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    Let me start off by saying I am a dedicated WinMo user (yes, there is one left). I'm on my third handset now, started off with an HTC S730, moving to an HTC Touch Pro and I now have an HTC HD Mini that I just got. They are supplied by my work so I can keep in touch out on the road.

    I must also point out for fairness that I suspect the reason I like the phones so much is that HTC have always been good at putting an overlay on WinMo. Sliding Panels on the non-touch screen phones, TouchFlo3D on 6.1 phones and now a version of the Sense UI that's on Android as well. Very easy to use, all the essentials easy to get to.

    That said, I see absolutely nothing in Windows Phone 7 to make me want to upgrade. In fact I can see several reasons against it, at least for the way I use my phone.

    1. Social Networking.
    Don't use any of them and don't want to. One of the things I like about Sense is that I can turn off the tabs I don't use such as Twitter. And I certainly don't want my contacts interfacing between work and facebook if I did use it. Customisation is extremely limited so it's unclear if these features can be turned off.

    2. Have MS not learnt from Apple's mistakes?
    No cut and paste at launch (Mobile Office was always one way that WinMo could stay in the game as long as it did). No flash drive integration with the OS. No storage expansion. Tied to Zune to synch with a PC. No multitasking for 3rd part apps.

    It seems to me that Microsoft is going after the consumer market and abandoning WinMo's core audience completely. The Zune synch is pretty much a game changer for me - I tend to use the spare capacity on my 16gb SD card to carry around installers for the apps I need regularly so I don't have to download 3.5gb of Backup Exec on slow connections and not being able to use the phone like a USB drive is a big loss. Not being able to just drag and drop mp3s for the odd occasions I am on public transport is bad enough. I hope USB charging is still available, I've had to plug my phone in to servers on rare occasions to keep it going on long support calls.

    Anybody else's thoughts/opinions welcome, particularly if like me you are one of the few people still using Windows Mobile.
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  • #2
    Re: Windows Phone 7.

    Its sad with 2 Companys form a Monopoly becuse one is trying to copy the other so much.

    I agree that the old WinMo phones where great business phones, and I do not believe the Win7Mo is anywhere near as good for business use. I will be recommending a iPhone over a Win7 phone (the iPhone, is funny enough, easy to setup with exchange then the win7 phone), as the it allows you to completely seperate company and personal sides of the phone.

    Its a shame really, as the Windows mobiles where the better business phones.

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    • #3
      Re: Windows Phone 7

      My 1st win mobile was Asus P320 then I switched to hTc touch viva for few months and after that bought mWG Atom V wm.

      Recently we got 3g networks & my phone is 3g so I am happy.

      I always do testing on mobile devices. I found that win mobile is best in all. No wonder if we say currently win mo is the only OS which can establish connection to corporate VPN.

      easy to use GUI,isnt slow like symbian [ comparitevely ], easy to use office,remote desktop, voIP via skype and much more. Easy to load any custom rom. Eagerly waiting for win mo 7.0 .

      iPhone has limitations a lot.
      BlackBerry is good & expensive toy for corporate user.
      and Android app's yet to come that much compare to available app's for windows mobile.
      Win mobile is easy to sync, easy to set up Outlook e-mail, easy to sync all data with Microsoft live space. All easy and quick. And yes I never had virus problem in my win mobile surprisingly although windows desktop OS are always vulnerable to viruses but not windows mobile as per my personal analysis.
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      • #4
        Re: Windows Phone 7

        I was seriously considering a Windows 7 Phone (yeah, I know it isn't right but it is easier to say) but I was watching a YouTube video and the attached image changed my mind immediately.

        Hint: keyboard

        No if only the iPhone screen wasn't so slippery I would wipe my bum with it and toss it to the shithouse. Man I am so over the iPhone 3G and the way it has been slowed down by the effing iOS upgrades and having to upgrade Loony Tune every second week or the upgraded app will not work. I am going back to my Nokia 8250 and my HP iPAQ. Just need a new battery for the iPAQ and maybe a wireless card and I am sweet.

