NYT's David Pogue reviews Windows Phone: gorgeous, classy, satisfying, fast and coherent

Ever since Mango hit the review stands, Windows Phone has been receiving postiive press from just about everyone--even those publications where the iPhone had been previously hailed as the be-all, end-all device.

David Pogue of the New York Times, one of the most influential pop-culture tech writers, has finally taken on Windows Phone and dare we say, seems to gush with enthusiasm and praise?

"Windows Phone 7.5 is gorgeous, classy, satisfying, fast and coherent. The design is intelligent, clean and uncluttered. Never in a million years would you guess that it came from the same company that cooked up the bloated spaghetti that is Windows and Office."

"Most impressively, Windows Phone is not a feeble-minded copycat. Microsoft came up with completely fresh metaphors that generally steer clear of the iPhone/Android design (grid-spaced icons that scroll across home pages)."

Indeed. And while Pogue notes a few shortcomings, which are well known, he points out that the good things and changes in Mango far outweigh any negatives. In fact at one point he asks the rhetorical question that we're sure many of you have asked: "This is amazing, amazing stuff — why aren’t people cheering in the streets?" and finally notes "Now, if this phone had arrived before the iPhone, people would have been sacrificing small animals to it."

Preach it, brother!

Check out the rest of the review at the New York Times. It's refreshing, informative and we agree pretty much with all of it. Hopefully such positive press, in combination with Nokia's new devices, will spurn wide adoption of our favorite mobile OS.

Source: The New York Times


Reader comments

NYT's David Pogue reviews Windows Phone: gorgeous, classy, satisfying, fast and coherent


I was floored when I first read the article because of its fawning praise at times. Obviously we all know that WP7 is a classy OS with a UI that is quite compelling and unlike anything else. This is Microsft's greatest secret right now and it catches everybody by surprise, like this writer. There's got to be a way MS can leverage that in advertising.


No if MS had marketed this right. and educated sales people. it would have done much better.. all there adds showed people never the OS.

I'm intrigued by Mango...I've used everything else besides WebOS (WM, Palm, BB, iOS, Android). I've got some feelers out on Craigslist looking for a trade. Would love to get my hands on a WP7 device...unfortunately US Cellular only carries one so that limits my options. But I'd love to try it...the more I read here the more I'm interested.

I have the Arrive on Sprint, which should be the same as the 7 Pro on USC. If you can get it cheap, I'd suggest you give it a try. Most of the USC 7 Pros on eBay are still going for around $200, but if one falls down to around $100, I think it'd be a worthy pickup.

You should. I purchased a Focus on craigslist &have been using it for the past 2 months & really like it. I have been an iPhone user the last 3 years. I love my iPhone4 but, this new OS is pretty cool.

Really appreciate it when other OS users are open minded. Thanks for giving it a try, bt66, and thanks for the good words!!

While the review is generally good, something which I like, I still think it forgets to mention important aspects of windows phone and the conclusion still says it's a little behind Android and iOS, which I don't think is true. I also find it a little dissapointing that the reviewer doesn't mention the ease of use as well as the overall smoothness of the OS.

You can even aim the camera at any printed text, and marvel as the Bing app translates it into typed text, ready for pasting into an e-mail message or Word document. There’s even a Translate button if you want the scanned text flipped roughly into another language. This is amazing, amazing stuff — why aren’t people cheering in the streets?Because Apple has invented it yet ;)This should be a commercial on its own - period.

Now there's an IDEA! That certainly IS a commercial all it's own. Now how to get Microsoft to reach out Mr. Hogue and use his words.

Finally someone relevant in the Tech world likes it. Now wonder what Mr. Walt Mossberg @ WSJ thinks about it. I know he is a iPhone kinda fanboy...but it would be nice to know what his take on it is. Or did I miss it???

It really does lay at the feet of those selling the phones. I had a coworker talked into getting a WP7 and she validated my opinion by consulting with her cousin who handles tech for a company and told her to go WP7. She walked into Verizon and for comparison sake asked the salesperson their opinion. He stated that he knew nothing about WP7 and had never used (so didn't say anything bad about it) but went on to praise Android. She bought an Android. Her cousin expressed his disappointment to her. I looked at it, and I'm just not impressed. It's not intuitive to me at all. I don't think it's a good phone for her, knowing her (which is why I suggested WP7 to her). But the salesman sang Android's praises without knowing anything about WP7. And the thing is, she'll probably like it because she came from a BB and any smartphone is a step up from BB. And she'll stick with Android because it "works" and probably won't switch. Shame.

Bitter shame. The hardest nut for WP to crack: Support from non-users (sales reps, customer service, ect). I am praising WP with everyone I know. When I was visiting my Family in Georgia recently, I got into a tech discussion with my Brother. He started with "I do not trust those Windows Phones..." , but I got online and used You Tube to show it's UI and how it works. Than I got reviews up from Test Freaks.com and some tech sites to show how smooth and enjoyable the OS was. But when he goes in for a new device, if the salesman says "WP? Nah, let me show you this..." it won't matter. It is painful.

My father is considering getting his first smart phone. I have the Samsung Focus, and my recommendation to him was to wait for the Focus S at this point. On a whim, he walked into his local AT&T store asking for availability of the Focus S. The guy berated him on why on earth he was interested in a Windows phone until he got fed up and walked out of the store.

o well, out of 3 ppl ur friend decides to trust the sales person and ignore the two man that she knew better..? i usually get a little pissy if my friends does that to me (though i usually get to laugh at their sales guy suggested device afterwards...)

I love his bloated Windows remark because I have not purchased a bloated Windows PC for a couple of years now. It is awesome to see people giving Windows Phone a try now.

There is still no high end "Flagship" Device. The one spec that is important in all the comparisons is on board storage. I'll grant that WP7 doesn't need dual core so that spec is not important. I don't have a big music collection but I know 8/16 GB of memory (Non-Expandable) is not going to hack it for a 2 year commitment. I want at least 32 GB in my next device. Don't tell me about the Cloud - all of the carriers are going to Tiered/Throttled 3G/4G LTE service and WiFi is not always available. Also, iPhone is the only one that can get away with a 3.5" screen (very high res Retina display). You can definitely see the difference with Retina on iPhone or any of the qHD or now HD (Galaxy Nexus) on Android - all you have to do is hold them up side by side - very noticeable. Also, while I haven't seen a Titan yet (plus where is the US availability of 2nd Gen WP 7 phones???) but an 800x480 display is going to be pixelated. If iPhone can handle multiple resolutions(iPhone 3G/GS vs iPhone 4/4S retina) then certainly WP7 can. These phones are mid-level devices at best ($150 - $200 on contract). Can't compete with iPhone on display, apps or storage (up to 64 GB on iPhone). While it may beat Android on interface now, Ice Cream Sandwich (with taking some of the best elements of WebOS - best operating system at time of release - we see where that's at now) is continuing to innovate.

He got the Zune price wrong.And why does he have Dragon Dictation listed as an essential app that is missing. He just said you can text email and do everything else dragon does nativly.