How big and powerful can a smartphone get before it can no longer be considered a smartphone? Whereas a decade ago, every cellphone maker was obsessed with shrinking the comm device, the opposite seems to be happening today with smartphones that are bordering into mini tablet territory.
Microsoft has just unveiled Mango, the codename for Windows Phone 7.1. This is the first major update to Microsoft's mobile platform, and it's got a host of new features for people to fiddle around with.
What happens when Microsoft marries its Xbox 360 Kinect with its Windows Phone 7 smartphones? As this demo video shows, a whole new take on motion/touch-based multiplayer gaming that looks incredibly fun!
If you're the type of person who thinks it's oh so cute when your phone blasts out Blondie's Call Me for a ringtone, strike the Windows Phone 7 off your shopping list. For some unknown reason, this most basic of features isn't available (yet) on any of the WP7 devices.
Apple's iPhone sees incredible success because it has iTunes. While many will argue that iTunes has become a bloated and slow piece of software — there is no denying that if it was a Mac OS X only software, there probably wouldn't be as many iPhone owners as there are. Microsoft will finally release a tool that will allow Windows Phone 7 to sync to Macs.
Today is the official launch of Windows Phone 7, and it looks like HTC has the main flagship phone for the platform with their HD7. There are to be nine WP7 phones in all at launch later this year, but this seems to be the biggest and the baddest.
I've heard of pumping up the team, but this just seems weird. Somewhere on or near Microsoft's Redmond campus today, they held a mock funeral for the iPhone and BlackBerry. The event anticipates the upcoming October 11 release of Windows Phone 7.
If Don Draper were alive today (or even real), he'd have a field day with Microsoft's teaser ad for Windows Phone 7. If you haven't seen it, take a look at it above. I'll wait. In the meantime I'll chain smoke a couple of Luckys and down a double Scotch since Microsoft's Mad Men seem to think this is 1962.
Well, it took Microsoft long enough. The company never leveraged its various services across its products like, say, the way every Apple product wants you to have iTunes. Finally — finally! — Microsoft is officially stamping its identity here.
There hasn't been widespread excitement over a Microsoft-made phone in a long, long while, but the company aims to change that with Windows Phone 7. Its been sending out preview builds (read: WP7 isn't final yet, so it's all subject to change) and so far, the reception has been pretty good. Can Window Phone 7 stand up to its Apple and Android competitors? Find out what the previewers have loved — and what they're worried about — about the preview device.