Samsung Omnia 7 Windows Phone on Orange. Image PA Wire

Eyes down for a selection of frequently asked questions about Windows hottest new handset - Windows Phone 7.


What's the... Windows Phone with the brightest screen?
Samsung Omnia 7 comes with a 4 inch super AMOLED screen - prepare to be dazzled.

Biggest screen
HTC HD7 - better pop on your sunglasses, the HD7 can be viewed at any angle with the supplied kickstand.

Toughest screen
The screen for the Dell Venue Pro in encrusted with Gorilla Glass - meaning it's hard as nails.

The Dell Venue Pro Windows Phone 7. Image Dell.


Loudest speakers
HTC 7 Mozart boasts booming basslines courtesy of Dolby stereo sound.


Slide-out keyboard
The Dell Venue Pro (when it arrives in the UK) will sport a cut-down QWERTY keyboard.



Option to sync over WIFI
So you want a phone that's easy to back-up and sync your stuff to? Well you're in luck my friend, ALL Windows Phone 7 handsets can sync wirelessly (without the need for cables).





Which is the Windows Phone that's been...

Sculpted by lasers
The HTC 7 Mozart was cut from one block of aluminum. Now I bet you didn't know that.


Endorsed by Stephen Fry
We know that Mr Fry has been pictured with a Windows Phone, but we can't make out which one. Apparently he keeps it in a pocket next to his iPhone and Blackberry. That man loves his toys...

Which version of IE does WP7 run?
Internet Explorer for the Windows Phone is a hybrid. It takes the best bits from both Internet Explorer 7 and 8 to make a new browser exclusively for Windows Phone 7.


Under the thumb
The cursor on all Windows Phone 7 handsets handily floats above your finger (when correcting a text message or composing an email) so you can easily see what you're doing.

The HTC HD7 comes with a fold-out kickstand that lets you watch movies and media at any angle. Image HTC


Are the batteries replaceable?
Yes. All batteries on Windows Phone 7 handsets are removable and replaceable. So there will be none of this sending back to the shop malarky that we're all used to.


Will there be updates available?
Yes. The Windows Phone team plan to release the first update in early 2011.

This will add copy and paste functions to the phone (with more to be announced). It is hoped all updates will be freely downloadable over the air (wirelessly) effectively doing away with the need to connect via PC/Mac.

Ah, you mentioned Mac. Am I right in thinking there's Mac support?
All Windows Phone 7 handsets are Mac compatible. A Mac sync client will be available for iTunes shortly that will allow you to not only sync your phone to your Mac, but transfer music and videos too.

HTC HD7. Image HTC


Can I use my Xbox avatar on my Windows Phone?
Yes. By signing into Xbox LIVE on your Windows Phone 7 handset you will be given access to Xbox LIVE Extras
(essentially your Xbox dashboard on your phone).


How many Xbox games will be available?
There will be more games with Windows Phone 7 at launch than there were on the Xbox 360. So - that's quite a lot then.


This is all very well and good but can it multitask?
In a word, yes. So if you want to play music when doing other tasks (writing a text, email or document, playing a
game on Xbox LIVE, browsing the web etc) you are free to do just that.



What about Flash support?
The Windows Phone 7 supports YouTube flash videos through a dedicated YouTube app.

Can I try apps before I buy them?
Yep. Visit the Marketplace to browse, download and trial apps before you commit your hard-earned cash.

LG Optimus 7. Image Matt Farrington-Smith MSN.


Buttons. Discuss.
Every Windows Phone 7 handset has been meticulously crafted to feature the same set of buttons (back, Start, Search). No matter which Windows Phone you choose your fingers will be sure to find the keys you need.


What's this Search button all about?
All Windows Phone 7 handsets have a dedicated Search 'Bing' button. To search the web just press the button and type your search query.


Where the devil can I get one from?
The Windows Phone 7 range is available now in all phone retailers (instore and online). Pop into a shop and try one out for yourself - you can't miss the display...

Orange - http://shop.orange.co.uk/shop/htc_7_mozart
O2 - http://shop.o2.co.uk/mobile_phone/HTC/HD7
Phones4u - http://www.phones4u.co.uk/


What is this Zune thing I hear so much about?
No it's not Superman's arch nemesis from the planet Zod, but instead think of it as Microsoft's version of iTunes. Users can purchase a Zune Pass (credits) that allow you to download songs and movies from a library of hundreds-of-thousands.

The Windows Phone 7 Marketplace. Image Microsoft


Where can I play my purchases?
You are free to transfer your songs etc to any of your connected Windows devices (Windows Phone, PC, Xbox 360, Media Centre).




Is there a Facebook app?
Yes. Even though the Windows Phone 7 OS relies heavily on Facebook integration there is a dedicated Facebook app available to download from the Marketplace so you won't lose out on the full Facebook experience.

What about an official Twitter app?
See answer above.


Is it better than the iPhone?
Here's what the press have been saying:

News of The World - "Microsoft users will be in 7 heaven with the new Windows Phone".

The Daily Telegraph - "the slickest, most impressive version of Windows on a mobile phone that Microsoft has yet produced".

The Sun - "Microsoft's Zune music service will deliver tracks galore to listen to, while working on the move through Office and chatting on Windows Live will again appeal broadly to the mainstream."

BBC Click - "Extremely impressive, intuitive Operating System."

Stephen Fry - "I have felt enormous pleasure using this phone."


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