Windows Phone 7 vs Android Browser comparison on the Samsung Omnia 7 and Galaxy S

I’ve just shot a video comparing the browsing experience on Windows Phone 7 and Android with the Samsung Omnia 7 and Samsung Galaxy S running Android 2.2. I’m not really going to go into technical details here (I’ll leave this for my upcoming Windows Phone 7 review) but you will basically see how both OS’s perform when doing simple web browsing tasks. For my part I personally find Windows Phone 7 to be more user friendly and easier to use (I never really liked the fact that you always have to use the hardware menu button to access all the options on Android) but it still lacks some polish and complete landscape support (the UI is totally gone when you rotate your device..) Video after the break:

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Dell Venue Pro finally launching on December 14th for $149

According to Dell’s online store the much anticipated Dell Venue Pro Windows Phone 7 is apparently finally going to lunch on December 14th for 149.99 with a 2/y contractor $499.99 unlocked. (with 16GB of internal memory). The Venue Pro was initially “paper” launched earlier this month but suffered from many hardware and software bugs (even after it was supposedly fixed) so lets hope that Dell has finally ironed out all the quirks this time around.

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Windows Phone 7 developers to receive their first payout in February 2011

This is kind of crazy…but unfortunately seems to be official so Microsoft must have a good reason right? Here’s the deal: Developers who are currently selling applications through the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace will receive their first payout in February 2011. That’s right folks, 5 months after the initial release of WP7! What’s even more messed up is the current lack of analytics system to track the number of sales and applications downloads. Developers have to find a way to track all this info themselves via the use of stuff like PreEmptive’s framework or build their own tracking system into their app. Some developers are looking at their own server logs (if their apps connects through their server) to guesstimate the number of users using the application while others who have implemented ads are looking the number of impressions in hopes to know if their software is successful. The offical analitycs tools will only be availale in January 2011 (the Windows Mobile 6.X Marketplace already had this feature btw…).

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LG Optimus 7 dissassembled tear down pictures

As you have probably already seen my Windows Phone 7 performance comparison videos (here and here) the LG Optimus 7 is always the fastest devices to finish loading applications when compared to the other handsets like the Omnia 7 and HTC 7 Trophy because LG is using eMMC NAND memory chips which are faster than the regular Micro-SD cards found in the other devices. This is nothing really new given that this information was provided by LG in the product’s hardware specifications sheet (and reported in my WP7 devices specifications chart more than a month ago) but thanks to wm.andrew.wilson over at xda-devs we can now have look at what’s inside the beast:

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Acer working on Window Phone 7 devices

It has long been known that Acer would one day come out with a Windows Phone 7 device but unfortunately nothing has materialized since the initial announcement back in February. Even before Windows Phone 7 was unveiled Acer was working on being a launch partner but given their recent focus on Android (and Microsoft’s switch from Windows Mobile 7 / Photon to Windows Phone 7) the company kept us in the shadows regarding their plans in the smartphone market. Today’s interview with Acer CEO Gianfranco Lanci sheds some light on the company’s mobile future and their upcoming Windows Phone 7 products:

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When will Microsoft release official Windows Phone 7 sales numbers ?

Everybody’s been waiting for official Windows Phone 7 sales numbers now that handsets have been on sale for more than a month in Europe and 3 weeks in the US. Unfortunately Microsoft isn’t releasing anything yet which in turn fuels all kinds of doom and gloom speculations all over the internet. One thing is for sure: If Windows Phone 7 broke any sales record Microsoft would have issued a press release (just like they did with the Kinect). So, is it a flop ? Frankly I don’t think so. Like I said many times since the European launch; It was nearly impossible to buy a WP7 devices because of the lack of devices on sale. OEMs and Carriers (especially Europeans ones) apparently totally messed up the launch. LG was the only one ready with loads of Optimus 7 devices out of the gate followed by Samsung who is currently having a hard time pumping out Super-AMOLED screens for all of its high-end devices and finally HTC, who,in my opinion, didn’t have the backbone to actually launch 6 devices in one month (Desire Z, Desire HD, Trophy, Mozart, HD7). Retail channels only started selling devices in the second week of November (before that all the stock was allocated to carriers). The US also apparently suffered from relative a lack of handsets (let’s not talk about the disastrous Dell Venue Pro “launch“…). Oh and the marketing just sucks…IMO. 

