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Introduced at MWC 2010, Windows Phone 7 is the latest Windows CE based phone operating system from Microsoft.

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Pros

minimum hardware requirements set by Microsoft mean you won't get an under-performing phone like you might have in the past

11 agree

friendly next generation interface featuring large images and east-to-read text - makes icon based interfaces look antiquated

10 agree

built-in application marketplace like all other smartphone platforms

10 agree

tight integration with other Microsoft services such as the Zune Marketplace (music) and Xbox Live (gaming)

9 agree

multitouch from the start

9 agree

redesigned Outlook is stunning, best mobile e-mail client to date

8 agree

great gaming platform - allows for full 3D games, XBox 360 achievements

6 agree

slick push notifications

5 agree

will launch with applications from dozens of well-known companies, from Citrix to EA Games

3 agree

Will likely be the first mobile OS to support Flash (as announced by Adobe)

3 agree

kernel two generations ahead of WinMo 6.x (skipping over CE 6 kernel)

2 agree

camera is accessible through a hardware button - can even launch the camera app while phone is locked or off

1 agrees

hub system bring together a lot of services in a natural and intuitive for most common use cases

1 agrees
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Cons

Internet Explorer - still lagging behind other mobile browsers

11 agree

applications can no longer be installed manually (such as in previous Windows Mobile generations) - forced to use the proprietary marketplace

9 agree

no search but Bing

7 agree

introduced with no hard launch date (6+ months)

7 agree

Won't work with your Mac

5 agree

horrible name

4 agree

no true multitasking

4 agree

no legacy compatibility - older Windows Mobile applications are incompatible with Windows Phone 7 Series

3 agree

not skinnable - you're stuck with the way Microsoft wants it, no beautiful third party user interfaces such as HTC's TouchFlow

3 agree

Retro Zune-like text based interface instead of modern icon based interface is not for everyone.

3 agree

no copy & paste (at launch Nov 2010)

3 agree

no Flash support

3 agree

tricky SD card requirements - no retailed SD cards will work, only those preinstalled in the device

2 agree

Microsoft Windows lock-in

2 agree

Terrible name

1 agrees

Extremely buggy

1 agrees

Poor camera app

1 agrees

Phones aren't very good

1 agrees

Drains batteries with no real multitasking

1 agrees

No Sideloading Apps

1 agrees

Slow

1 agrees

Not wisely adopted

1 agrees

Bing is not as good as Google.

1 agrees

Very Closed

1 agrees

Horrible internet

1 agrees

No real multitasking

1 agrees

Not as good as ANdroid

1 agrees

Bad music app

1 agrees

Mango doesn't add much

1 agrees

Slow to update

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Poor Google Apps (docs, calendar, etc.) support

1 agrees

Flash works much better on Android

1 agrees

Hardware acceleration capabilities

1 agrees

Hardly any apps available

1 agrees

HTML5 support is sub-par

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Introduced at MWC 2010, Windows Phone 7 is the latest Windows CE based phone operating system from Microsoft. Featuring a complete redesign - both inside and out - it is intended to bring what was Windows Mobile into the new age of the smartphone, competing with the likes of Android, iPhone OS, and WebOS. The operating system will feature a redesigned Zune-like UI, tight social integration, and connectivity with popular Microsoft stores and services such as the Zune Marketplace and XBox Live.

Features
  • redesigned modern interface
  • seamless social site integration
  • integration with other Microsoft services - Zune Marketplace for music, XBox Live for gaming
  • minimum hardware requirements for standardized user experience
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