Windows Phone 7 officially launched, handsets galore

If you think the old Microsoft doesn’t have any sparks left, you are wrong. Today they launched the long awaited Windows Phone 7 platform together with several enticing handsets from HTC, DELL, Samsung and LG. At this point, of course we cannot talked about an iPhone killer platform since iPhones are so entrenched in our life, it would probably take a nuclear was to kill them, and even then, after the humanity is long gone, you could still find iPhones together with roaches, scorpions and Coca-Cola cans spreaded around the surface of the Earth. But I digress, lets spend some moments and dwell into what is new…

Windows Phone 7 Handsets:

By the end of the year, Windows Phone 7 platform will be launched in 30 countries with handsets delivered by Dell, HTC, LG, and Samsung. HTC leads the pack with no less than five models. Here is a small table: (all the initial models will feature WVGA – 480×800 pixels displays and, while not as sharp as iPhone 4′s retina display it should be good enough considering the display size).

Manufacturer Models Details
HTC HTC 7 Surround
  • screen size: 3.8 inches
  • based on T8788 model
  • slideout speaker
  • AT&T
HTC HD 7 Schubert
  • screen size: 4.3 inches
  • based on HTC HD2 model
  • T-Mobile
  • 1GHz Snapdragon processor
  • 5MP camera
HTC 7 Trophy
  • screen size 3.8 inches
HTC 7 Mozart
  • screen size 3.7 inches
HTC 7 Pro
  • screen size 3.6 inches
  • slider keyboard
  • Sprint
Samsung Samsung Focus
  • screen size 4 inches
  • Super AMOLED display technology
Samsung Omnia 7
  • screen size 4 inches
  • Super AMOLED display technology
  • 1 GHz Qualcomm QSD8250 processor
  • Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth, aGPS
  • 5 megapixel camera capable of 720p video at 25fps
  • tri-band HSDPA/HSUPA radio, quad-band GSM radio
  • 8GB internal memory
  • built-in FM radio
LG LG Optimus 7/7Q
  • screen size 3.8 inches
  • DLNA client integrated
  • 1GHz Snapdragon processor
  • 5MP camera
LG Quantum
  • screen size 3.5 inches
  • slider keyboard
  • landscape default positioning
  • 16GB memory
  • 1GHz Snapdragon processor
  • 5MP camera
  • DLNA client integrated
DELL DELL Venue Pro
  • screen size 4.1 inches, the largest Windows Phone 7 handset to date
  • slider keyboard
  • portrait default positioning
  • 1GHz Snapdragon processor
  • 5MP camera
  • capacitive toushcreen
 

Windows Phone 7 Launch Software:

There were rumors of over 2000 applications at launch, so let’s see what are the most important ones: First of all, no self respecting smartphone ignores entertainment and movies, and Windows Phone 7 series certainly doesn’t disappoint here: Since AT&T embraces it, there is U-verse Mobile which enables you to see TV on your phone even if you are not a U-verse subscriber, for the reasonable price of 9.99 / months. If you are already a subscriber. it will enable you to control your DVR as well. Where is the iPhone version??? We just can’t wait to have it.

Netflix was announced quite a while ago, so no surprises here. Other streaming applications announced are Slacker and T-Mobile TV. We can just sit and wait for a really good package which, combined with a TV-out feature will someday free us from our cable subscription…And for the ones that can’t enjoy a movie without seeing the ratings first, IMDB movie database is also available with a shiny new client. Social users are not forgot either with Twitter and Facebook clients with the latter one almost part of the OS, featuring the deepest integration to date. Zune Marketplace is available as well as a shiny eBay client for your compulsory bidding pleasure.

Windows Phone 7 Gaming:

Most of the functionality present in XBOX Live will be also implemented in Windows Phone 7 making the level of interoperability between XBOX 360 and Windows Pone 7 handsets unique in industry. There is also a plethora of EA games coming this fall and taking advantage of this close interoperability, including “Need for Speed Undercover,” “Tetris,” “Monopoly,” and “The Sims 3.”

Copy/Paste

We couldn’t complete a news article about the new Windows Phone 7 platform without talking about copy / paste feature. It is not here yet, but Microsoft announced it for the first several months of 2011. I am looking forward to it although I didn’t really used it more than a couple of times on my iPhone in the past year.