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LG Optimus 7 Software Tour

Here’s a short software tour of the LG Optimus 7  Windows Phone 7 device. I’ve already shown you the ScanSearch and Panorama application in action last week so you should already be familiar with what’s on the device. You can also check out the screen comparison videos here and here  and also the performance videos here and here. As with all the WP7 devices currently on the market, the Optimus 7 doesn’t disappoint in terms of overall performance and LG really did a great job differentiating it’s WP7 offerings with some pretty good exclusive applications. Video after the break:

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Visual Basic for Windows Phone 7 Developer Tools RTW released

Microsoft has just announced the release of theVisual Basic for Windows Phone 7 developer Tools RTW alongside a small sample application to give developers a sense of what things look like when developing in VB for WP7. This release enables developers to code silverlight applications for Windows Phone 7 (no XNA development) with the latest version of the SDK released last month. You can grab the VB RTW tools here:

  • English: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=206790&clcid=0×409
  • French: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=206790&clcid=0x40c
  • German: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=206790&clcid=0×407
  • Italian: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=206790&clcid=0×410 
  • Spanish: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=206790&clcid=0x40a
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    HTC HD7 Antenna Deathgrip: Don’t hold your HTC HD7 the wrong way

    Here’s a relatively interesting video of the deathgrip antenna effect on the HTC HD7. It’s a well known fact that many handsets behave this way (no to the extend of the iPhone 4 thought) but I really find it strange (and interesting) that handling the HD7 like that would have such and adverse effect on the device’s cellular reception. I just tried to reproduce the same thing on the HTC HD2 and nothing happens, same on the LG Optimus 7, HTC 7 Trophy and Samsung Omnia 7 & Galaxy S. Could this be only happening on the T-Mobile ‘s network. Any HTC HD7 owner can reproduce this?

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    Microsoft to take action against Windows Phone 7 Unlocking tool ?

    It didn’t take long for Microsoft to respond after yesterday’s release of the ChevronWP7 application side-loading unlocker. Here’s what an Microsoft’s spokesperson told T.Warren:

    We anticipated that people would attempt to unlock the phones and explore the underlying operating system. We encourage people to use their Windows Phone as supplied by the manufacturer to ensure the best possible user experience. Attempting to unlock a device could void the warranty, disable phone functionality, interrupt access to Windows Phone 7 services or render the phone permanently unusable.

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    Angry Birds for Windows Phone 7 not coming out this year

    The ongoing Angry Birds on Windows Phone 7 saga just won’t end. Rovio has just tweeted that the Windows Phone 7 version of the game won’t be out this year. This in some way also confirms that they are actually working on a WP7 version so it ain’t all bad I guess. There’s already several high-quality games in the Marketplace but having a high profile mobile game like Angry Birds is always good for PR and Marketing…

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    Windows Phone 7 unlocker released

    I admit that I hesitate a bit before posting this given that I’m not really into promoting hacking or piracy. So there’s a small tool that was released 2 hours ago that will enable any Windows Phone 7 user to “unlock” his device and side-load any application on it. The official and legal way to do this is to register as a developer and pay $99/y. So what’s the big deal here other than having the ability to side-load (currently via Visual Studio) any application son any WP7? Well this looks like the beginning of a big mess folks. First off Microsoft, thanks to its PVK system, can detect and ban all the devices unlocked with this method (yeah re-locking it afterwards won’t help you if you Device ID is blacklisted). Secondly, couple this new unlocker with the security issue of the curent Marketplace (anyone can freely download an app directly from the marketplace by bypassing the Zune software and decompile the code even if it was obfuscated by the developer..) and we are now in piracy heaven… Anyway, it’s up to you to decide if you want to unlock your device this way at the risk of being blocked by MS (if they decide to take this route) but I won’t be surprised to see a WP7 update in the near future “fix” this potential security hole.  I’m all for tweaking your device etc (hey I actually found out how to enable USB drive mode on Window Phone 7! remember?) , but I’m still unsure about this one…The ChevronWP7 unlocker can be found here. BTW, anyone find this “strange” that this  stuff gets released now on Thanksgiving just when most of the MS employees are on holyday leave?

