Review: HTC Surround with Windows Phone 7
The Windows Phone 7 platform supports capacitive screens. No more styli, thank GOD!!! The HTC Surround's screen and user interface are amazingly responsive. We're talking nearly iPhone fast (which remains the fastest UI). The screen responds to every touch, flick, and swipe with no delay. I found it to be accurate, and never had to double press anything.
While we're talking about the display, lets be sure to mention the keyboard. WP7 has a fantastic built-in software QWERTY keyboard. Third-party keyboards aren't supported, but I hardly think you'll need one. The predictive software that Microsoft has developed for the WP7 platform is truly fantastic. It corrects as you go, offers suggestions when there are multiple possibilities, and learns without the need to manually add words to the dictionary.
The Surround, and all Windows Phone 7 devices, lack cut-and-paste. This is an odd omission out of the gate, but Microsoft assures that the functionality will be added to WP7 devices with a major system update planned for early 2011.
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Windows Phone 7: Hands-On
Hands-on with the full range of Microsoft Windows Phone 7 devices announced this week, including the HTC HD7 and Surround, LG Quantum, Samsung Focus, and Dell Venue Pro.
Microsoft Provides 'NoDo' Roll-Out Schedule
Microsoft has published a web site to provide Windows Phone 7 users with a general idea of when they might expect their devices to receive the NoDo update. According to the site, Microsoft is scheduling the update for the Dell Venue Pro and HD7 (both on T-Mobile), which means it should be available in the next 10 days or so.
AT&T to Sell 3 WP7.5 Smartphones from HTC and Samsung
AT&T today announced that it will sell the HTC Titan, and the Samsung Focus S and Focus Flash later this fall. All three devices will run Windows Phone 7.5 Mango.
Microsoft Taking 'Patient' Route to Distributing Updates
Microsoft's Joe Belifiore today admitted that the system updates offered to Windows Phone 7 devices so far have fallen short of the company's expectations. "We had expected it to be earlier than now," said Belfiore at Microsoft's MIX 2011 conference in Las Vegas.
NoDo Scheduled for LG Quantum, Samsung Focus
Microsoft has provided an update to the status of AT&T's Windows Phone 7 devices and the NoDo update. According to the Windows Phone Blog, the LG Quantum and Samsung Focus have passed the testing phase and are now in the scheduling phase.