Windows Phone 7
A very stripped-down Start screen now consists of colorful "live tiles," large icons that represent everything from apps and features to people; some dynamically update with information like missed calls and incoming texts. A second page lists all apps and tiny icons. When you open an app, the "panoramic" interface is also unique and different; it's flexible for developers, but often overlays foreground functions on a background image that spans all the app's swipable screens. There are problems, however, like limited support for landscape mode, especially on that Start screen.
We commend Microsoft for taking a chance on a bold, brash Zune-like design, but not all of us editors connect with the visuals, which almost feel like a throwback with their 2D simplicity. Still, being able to nimbly navigate a powerful phone like the HTC HD7 speaks well of the Windows Phone 7 layout.
December 10, 2010 3:54 PM PST
Photo by: Microsoft
| Caption by: Jessica Dolcourt
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