Review: LG Quantum
The images I captured with the Quantum's 5 megapixel camera were pretty good for a 5 megapixel camera, definitely better than those I captured with the HTC Surround. Outdoor images were sharp, crisp, and colorful. Exposure was mostly good. Some images lost detail in overly bright or overly dark spots, but that's pretty normal behavior. Shots taken indoors showed a bit more grain, but maintained focus. The flash helped rescue what surely would have been miserable failures, but don't count on it to work past about 5 feet.
Because WP7 does such a good job at coaxing users into integrating their Facebook and online albums, sharing pictures will be easy. I don't think anyone will be embarrassed by the quality of these images, though I wouldn't quite call them print-worthy.
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The Quantum's video-shooting capabilities also out-matched the Surround. I found any sort of footage captured outdoors was well exposed, with proper white balance and little grain. Indoor video footage, as always, looses some color and brightness, and is speckled with more noise.
Spreading Quantum-ified video will come naturally to those who like to shoot-n-share.
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.