Windows Phone 7 Launch
Microsoft has pushed all its chips on the mobile table with Windows Phone 7, a brand-new operating system for phones. With launch handsets from powerhouses such as HTC, Samsung and LG, can it stay in the game long enough to challenge Android and iPhone?
Robust build quality and a unique portrait-sliding keyboard give the Dell Venue Pro an edge over its samey Windows Phone competitors, but its pocket-punishing size could prove problematic for some people.
The HTC 7 Trophy is a perfectly good choice if you want to take advantage of Microsoft's nifty Windows Phone 7 operating system. It doesn't really stand out among the other handsets running the operating system, though.
The HTC 7 Mozart isn't the awesome camera phone that it claims to be, and an 8GB memory limit is its Achilles heel as a music phone. But its xenon flash, excellent music store and fresh Windows Phone 7 OS, mean it's still music to our ears.
The Samsung Omnia 7 is a neat bit of kit, with its large super AMOLED screen and nippy processor, and should do the Windows Phone 7 OS justice. We just wish there was more to make this mobile stand out from the herd of competing devices.
The HTC HD7 is everything we'd hoped it would be, thanks to its gorgeous hardware and the simple, swoopy pleasure of Windows Phone 7. But only time will tell whether the bare shelves of the app store will eventually be stacked with treats.
The LG Optimus 7 is one of the more affordable Windows Phone 7 handsets, yet it feels reassuringly solid and responsive. It could be some time before it offers the app-tastic pleasures of its competitors, though.
Windows Phone 7 offers a fresh, fun user interface, exciting features for music-lovers and gamers, and some gorgeous phones. But there's plenty of room for improvement, especially in the app store.
If you want a physical Qwerty keyboard on your Windows Phone 7 device, then you'd better get on the blower to LG and demand it brings out the Optimus 7Q in Blighty.
HTC launched a trio of smart phones running Windows Phone 7 yesterday, delving deep into its velvet bag of random names. We've snapped hands-on shots of the HTC 7 Trophy and HTC 7 Mozart.
Excited about Windows Phone 7? Yeah, we're kinda pumped ourselves. One mobile rocking Microsoft's new OS is the Samsung Omnia 7, with a great big 4-inch AMOLED display.
If you've recovered from yesterday's onslaught of Windows Phone 7 mobiles, check out the LG Optimus 7, featuring DLNA connectivity and 720p video capture.
The HTC HD7 is the pick of the Windows Phone 7 crop so far. As such, we've given the new smart phone an almighty fondling, and can now present you with the attendant photos.
The launch-ready Windows Phone 7 mobiles have been parcelled out to the UK networks, with Orange having the most phones and O2 and Vodafone nabbing HTC exclusives.
Windows Phone 7 is here, with six mobiles ready to show off what it can do. But can anyone tell the HTC, Samsung, LG and Dell phones apart? Stephen Fry, maybe?
A new smart phone from Dell made its debut at the Windows Phone 7 launch, the Venue Pro, which has a huge screen and an unusual portrait sllider keyboard.
The HTC HD7, Mozart, Trophy and Pro are HTC's invading army of Windows Phone 7 mobiles, wielding capacitive touchscreens and tasty cameras.