Thursday, September 22, 2011

Windows Phone 7, Anyone?

Although not officially launched in India, several WP7 models have been making rounds in the Indian market like the HTC Mozart, HD7 and the latest Dell Venue Pro. Since Microsoft has confirmed that all the first generation WP7 devices will be getting the new ‘mango’ update and is all set to launch the WP7 market place officially in India, looking at a WP7 device isn’t particularly a wrong idea considering the dirt cheap price tags of the first generation devices (The RTM version of mango has been leaked and if you already own a WP7 device and can’t wait, look here).

So what makes WP7 a serious contender to android powered devices which have been raining in all sizes and prices since its launch in India? To start off  all WP7 devices needs to have a minimum spec as per Microsoft’s guidelines (not just that, even positioning and number of buttons have been set by Microsoft) so all devices should perform equally well. The Mango update brings the ability to multitask to the WP7 platform together with 500+ other features; so in the OS front it is pretty well set. Having said that, WP7 still can not support flash playback and you are still going to need Zune for everything, from backing up to transferring media to the phone (no copy paste here). But so does Apple, so we can keep those things aside.

Now what I really want to share is not how good WP7 really is. If you like WP7 or is not particular about the phone OS, then you are in for a treat. Samsung Focus is one of the first WP7 powered devices (but Samsung decided not to bring it to India L ) and is available for less than Rs. 13,000 on ebay (after using discount coupons, actual price:Rs.13,290/-). So if you are thinking about getting a new phone at sub 15k range, then seriously consider getting a Focus.

Here are the specs:
  • 4" Super AMOLED, capacitive, multi-touch device, WVGA resolution (480x800)
  • 5 MP Camera (720p video), 0.3 MP front camera
  • 8 GB storage 
  • microSD/SDHC memory expansion (upto 32 GB)
  • Wi-Fi, microUSB
  • 1 GHz CPU, Adreno 200 GPU
  • 1500 mAh Li-Ion (6.5 h talk time, 300 h stand-by).


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