Microsoft officially unveiled Windows Phone 7 at a launch event on October 11th. Along with the Windows Phone 7 OS, it also unveiled 9 new phones running it. The phones were by HTC, Samsung, LG and Dell with HTC launching 4 phones, Samsung launching 2, LG launching 2 and Dell announcing 1.
However, details of a 10th Windows Phone 7 device - the HTC 7 Pro came out too. It is a CDMA/GSM phone with a slider design.
I was originally intending this to be a “Top 10 Windows Phone 7 phones” post, but as we have only 10 phones in all which run Windows Phone 7, I will list out the top 5 best Windows Phone 7 devices here. Now remember, all the Windows Phone 7 devices are almost identical in terms of specifications and exactly the same in terms of the software used. The only major differentiating attributes are the design, form factor and the cameras they sport.
1. HTC HD7
The HTC HD7 is probably the one that will act like the over-sized, over-protective brother of the lot. It has a huge 4.3 inch S-LCD capacitive touch-screen display with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. It has a 5 MP camera with autofocus and LED flash.
The other specifications are the same as the other phones - Qualcomm Snapdragon QSD8250 1 GHz processor, 576 MB RAM, 512 MB ROM and 16 GB internal memory. It will probably compete with the Motorola Droid X and the HTC Evo 4G.
It also offers the basic connectivity options - GPRS, EDGE, 3G HSDPA, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP and GPS with A-GPS support.
Overall, this is the horse I would bet on to win the Windows Phone 7 race, at least until more entrants start cropping up.
2. HTC 7 Mozart
If I were a shutterbug and I wanted to go the Windows Phone 7 way, this is the phone I would buy. Of the whole lot, the HTC 7 Mozart is the one that has the best camera. While all the other phones have a 5 MP camera, the Mozart has an 8 MP camera with autofocus and Xenon flash.
It has a nice, stylish design and the other hardware specs are also top-notch, just like the other phones. It comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon QSD8250 1 GHz processor and 576 MB RAM. It has 8 GB internal storage and offers the standard connectivity options - GPRS, EDGE, 3G HSDPA, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP and GPS with A-GPS support and Bing Maps.
3. Dell Venue Pro
An unlikely candidate, given Dell’s past success in the smartphone market (or the lack of it), but the Dell Venue Pro is the most promising Windows Phone 7 device on the market, or so I think.
It has an unconventional vertical QWERTY keyboard slider with a large 4.0 inch AMOLED capacitive touch-screen display. This is the first time I’ve seen this form factor coupled with such a large display. If nothing else, it should easily be able to lure away a few Palm Pre or BlackBerry Torch fans.
It has the best hardware currently available for smartphones - 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 512 MB RAM and 8 GB internal storage. It comes with a 5 MP camera with autofocus but lacks flash.
Connectivity options include the usual suspects - GPRS, EDGE, 3G HSDPA, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP and microUSB 2.0. It also has GPS with A-GPS support.
4. Samsung Focus
The Samsung Focus and the Samsung Omnia 7 are exactly the same, specs wise, but the Focus has a better design so I included it in this list.
It has a stylish design and comes with a 4 inch Super AMOLED capacitive touch-screen display. It has a 5 MP camera too, with autofocus and LED flash and comes with a 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and 512 MB RAM. It has 8 GB internal storage.
It also offers some other goodies - FM radio, GPS with A-GPS etc. The basic connectivity options are all there - GPRS, EDGE, 3G HSDPA, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP etc.
Samsung Focus - First Look
5. HTC 7 Pro
The only phone in the list with a conventional horizontal QWERTY slider design. It could have been the LG Optimus 7Q (Quantum) too, but the HTC 7 Pro has a way better design and slightly better hardware specs.
The HTC 7 Pro is a very stylish slider phone with a 3.7 inch capacitive touch-screen display and a QWERTY keyboard. It offers the same Qualcomm Snapdragon QSD8250 1 GHz processor, 448 MB RAM and 16 GB storage.
It has a 5 MP camera with autofocus and LED flash and comes with the standard stuff - GPS with A-GPS, GPRS, EDGE, 3G HSDPA, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP.
The best thing about it is that it is the only Windows Phone 7 phone available in a CDMA version.
- Lai, Richard. “Windows Phone 7 handsets: spec comparison”, https://www.engadget.com/2010/10/11/windows-phone-7-handsets-the-tale-of-the-tape/
- Image credit: Windows Phone Newsroom, https://www.microsoft.com/presspass/presskits/windowsphone/imageGallery.aspx