Microsoft Windows Phone 7

78
Global
Score
A good product that falls short of greatness.
78

A good product that falls short of greatness.

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Windows Phone 7 review

Have you been looking for the definitive review of Windows Phone 7? Well, look no further. Microsoft's next (and perhaps final) opportunity to break back into the smartphone race has officially begun, and Engadget has been cranking on a variety of launch devices across several continents to see if the platform holds water. Back in July we took a deep dive on Windows Phone 7 using a developer device that Microsoft handed out to journalists, and now we're back for the full review. What we realized going into this process was that really very little had changed between the summertime preview and the new OS' fall launch. Even though there have been tweaks and fixes in Microsoft's mobile experience, there hasn't been any addition so large that we felt the software required a completely fresh look. Instead, what we needed to do was go back to the observations made during our initial experience with the OS, compare it to the final product, and figure out where the company improved (or diminished) specific facets of the operating system. And of course, we finally had a real chance to use Xbox Live and third party applications -- two of the crucial elements of this OS. So, below is our re-edited, refreshed take on Windows Phone 7, complete with real answers to nagging questions, and our definitive score of Microsoft's great smartphone hope at version 1.0. Read on for the full story!

Pros
  • Beautiful new user interfaceExcellent Xbox Live and Zune integrationGreat use of glanceable information
Cons
  • Buggy behavior makes it feel like betaThird-party apps have issuesLack of multitasking hampers usability
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User Reviews

80
rmcvey
Of the 3 major modern phone OSs (No I don't count blackberry or Symbian as modern...read more
90
LJKelley
Extremely easy to use, you can just jump in. The speed is amazing in the core...read more
80
mthomas1262
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget
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7.5
Average Critic Score

Ecosystem (apps, drivers, etc.)

6.9
 

Configurability

8.0
 

Speed

8.5
 

Openness

6.0
 

Ease of use

7.7
 

How It Stacks Up

52

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Critic

54
 

User

48
 
73

Engadget

73
 

Critic

72
 

User

73
 
91

Engadget

91
 

Critic

82
 

User

79
 

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Critic

Not yet scored
 

User

94
 
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How It Stacks Up

52

Engadget

Not yet scored
 

Critic

54
 

User

48
 
73

Engadget

73
 

Critic

72
 

User

73
 
91

Engadget

91
 

Critic

82
 

User

79
 

Engadget

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Critic

Not yet scored
 

User

94
 
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