Although yesterday was the big day for Australia and the Windows Phone 7 launch, not all is peachy on that side of the globe. Reports are coming in that there are some severe supply constraints going with various devices and that potential customers are none to happy about it.
Microsoft Windows Phone 7 devices are already landing in stores overseas and are just around the corner from hitting the store shelves in the U.S. We are now seeing reviews surface across the web on the Samsung Focus, HTC Mozart, HTC Surround, and HTC HD7.
We will soon add our own reviews to the growing list but in the meantime, we thought we would offer up a little roundup of what others are saying about these new phones.
Ease on past the break to see what others are saying about the new Windows Phones.
We've mentioned Seesmic before and now a walkthrough is available for the social networking app. Seesmic has put together a nice introductory tour on Seesmic's blog site that summarizes the applications features.
The app will allow you to stay in touch with your Facebook and Twitter accounts. On Twitter, the app gives you the ability to update your status on multiple Twitter accounts, access your profile, upload links, picture or geotags to your posts.
With Facebook you can view feeds, read and post comments or "likes", as well as sharing photos. Seesmic puts everything under one roof rather nicely.
You can find Seesmic over at the Marketplace for Windows Phone 7 and if you follow the break, you'll see a video walk through.
Finally, what looks to be a solid demonstration of Slingplayer for Windows Phone 7 has made its way to YouTube.
The app itself is exactly what we expected--except the part where resolution is "4 times that of previous Winodws Mobile devices". We like the sound of that and indeed the picutre is so sharp that this video almost looks simulated, no?
No release date, only a "coming soon" teased at the end. Looks close to us though! Peep the video after the break!
A few days ago we had covered how to create and combine an Xbox Live account and Zune account by using one powerful all-encompassing Windows Live ID - the ringleader that ties all of these services together. We've noted that if you don't currently use any of these services, or use just one of them, that you should create a Windows Live ID first. Yes, the term Windows Live ID is synonymous with Hotmail account so if you've got a Hotmail account, you've in tern, got a Windows Live ID. Many people are already using either an Xbox live account or Zune account without them being linked to a Windows Live ID. This is easily remedied if you have only one Windows Live ID you'd like to use for each service but gets pretty complicated if you want to combine multiple open accounts.
I got on the phone with Microsoft's Technical Support staff and went through their chain of command to get some definitive answers and to see what these users should do when they get a Windows Phone 7 device.
Read on after the break for our discussion with Microsoft and multiple accounts!
In one of the most ambitious and interesting advertising campaigns for Windows Phone 7, the "Old Spice Guy" is doing his thing to sell the new OS. Although this ad campaign seems isolated to Australia, we're pretty sure these things will go viral, as they should.
According to Brad Bor, this is the first person to buy a Windows Phone 7 device as the new OS and phones have officially gone on sale...in New Zealand!
Don't worry folks, only a few more weeks till that sweet November 8th. Until then, you'll have to be like us and continue to read about it.
We're starting a new column here: 'Ask WPCentral' where we once or twice a week pick one of the many questions we get here.We often take these on the podcast (coming back soon, don't fret), but sometimes they're so good, we figured we would feature them on the site.
The first one goes to Jerry King who tweeted me a question regarding his HTC HD2 and it's pretty straightforward. It's also one we think many of you may be facing, hence the post.
Anyways, this isn't a black and white issue. But we'll do our best after the jump to break down the issue and help you to make a decision!
Now here's a bold challenge: Joost van Schaik has demonstrated how easy it is to code Google Maps into a Windows Phone 7 application (taking advantage of Bing Map Control to do so; The image above is a Google Map satellite layer on top the Street layer, done with actual coding).
Board-Express will allow you to view, post and receive PM messages from about 8,000 different forums. There will be three versions of Board Express available for Windows Phones:
Verizon has updated it's Network Extender to offer 3G data coverage. Earlier models offers slower data connections but the updated version allows you to surf the web, download applications, send/receive text messages, and check your email at five bars of 3G speed.
The Samsung network extender will cost you $249.99 and provides up to 40 feet of coverage. There is no additional monthly charge for using the Verizon Wireless 3G Network Extender. According to the FAQ Section on Verizon's website,
"There are no additional costs to use just the Network Extender. You can simply purchase the unit and enjoy the benefit of enhanced in-home coverage. All rates and policies associated with your chosen calling plan will apply when connected to the Network Extender."
Which is a round about way of saying that the data and voice calls made through your Network Extender will eat into your package minutes and data plan.
If you live in an area that has poor coverage, these extenders are worth every penny. You can find out more about the Network Extender at Verizon and follow the break for the full presser.
We had a chance to chat with Jonah Sterling, Group Creative Director for IdentityMine, for a quick Q&A regarding their company, the software they have developed for Windows Phone 7 and their views on the development platform that Microsoft has laid out so far.
Being responsible for the official Twitter app on Windows Phone 7 (which does allow photo uploads despite earlier reports, more on that below), Graphic.ly (comic viewer), IMDb and SBB (train schedule), IdentityMine is at the forefront of some of the biggest name titles for Microsof'ts new mobile OS. If you want to know why they were chosen, please read on, as the interview is chock full of information and you may find yourself wanting to work for them--I know I do.
Take a coffee break and cozy on up for our 10 questions with IdentityMine after the break!