    LCD vs Super AMOLED on the Samsung Omnia 7 vs HTC 7 Trophy and LG Optimus 7

    I’ve just shot another video of color banding issue on the Samsung Omnia 7′s Super AMOLED versus the HTC 7 Trophy and LG Optimus 7. Unfortunately videos or pictures can’t really reproduce the real experience, but believe when I tell you that the HTC 7 Trophy LCD screen has some pretty good colors compared to the other two devices (btw, they where all set to high brightness). I’m not 100% sure but the Trophy’s screen seems to be a regular TFT LCD panel and not an SLCD like previously announced (we have already seen HTC shipping both, and that sucks big time IMO. Sending reviewers like me devices with inferior screens is kinda stupid too…). Anyway, check out the video after the break:

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    Google Nexus S shows up in the wild with Gingerbread

    Mister BlurryCam is back again with some Google Nexus S shots. So what’s really new here? Well nothing in particular. The device looks similar to the Samsung Galaxy S and the funky looking specs reported are just…..well..kinda useless (my comments in italic):

    - ArmV7 CPU – Could be Dual Core
    Could be? or Couldn’t be or the cake is a lie…
    - Open GL ES Supported
    And all other Android device supported what before? Direct3D? Glide?
    - 512 or 328MB Ram (Not 100% known)
    90% maybe?
    - 1GB or 2GB Internal Memory (Not 100% known)
    Oh lower than the minimum 8GB internal flash found on the Galaxy S devices? Strange..
    - 800×480 Screen Resolution
    I wouldn’t have guessed..
    - 4? Screen Size
    Ok..
    - SuperAmoled2 – Possibly
    Possibly?
    - 720P HD Video
    Humm ok…that’s breaking news I guess…/s

    Anyway, You can check out the blurry pictures after the break and catch a little glimpse of Android 2.3 aka Gingerbread:

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    Samsung Omnia 7 vs HTC 7 Trophy vs LG Optimus 7 performance comparison

    Here’s my second Window Phone 7 loading performance comparison video this time featuring the HTC 7 Trophy alongside the Samsung Omnia 7 and LG Optimus 7.  The Optimus 7 was the fastest, just like in the first video, followed bythe Samsung Omnia 7 and finally the HTC 7 Trophy came out last. Nothing really amazing here and the slightly slower loading performance on the Trophy isn’t really going to mess up the whole user experience. Everything else is identical on the three phones but let me know if you want to see anything else. Video after the break:

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    Super AMOLED vs LCD outdoors visibility comparison: Omnia 7 vs Optimus 7 vs HTC HD2 vs Galaxy S

    Here’s  a follow up to my previous Super AMOLED vs LCD comparison (and here) this time comparing the outdoors visibility of both screen technologies on the Samsung Omnia 7 and Galaxy S for the Super AMOLED and the LG Optimus 7 and HTC HD2 for the TFT LCD. There are lots of pictures (after the break) and all where shot with the brightness set to the same settings on all devices (some are  shot with it set to auto and others to full brightness) so it’s a really an apple to apple comparison. As you will see the Super AMOLED is just a tiny bit better that the LCD on the Optimus 7 (the difference is more noticeable in real life thought) but the HD2 is just a giant mirror compare to the other devices (the HTC HD7 has exactly the same screen btw):

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    Angry Birds for Windows Phone 7 to be announced on December 11th ?

    According to Rovio Mobile’s latest tweet more info about a potential Windows Phone 7 version of Angry Birds is going to be release on Angry Birds Day which is scheduled to take place on December 11th. This is all speculation at this point but there’s no denying that Microsoft is probably doing all it can to convince Rovio to develop a WP7 version of their best selling game which is already available on the iPhone, Android and WebOS.

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    SPB software not ready to release Windows Phone 7 applications yet

    A bit more than a week ago I wonder on Twitter if anybody heard anything about SPB Software’s Windows Phone 7 support. The famous Russian mobile developer initialy announced support for the OS back in March but nothing but nothing has been heard about this subject ever since. One of my Russian followers replied to me by telling me that the company had a WP7 sessionduring a Microsoft Russia developer event back in September so I guessed that it would only be a matter of time before we see their first applications in the Marketplace. Unfortunately the company seems to be taking a “wait and see” approach according to one of their latest tweets on the subject:

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    Windows Phone 7 on the HTC HD2 is totally useless…surprised?

    I hate to be the one but…..I told you so! So what else is left to say here? Not much I guess. Folks should just use common sense once in a while instead of getting hyped up about meaningless things. It was clear from the get go that Microsoft implemented security features into Windows Phone 7 so that what used to be something totally ordinary on Windows Mobile in the past would be nearly impossible now (hacking roms left and right…). Anyway check out the Haxors statement after the break:

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