Review: LG Quantum
Microsoft has mandated that all WP7 devices launch the camera automatically even when the phone is locked and asleep. I still can't get over how awesome this feature is.
The camera software itself copies the behavior of a lot of other touch phone cameras. There is a box that appears in the center of the screen to help with centering the shot. Basic controls to access zoom and the video camera are stacked on the right side of the display, including a software button for the full settings menu. The full menu allows you to adjust the metering capability, how it focuses, the flash, and so on.
Once you've set up how you want the camera to behave, press the shutter button half-way to focus, and then all the way to release the shutter. As I mentioned earlier, the camera button is a little mushy. It takes some getting used to. The Quantum snaps and processes images in perhaps 3 seconds.
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Once images are captured, they are whisked into the gallery app.
The Pictures Hub uses the Zune-like architecture, meaning you scroll sideways to access different sections of the Hub. Your own photos are stored in one place, but it also syncs the photos shared by your Facebook friends. Selecting one of the Facebook photos lets you see any tags or comments attached to the photo, and, if you want, you can leap to that person's Facebook wall. It also automatically syncs your own Facebook photo galleries with the device.
You can't edit or manipulate photos at all. It doesn't offer basic rotate, crop or zoom, let alone anything more advanced such as adjusting exposure. Instead, the Pictures Hub is all about sharing. It lets you easily upload images to Facebook, SkyDrive (Microsoft's photo upload service) or send them along via MMS or email.
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.
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.
LG Not Currently Developing Windows Phone Devices
LG had admitted that while it is not abandoning Microsoft's smartphone platform, it isn't actively developing any new models that will run Windows Phone. "Although we currently don’t have a new Windows device in the pipeline, that is simply because demand for Android devices is so strong," said LG in a statement provided to AllThingsD.
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.