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Windows Phone 7 launch-day roundup

By Rob Pegoraro

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.

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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.

By Rob Pegoraro  | November 8, 2010; 2:50 PM ET
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Windows Phone? I think most of us are waiting for it to launch on Sprint. I think MS opened on the wrong carrier...

Posted by: MobileRobot | November 8, 2010 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps the reason web traffic stats show people are more interested in anything but Windows Phone 7 today is that there is almost zero coverage of today's US launch. I didn't find articles appearing until late this afternoon. Curious, considering the phone flew off the shelves and sold out in many European venues in the few weeks leading up to today.

Lest people accuse me of drinking a particular brand of sweetened instant beverage, I have been waiting to see WinPhone7 in stores, so I can make a much better decision between it, iPhone, and Android. No one platform has yet to sell me on why I need to upgrade from my ordinary talk-n-text (SMS) only cell phone to their device.

Posted by: AnotherCasualObserver | November 8, 2010 5:27 PM | Report abuse

I don't think until they are available on another network that they will be BIG sellers. I, and too many people that I know, have had too many problems with AT&T's network ability to not drop calls/connections, especially when moving inside a structure, and I don't believe that this is just an iPhone problem with AT&T - but a problem with several of the major carriers. I did check out the new phone today and thought it was really pretty good. Clear sound, good picture quality, easy to use interface - all in all, a nice phone, but I will to purchase until it is available on more networks.

Posted by: Robert1727 | November 9, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

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