Not long to wait now – Windows Phone 7 handsets roundup

By Naomi Mackay,

It’s eight months since Microsoft first revealed its Windows Phone 7 OS, and now the wait is nearly over for you to get your hands on it.

October 21 is the UK launch date for several WP7 smartphones from the likes of HTC, Dell, LG and Samsung.

Ballmer

“Glance and Go” is Microsoft’s catchphrase for the new operating system, claiming that you’ll be able to carry out your everyday tasks faster, and that vital info will be accessible on a glance and go basis. It’s Microsoft’s latest foray into the smartphone market, which is predicted to take over 70 per cent of the market in the next three years.

Its last attempt, Windows Mobile, received a lukewarm reception, but the new OS has been simplified – the menu button, which sent users into an increasingly complex range of submenus has been ditched – although it is also missing some major functions, such as cut and paste (a software update has been promised for early 2011). This is the first clue that what we’re being given isn’t quite finished.

The other is that the number of apps available has yet to be announced, although we do know that nearly half will be games related, with Electronic Arts named as a launch partner. Major apps such as eBay and Facebook are being fast-tracked to be ready for launch.

The phones will also feature Microsoft’s Xbox LIVE games and the Zune music and video experience.

Windows 7

HTC will be launching three WP7 phones this month – the HTC 7 Trophy, the HTC 7 Mozart, and the HTC HD7. All the handsets will come with HTC Hub, which will offer a number of dedicated apps such as stocks and weather in addition to those available in the Marketplace.

Samsung is launching the Samsung OMNIA 7, a sleek, slimline handset with a metallic chassis. It boasts a 4-inch SUPER AMOLED touch screen, 1GHz application processor and a 5-megapixel camera with HD recording.

The Venue Pro is Dell’s Windows Phone 7 flagship handset, with an AMOLED display. It is the only one of the new devices to feature a portrait QWERTY slider, rather than the landscape slider of the LG Quantum.
For a full rundown on which phones are available on which network, head on over to the official Windows Phone 7 site here.