Well, it’s been a few years, and I finally bought a new phone. I used to have the Touch Pro 2, and while I enjoyed the keyboard, there was a lot not to love to. Let me count thy ways:
- Windows Mobile 6.5 (even with all the hacked ROMs that I used)
- Thickness. Man was that thing a pocket sore
- Windows Mobile 6.5
Pretty much everyone I work with either has an Android powered phone or an iPhone. While I’m sure either would’ve worked just fine, I was holding out for the new Windows Phone 7. I loved playing with a friend’s Zune HD. The interface is just so much more fresh and, I’m not all that into apps, which is what both Android and iPhone seem to be centered around.
I waited, and I waited (and I was in Singapore for a few months), but I finally received my phone a week before Christmas. All-in-all, I’m very fond of it, and getting around is so much better. I ended up with the HD7, since I’m on T-Mobile through work, but I’ve also played with the Focus as that is what all the AT&T guys have.
There are a few issues which I’ll get to, but talk about a completely awesome overhaul. The touchscreen is smooth and responsive, the icons are finger friendly, and most of all the integration is very intuitive. The one thing I was really worried about was moving away from a keyboard. On all my smartphones I’ve had a physical keyboard of some sort. However, with the Windows Phone 7 keyboard, I’m able to type just about as fast and accurately. Also, I never used to use my phone for music, but now I’m using it quite a bit. The Zune integration is nice, and my (overly expensive) headphones sound excellent on them with no static/electric background noise.
Overall I am very happy, and I know with all the money that Microsoft has banked on it, it will at least try to become a large player and continually grow. However, as mentioned there are a few annoyances that I have (there are more comprehensive lists elsewhere):
- Dialer does not auto-complete names and numbers. This is something that was great with WinMo 6.5. In fact WP7 does it for text messages, just not for the dialer. Boo.
- No gapless playback with MP3s
- I’m sure there are other things, but nothing that actively bothers me…
Microsoft has said that there is an update coming out in January/February timeframe to fix some of the other issues (copy/paste, etc), and I’m sure there will be many other updates to come to fix other issues. However, right now, I’m glad I jumped on board.
If you’re interested, here are all the WP7 phones available now.