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October 21, 2010

Windows Phone 7: the reviews are coming

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Windows Phone 7 mobile handsets are making their ways into the hands of the technology press, and the reviews are dribbling onto the Internet.

For those Microsoft fans who've been waiting to see the software giant's new mobile phone platform, the time is nigh. The phones will debut Nov. 8 on AT&T and T-Mobile. The phones are the Samsung Focus (AT&T) and the HTC HD7 (T-Mobile), both for $199.

Will Microsoft's offering compete with Apple's iPhone, Google's Android and even Research In Motion's BlackBerry?

So far, the reviews seem pretty good, not stellar. But good. The key will be how quickly Microsoft iterates and updates the platform to truly compete with the other heavyweights and attract developers who can build sexy apps for consumers.

Here are a few I've read so far:

* Windows Phone 7 review, Engadget's take, by Joshua Topolsky

* Microsoft's New Windows Phone 7: Novel, But Lacking. By Walt Mossberg, of All Things D and the Wall Street Journal.

* A Windows Phone 7 'review' by a non-reviewer, by Mary-Jo Foley of the All About Microsoft blog.


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Posted by Gus Sentementes at 10:07 AM | | Comments (0)
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About Gus G. Sentementes
Gus G. Sentementes (@gussent on Twitter) has been writing for The Baltimore Sun since 2000. He's covered real estate, business, prisons, and suburban and Baltimore City crime and cops. He was one of the first reporters at The Sun to use multimedia tools and Web applications -- a video camera, an iPhone -- to cover breaking news. He hopes to cover Maryland geeks and the gadgets and Web sites they build, and learn -- and share -- something new every day.

Gus has a wife, a young daughter and two feuding cats. They live in Northeast Baltimore.
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