September 27th 2011 1:44 pm

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The future looks bright for Microsoft's mobile OS

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Mango brings many desperately needed features to Windows Phone, elevating the platform to the modern era.

Critic reviews

8.0
13 reviews
  • Ease of use
    8.1
  • Speed
    8.2
  • Configurability
    7.7
  • Ecosystem (apps, drivers, etc.)
    8.0
  • Openness
    8.0

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User reviews

8.7
54 reviews
8.0
Engadget Sep 27, 2011

With Mango, WP7 has caught up with Android and iOS in nearly every way, and in some areas it's even surpassed the other two in functionality. Despite a grim first year, the bright future of Windows Phone is forcing Ballmer to wear shades.

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9.0
Ars Technica Oct 16, 2011

With Mango, Microsoft has got the smartphone operating system right. It's fast, it's fun, it's easy to use, it does everything you need, and it looks great. It takes the things that made the original release unique and makes them better, and it addresses nearly every criticism made of that version.

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8.0
CNET Sep 27, 2011

The version 7.5 software update makes the OS a more powerful place to be, and enhances the many things there are to like about the platform--the bold, uncluttered visuals of the Metro UI, the dynamic live tiles ... the sensible camera app, and the accurate virtual keyboard.

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8.0
Tom's Hardware Apr 12, 2012

Even though the company's WP7 faces a long road to more mainstream acceptance, we think that it's a solid operating system with a lot to like. The user interface is clean and easy to navigate. Contact integration is solid, and the Bing services are useful on a day-to-day basis.

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8.0
Gizmodo Sep 27, 2011

If you don't want an iPhone, this is basically the only real option, unless you already know you want Android. ... It's not better than iOS, not yet. But it's the closest. And it's legitimately different and excellent.

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7.0
Laptop Magazine Sep 29, 2011

With Windows Phone 7.5, Microsoft has taken a platform with promise and made it compelling enough for the masses. The OS was already more engaging in many ways than Android and iOS, but Mango matches Windows Phone's elegance with more power and versatility.

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7.0
PC Mag Sep 27, 2011

The latest iteration of Windows Phone 7, "Mango" is a terrific OS for smartphone beginners. But a lack of 4G and other cutting-edge hardware support means it won't likely be a market leader.

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9.0
SlashGear Oct 4, 2011

Windows Phone users, you’re in for a treat, because Windows Phone 7.5 Mango is a sweeter fruit than you’ve had before. Take a big bite and smile about it.

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9.0
TechRadar Oct 4, 2011

Windows Phone 7.5 is supremely usable, surprisingly powerful and delivers the experience Microsoft has been promising, with only a few rough edges left.

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8.0
GSM Arena Oct 7, 2011

Second generation Windows Phone handsets are already on the way and they stand a good chance of stopping the market-share downward spiral. It will take years to catch up to Android and iOS, but Windows Phone 7.5 is a big step forward.

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6.0
T3 Nov 2, 2011

A quick browse of any phone store shows how good value Windows Phones have become, and what Mango represents is Microsoft’s commitment to this operating system. If you’re looking for a great value smartphone, you’ll get a pleasant surprise.

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9.0
Hardware Heaven Dec 14, 2011

A very slick and well-polished OS which continually impressed us with how well it managed the tasks we attempted and we have no hesitation in recommending the Lumia 800 and Windows Phone 7.5 to those looking for a new high end handset.

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8.0
PocketNow Oct 11, 2011

Many of these new features are mainly bringing Windows Phone up to speed with the competition, yet there are a number that are quite innovative ... All the analysts are predicting Windows Phone’s imminent success for a reason, and this is probably just the beginning.

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First Looks

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Engadget Feb 3, 2013

In short, apart from letting you look like the cool Windows Phone 8 kids, the new version probably won't go too far in smoothing out hard feelings and recovering depreciated phone values -- especially when there's other mobile OSes that won't leave you at the altar.

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Mashable Jun 20, 2012

The home screen is one feature that everyone can enjoy. And the 7.8 update will essentially make an existing Windows Phone look and feel like a Windows Phone 8 device.

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WPCentral Jan 23, 2013

The oddest thing is how AT&T opted to have the “look” of the 7.8 match 7.5, meaning on a fresh install you can’t even tell there are different Tile sizes. Users will essentially have to discover this new change on their own.

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9.0
ylksa ylksa

I am very impressed with what I've seen so far. It is a very great OS with a superior UI. After using it for a day or two I have to say the UI is a lot nicer than its competitors and it manages to keep things interesting with live tiles. Therer a few minor things that aren't available yet but...

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8.0
nahog nahog

Great OS, very fast and easy to use, lacks of some apps, but in general, all the basic social/daily stuff are covered. Recommended for first time smartphone users.

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10
carlcamera carlcamera

If you are a person who enjoys installing and reinstalling operating systems onto handheld computers that also happen to send and recieve phone calls; if you view phones as small computers that should have desktops, files, and folders; if you judge a phone by the number of cpu cores rather than...

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9.0
safeabz safeabz

Have you seen Windows 8? Or the new Xbox Dashboard? Windows Phone was the future of Microsoft in many ways, we just didn't know yet. When it launched a year ago, it wasn't finished, by any stretch of the definition. No multitasking. No copy and paste. No threaded conversations in email. No...

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9.0
djspiceroute djspiceroute

the ease of use of the system is something worth mentioning about tonnes of time!!! it slick fast and smooth all put together.Although the lack of good free apps might be a downer but i expect Redomnd will push in the extra bucks to start covering on tha (major) hole.......

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