Windows Phone 7 launch-day roundup
You no longer have to rely on the likes of me to decide if Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 is any good--you can buy a WP7 device yourself and make up your own mind.
But is anybody doing that? It's hard to say. The usual anecdotal indications of consumer interest--Google search traffic and Twitter's list of trending topics, for instance--don't show this overdue replacement for Microsoft's failed Windows Mobile platform burning up the wires. More people appear to be interested in a beta Web browser you can't even download without requesting an invitation.
There has, however, been a fair amount of coverage today following my own column and video and earlier reviews by the likes of the Wall Street Journal's Walt Mossberg, the New York Times' David Pogue and Engadget's Joshua Topolsky. In particular, I'd point you to the evaluations of the first three WP7 devices--AT&T's Samsung Focus and HTC Surround, pictured above, and T-Mobile's HTC HD7--by PCMag.com writer (and Post alumnus) Sascha Segan. If you had a TV on early enough today, you could have also watched me talk about WP7 on Fox 5's morning news show.
Looking over those other WP7 writeups reminded me of how difficult it can be to summarize a new software platform's merits within a limited word count. To meet my space budget, I had to leave out gripes like the WP7 Marketplace's unhelpful habit of showing both music and applications matching a query, or Bing Maps' inability to provide the turn-by-turn or bicycling directions available in Google Maps for Android.
If you picked up a Windows Phone 7 device today, what would belong on your own list of WP7 advantages or disadvantages? Post your review--and any suggestions for follow-up coverage--in the comments.
| November 8, 2010; 2:50 PM ET
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