Windows Phone 7 Challenge: Week 1Molly kicks off the Windows Phone 7 challenge with some first impressions of Mango, its interface, its social integration, and one really serious app omission.
-Hey everyone, I'm Molly Wood from CNET.com. Welcome to my Windows Phone 7 challenge. What happened is I was complaining about my Android experience on Twitter and Microsoft reached out. They offered to send me a Windows Phone 7 phone running Mango to try out. If I don't like it, they will donate a thousand dollars to charity. Now, I do know that the incentive here is for me not to like the phone, but I'm just gonna deal with that later. So, this is week one. It's actually more like day 1. I just activated the phone on Verizon yesterday and I'm using it as my primary phone. So, this is sort of my first impressions. You can follow my ongoing review of Window phone 7 Mango at my blog news.com/mollyrants, and then I'll be posting these videos occasionally. So far I have to say, there's nothing wrong with Windows Phone 7. It's really pretty. I like the tiles. I like the kind of scrolling interface. One thing I have noticed off the back though, even though I've managed to successfully set up all of my e-mail accounts. I've got my twitter and my Facebook in there and I really like the social integration. I am already feeling the lack of apps on Windows Phone 7 and that I think is going to be a problem. I do plan to try out zone pass, but primarily because Spotify is not available on windows phone 7. I also could not find words with friends, which is a big problem for me. So, I think that, you know, apps are really important part of every mobile operating system environment and that's something that Microsoft is obviously struggling with. Beyond that, like I said, very pretty, like the social integration. The 2 things that I really I'm looking for to checking are speech to text, which it does have. I've tried is so far, but only in a loud restaurant, works pretty well and the turn by tour navigation, which again, it also has. Those are both huge for me, and I got to say, it makes really pretty sounds when I get text messages and things. Anyway, those are my first impressions. Obviously, check out the blog for more detail of that and watch the space for more. We'll see how it goes.