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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Reviews Of Popular Windows Phone 7 Smart Phones

By Mark Walters

In a smart phone market dominated by the iPhone, Blackberry and various Android offerings, Microsoft certainly has its work cut out to stake a viable claim on the market. In this spirit, it has recently released 10 new phones running its Windows Phone 7 operating system. These phones are manufactured by a range of companies - 5 by Android specialists HTC, and others by LG, Samsung and Dell. With so many to choose from, which are the best and what are their 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.

The HTC Mozart is thought to be the most successful of the Microsoft phones and it certainly has the spec to suggest that this is the case: it boasts an 8 megapixel camera with Xenon flash and generally excellent picture quality. The apps are as good as they are on other HTC phones and the appearance of the phone, plus the 8GB storage capacity, are also attractive. The 3.7inch touchscreen makes it a good pocket phone and the build quality is definitely excellent.

Samsung has produced the Omnia 7. This comes with a good loudspeaker that hardly distorts sound at all. The main letdown is probably the dearth of apps available from Samsung. The 5 megapixel camera takes good photos although the speed of the focus is lacking. The power button isn't in the best place, but other than the build quality and layout of the phone are excellent. The main bonus is the high contrast AMOLED screen which is better than all other LCD offerings.

If you like a QWERTY keyboard, then you should go for the LG Optimus 7Q, which is currently the only Windows Phone 7 phone to offer both touchscreen and keyboard. The downside of this is that the keyboard adds a lot of bulk to an otherwise good phone, making it slightly uncomfortable for typing. The 480 x 800 pixel, 3.5inch screen is good and there's also a good 5 megapixel camera. It boasts good connectivity as well as 8GB storage capacity.

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