Microsoft Windows Phone 7 release day review roundup

Windows Phone 7 finally reaches N. America; super smartphone or Fosbury flop?

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By Richi Jennings. November 9, 2010.

Yesterday was Microsoft's North American release date for its Windows Phone 7 smartphones. Let's review the big day. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers whistle Grieg's In The Hall Of The Mountain King.

Your humble blogwatcher curated these bloggy bits for your entertainment. Not to mention Little Drummer Boy...

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Nick Bilton cuts to the chase:

Microsoft hopes to place a dent in Apple’s smartphone leadership with its Windows Phone 7. ... A number of phones, including the HTC Surround and Samsung Focus ... are now available.


AT&T, one of Windows Phone 7’s initial carriers, is devoting a considerable amount of real estate to promote the phone. ... Microsoft is also going to buy about $500 million worth of advertising. ... That will surely get it a little attention. ... The company has [also] been wooing application developers to build apps.


So far ... [WP7] seems to have everything going for it: A plethora of great reviews ... a clean interface and usability, comparative pricing ... and an overall well thought out product.

Elizabeth Woyke works on it:

It’s clear that AT&T is investing heavily in the WP7 debut. ... Rather than simply show the new phones, the handsets ... will be flanked by a large touch-screen monitor, one of Microsoft’s Xbox game consoles and a laptop running Windows 7. ... Having them nearby will help salespeople explain how WP7 incorporates Xbox games ... [and] may also boost sales of AT&T’s broadband Internet and TV service, U-verse.


The next few days will tell whether consumers are as excited about WP7.

Tim Carmody thinks strategically:

While tech-savvy consumers increasingly think ... in terms of competing operating systems, wireless companies still think of ... manufacturers [then] platforms. ... This arguably benefits companies like Apple and Blackberry ... whose platforms are only available on their own branded devices.


But the balance is tipping in favor of the operating systems. ... AT&T has made a big bet on its support of Windows Phone 7. ... With Windows Phone 7 now offering devices from multiple manufacturers ... and Android’s share of the market growing an extraordinary rate, wireless companies will ... put a device’s operating system front and center — not buried at the bottom of a tech sheet.

Todd Bishop's been looking at the apps:

You know you've got some work to do when "Farting Dino" appears anywhere on your list of top-sellers. ... Putting the apps aside and delving into the phone's core functionality, it's not hard to find stuff to like. ... Deep Facebook integration, the Microsoft OneNote file synchronization and ... hassle-free sync with Google's email, calendar and contacts.


The best part of Microsoft building Facebook functionality into Windows Phone 7's "People" hub is the way it ... integrates phone numbers and email addresses ... the type of info that can easily get buried in the information deluge.


To be sure, there are plenty of annoying quirks ... but overall, Windows Phone feels like a good effort from Microsoft.

But, true to form, Preston Gralla brings bad news:

There's a good chance potential customers will face shortages and have to be turned away ... due to ... component shortages. ... The shortages have already hit Europe, where Windows Phone 7 devices went on sale on October 2.


The launch is already potentially problematic because Windows Phone 7 won't be carried by Verizon and Sprint. Shortages could make things even worse.

Meanwhile, Amy Rolph laughs at a spurious PR survey:

Microsoft commissioned a study to find out just how badly people behave when they have a phone in their hands. According to findings, we drop phones in toilets. We use them in bed. We trip. Really, it's amazing we get anything done at all.


Forty percent of all adults surveyed said they've used their phones in the bathroom. ... 64 percent of people between the ages of 18 and 24 have left their phones in an "uncommon place, such as in the refrigerator or under the cushions of their couch."


Here's my favorite part ... One in five young people admitted they've dropped their phone in the toilet.

And Finally...

And you thought you could play the drums...

[hat tip: Queen Pickle]

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