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Video: A look at two Windows Phone 7 devices

By Rob Pegoraro

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.

By Rob Pegoraro  | November 2, 2010; 9:32 AM ET
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VERY nicely manicured nails! Well done. And this is precisely why a nail biter like me doesn't have a video show. ;) How about a meta post on what you're using to film and edit? Just in case I find a nail file...

Posted by: davezatz | November 2, 2010 10:02 AM | Report abuse

So when will it be available on Verizon?

In white?

*runs away*

Posted by: wiredog | November 2, 2010 10:51 AM | Report abuse

There was nothing wrong with the old Windows Mobile interface anyway. I've been using WM phones for many years and in my current WM6 phone, the HTC Touch HD, I have found the perfect portable multifunction device.

My Touch HD interfaces perfectly with Outlook 2010 and I literally have my office in my pocket all the time.

My Touch HD has TomTom Navigator 7 loaded, giving me a GPS receiver equal to the best standalone TomTom device, but not requiring a data connection for maps or POI.

My Touch HD has a hot-swappable microSD card and I have a few of them with reams of files on them that all fit inside my wallet. I can acquire the data on these cards in an instant by merely hot-swapping them on the fly.
My Touch HD has every function imaginable - WiFi, Bluetooth, two cameras, the list is too long. But it has the abilities that those new WP7 devices don't have:

There is no cut and paste. This is a joke, especially when one is working with Office Mobile documents and Outlook on the WP7 device.

The memory cards are not hot-swappable and to change one requires a hard reset. That's a joke too.

There is no accessible file system. You can't organise your data on a WP7 phone. How stupid is that for a road warrior who uses the phone as his mobile office, the way I do.

Until these and many other deficiencies are addressed, I won't be going near a WP7 smartphone, because none of them are as smart as my HTC Touch HD.

If I need to change to a new smartphone, I will go for anything that interfaces to Outlook, has cut and paste, hot-swap memory, file management and all the things my Touch HD has and the new WP7 devices lack.

As far as I am concerned, Microsoft has really screwed the pooch with this one. It needs to have all the facility of the Touch HD before it's any good.

Posted by: ziggyzap | November 2, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse

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