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So having actually used this software....

by casualsuede    Sep 6, 2011, 11:10 PM

It is a great operating system and it has potential....just not to tech enthusiasts.

Let's just call WP 7.5 for what it is. IT is a OS for first time smart-phone users or the casual smart-phone user or the business user who doesn't want a blackberry.

The Pros:

I like the integration between FB, Twitter, LinkedIn and the contact list. The "people hub" is the best contact list out there for me. It gives me a lot of depth on each contact. I can write directly on their wall, I can send a mass communication to multiple contact points. I can even great a group and make a secondary people with all the information with a small group of people.

The Me Hub also let's me post to my social networks with one touch, as well as do check ins. As you can tell, I am really into social networking.

I find the email system, which works with my outlook exchange server, working flawlessly and nearly as fast as sending emails as my Blackberry, and much faster than my HTC Evo 3D. You can also thread conversations so when you need to see a history string, it is available without you having to scroll through each email string. You can also group several email accounts.

As you can tell, I work in an office. I use Sharepoint and Office everyday and it works better than some Android app like Polaris for me. Also, you get 25 GB storage data with Skydrive. And their calendar system is unmatched IMO.

I also really like two other features. Local Scout is a cool GPS feature which provides with local restaurants, businesses, points of interest and I also really like the fact that Mango will bring up subject appropriate support apps when doing web searches. Searching for a particular restaurant also brought up the option to use my Yelp app for example.

Finally I love the big tiles. IT makes using it easy and the fact that it is live, also makes it great. For example, I can keep my airline app open on the homescreen and it keeps a constant reminder on my flight status. You don't have to open the app to find out what is going on.

Things I don't like.

While many things on Marketplace are free to try, I think I like Android/iOS mix of free and paid apps. Many of MS apps are NOT free, such as Angry Birds.

I am a huge fan of Google Navigator. While I don't mind TeleNav, I don't like the fact that it is not free and that it doesn't have the same experience.

I don't necessarily like the way the apps are laid out. I find the app layout too vertical. It only shows up to 8 tiles at any given point.

I am not a fan of what they call "multitasking". It is more like a repeat of the history of actions that you can go back. Android is so much more powerful.

I hate the placement of the Bing search key. I can't tell you how many times I've been doing something important (like playing Fruit Ninja) and I accidentally press that frickin magnifying glass.

I'm not sold on Zune or Xbox. I don't use both that much, other than the mandatory stuff MS makes you use Zune for (and it can get frustrating) and storing games on XBOX live. Considering I don't own a Zune player or Xbox system, I'm not surprised.

Also, while iE9 support HTML 5, it doesn't support Flash. While Flash is going the way of the dinosaur, I couldn't open up YouTube vids on my computer.

Finally, not SWYPE or Trace functionality? Really, is it that hard?

Overall, WP 7.5 is built for convenience and it blends alot of really cool work/life functionality into an eco-system that works really, really well.

It is not the tweaker/customizing OS that Android is, but I find it easier to use than iOS and definitely more convenient than Android. And as an oxymoron, Windows Phone is also a light OS, which means you don't need to
have a dual core, heavy duty processor.

It is the Volkswagen Golf/Honda Civic sedan of the phone world. It is convenient and reliable (My Mango phone crashed twice since I owned it....My Evo crashed that much in a week) and I think that alot of it will be on how MS/OEM's sell the UI and get the Sales Reps to understand it's purpose on the sales floor.

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