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Engadget says:

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With terrific Zune and Xbox Live integration, a fast and smart method of getting around the OS, great Office and email experiences, and a genuinely beautiful and useful user interface, Microsoft has definitely laid the foundation for the next several years of its mobile play. quote


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Critic reviews

7.5
15 reviews
  • Ease of use
    7.7
  • Speed
    8.6
  • Configurability
    7.9
  • Ecosystem (apps, drivers, etc.)
    7.1
  • Openness
    5.7

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User reviews

8.5
32 reviews
8.0
Engadget Oct 20, 2010

With terrific Zune and Xbox Live integration, a fast and smart method of getting around the OS, great Office and email experiences, and a genuinely beautiful and useful user interface, Microsoft has definitely laid the foundation for the next several years of its mobile play.

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9.0
AnandTech Oct 20, 2010

Windows Phone is more like the iPhone than it is anything else. If you don’t like the iPhone (for reasons other than an inherent dislike for Apple), you probably won’t like Windows Phone. If your sole reason is disdain for Apple, then pick up a Windows Phone.

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8.0
Gizmodo Oct 20, 2010

Windows Phone 7 is really great. A solid foundation, it's elegant and joyful. True, a lot of that greatness is potential. But if anybody can follow through on their platform, it's Microsoft.

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8.0
PC Mag Oct 20, 2010

Yes, it's version 1.0, and it's missing some features and plenty of apps. But Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 operating system is already a player in the mobile space.

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8.0
Ars Technica Oct 22, 2010

Microsoft doesn't often get version one releases right, but this time, it has got the release very right indeed. Windows Phone 7 looks great, works well, and is a treat to use.

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7.0
Popular Science Oct 20, 2010

We have a new contender in the field of exciting smartphone operating systems. With Apple's OS X looking more like their iPhone and iPad operating by the day, it's not absurd to say that mobile software is the only software that matters today and for the future.

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7.0
New York Times Oct 27, 2010

Obviously, Microsoft still has a lot of work to do, and it will be a long time before its store offers a decent selection of apps. The company intends to deliver free software updates as it fills in the holes. In other words, for now, this may not be the phone you’ll want to buy.

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6.0
AllThingsD Oct 20, 2010

Overall, I can’t recommend Windows Phone 7 as being on a par with iPhone or Android—at least not yet. Unless you’re an Xbox Live user, or rely on Microsoft’s SharePoint corporate Web-based document system, it isn’t as good or as versatile as its rivals.

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7.0
CNET UK Oct 21, 2010

Windows Phone 7 offers a fresh, fun user interface, exciting features for music-lovers and gamers, and some gorgeous phones. But there's plenty of room for improvement, especially in the app store.

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6.0
The Guardian Oct 24, 2010

Microsoft is applying the defibrillator to its mobile phone platform with a completely new interface and approach. It's radically different - but still has lots of rough edges.

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8.0
GSM Arena Oct 8, 2010

Windows Mobile tried to squeeze a desktop-like OS in your pocket but that never quite worked. The seventh iteration of Microsoft’s mobile operating system ... puts simplicity and usability first and then tries to add as much functionality as possible without making a mess out of the whole thing.

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8.0
PC Pro Oct 21, 2010

Swish and very, very slick, Microsoft’s new mobile OS makes an impressive debut. But it has a long way to go before it can be truly competitive.

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7.0
The Telegraph Oct 11, 2010

Everything looks genuinely slick and stylish – but WP7 is neither cutting edge under the bonnet nor so effortless to use that it’s a plausible object of aspiration for anybody but a business person whose IT department won’t allow them a better option.

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8.0
MobilityMinded Nov 1, 2010

I can only conclude that I really like Windows Phone 7, because it is different in many ways. Especially the integration principles is something that I really like. However as a long term Windows Mobile user I also have admit that there is room for improvement.

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8.0
USA Today Nov 2, 2010

Windows Phone 7 isn't fully baked yet, but at least there's a very pleasing aroma coming from the oven. Microsoft has the resources to keep on cooking, and I expect and hope they will ... In an ever-changing environment, Microsoft may still provide some appetizing possibilities in mobile.

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8.0
rmcvey rmcvey

Of the 3 major modern phone OSs (No I don't count blackberry or Symbian as modern OSs) Personally I find WP7 to run the best, be the easiest to use, and even look the best. It's app ecosystem is still in dire need of developers to come on board, but that's happening more and more each day. Once...

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8.0
NateShowww NateShowww

At first glance WP7 seems very basic and simplistic, and it is. It is built for the average consumer who really wants to be able to glance and go. Live tiles are great for notification without launching an app. The integration of Zune and Live are also big examples of how this OS shines and will...

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10
joecatskill joecatskill

I love the ease and beauty of the windows phone OS. I am really excited to see how it integrates with a Window 8 tablet! As far as I'm concerned, don't want to compromise with other OS', I'll buy a Window 8 tablet.

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9.0
LJKelley LJKelley

Extremely easy to use, you can just jump in. The speed is amazing in the core OS, with everything including the browser just flying. Already from day one, you have more apps than any other mobile OS had from day one. The negatives really are lack of extensive configurability, something that...

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