Video: A look at two Windows Phone 7 devices
It's time for another video look at a new tech product. Episode four of our new series takes a look at two Windows Phone 7 devices that debut later this month: AT&T's Samsung Focus and HTC Surround.
For earlier episodes, including last week's look at Apple's FaceTime video-calling software, check out the video channel we've set up.
My take in the video--you'll get full review later this week--is that Microsoft has gotten itself back in the smartphone game with Windows Phone 7. It finally gave up on warming over the same tired Windows Mobile recipe again and rewrote the thing. WP7's simple, fluid interface owes nothing to any Microsoft product you've used recently, except maybe its Zune HD.
It also finally gave a Windows phone a real Web browser, or something close enough to one. But WP7 needs work in the apps department, with a thin selection and no approximation of multitasking. It also needs a lot of fit-and-finish work to correct defects like its frequent inability to rotate the screen correctly when you hold the phone sideways. In other words, buying one of these things represents a vote of confidence in Microsoft's willingness and ability to keep plugging away at this product.
As I keep plugging away at my own review, what else should I look for? Let me know in the comments.
| November 2, 2010; 9:32 AM ET
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