The smart phone market is increasingly saturated with offerings from all the big technology giants, including Apple, Blackberry and various Android devices. Microsoft has recently got in on the act too, releasing 10 new phones, all of which run the Windows Phone 7 operating system, and they’re manufactured by a variety of companies. There are offerings from LG, Samsung and Dell, plus 5 by Android specialists HTC. We take you through some of the best Windows phones, their advantages, disadvantages and key features.
The HTC HD7 is one of the most eagerly anticipated Windows Phone 7 phones and it boasts a 4.3inch touchscreen, up to 16GB of storage and a 5 megapixel camera with HD video recording capabilities. Overall, it’s a good phone with a decent-sized screen, although the display quality isn’t as good as it could be as it’s a little lacking in pixels. It features some good apps such as Notes and Photo Enhancer, but the build quality is a bit low compared to other HTC offerings.
Probably the most successful of HTC’s Windows Phone 7 offerings is the Mozart. This comes with the excellent build quality generally associated with HTC, as well as a pretty impressive specification. It’s a good phone that’s easy to use, with a 3.7inch touch screen. There’s an 8megapixel camera with Xenon flash, which offers excellent picture quality. It also has 8GB storage capacity, looks fantastic and comes with some good apps which are worth exploring, although these are similar to HTC’s normal offerings.
The Omnia 7 is the Windows phone produced by Samsung. The best feature of this is the brilliant high contrast AMOLED screen, which is easily better than any other LCD offerings. It has a good 5 megapixel camera, although the focusing capabilities could be improved. It has a good loudspeaker that streams sound with only minimal distortion. One area where it’s lacking is in the number of apps available from Samsung. Also, the power button is in an odd place but overall the layout and phone appearance are good.
LG have also produced a Windows Phone 7 phone known as the Optimus 7Q. Overall, it’s a good phone that has good connectivity and 8GB storage capacity. The 3.5inch screen and 480 x 800 pixel resolution, plus the 5 megapixel camera are all excellent. It’s also currently the only Windows Phone 7 phone to come with both a touchscreen and a QWERTY keyboard. Largely, the keyboard is a good thing but it’s a little uncomfortable to use and also adds considerable bulk to the phone, which weighs it down.