Microsoft Launches Windows Phone 7, Slew of Handsets to Follow

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Edwincnelson

the Microsoft virtual keyboard is terrible and I have had more than a few lockups, data corruption, and Wifi problems with the Zune (which is running a very similar OS as the Phone 7). Some of the problems were so bad it required wiping the device, and in as much as it was an inconvenience with a music player, it would be a disaster with a phone.

Also, who wants to get behind a Microsoft product? The make the Kin and abandon the users who bought it. They create the Zune and then the Zune HD and make no effort to support either one. If this fails how will Samsung and HTC be able to provide some kind of value when Microsoft jumps ship?

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ddimick

Much like how Google launched Android way before you could actually purchase an Android phone. The only companies that can launch a phone and OS at the exact same time are those that develop both the hardware and software. Google and Microsoft only do the software. Apple, HP/Palm, RIM and Nokia do both.

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ddimick

That was intended as a reply to lunchbox73. Why does the comment system suck so bad here?

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lunchbox73

Gotcha. Good point. I guess I'm used to the iphone where the phone and os are launched together.

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violian

I'm actually pretty excited about WP7. Looks really promising. I want one without a physical keyboard - had the Pre, and never liked the keyboard. Keyboards are gross - as it gets grimy easily and aren't too easy to clean in between the crevices.

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Peanut Fox

Your keyboard is gross and gets grimy easily.  Mine however is quite clean.  I will say that most physical keyboards on phones aren't that great to type on, and it's questionable if these slide out planks are work the space.

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lunchbox73

Uh, correct me if I'm wrong but doesn't "launch" mean you can actually buy one? Both AT&T and T-Mobile are still saying coming soon. Not a peep about Win Phone 7 at all in general at either web page. Nice launch...

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BeEazy10

But don't "launch" mean on its way? Hmmm... i really want to buy one but i need a physical keyboard or something of that nature, so let me wait just a little before i retired my T-Mobile TP2. Do any of these phone have a 3.5mm headphone jack? spec sheet link please anyone that more in dept?

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Paul_Lilly

You can find detailed specs of each phone here. BTW, the Dell Venue Pro (T-Mobile) comes with a vertical QWERTY keyboard, and the LG Quantum (AT&T) sports a horizontal plank.

-Paul Lilly

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lunchbox73

But when can we buy one Paul?

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publicimage

Nov 8 at least one phone will be on-sale in US at AT&T, the HD7 was rumored at tmonews.com to be at T-Mobile on Nov 17. HTC may be part of the holdup here... I don't think they're first at the gate on AT&T either.

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mazz72

I would say the "when" depends more on the individual manufacturers than on the network providers. A few other sites have said a few of the phones will be available in the first couple weeks of November, with more being available later in the same month. So I'd say by the end of November, we should have several phones running WP7 available to us.

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lunchbox73

OK. I guess I'm confused why today is special then. I'm not that smart though so...

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