This whole microSD/expandable memory thing is pretty crazy. As we've heard, it depends on if the carrier supports and endorses such behavior, as well as if the device has access e.g. Samsung Focus does, HTC surround does not.
Now we're hearing from T-Mobile in an email received by one of our readers who asked. In short, replacing the memory on your HD7 will void the warranty. Now for some, that's not a big deal, but others it is something that you should at least beware of before you commit to upgrading the storage card.
Thank you for your interest in T-Mobile and the HTC HD7. Please be advised that the HTC HD7 is equipped with 16 GB of internal memory. Any attempts to modify the device would result in voiding the device’s one-year Limited Warranty.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me via email at ExecutiveResponse@T-Mobile.com.
Very truly yours,
T-MOBILE USA, INC.
Aaron Marshall, Executive Customer Relations
We just sort of wish everyone was on the same page here as mixed messages will cause confusion.
Evidently, the other night on 'The Vampire Diaries' showing on the CW network, the LG Quantum with full Bing glory made a cameo appearance when Jeremy was looking for some bad guys. While it is not uncommon to see product placement in shows these days, we're pretty sure this is the first for Windows Phone 7.
Not a bad nod to the great functionality of Windows Phone 7 and Bing either, as it targets the young adult...vampire...market. Or something.
Thanks, Ben Luke, for the tip!
And thank me for the screen caps as I had to sit through that show to get 'em. The things I do for you folks...yeesh.
Sounds like chat users don’t need to be too concerned about not having a viable solution for Windows Phone 7 for too much longer. Shape Services, maker of the extremely popular IM+ chat client, have mentioned on twitter that they have a version for Windows Phone 7 in the works. This was pretty much a given anyway as IM+ currently supports most every smart phone on the market, but it’s nice to get some confirmation.
What other apps are you still hoping to come to Windows Phone 7? Hit us up in the comments.
The time upon has nearly come, as less than 18hrs from now the first Windows Phone 7 devices go on sale here in the U.S. After standing on the sidelines for the last few weeks, we finally get to renew our contracts, sign new ones as well as fork over some cash.
The question is obvious: what are your plans this Monday?
We bet the Samsung Focus is the #1 choice, followed by the HD7 and finally the Surround (see our review). Too bad the LG Quantum and Dell Venue Pro can't make it to the party (well, you can order it online at least). Nor let us forget about the Sprint 7 Pro.
Take the poll after the break and sound off in comments!
One great way to make the most of your Windows Phone is to keep track of the weather. Weatherbug has been a staple application for me on Windows Mobile and has made the transition to Windows Phone 7.
Weatherbug on Windows Phone 7 looks really good and takes full advantage of the Hub layout by offering a lot of weather information on the side-swipable pages. Throw in the live tile and you can stay up to date with the temperature and forecast for the day at a glance.
Weatherbug pulls information from thousands of global weather stations and when first installed Weatherbug, you will be asked to set your location. You can do this by either accepting the location determined by your Windows Phone aGPS or manually enter a location. At anytime you need to edit or add locations, just tap on your location name that appears on the main page.
While we knew that copy and paste is coming to Windows Phone in the first half of 2011, no other specific time frame was given although there is a rumor of a January update, which now seems to be accurate. Arpan Shah, a Director at Microsoft who leads Product Management for Microsoft Project, mentioned in passing about when we can expect that update:
Critics have commented on the lack of specific features like copy & paste and lack of 100s of thousands of applications. And while both are true, copy & paste will be available as an update in a matter of weeks (early 2011) and as for applications, it’s just a matter of time.
While not written and stone and we're sure Microsoft would not want to publicly commit to such a timetable, we believe that this is probably quite accurate. If so, we can finally stop hearing about the lack of said feature as a knock against an otherwise fantastic v1.0 release. The rest of that January update is rumored to bring task-manager/hub mutlti-tasking, turn-by-turn directions, clipboard and Skydrive/OWA support.
This is nearly an unprecedented move and quite the boast for Microsoft but Dell just announced that it will be switching 25,000 of their employees from their RIM BlackBerrys to their own Venue Pro running Windows Phone 7. Eventually they'll also offer Android devices as well. No punches were pulled either as Dell CFO Brian Gladden told the Wall Street Journal:
Clearly in this decision we are competing with RIM, because we're kicking them out...
The change will begin next Wednesday and the move is expected to save the company 25% in communication costs over the long term. Not only are they doing this internally, but Dell is setting up a service in 2 weeks to help other companies transition from RIM to alternative OS providers as well. Presumably that would Windows Phone 7, since Microsoft's Exchange system is quite widely adopted, robust and cheaper than RIM.
