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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

LG Quantum in the House: And You Can Win One!

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 10:19 PM

Yesterday I posted about my complete lack of success in trying to buy a Samsung Focus from my local wireless carrier, Rogers Wireless. It seems mind-boggling that I can't buy one of these phones from my carrier yet, and it's frustrating to be running a Windows Phone site without access to a modern Windows Phone, but an unexpected source has come to my rescue: LG's PR firm in South Korea has sent me two LG Quantums! Talk about getting it directly from the source - awesome!

I'll be posting an unboxing video early next week, but as you've noticed, there are two. And you know what that means: contest give away time! Stay tuned for details, but one lucky Windows Phone Thoughts reader will get one of these phones. Happy Thanksgiving to all of our readers from the USA!


Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Why Won't Rogers Wireless Sell Me a Windows Phone 7?

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 05:34 PM

I'm not sure what the launch of Windows Phone 7 has been like in your part of the world, but in Canada I'm finding myself extremely frustrated with how hard it is to get my hands on one of these new phones. I've been with Rogers Wireless since 2008, originally getting a Samsung Jack (Blackjack II), and am due for a hardware upgrade. I've been using the HTC HD2 since this time last year, chugging along at 2G speeds (yeah, feel my pain!), and after using the prototype Windows Phone 7 hardware a few weeks ago, I desperately want to move to the new platform. Read more...


Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Qualcomm's Next-Gen Snapdragon MSM8960: 5x Performance Improvement + Dual Cores

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone News" @ 09:48 PM

http://www.anandtech.com/show/4024/...nce-improvement

"Inside the MSM8960 are two next-generation processor cores, presumably out-of-order as Qualcomm is promising 5x the performance of the original Snapdragon chip (2x for the move to dual cores and the rest due to OoO, larger caches and other architectural tweaks perhaps?). Qualcomm isn't disclosing clock speed at this time."

A 5x performance increase, dual cores, and - can you believe this? - a 75% reduction in power. The details are sketchy on the power savings - it might be 75% less power at idle, or it might be under full load. And is that per core, or overall? It would be quite the feat to double the number of cores yet still use 75% less power. Regardless, it looks like there's some good hardware coming our way in the years ahead!


Tuesday, November 16, 2010

How Much Storage Do You Need in your Windows Phone 7?

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone Talk" @ 10:00 AM

My last survey seemed to court some controversy because people wanted it to ask the question of why someone needed removable storage; I simply wanted to know if people basically bought a storage card and left it in the phone for long periods of time - taking it out only to upgrade to a bigger card - or if they needed to take it out regularly to achieve certain functionality/scenarios. This question is similarly focused: if you're planning on buying a Windows Phone 7, how much storage do you need/want in your phone?


Monday, November 15, 2010

HTC Trophy Coming to Verizon Early 2011

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone News" @ 04:35 PM

http://www.engadget.com/2010/11/15/...-in-early-2011/

Engadget has the scoop for all of you waiting for a Windows Phone 7 device on the Verizon network; looks like the HTC Trophy is coming to Big Red in 2011...I'd guess no later than the summer. Looks like a decent phone with a 3.8 inch screen, a 5 megapixel camera, 16 GB of on-board storage, and the usual wireless (802.11n and Bluetooth).


Monday, November 8, 2010

Samsung Focus Now Available From Rogers Canada

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Samsung Windows Phones" @ 12:39 PM

http://www.rogers.com/web/link/wirelessBuyFlow?forwardTo=PhoneThenPlan&productType=normal&productId_Detailed=I917BLKR&N=52+11+4294966826

"Say hello to Windows Phone 7 with the Samsung Focus. Receive live updates from the dynamic Start Screen, enjoy mobile gaming with Xbox LIVE integration and manage your multimedia with Zune. If you need to stay productive, review and edit documents with Office. View all these features of Windows Phone 7 on the crisp 4" Super AMOLED screen."

