Windows Phone 7

March 17, 2010 by  
Filed under Reviews

The writing seemed to be on the wall for Windows Mobile. Ugly, unloved and hopelessly out of date compared to its more intuitive models, not many expected much from its successor. Microsoft surprised us all with Windows Phone 7 Series, a verbosely titled reboot of the entire series. Early praise flooded in, but since its unveiling at Mobile World Congress in January a number of worrying cracks in its glossy veneer are starting to appear. So here they are, exposed for you all.

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Just the Bad Points Review: Windows Phone 7

  • No multi-tasking at launch (Microsoft confirms it could be added in future)
  • No expandable storage (Microsoft hardware guidelines forbid it)
  • No copy and paste at launch (yes, really!)
  • No Adobe Flash support at launch
  • No backwards compatibility with Windows Mobile (potentially a good point, long term)
  • Microsoft’s high minimum specifications for Series 7 handsets suggest there won’t be many affordable options from day one or design variants
  • Windows Marketplace (app store) begins from scratch thanks to incompatibilities
  • All 7 Series smartphones are likely to be large thanks to Microsoft’s high screen resolution minimum requirements
  • No proof Internet Explorer mobile edition can yet compete with Opera Mobile, Mobile Safari or even Mobile Firefox
  • Currently no Mac support to sync Series 7 handsets (unsurprising really)
  • Q4 release date still a long way off – where will the competition be? (A multi-tasking iPhone?)
  • Bing search, Bing Maps and Bing Video verses Google search, Google Maps and YouTube?
  • Unlike Android/iPhone firmware, the upgrade path for 7 Series uncertain. Free 8 Series upgrades? Don’t bet on it
  • Music and video syncing through Windows Media Player is a love it/hate it affair