This news is huge and could be the beginning of the decline of RIM in the business market.
The HTC Mozart may not be coming to the US and honestly, that's a little sad. It's a well-designed, solid, capable, fast Windows Phone 7 device. The aluminum unibody design is not only quite fetching, but it adds a some strength and toughness. While the HTC Surround is nothing to sniff at, the extra thickness for that slide-out speaker seems like a poor choice compared to the elegance on display here. In all it looks to have a higher-quality feel than the Focus, the "black slab" from Samsung that is coming to the states.
The 480x800 WVGA screen sits under 3.7 inches of glass and looks pretty darn sharp. More impressive is the 8 megapixel camera with auto focus sitting next to a Xenon flash, capable of recording 720p video. We'll need to give it a full go-round, but our initial impression is that HTC could have stood to do a little more tweaking to the camera software to improve the shots we've tried.
It's all powered by a 1300 mAh battery and weights 4.6 ounces, with a thickness of .47". We'll bring you a full review soon, but in the meantime check out a quick video hands-on after the break along with a few more photos.
Today, AT&T and Samsung have been hammering the press with the imminent Samsung launch this Monday, including the "Mobile Minute" video which is basically a feature tour of the Focus. At 0:55, Peter Ocampo discusses the 8GB on-board memory and specifically says "...and expandable memory up to 32GB", which should once and for all put to rest the issue.
So buy that 32GB microSD card now and enjoy the Focus, which from word of mouth is going to be the hottest WP7 device launched this year. Watch the full video after the break!
Now, the Marketplace has flung open its doors to the masses, enabling the self-serving submission process which should mean a flood of more apps and games over the next couple of weeks. It will be interesting to see how much of an increase we see.
In a new survey conducted by Millennial Media of 500 publishers, developers and advertisers, nearly 20% are planning to focus their work on Windows Phone 7 in the next year. The iPhone garners 30% interest right now but Android is expected to close in that gap by hitting 29% next year.
To put into perspective, Windows Phone 7 achieving 20% interest seems to be a definitive sign that developers and publishers are taking it seriously, that they have confidence in the platform and that Microsoft is really throwing some weight behind it.
About 24 months ago, Microsoft began to re-build it's mobile operating system and while there may be signs of Windows Mobile under the hood, you can barely see any resemblance from the working end of Windows Phone 7. With Windows Phone 7, you need to forget everything you know about Windows Phones.
After using Windows Phones based on Windows Mobile for years, it's tough to let go of the old while learning the new. For those familiar with Windows Mobile, I'm inclined to describe Windows Phone 7 as a peppier, streamlined version of Windows Mobile Standard. The OS is straight forward with minimal settings to tweak. It's a very fast OS and while there is a lot to Windows Phone 7, it doesn't take long to learn your way around it.
I've spent several days using the new mobile OS and ease on past the break to read my observations on Windows Phone 7.
No doubt, one of the coolest features of Windows Phone 7 and the companion Zune Desktop software is the ability to sync wirelessly. For years we've had to endure tethering our devices to our computers, loose USB wires everywhere, etc. (Even more ironic if you remember wireless syncing in ActiveSync before they removed it).
Consider this more of a walk-through/what to expect than a true "setup guide" only because Microsoft made it so easy that you really should have no problem figuring it out. Still, we'll show a couple screen shots of the process as well as tell you what you can expect. In short, it's a great feature and once you have your GBs of music loaded, you'll want to use everyday.
Wish we could see these numbers ourselves, but tracking down Morgan Stanley reports without access is a bit tricky. But to quote from Business Insider, whom we think we can trust on such an issue, the global financial service predicted in a report this morning that Microsoft could sell upwards of 4 million devices with Windows Phone 7 and another 1.5 million of Windows Mobile 6.5.x.
Is that good? Is that bad? Hard to say really as Microsoft is launching their new OS "globally", so in theory they could push a lot more. On the other hand, due to supply constraints and "growing" the v1.0 OS, things might take awhile to take off (Android had a nice 9 month incubation phase too). By way of comparison, Apple is pushing nearly double that of the iPhone every quarter right now. However, Apple didn't sell that many iPhones till their sixth quarter--so we kind of like those numbers, we think.
In related news, they predict that since the smartphone market is still growing, Microsoft (and to a lesser extent, HP Palm) still have time to make a dent in the increasingly crowded smartphone business. But eventually, the market will hit a wall and the herd will have to be culled (cough, HP Palm, cough).