Can we now announce the death of Windows Mobile 6.X on HTC HD2? Perhaps, Windows Phone 7 is a dramatic departure from the menu system of Windows Mobile. The stylish new OS is intuitive and enjoyable to use, and also easy to customize with apps and features. A hub system neatly arranges the core functions into logical areas. Web browsing on the streamlined Internet Explorer is now super quick, with an agile pinch-to-zoom action and simple bookmark management. Getting to the point quickly, Windows Phone 7 was recently ported to HD2 with a standalone ROM and a couple of impressive work performed by DFT to make this true for the HD2 devices. Microsoft made a hefty jump toward competing with other mobile operating systems and this is possible now to try on HTC HD2 devices.
You should carefully follow the steps required to totally activate your WP7 on HD2 including “Live” services. Before going to the download link let’s take a tour throughout the corridors of WP7 starting from Start Screen; swerving the grid of app icons adopted by its rivals, WP7’s Start screen is made up of constantly updated “live” tiles. Although not as flexible as Android’s approach, this arrangement is still highly customizable with phone features, apps, web links and individual contacts. Kudos to Microsoft for the fresh approach, but “pin” too many tiles on the home screen and you’ll be forever scrolling down to find the right one.
Six centralized hubs for People, Games, Music +Video, Pictures, Office and Market Place conveniently gather relevant info in one place. But rather than the needlessly fiddly submenus that characterized previous Windows Mobile incarnations, Microsoft has implemented ingenious, looped sliding screens that are actually fun to use and deliver a nice flow to the user experience.
Those with exisiting Xbox Live accounts can log in and import their avatar and profile, ready to challenge fellow online Xboxers over 3G or Wi-fi, Live-compatible games are thin on the ground right now, but still some are able to challenge the iPhone for mobile fun.
Facebook is seamlessly integrated into the people hub, letting you post comments and add likes. But if you are after more functionality you should download the free Facebook app; designed around the hub’s sliding screen interface, it’s great to use.
Microsoft hasn’t wholly abandoned its productivity past, dedicating a hub to its Office suite. Here, Word and Excel documents can be created (although there is no cut and paste function) and PowerPoint files can also be viewed and edited.
Like a prettier, less immediate iTunes. It does have the edge with its Spotify-style ZunePass service which lets you stream music to your phone over 3G or Wi-fi for US$15/month.
Wi-fi and 3G/Edge/GPRS was easily and instantly turned on and off and worked quite smoothly. Bluetooth connection worked flawlessly and files transfer worked like silk.
Where you can configure time, region/location, date, wallpapers, email accounts, brightness, theme, ringtones and sounds.
Loud, loud, loud. Sound is very high with new set of ringtones and alerts that can be configured (external ringtones cannot be added, why Microsoft?).
Don’t count on that! Make sure you have your digital camera with you. You can snap pictures nicely but you can’t rely on the quality.
Yes you will notice that the battery drains faster than how it was with Windows Mobile; especially if Wi-fi and Bluetooth are kept on all time.
Want to try some interesting Apps, then go for:
- Carney Vale Showtime (Game): Get ragdoll performer Sling through the ring of fire at the top of the screen.
- Twitter: Designed like the stylish looped sliding screen from the WP7 hubs. You can tweet, retweet and direct message your contacts.
- IMDb: Database full of movie trivia that uses your location to provide movie ShowTime around you.
DOWNLOAD: Windows Phone 7
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