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Hands on with Samsung Focus & Super AMOLED

Turns out the Samsung Focus was not all about the camera, but instead the gorgeous Super AMOLED screen that's part of that whole Galaxy S series.

The phone is a stunner, being one fo the thinnest phones around at 9mm and also being extremely light. The phone is of course coming to AT&T (more info here)

Couple more shots after the break, more later!

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List of every Windows Phone 7 device launched today

It was a big day, to say the least for Microsoft. And the nine Windows Phone 7, erm, phones dropped on us here in the United States were just the start. Here's a rundown of every device released worldwide:

In North America:

  • AT&T: HTC Surround, United States; Samsung Focus, United States; LG Quantum, United States
  • T-Mobile USA: HTC HD7, United States; Dell Venue Pro, United States
  • TELUS: HTC 7 Surround, Canada; LG Optimus 7, Canada
  • América Móvil: LG Optimus 7, Mexico

In Europe:

  • O2: HTC HD7, United Kingdom, Germany
  • Orange: HTC 7 Mozart, including France, United Kingdom; Samsung OMNIA 7, including France, United Kingdom
  • SFR: HTC 7 Trophy, France; Samsung OMNIA 7, France
  • Movistar: LG Optimus 7, Spain; HTC HD7, Spain; Samsung OMNIA 7, Spain
  • Deutsche Telekom AG: HTC 7 Mozart, Germany; Samsung OMNIA 7, Germany
  • Vodafone: HTC 7 Trophy, including Germany, Spain, United Kingdom; LG Optimus 7, including Germany, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom

In Asia Pacific:

  • SingTel: HTC HD 7, Singapore; LG Optimus 7, Singapore
  • Telstra: HTC 7 Mozart, Australia; LG Optimus 7Q, Australia
  • Vodafone: HTC 7 Trophy, including Australia

Via Microsoft

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Hey, look! It's Windows Phone update!

The Windows Update feature on Windows Mobile 5-6.5 was, to put it mildly, a pretty cruel joke. Always sitting there, teasing you, but not once did it every bring a blessed update.

So we have to show you Windows Phone 7's update screen. And what's more, Microsoft's Joe Belfiore made a big deal about an update coming in the early part of 2011 that will bring copy and paste to Windows Phone. And every Windows Phone will receive the update. So there it is, folks. Stare at it long enough, and it will eventually work. We hope.

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LG Quantum hands-on [Windows Phone 7 launch]

The LG Quantum is the lone QWERTY slider on AT&T's initial Windows Phone 7 lineup. We dare say it feels a tad on the cheap side, but that's not really a fair assessment. The keys are nice and clicky, and very well space. It helps that it's only a four-row keyboard and they're not cramming too many in one space. The slider mechanism is stiff, but not too stiff, and has a good spring to it.

The 3.8-inch screen is a dandy. Not as bright as Super AMOLED that you'll see on the Samsung phones, but for most people (like 99 percent of them) it'll be more than adequate thanks to its size.

More pics after the break.

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Though it's not official Google software, a 3rd party company has stepped forth to make a sweet Google Voice app for Windows Phone 7, priced at $2.99.

As far as we can tell, this app allows you access to everything: free SMS, voice calls, voicemail, etc.

As a Google Voice user ourselves, we're quite excited about this app being readily available in the coming weeks.

More shots after the jump!

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Microsoft hopes to end awkward momements created by smartphone with the release of Windows Phone 7. The company has released a humorous video illustrating the behavior they hope to stop.

In a press release, Microsoft's Corporate VP of Mobile Communications Todd Peters states, "We love smartphones, and as a culture we love smartphones. But for all their success, Microsoft thinks there is a better smartphone experience. We noticed people going through their day with their heads down, constantly opening and closing applications, sorting, texting and searching for things. By designing a better way to organize all that information Windows Phone 7 helps people get to the stuff that is most important to them — easier and faster."

While the commercial pokes fun at those buried in their smartphone, we've all seen similar in real life. Heck, we all have probably been in similar situations ourselves. Anything in the commercial look familiar?

via: Microsoft

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First look: IMDB on Windows Phone 7

One of the surprises today was the inclusion of the popular movie site IMDB.com. The standalone app is extremly fast, smooth and chalk full of movie info goodness.

Here are a couple of shots of that app in action after the break. More to come later!

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Here we go, folks, with the first hands-on from the craziest phone of AT&T's initial Windows Phone 7 launch -- the HTC Surround. Those are dual Dolby-capable speakers you see there, flanked by a 3.8-inch touchscreen. It's tough to get a gauge on how the speakers actually sound when you're in a big space with a few hundred people, so we're going to have to take their words for it at the moment.

A few more pics after the break, and we'll be back with more later.