Today is the day that Windows Phone 7 devices are popping up all over the place - in Canada, Rogers has launched the Samsung Focus. $199 on a three year contract, or $599 without a contract. I'm going to try and get my hands on one of these today...are you buying a Windows Phone 7 device today?


Wednesday, November 3, 2010

zBoost SOHO Cell Signal Booster Reviewed by Tested

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone Accessories" @ 04:15 PM

http://www.tested.com/tested-zboost...booster/47-188/

Bad cell phone reception? The zBoost SOHO Cell Signal Booster might be able to help...emphasis on might. It really depends on where you're located, and whether there's enough signal to boost in the first place. Worth checking out if you're not having any luck getting your wireless carrier to tweak things in your area...


Monday, October 25, 2010

Amazon.com Now Offering T-Mobile HTC HD7

Posted by Jason Dunn in "HTC Windows Phones" @ 11:30 AM

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...ASIN=B0046RERVQ

Are you a T-Mobile customer, or someone who's interested in switching? Amazon.com has the HTC HD7 listed for purchase on their site now, so if you've been waiting for this moment, here it is. Pricing starts at $169 USD with the phone upgrade discount. Purchasing this phone via the link above helps support Windows Phone Thoughts. Thanks! [Affiliate]


HTC 7 Pro Gets FCC Approval: Is CDMA Windows Phone 7 Close?

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone News" @ 10:00 AM

http://www.engadget.com/2010/10/25/...s-fcc-approval/

Engadget's FCC-scouring bot - OK, probably a sleep-deprived intern - discovered that a device that is very likely the HTC 7 Pro, has gotten approval. That means that the wireless hardware is finalized, but the software probably needs more time to cook...which means it might be earlier in 2011 than we were led to believe. I guess we'll see!


Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Hands-On with the HTC 7 Mozart

Posted by Darius Wey in "HTC Windows Phones" @ 11:30 PM

Choice is good. No, choice is great! But in looking at HTC's Windows Phone 7 devices, you could be forgiven for thinking that the paradox of choice is entirely applicable. Specs-wise, they're almost the same. That makes decision-making inherently tough. But there are features that differentiate each from the other, and perhaps the most defining features on the HTC 7 Mozart is the 8-megapixel camera with Xenon flash and the 3.7" display, which, being the second-smallest of the bunch, makes for some pretty impressive pixel density. How does this beast look and feel in the flesh? Read on to find out!

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The Windows Phone 7 Samsung Focus Review Round Up

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Samsung Windows Phones" @ 06:30 PM

Curious how the Samsung Focus ranks in the hands of reviewers? I wasn't fortunate enough to get my hands on one - I'm working on that - but so far here are the reviewers that have, and here's what they thought:

pocketnow.com Review: "So here we have it: Microsoft's attempt at making a modern smartphone. What's the verdict? From a hardware perspective, the Focus is a huge win. It's fast, has a beautiful screen, and it represents Windows Phone 7 very well."

phonescoop Review: "The Samsung Focus is a wonderful piece of hardware. The screen is superlative, among the best I've used on a mobile phone, and the build quality and design are excellent. The phone sounds great during calls, gets good cell reception and snaps fine pictures. Battery life could be better, but it wasn't the worst I've seen by a long shot."

SlashGear Review: "Underneath that 4-inch WVGA capacitive touchscreen display, you'll find Qualcomm's 1GHz Snapdragon processor. The camera on the back is highlighted with a LED flash, and the back of the device is slightly curved. Overall, the Focus feels a lot like the Samsung Vibrant, in that there's an obviously plastic look-and-feel to the device. But, it does still feel solid in the hand, and even if AT&T is saying that it's the slimmest Windows Phone 7 device, it still feels good in the hand."

PCMag Review: "The Samsung Focus is probably the best of the Windows phones, although I have five more reviews to go before I can really decide that for sure. But the more practical question is: How does this phone compare with the other top handsets on AT&T The Focus strikes hardest at the Samsung Captivate ($49.99-$199.99, 4 stars), AT&T's best Android phone-and at Android in general. The Captivate is a terrific phone, but Windows Phone is like a manicured garden where Android is running a little wild. It looks like updates will come more promptly for the Focus, and e-mail compatibility is even better. Especially if you like the Zune syncing experience, the Focus can offer a more elegant, more orderly (if less flexible) option."

