Windows Phone 7 stories

All eyes are on Nokia right now. Last Thursday, it announced the official launch of the Lumia 710 on T-Mobile — the first Windows Phone 7 smartphone it will release in the U.S. Back in October, I had the lovely opportunity to play with prototypes of the Lumia 800 and the Lumia 710. As I said in my hands-on and review, the Lumia 800 is a handsome piece of polycarbonate, whereas the Lumia 710 was really just a poor man's version and a lower 5-megapixel camera instead of an 8-megapixel one. Nokia might not be a huge player in the U.S., but it's still a global one that still sells lots of cellphones in Europe and Asia; the company still knows a thing or two about making phones. Choosing Windows Phone 7 to be its smartphone OS of choice moving forward was surprising indeed. Now that we've had enough time to let that fact sink it, can Nokia re-enter the U.S. and become a dominant force once again? Can it stare down the mountains of iPhones and Androids and claim a stake on the pedestal? I'm not saying it has no chance at that, but it certainly doesn't look like Nokia's going into this with a huge bang.
After announcing in February its new best buddy would be Microsoft's Windows Phone 7, Nokia slipped quietly back into its labs to put the finishing touches on its new line of smartphones. Some eight months later, and what does the Finnish company have to show? Apparently, just a reworked Nokia N9 re-dubbed the "Lumia 800" but with a few minor tweaks and of course, Windows Phone 7 as its power core. Nokia also announced the lower-priced Lumia 710 — a cheaper, less premium-feeling model of the Lumia 800 with a few toned down specs. We felt up Nokia's latest and greatest smartphones this morning and here's what we thought.