Review: LG Quantum
The Quantum uses WP7's Internet Explorer browser, which is very capable. It's fast, elegant, and works almost as well as the competition. It supports pinch-to-zoom, and full HTML as well as mobile web sites. Double-tapping zooms in and out quickly.
Web pages loaded quickly over AT&T's 3G network. Over Wi-Fi, the browser was extremely fast. I was very pleased with the browser's speeds.
IE for WP7 makes it fairly easy to add open tabs, add favorites, search for items on the page and so on. I had an easier time using the Quantum's browser (compared to the Surround's) due to the presence of the QWERTY keyboard. Having the four-way directional buttons on the keyboard goes a long way toward helping fine-tune text editing and typing out URLs.
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The browser is really quite good, and will disappoint few.
Windows Phone 7 offers a pretty standard set of features that can be customized. The home screen tiles can be rearranged, deleted, and otherwise organized how the user might prefer. The main menu is stuck in the list view, however. Being able to pin apps, shortcuts, web pages, etc., to the home page is a nice touch and makes up for the lack of interactive widgets.
Users can also adjust the background color (white or black) as well as the color of the majority of the tiles.
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.