ZDNET Review: "The Samsung Focus reminds me a lot of a Galaxy S Android device with its large 4 inch Super AMOLED display, black glossy plastic finish, and sleek form factor. It is large, but thin enough that it still feels good in your hand and is easily pocketable."

Gizmodo Review: "Samsung's incredibly rich, deeply contrast-y and saturated Super AMOLED screen is a perfect visual delivery mechanism for Windows Phone 7's black backgrounds and loud, basic colors. The size-4 inches-and resolution-800x480-are just right, even if it doesn't match the titanic 4.3-inch HD7 or the iPhone's 960x640 display. The touch response, tuned by Microsoft's deep testing for Windows Phone hardware, is top notch, especially paired with the WP7's second-to-iPhone keyboard."

Myself, I'm leaning toward getting the Samsung focus - the ability to pop in a 32 GB microSD card to get 40 GB of total memory is tempting, and the big, bright screen looks fantastic. And, even better, my wireless carrier (Rogers) is actually going to be selling the phone so I can have a "sanctioned" experience with it. What are your thoughts on the Samsung Focus?


Monday, October 11, 2010

Windows Phone 7 Profile: the HTC 7 Pro

Posted by Jason Dunn in "HTC Windows Phones" @ 01:46 PM

Although it's not listed on the official Microsoft device list yet, HTC is doing an updated Touch Pro 2 style device, dubbed the HTC 7 Pro. It will be exclusive to Sprint, coming out in the first half of 2011. Specs are as follows:

  • Processor: 1 GHz
  • Operating System: Windows® Phone OS 7
  • Memory: ROM: 512 MB RAM: 576 MB Internal storage: 16 GB
  • Dimensions: Size 117.5 X 59 X 15.5 mm (4.62 X 2.32 X 0.61 inches)
  • Weight: 183.5 grams (6.47 ounces) with battery
  • Display: 3.6 inch touch screen with 480 X 800 resolution
  • Network: 1xRTT/EVD0rA Upload speed of up to 1.8 Mbps and download speed of up to 3.1 Mbps
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth® 2.1 with A2DP for wireless stereo headsets; Wi-Fi®: IEEE 802.11 b/g/n
  • 3.5 mm stereo audio jack
  • Standard micro-USB (5-pin micro-USB 2.0)
  • Camera 5.0 megapixel colour camera with auto focus and LED flash
  • 720p HD video recording
  • Power: Removable and Rechargeable Lithium ion or Lithium-polymer battery, 1500 mAh
  • AC adaptor: AC input: 100 ~ 240V AC, 50/60 Hz
  • Sensors: Motion G-sensor, Proximity Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor
  • Additional features: Dolby® Mobile and SRS surround sound

Higher-res images of the images above after the break. Read more...


Windows Phone 7 Profile: the Samsung Omnia 7

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Samsung Windows Phones" @ 01:27 PM

http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/...one/glance.aspx

"With a 4.0" SUPER AMOLED display and thin, light design the Samsung Omnia 7 is great for gaming with Xbox LIVE, listening to Zune music and watching videos."

OK Samsung, you have me baffled. The specs on the Omnia 7 are virtually identical to the Samsung Focus...yet the exterior design of the casing would seem to target a different sort of market. Any insights here? Maybe one is a North American market device, and one is for Europe/Asia?

  • 4.0", 480x800 Super AMOLED screen
  • 4.82" x 2.53" x 0.43" 119g
  • 512MB RAM/1GB Flash/8GB internal storage
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon QSD 8250 1 GHz
  • Battery life - Talk time: 3 hrs/Standby: 250 hrs
  • 5MP camera/720p HD video

UPDATE: It looks like the Samsung Focus is coming to North America via AT&T, while the Samsung Omnia 7 is coming to Europe.