Update: Want video? We got it: check out two videos showing off the Surround's video playing capabilities and gaming chops.

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U-verse TV coming to Windows Phone 7, Xbox

AT&T is bringing another option for video watching on Windows Phone 7 beyond Zune videos: U-verse for watching television. It will be free to current U-verse customers, but non-customers can still get in on the action for $9.99 a month. It will be available sometime next month, too!

In the demo today, Microsoft showed searching for shows and viewing them and it all looked quite good and consistent with the Windows Phone 7 Metro UI.

Oh yeah, and it's coming to Xbox too - though you definitely need to be a U-verse customer to take advantage of that option.

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EA Mobile joins Windows Phone 7 Launch

Electronics Arts has joined the Windows Phone 7 launch with EA Mobile. From Microsoft's Press Release, "As part of Microsoft’s managed portfolio of Xbox LIVE titles, EA’s games for Windows Phone 7 will be Xbox LIVE-enabled, featuring the unique ability to track and share scores with leaderboards, unlock Xbox LIVE Achievements, add to your Gamerscore, and communicate with your Xbox LIVE friends across Xbox 360, Windows-based PC and Windows Phone 7."

The partnership will bring a wide range of titles to Windows Phone 7 including:

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Copy & Paste coming to Windows Phone 7 in Early 2011

In case you missed it during out Windows Phone 7 Launch Liveblog, Microsoft just announced that they will be bringing Copy and Paste to Windows Phone 7 in 'early 2011.' 

Microsoft is doing updates right with Windows Phone 7 - something they never could quite get moving properly with previous versions. By 'right' we mean that Microsoft will be pushing the updates out directly (via a mix of OTA for small things and tethered desktop updates via the Zune sync client) and they say that all phones purchased this holiday season will be receiving the the update for copy/paste.

Keep it locked to wpcentral for news, hands-on, and plenty more from the Windows Phone 7 Launch!

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LG Quantum: AT&T for $199

The LG Quantum sports a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 16gb of storage, and a 5mp camera with 720p video capture. Naturally it also sports DLNA for wireless video sharing. The screen comes in at 3.8 inches with WVGA resolution.

The standout feature for the Quantum is that slide-out keyboard with a full four rows of buttons and we hope/expect that the hands-on we'll have later today will confirm our hunch - the keyboard looks fantastic.

It should be available in the next few weeks on AT&T for $199

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AT&T Samsung Focus

While Europe appears to be recieving the Samsung Omnia 7, U.S. markets will be getting the Samsung Focus from AT&T. We got to know this device, pre-launch, as the Samsung Cetus.

The Focus will sport a 4" WVGA Super AMOLED screen, 5mp camera, 8gb of storage and will only be 9mm thick. AT&T will offer this Windows Phone 7 device for $199 (presumably after contractual discounts) on November 8, 2010.

The Focus will join the HTC Surround and LG Quantum as AT&T's maiden Windows Phone 7 lineup.

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Samsung Omnia 7 Announced

Samsung has released the Samsung Omnia 7 which joins the AT&T Focus in Samsung's Windows Phone 7 lineup.

The Omnia 7, which is headed to European Carriers, sports a 4" super-AMOLED screen, 1ghz processor, a 5mp camera and either a 8gb or 16gb on board storage. The Omnia 7 is expected to be available by the holidays (just around the corner) on Orange, SFR, Moviestar and T-Mobile in Europe.

Hit the break for Samsung's Press Release on the Omnia 7.

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Dell is back in the smartphone game and in a big way with the Dell Venue Pro. As you can see above it's a 'portrait slider,' which means it's got a BlackBerry-style portrait keyboard hidden underneath a screen. That screen is sized at 4.1 inches - the sweet spot if you ask us, and is WVGA, sitting under scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass, and is AMOLED-based. It also sports a 5 megapixel camera.

It's coming to T-Mobile and, well, that's two top-of-the-line Windows Phones for big magenta. Stay tuned for much more!

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HTC has dropped five Windows Phone 7 devices, which we'll list here with HTC's branding but note that some names are different by region:

  • HTC 7 Surround: the surround has that crazy slide-out speaker you've probably seen before - it powers a Dolby Mobile system with SRS WOW HD sound. Exclusive to AT&T in the US
  • HTC 7 Mozart: The headline here: it's built from a single piece of aluminum.
  • HTC 7 Trophy: a 3.8" touchscreen that HTC is pushing to gamers, noting the 1GHz Snapdragon under the hood
  • HTC 7 Pro: The slide-out keyboard device with a tilting screen makes this phone the spiritual successor to the Touch Pro 2 / Tilt line. Hits Sprint in first half of 2011
  • HTC HD7: 4.3 inches of screen. Exclusive to T-Mobile in the US.
Much more to come on all of these devices. Catch the full press release after the break!
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T-Mobile announces the HTC HD7

T-Mobile has announced the HTC HD7. With a 4.3" screen, the HD7 is being billed as the largest screen on a Windows Phone in the U.S.