        I have made 2 or is it 3 twatter twits, ZERO Farcebork entries and like the Windows 7 Phone is supposed to reduce your time absorbed in your tiny online world, I don't do that now so I don't need the crap that comes with the smartarse phones. All I need is a phone that makes.......wait for it.....phone calls, sends the odd text message and a device, iPAQ, that keeps my addresses in order, saves any stylus written messages and connectes easily to any computer. Hell, my Nokia 8250 could play music AND I could listen to a radio station. If the battery died I just need to purhase a new one, open the back of the phone and pop in the replacement. No need to lose the phone for 6 weeks while Apple charged too many $$$ to fit a battery that had a 6 to 7 hour life.

        When I finished work for the day my Nokia got turned off. It took about 15 seconds and about the same to turn it on. iPhone is never turned off because it take longer to shutdown and reboot than for a viagra pill to work on this old fart. My 17 year old daughter has the same complaint (no, not about the viagra pills). She has to constantly jailbreak the iPhone so she can put on sounds that SHE want for SMS messages and ringtones and not the crap Mr Jobs wants to limit you to or have to pay unjustified prices for. Lastly, as said in a previous post somewhere on this site, I object to Jobs being able to control what I want to put on a device that I have to pay several hundred $$ for. Shit, I can purchase a laptop (or even better a NetBook, which is about the same size as an iPad but more useful) with Skype and a wireless ISP connection for less than a bloody iPhone.

        Incase the fruit fanboyz take offence, this is not an anti Mac rant. It is an anti Smartphone rant with all the controls that are being applied to YOUR communication device. My guess is the USA will soon require all phones sold around the world to have GPS tracking just in case you visit their shores.

        In the words of a movie that I can't remember at this time, "UP YOURS!!"

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        • #5
          Re: Windows Phone 7

          Well said. I can't say I'm waiting on WinMo7, I like my more-tweaked-then-a-crack-addict-on-a-three-day-high 6.5, 7 just kinda seem..BLAH.
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          • #6
            Re: Windows Phone 7

            I was at a wedding over the weekend and of the 7 of us travelling down from The Holy Land to Bristol 3 had iPhones. All 3 described my HTC as "an iPhone wannabe for people who think they are too cool for iPhones."

            The lack of drag and drop support on iPhones and WinMo when transferring files really destroys everything for me. I know I'm in the minority using internal CAs for ActiveSync, but it gives us full control over things, and getting certs onto iPhones is a total PITA.
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            • #7
              Re: Windows Phone 7

              Has not been officially announced yet...Petri has a windows phone 7 app available for download. It can be accessed it from the marketplace on your windows phone 7.
              Tim Speciale
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              • #8
                Re: Windows Phone 7

                And where is the Android App?
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                • #9
                  Re: Windows Phone 7

                  Or the Windows Mobile 6.5 app?
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                  • #10
                    Re: Windows Phone 7

                    id prefer a blackberry app thanks
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                    • #11
                      Re: Windows Phone 7

                      Read a news article today where Steve balmer stated that the phone now has some 5,500 apps. Only has a couple of hundred thousand to catch up to the crappy iphone.
                      1 1 was a racehorse.
                      2 2 was 1 2.
                      1 1 1 1 race 1 day,
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                      • #12
                        Re: Windows Phone 7

                        Originally posted by vbadmin View Post
                        Has not been officially announced yet...Petri has a windows phone 7 app available for download. It can be accessed it from the marketplace on your windows phone 7.
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                        • #13
                          Re: Windows Phone 7

                          Opps, silly me. 5,501 apps.
                          1 1 was a racehorse.
                          2 2 was 1 2.
                          1 1 1 1 race 1 day,
                          2 2 1 1 2

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                          • #14
                            Re: Windows Phone 7

                            Anybody taken the plunge and bought one yet?

                            I've got another reason for not liking it now, accepted wisdom in IT is never buy version 1.0 of anything but it seems very much the case that this is version 0.5 and it's getting built on in the wild so it hit the market in time for Christmas.
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                            • #15
                              Re: Windows Phone 7

                              Originally posted by cruachan View Post
                              Anybody taken the plunge and bought one yet?

                              I've got another reason for not liking it now, accepted wisdom in IT is never buy version 1.0 of anything but it seems very much the case that this is version 0.5 and it's getting built on in the wild so it hit the market in time for Christmas.
                              I was contemplating it but ended up with another iPhone.

                              Will be watching it closely though.

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