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Windows Phone 7 – HTC 7 Trophy

On Friday I finally got my WP7 (Windows Phone 7); HTC 7 Trophy. The reason I chose this device over the others was that this was the first I was able to get my hands on. The official words from Microsoft was that HTC Trophy, Mozart and LG’s E900 Optimus 7 were the only devices going to be released in the first “wave”. I’ve always thought of LG as the Lada of the electronics world. Have no idea why, just my impression. And, before you attack me on this, I have never owned a LG device, and never owned a Lada.

The difference between these devices isn’t much. 8MP instead of 5MP, 10 grams, 0.1” display etc. Trophy has a 0.1” bigger display than Mozart, and I don’t care about taking pictures, so easy choice.

Now, over to the best part; Windows Phone 7 is awesome! Let me first quote a mac-dude at the electronics shop I bought my device; “Whow! This is more like an Apple product than Apple ever has created”. I’m not sure I agree, but if he were talking about the user-friendliness, I have to agree. It’s sexy, simple and very quick. Before I got my device, iPhone was, without a doubt, the best phone I’ve ever had. I want to wait a couple of days before I change this, but till now my impression can be summarized with one word. awesome!

When setting my phone I added a live ID with US address, just to get access to the Marketplace. To buy anything I need an American visa-card or similar, but till now there’s only one app I want to buy and that is Geocaching. It’s a bit annoying that they haven’t opened for this in Norway yet, but to be fair, I did know this before I bought the phone.

Other than the obvious (things not available yet, English keyboard etc.), there’s only two things I don’t like about this phone. First, the micro-USB connector is on the left side, and the mini-jack is on the top. I listen to podcasts when ever I’m in my car, and that’s at least 1.5 hours each day. Because I don’t want to drive with plugs in my ears I use a FM-transmitter connected to the mini-jack, and of course charging with the micro-USB. Here’s the problem. It’s impossible to place the device with these two cables in it, and still be able to unplug the cables if anyone calls, and take the call before they hang up.

The other thing that’s starting to annoy me is a bit harder to explain. There’s a great feature built into the People Hub (basically where all your contacts live) where you can link accounts. Example; I’m friend with Jan Leon (a co-worker) on Facebook. I’ve also got him as a contact in Outlook (via Exchange), on my Gmail account, and on two of my Live IDs. With the link stuff, I link these accounts together, so I’ve only got one “Jan Leon” in my contact list on my phone. This is great, but here’s the problem. When linking these, it seems to make the shortest a default. This wouldn’t be a problem if I had added FirstName LastName etc. for all my contacts in all my accounts, but since I’m lazy, janleon@omega.no is the shortest. This means I have to go into this and rename my contact, although 4 of 5 contacts in the linked list is called “Jan Leon Sandslett”. This is really annoying, since I’ve got 300 friends on Facebook, 200 contacts in Outlook and about 250 contacts on MSN which mostly is the same people.

But what about copy-paste? Think it over. When did you last use it on your phone? When you get a phone-number on SMS, you just click it and create a contact (or similar). If you want to share an URL on Facebook, you just click the share button. I think I’ve used copy-paste once while I’ve had my iPhone, and that’s about a year. But, for those that can’t live without it, for some weird reason, you only have to wait till Microsoft releases an update in January 2011. Multitasking is also coming. I can see why people want this, but I didn’t use it on iPhone, and can’t see when I’d use it on the WP7. For the record, WP7 has multitasking, but only for the internal applications. This means you can listen to music in Zune while doing other stuff.

Final words. If you’re a technology enthusiast, there’s no other choice. You have to buy a Windows Phone 7. If you’re a normal user, like my mom, you want to wait till (hopefully) Q1 2011. I hope Microsoft’s opened Zune Pass, Marketplace and the other good stuff by then.

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Getting ready for Windows Phone 7

I’m SO ready to get this device! I actually don’t care which I get, as long as I get it ASAP. I’ve actually ordered two different devices, at two different shops, just to be safe. Which I’ve ordered? HTC 7 Trophy and Samsung Omnia 7. The last one is the one I want the most, but from what I’ve heard, this will not be released for a while in Norway. But what’s the difference between the devices? Well, not much to be honest. The reason I want the Samsung is because of the screen. According to people that’s tested “all” devices, Samsung has the best screen with it’s AMOLED technology. Other than that, they’re more or less identical. Some are 10 grams heavier, some are 8MP camera, instead of 5MP, but since Microsoft has set some minimum requirements, there’s not much difference.

What should you do before you buy your new phone? Paul Thurrott, the guy behind the “Windows Phone Secrets” book, has written a pretty good article about this topic. To sum up;

  • Configure your Windows Live ID by navigating to http://profile.live.com. On this site you can connect your Live ID to Facebook, LinkedIn, your blog+++.
  • If you’ve got one account for Xbox LIVE, one for MSN, one for Hotmail etc, you might want to gather this into one account.
  • Install Zune and gather all your media-stuff.

One more thing. Xbox LIVE and Zune Marketplace will not be available in Norway when the phone gets released, but no worries. From what I’ve heard, this WILL be released. Not sure when, but rumours say January.

Microsoft Releases 2010

There’s been a “wave” of releases from Microsoft the last months, and more to come. The following are already released: Visual Studio 2010, Silverlight 4, SQL Server 2008 R2 (will be available on MSDN/TechNet May 3rd), Office 2010 (mmmmmm, sexy) and SharePoint Server 2010. Later this year Windows Live “Wave 4” will be released, Windows Phone 7 and the new Windows Home Server (code named “Vail”). It’s a lovely year for those of that LOVE playing with new (betas and) releases.

To get all of these (except Visual Studio (which you can get with MSDN), Windows Live and Phone 7), the only thing you need is a TechNet subscription which costs $349 the first year and $249 for renewal. Compared to buying all these licenses in the store, it’s almost as cheap as pirating it! And, you don’t need to worry about downloading viruses, things that doesn’t work etc.

Mix10

Microsoft’s MIX10 conference is over, and all their sessions have been uploaded. These are high quality sessions about web and windows phone related development and design. You can download the videos at http://live.visitmix.com/Videos