

    chris hollander

    November 11, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    • Chris,
      Awesome information, thank you very much. I’ll check out the playlist shuffle workaround that you mentioned.

      cheers
      Jamie

      Jamiet

      November 11, 2010 at 9:36 pm

  13. This is a very fair and open post. My big takeaway is twofold:

    1) If Jamie was stymied, then clearly Joe Average Non-Techie User is not going to be able (or willing) to do all the twiddling needed to actually get the phone to do all the things it’s supposed to. Nor will he know enough to realize what the phone will NOT do, no matter how much twiddling he does.

    2) The phone and it’s software are in a less-than-polished state. Meaning, again, that some things are missing or just will not work as expected.

    ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••

    Now, the target market here is a first-time smartphone buyer (which is at least 50% of the cell phone market). This group does NOT include many of the most technically-inclined folks, who are early adopters and have long ago purchased a smartphone. (Jamie is obviously an exception to this rule, and of course many others exist.)

    Therefore, the net effect of releasing and heavily promoting this unfinished product will be to advertise and spread the following idea to these relative newbies: MS cannot make a smartphone with the out-of-the-box-it-just-works-functionality that an iPhone owner enjoys. Frustrated buyers will quickly spread that exact meme by word-of-mouth, and the result will be that this product becomes Zune 2.

    Mister Snitch

    November 11, 2010 at 9:37 pm

  14. In Microsoft’s defense, Cheryl Cole is damn good-looking.

    El Payo

    November 11, 2010 at 10:01 pm

    • No denying that !! :)

      Jamiet

      November 11, 2010 at 10:05 pm

    • I would say that, most likely, Cheryl’s label gave Microsoft a nice bucket of cash, as a way to indicate to Microsoft that Cheryl’s latest album is different from previous ones in that it will be more universally liked/accepted. Most everybody will be interested in purchasing it, even those who may, say, hate whatever genre music she is vending.

      dave

      November 12, 2010 at 7:43 am

  15. Chill out everyone. This is a 1.0 release. Microsoft will start fixing a lot of these things. The main for them was that they had a dealine to get products out before the Holiday season.

    It’s good to see MS releasing less with more polish than the old buggy feature-bloated approach.

    dchu220

    November 12, 2010 at 8:15 am


  16. You mean you knew your way around?

    lj73

    November 12, 2010 at 11:31 am

  17. Jaime,
    I like your review, but I have to point out an error. Maybe it’s not so much an error in the UK market, but it’s about the apps.
    While you can purchase apps from the marketplace on the phone, the bulk of apps are available on the Zune Marketplace (1,600+). They even have the London Underground Tube schedule app available. It also has Twitter integration now and Loopt.
    I, unfortunately, won’t be able to enjoy all of this until July 2011 because of my contract. By then, hopefully, a lot of the “foibles” you’ve mentioned will be all ironed out.
    Good luck and thanks for the review.

    RogerB

    November 12, 2010 at 4:27 pm

  18. Addendum to my last post.

    RogerB

    November 12, 2010 at 5:43 pm

  19. Ooops! I put the link in the wrong place. Let’s try this: Windows Phone 7 Essential Apps

    RogerB

    November 12, 2010 at 5:50 pm

  20. This phone is a work of art. It has everything on it..User interface, Text input, Web browser, Multimedia (Zune), Games (Xbox Live!!), Search (Bing Mobile),..I mean the list goes on man this is basically a computer To GO…lol.

    Jeff

    January 12, 2011 at 8:01 pm

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