Windows Phone 7 – Pros and Cons
Microsoft has announced its new Windows Phone 7 operating system for quite a while. Yet, there seems to be few, if any, people that have moved to this new OS for mobile phones. However, this does not necessarily mean that the OS is not attractive enough. After all, it may only be a matter of time before everyone will migrate to Microsoft’s new offer. However, prior to making up your mind whether you want to migrate to the OS as well or not at all, you may want to pay attention to the pros and cons of the Windows Phone 7 OS from Microsoft.
Windows Phone 7 – The Pros or Advantages
1. New Architecture
While Nokia and RIM are simply upgrading their former OS to fit their later devices, Microsoft is designing the new OS for smart phones from the ground up. With that being said, users are not likely to encounter anything similar to that of the iOS from Apple or the Android from Google.
2. New User Interface
Microsoft calls it ‘Metro’. With this Metro UI, what users will see on Windows Phone 7 devices are tiles instead of icons such as those in iOS or Android. Besides looking stylish and cool, these tiles are also user-friendly.
3. Personalized Homescreen
Known better as the Start Screen, the Homescreen consists of multiple tiles, each of which is linked to individual applications, functions, features and items. Users can personalize these tiles to their will so that only the tiles they want will appear on the Homescreen. Also, they are updated in real time making the tiles even more useful in addition to intuitive.
Hubs are the next best thing that Microsoft can offer in this new mobile OS. There are 6 default hubs that function as groups or folders for corresponding features. Some examples of these hubs are music, videos (Slacker Radio,ZunePass, etc.), photos (users can share their photos on Facebook or Microsoft Windows Live right from this hub), recent contact lists (users can either text, e-mail or send a Facebook message to their contacts by simply using this hub), and a lot more to mention.
5. Integration With Office, Xbox Live, and Cloud Computing
The next good thing about this new OS for smart phone is that users will no longer need third party applications to synchronize their Office documents. In addition to that, thanks to the integration with Xbox Live, users can expect to be notified about news, updates or whatever that may well be related to the games they play. Yet, if those are not enough, the new OS will also let users experience with the power of cloud computing. Thanks to cloud integration, users can easily synchronize their data via Microsoft’s Live services. This integration also has another advantage. In case users happen to lose their Windows Phone 7 device, they’ll be able to ring it remotely. This way, they may as well find out where they may have lost their smart phone.
6. Easy-To-Use Camera Function
It is often the case that users cannot use their mobile device to capture images when the device is locked. Fortunately, thanks to this new OS, users will only have to hold down the camera key and the camera will start working right away. The camera function will bypass the lock screen and this is a feature that is not common compared to other mobile devices currently in existence.
7. Top-Notch Hardware
All mobile devices that are to use the new OS from Microsoft will have at least a CPU running at the clock speed of 1 GHz. In addition to that, they will also have a 4-point capacitive multi touch screen featuring a WVGA resolution of 800 x 480 pixels. Last but not least, they will also have to have a GPU capable of rendering graphics with DirectX 9 technology.
8. Various Models
Another advantage that users can expect from the new OS is that it will be installed on various models of mobile devices from various manufacturers worldwide. As a result, users can expect quite affordable prices to experience the OS.
Windows Phone 7 – The Cons or Disadvantages
1. No Copying and Pasting
There are no exact reasons as to why Microsoft does not incorporate these very basic functions to its latest mobile OS from the beginning. Well, however, this is similar to what Apple does with its devices. However,SteveBallmerfor Microsoft has stated that there will be an update to the OS to fix the problem.
2. Lacking of Multitasking Capability
Even though there have been rumors spreading saying that multitasking will be supported starting from the year 2012, it is as big a surprise as it is a disappointment for quite a lot of people that may have wanted to buy the phone in the first place.
3. Lacking of Preinstalled Applications
It seems that Microsoft does not see applications as a key to success in the world of mobile devices. Apple and Google have tasted what it’s like to be successful in the mobile world thanks to their huge collection of preinstalled applications besides the ones users can obtain from the marketplace – or AppStore for Apple’s devices. Due to the lack of applications, there are not few developers that have been refraining from developing applications for this particular OS.
Well, after all, the new OS may still sound pretty promising despite what it lacks in a few aspects. With that being said, there may not be few people, especially fans of Microsoft’s products, that are interested in getting one of the Windows Phone 7 devices as soon as they can. Nonetheless, they will have to prepare themselves to face the disadvantages, most of which are, fortunately, going to be fixed soon, it seems.
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