Pre-installed software includes:

  • Netflix
  • T-Mobile TV
  • Slacker Radio
  • Xbox Live
  • Zune

In addition to the comprehensive entertainment features of the device, the HTC HD7 delivers advanced phone features including GPS functionality with access to turn-by-turn navigation from TeleNav GPS Navigator™, Internet Explorer 8, 16 GB of internal memory, HD video recording, and an advanced 5 megapixel autofocus camera with dual LED flash.

The HD7 will be available in the U.S. exclusively to T-Mobile in mid-November. No pricing points available at this time.

Follow the break for the full press release from T-Mobile.

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LG Optimus 7 Gets Official, available Oct 21st

After last night's false start, LG has gone ahead and made the LG Optimus 7 official. LG's making the video-sharing DLNA feature the headline for this device, but we're more focused on other specs like the 5 megapixel camera with 720p video, Bluetooth 2.1, a 3.8 inch, 800x480 display, 16gb of storage, and 1500mAh battery.

Full press release after the break

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AT&T's Windows Phone 7 Lineup

Meet AT&T's Windows Phone 7 Lineup. It includes the HTC Surround (aka HTC 8788), Samung Focus (aka Cetus), and the LG Quantum (aka C900).

The HTC Surround features include a slide-out Yamaha speaker and 16gb of storage. The Focus sports a 4" super-AMOLED screen, and the LG Quantum has the slide-out keypad.

We hope to learn more about these three phones as Microsoft's Open House progresses.

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Though we're expecting to see this and all the other Windows Phone 7 devices in person, looks like all the OEMs are gearing up their press info, with LG posting then pulling the info on their Optimus 7 series phone (this is the previously known as the "C900").

The device features a 3.8" screen, 5MP camera, 1500 mah battery and thankfully 16GB of on board storage--all confirmed from earlier reports.

More interestingly, LG has added their own goodies to the mix as the Optimus 7 features "DLNA-based Play To, augmented reality and Voice-to-Text". The DLNA Play To (seen here in action) basically allows to wireless connect to LG TVs to stream media content. The Voice-to-text feature is no slouch either, allowing users to update Facebook and Twitter by just speaking.

Unfortunately, no word on whether this will be available in the U.S. but all signs so far suggest this is a European release, at least initially.

[LG Press release via Slashgear]

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We're just a couple of hours away from the official launch of Windows Phone 7 -- and you will be joining us for the liveblog -- but that doesn't mean there's not already a bit of news about.

First up is the Samsung Omnia 7, which broke its cover on a Russian Sammy site before pulling its head back its shell. We've seen it before, but there it is, folks, in its officially rendered glory.

Then there's an update to the Zune desktop software, which you're going to need to rock a Windows Phone. (And besides that, it's just a killer multimedia contest system.) [Samsung via Slashgear]

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Best of Smartphone Experts, 10 Oct 2010

You may notice something's different this week: just in time for the launch of Windows Phone 7, WMExperts is now wpcentral!. Be sure to check out the new design and to follow along as we cover the new smartphone platform's official launch tomorrow.

If you're especially perceptive, you'll also see that Android Central has a new logo - tell us what you think in the Android Forums! Now, on to your weekly links:

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We're live from the Greatest City in the World (that'd be New York City, folks) for the launch of Windows Phone 7. To say it's been a long time coming is quite the understatement. So join Phil Nickinson and Daniel Rubino (aka Malatesta) after the break, as the bring you the happenings as they, erm happen. The program starts at 9:30 a.m. EDT/6:30 a.m. PDT.

Windows Phone 7 launch

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T-Mobile's HD7 to have 16GB of storage?

While we only have a few hours left till the big Windows Phone 7 launch in NYC (Phil is in the air as we speak...I'm getting ready to, well, take the LIRR), some good news has come regarding the HD7.

Though we expect to see this bad boy tomorrow at around noon for ourselves, TMoNews is reporting that the U.S. T-Mobile branded version of the HD7 will indeed have 16GB of storage, up from the European 8GB.

For many, that small bit of storage was a deal killer but 16GB is certainly a lot better. Other than that though, the specs are the same and as you can see, that's a new pic of it with the branding. Full specs after the break. Oh and expect this sucka for $199 after contract.

Tune back in tomorrow for our live, all day coverage in New York City. Remember, here is the schedule, Eastern time.

[via TMoNews; Thanks to all who sent this in]

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