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Windows Phone 7 review roundup

Windows Phone 7 software is here. We read the reviews so you don't have to.

By Matthew Shaer / October 28, 2010

Windows Phone 7, the new operating system from Microsoft, is shown on a range of phones at a Microsoft event. So how does the Windows Phone 7 OS stack up? Pretty well, it turns out.

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Windows Phone 7, the new mobile operating system from Microsoft, should arrive on nine phones by the end of the year, hurling the fledgling OS into a market dominated by BlackBerry, Android, and Apple smartphones. So how does the Windows Phone 7 software stack up? Decently, for the most part, although many reviewers say that Microsoft still has some work to do before its new OS is really up to snuff.

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Let's go to the Windows Phone 7 scoreboards.

The Wall Street Journal's Walt Mossberg got his hands on two Windows Phone 7 phones, the Samsung Focus, which is powered by AT&T, and the HTC HD7, which runs on the T-Mobile network. Both phones cost $200, Mossberg notes, and "both are slender phones with large screens and virtual keyboards, though the Samsung is thinner and lighter than the HTC."

Microsoft, Mossberg writes, has 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. Instead of multiple screens filled with small app icons, or the occasional widget, Windows phones use large, dynamic tiles that can give you certain information, like your next appointment, at a glance."

Furthermore, he adds, "it has special 'hubs' for things like contacts and entertainment that use bold, attractive interfaces and offer personalized, updating information." But Mossberg isn't totally sold. He says Windows Phone 7 omits several features common to the Android and iOS interfaces, including "copy and paste, visual voicemail, multitasking of third-party apps," video calling and tethering.

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