During the unveiling of the Windows Phone 7 Series, Microsoft recognized that one size doesn't fit all. Some Windows Phone users prefer sliding keyboards, some prefer front facing keyboards, and some would rather see a larger screen and no keyboards. Some hope Microsoft keeps the door open for such design variations and a recent podcast from Australia is suggesting these options may be more than just a possibility.
In a recent "Frankly Speaking" podcast, hosts Michael Kordahi and Andrew Coates suggest that Microsoft may cut back the number of Windows phone designs to three styles or chassis.
Chassis one would resemble the “big touch screen” phones similar to what were used to demo WP7S at the Mobile World Congress. Heck, it might even include the HD2 if an upgrade is made available.
Chassis two would incorporate a sliding keyboard into the design and Chassis 3 might be a candy-bar styled phone with a front-facing keyboard.
Keep in mind this is all speculation but having a choice on styles could make a lot of consumers happy and still maintain the consistency Microsoft is hoping to achieve with Windows Phone 7 Series.
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George is the Reviews Editor at Windows Central, concentrating on Windows 10 PC and Mobile apps. He's been a supporter of the platform since the days of Windows CE and uses his current Windows 10 Mobile phone daily to keep up with life and enjoy a game during down time.
Microsoft to allow several form factor choices for Windows phone 7 Series devices, and not limit us to the Back, Start Menu and Search button-only chassis.
Chassis 3 = Courier mark it down
Come one WME don't make me go to the other guys for my breaking WinMo news.... Endgadget
Microsoft clearly has to hold the phone manufactures feet to the fire to get it right. Functionally, I prefer win7 over Apple any day, especially since iTunes has deleted all my purchased music twice during an iTunes update
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