Last week marked the official launch of the Windows Phone 7 mobile operating system and LG was one of the makers to introduce their smartphone based on this platform. We at VR-Zone managed to get our hands on the LG Optimus 7 and see if the Windows Phone 7 has what it takes to take on the competition.
Microsoft’s mobile operating system was born a decade ago with the start of the Pocket PC 2000, and later renamed to the popular Windows Mobile OS in 2003. The Windows Mobile 6.0 was the last version from the company in 2007, although there were update versions up to 6.5.5 that was announced this year. While the Windows Mobile-based handheld devices and mobile phones share a familiar user interface to the sibling desktop OS, its not exactly friendly to use, compared to other smartphones on the market. (Not everyone enjoy the similar interface and experience on their mobile phones as they would on the PC). But the main advantage of the Windows Mobile OS is that connection to the destop PC is seamless and you can synchronize your data easily without the worry of incompatibility.
LG collaborated with Microsoft on the new Windows Phone 7 two years ago, and the new mobile OS claims to feature an entirely new user interface. Microsoft has put in a lot of thoughts into the new Windows Phone 7, although the features look to be lacking – it does not have Adobe Flash support (until later date), no multi-task capability, no copy/paste etc. It is inevitable to assume that the Windows Phone 7 may be following the first Apple iPhone model when it was launched in 2007. But considering the success of the Apple model, maybe it isn’t so bad an example to follow. Moreover, Microsoft is way from taking the model entirely but making improvement and customizing accordingly to give the user experience of a true Windows mobile platform.