Windows Phone 7 Profile: the Samsung Focus

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Samsung Windows Phones" @ 01:17 PM

http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/...one/glance.aspx

"Thin and light, the Samsung Focus offers a 4.0" Super AMOLED display and a 5mp camera with enhanced photo options such as panorama, smile detector, Lomo mode, Add Me, and BeautyShot."

One of the few devices with am AMOLED screen, the Samsung Focus has a sizeable (4 inch) screen, a slender 10.9mm profile, and fairly standard specs otherwise. As I profile each of these phones, I find myself increasingly disappointed that so many of them are only coming with 8 GB of storage. That's worthy of a separate post I think...stand by!

  • 4.0", 480x800 Super AMOLED screen
  • 4.82" x 2.53" x 0.43" 110g
  • 512MB RAM/1GB Flash/8GB internal storage
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon QSD 8250 1 GHz
  • Battery life - Talk time: 3 hrs/Standby: 250 hrs
  • 5MP camera/720p HD video

More photos after the break. Read more...


Windows Phone 7 Profile: the LG Optimus 7

Posted by Jason Dunn in "LG Windows Phones" @ 01:02 PM

http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/...one/glance.aspx

"Share multimedia files with other digital devices and use the augmented reality application to connect to a world of information. A voice-to-text feature allows communication without the need to type."

The LG Optimus has a lot in common with the LG Quantum, minus the keyboard - it also has a slightly bigger screen. I like the overall design and the two-tone back. 16 GB of storage is nice to see, and it's quite thin at 11.5mm. If the DLNA media sharing works properly, that would be a nice feature!

  • 3.8" touchscreen
  • 125 mm x 59.8 mm x 11.5 mm 157g
  • 16GB internal storage
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon QSD 8650 1 GHz
  • Battery life - Talk time: 8 hrs/Standby: 179 hrs
  • 5 mp camera / 720p HD video
  • Media Sharing (DLNA)
  • Augmented Reality
  • Speech to Text


Windows Phone 7 Profile: the HTC 7 Trophy

Posted by Jason Dunn in "HTC Windows Phones" @ 12:54 PM

http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/...one/glance.aspx

"With the vivid 3.8" screen, HTC 7 Trophy sits comfortably in your hand and performs perfectly playing games on Xbox Live."

If there's a budget phone in the new HTC line up, I think this is it; this pretty much adheres to the Windows Phone 7 minimum specs down the line, though it has a 3.8 inch screen versus a 3.5 inch screen. The HTC 7 Trophy will offered by Vodaphone in Germany, France, Spain, United Kingdom, Austria and Switzerland.

  • 3.8", 800x480 touchscreen
  • 4.67" x 2.42" x 0.47" 140g
  • 512MB ROM/576MB RAM/8GB internal storage
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon QSD 8250 1 GHz
  • Battery life: WCDMA - Talk time: 330 min/Standby: 435 hrs GSM - Talk time: 405 min/Standby: 360 hrs
  • 5MP camera / 720p HD video

More photos after the break. Read more...


Windows Phone 7 Profile: the HTC 7 Surround

Posted by Jason Dunn in "HTC Windows Phones" @ 12:45 PM

http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/...one/glance.aspx

"The HTC 7 Surround is designed to entertain with a fold out kickstand for hands-free viewing, and a slide out the speaker lets you share music and videos with friends in virtual surround sound."

HTC continues their curiously similar Windows Phone 7 product line up with the HTC 7 Surround. The 16 GB of storage is nice, as is the kickstand, but only a 3.6" 3.8" touch screen? The slide out Yamaha speaker + SRS + Dolby Surround Sound make it obviously a multimedia-focused device...but then why pair it with the small-ish iPhone-sized screen? The HTC 7 Surround will be available exclusive in the USA from AT&T, and in Canada from Telus.

