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Ok, instead of taking the time to write a well-ordered review I would just point out the things I like/don't like about the phone/OS as I go. This way I won't miss out on the minor stuff that I usually forget before I go to write a review. If I don't lose interest this post will be continuously updated.


- Phone has the RTM version of software installed. Microsoft forced me to install a "test" update that didn't change anything before installing the latest version. Both updates took about 10 minutes, even though the first one didn't do anything.


+ UI is very fluid and easy to navigate, and it looks very nice. The android user in me would like to see a notification bar and easier access to settings like WiFi.


+ Keyboard registers key presses nicely, and the way they handle the cursor when you want to go back and edit your text is brilliant! Someone needs to steal this and put it in an android keyboard.


- No trackpad/joystick on the Focus. I use the optical trackpad on my Desire all the time, and I find the lack of one annoying.

- Capacitive buttons. Hate them. I find myself accidentally pressing the search button a lot, and without a proper task switcher it gets annoying

- Device requires content to be synced, rather than autodetect like on Android. No disk access either afaik.

+ Zune software is easy to use. Transferred Monty Python and the Holy Grail to the Focus, and afaik no conversion took place. It just runs natively. Even on Android I had to use a 3rd party video player to get it to play correctly. Very impressed.


- WiFi is extremely fickle. It seems that if you screw up your login information, the only way to fix it and have the fix stick is to delete the profile and start again. Otherwise the wireless will cut out randomly. Even then sometimes it will just refuse to connect, even with correct login information.


- Zune won't let my sync apps because my Live Id is Canadian, but my Windows locale is US. Setting the locale to Canada doesn't solve the problem though.


+ Netflix! It even works in Canada! Its a bit laggy, and the quality is sub-par but its better than what I get from Android(ie. nothing)


+ I thought I was getting used to text on AMOLED. I had an eBook open, and I actually liked the look of it. I had to get my Desire out and open up Aldiko to do a comparison. I guess, without a direct comparison you can sorta get used to reading text, kinda like how Skull Candy headphones would sound good to someone who hasn't tried Sennheisers or Audio-Technicas, but honestly its 90% to do with Microsoft's absolutely gorgeous Segoe UI font. I transferred it to my Desire and got it working in Aldiko and the difference is night and day. AMOLED is still far, far inferior to IPS in terms of clarity.


- Said it before, but I'll say it again: the capacitive buttons are very annoying. Pick up the phone the wrong way, and you'll end up in search. Compounding this matter is WP7's lack of a back stack, so if you do accidentally hit the search button (and you will) then you'll lose whatever you were working on at the time.


- Video player doesn't let you skip forward. You can only fast forward in fixed chunks.

- Video playback on AMOLED is way overblown. You get deep blacks and brilliant whites, but there's no detail. Its like fake HDR in video games, which makes everything white or black, instead of preserving the textures like real HDR does.



That's as far as I was willing to take it. I didn't want to unlock the device, since I'm only borrowing it.
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Interesting.

I really feel all this is gonna be very subjective. Things like the buttons, or keyboard, or whatever, will differ from person to person.

I have a feeling the Mango update coming up will truly make Windows Phone 7 shine, especially once Nokia starts rolling out with their phones.
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Interesting.

I really feel all this is gonna be very subjective. Things like the buttons, or keyboard, or whatever, will differ from person to person.

I have a feeling the Mango update coming up will truly make Windows Phone 7 shine, especially once Nokia starts rolling out with their phones.
Mango should be a big step forward. My professor is convinced that IE9 will be the best mobile browser on the market. I have my doubts though.

WP7 still behaves like iOS with a Microsoft skin on it. They really need to open it up and behave more like Android.


I talked to my prof today and it looks like they got a bunch of Galaxy Tabs in, although they are the old 7" ones. I'm going to try and get my hands on one.
    
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