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CNET First Look
Windows Phone 7 for AT&TCNET's Bonnie Cha gives an overview of AT&T's three mobile devices running Microsoft's new mobile OS, the HTC Surround, Samsung Focus, and LG Quantum.
-Hi, I'm Bonnie Cha, Senior Editor at CNET.com, and we're here in New York for the Windows Phone 7 launch. And today, AT&T announced 3 phones that will be coming for the holiday season. All will cost $199.99 with a contract. And the first one we have, for a hands-on look, is the HTC Surround. Now, this is the first mobile device to have Dolby's Surround Sound and so, just push down the screen and you've got a little speaker system. It also has a kickstand on the back so you can lay it on a flat surface and watch video, and listen to music as well. Other highlights of the surround include a 5 megapixel camera, as well as video recording. And actually, all the AT&T phones will come with the AT&T U-Verse Mobile, which is a video streaming service. So that will be on all the Windows Phone 7 devices from AT&T. Overall, the design looks really nice; very solid in the hand. HTC has had a good history of making great design, so, looks like the Surround follows that path. So let's go check out the other 2 devices. Here we have the Samsung Focus. This is gonna be the first one to launch on November 8th. Like a lot of the Samsung Galaxy phones, this one has a 4-inch super AMOLED screen, which is gonna be great for the Xbox experience, as well as Zune, and again, the AT&T U-Verse. Other highlights of the Focus include a 5 megapixel camera, 8 gigabytes of internal memory, as well as an expansion slot. So, that's really nice to see. And finally, we have here the LG Quantum, which is a little more business-focused than the other smart phones. It has a slide up, full QWERTY keyboard, and it feels pretty nice to use. So, it'll be great for e-mail and messaging. Windows Phone 7 also offers a virtual keyboard, which I find actually pretty easy to use despite its looks. Other business highlights of Windows Phone 7 include Outlook integration, as well as other e-mail protocols. It also has the Office Suite, so you can view in Office documents such as Power Point, Word, and Excel. Just a quick rundown on some of the other design features: You've got hardware buttons down here which are required on all Windows Phone 7 devices, which is the Back/Previous button, the Start button, as well as Search; you've got a little micro USB port here, as well as a camera on the back and flash; a volume rocker; and camera activation key. And, just as a reminder, all 3 phones will be available from AT&T. The Samsung Focus will launch first on November 8, and the rest will follow the holiday season, and they're all gonna be $199.99 with a 2-year contract. I'm Bonnie Cha. This has been your first look at the Windows Phone 7 phones for AT&T.