  • 3.6" 3.8" touchscreen
  • 4.71" x 2.42" x 0.51", 165g
  • 16GB internal storage
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon QSD 8250 1 GHz
  • Battery life: WCDMA - Talk time: 250 min/Standby: 255 hrs GSM - Talk time: 240 min/Standby: 255 hrs
  • 5MP camera + flash
  • 720p HD video
  • Slide out Yamaha speaker + SRS + Dolby surround sound
  • Kickstand

More photos after the break. Read more...


Windows Phone 7 Profile: the HTC 7 Mozart

Posted by Jason Dunn in "HTC Windows Phones" @ 12:33 PM

http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/...one/glance.aspx

"The HTC 7 Mozart offers high fidelity sound for a richer listening and viewing experience, along with a powerful 8MP camera with Xenon flash."

The Mozart is a bit of a curious beast; it has an 8 megapixel camera, and SRS WOW surround sound, so you'd think this is the flagship multimedia phone from HTC...yet it only has a 3.7" screen and a mere 8 GB of storage. Maybe it's the "budget" multimedia phone? The HTC 7 Mozart will be released in Europe.

  • 3.7", 800x480 touchscreen
  • 4.69" x 2.37" x 0.47", 130g
  • 512MB ROM/576MB RAM/8GB internal storage
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon QSD 8250 1 GHz
  • Battery life: WCDMA - Talk time: 330 min/Standby: 435 hrs GSM - Talk time: 405 min/Standby: 360 hrs
  • 8 MP camera + Xenon flash
  • 720p HD video
  • SRS WOW HD sound

More photos after the break. Read more...


Windows Phone 7 Profile: the HTC HD7

Posted by Jason Dunn in "HTC Windows Phones" @ 12:24 PM

http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/...one/glance.aspx

"The HTC HD7 offers high-fidelity surround sound and a large 4.3" screen to provide great experiences with music, video and gaming."

Look familiar? Yeah, this is basically the HTC HD2 with a few tweaks; that's not a bad thing, mind you, because the HD2 was a hell of a Windows Phone - the best one I've ever used in fact. I really like the kickstand concept, because a 4.3 inch screen is pretty good for watching a movie on a plane. The 720p HD video capture is also a nice perk! The HD7 will be available exclusively in the USA from T-Mobile.

  • 4.3", 800 x 480 touchscreen
  • 4.8" x 2.68" x 0.44"162g
  • 512MB ROM/576MB RAM/8GB 16 GB internal storage
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon QSD 8250 1 GHz
  • Battery life: WCDMA - Talk time: 320 min/Standby: 320 hrs GSM - Talk time: 380 min/Standby: 310 hrs
  • 5MP camera with flash
  • HD 720p video
  • Kick stand
  • Widescreen phone with Surround Sound

UPDATE: Incredibly, Microsoft's Press page had incorrect data. The HTC HD7 will come with 16 GB in the USA and the UK; in some other European countries it may have 8 GB.

More photos after the break. Read more...


Windows Phone 7 Profile: the LG Quantum

Posted by Jason Dunn in "LG Windows Phones" @ 12:06 PM

http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/...one/glance.aspx

"The LG Quantum offers a horizontal QWERTY keypad designed for productivity. The phone also includes DLNA multimedia sharing, an augmented reality application and voice recognition."

The LG Quantum is a traditional-looking Windows Phone 7 device; LG didn't go crazy with this design, but it looks solid and functional. It will be available from AT&T for $199 (presumably a contract price). The keyboard looks large and functional, though that's always something that needs to be experienced in person to get a feel for.

  • 3.5", 800x480 touchscreen
  • 119.5 mm x 59.5 mm x 15.22 mm185g
  • 16GB internal storage
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon QSD 8650 1 GHz
  • Battery life - Talk time: 7 hrs/Standby: 466 hrs
  • 5MP camera / 720p HD video
  • Horizontal qwerty
  • DLNA
  • Augmented Reality
  • Speech to text

More (and BIG) photos after the break. Read more...


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