Windows Phone Mango review: 3 ways that it’s awesome


  • Jack

    i think windows mobile OS is made for old people…the font size is way to big!

    • jackson

      I think that’s design.. =) Some people complain that the text is small…you cannot please everyone i guess.

    • Len

      Ya, for me everything is just so damn bulky. 8 Massive icons per page with no nice looking widgets, this seems much too simplistic for me. I like the touch friendly desk top feel of Android so Ill be sticking with it.

  • francis

    Awesome review !! thank you. I have yet to receive Mango on my focus and I cannot wait ! I’ll probably get a new WP7 device anyway as I really want to skype with my family.

  • InfinitiGuy

    How many years has Microsoft been trying to make their mobile OS a success? I don’t see it happening anytime soon.

    • starduck

      They’ve been working on wp7 for 1 year.

      Before that, with Windows mobile 6, they had one of the most widespread mobile OS in the world. So I don’t see the point you’re trying to make. The reason they aren’t the top dogs in the industry is because they lost what they had a few years ago, not because they’ve never achieved it.

  • Brendon

    Anyone that wants the advanced Bing search features that the us has,
    go into settings->region+location->Browser & Search language->English (United States)
    Now you will have Bing local scout, and the advanced Bing Vision

    • Mesonto

      Wow, thank you for this tip. Absolutely fantastic!

    • Matthew

      well that worked like charm!

  • frederick edwards

    <3 Mango, and I've been running Builds and RTM on my OLD Samsung Focus since they were first released into the wild.

    Rogers Canada updated me on day 1 without even requiring me to force the update: it all went smooth as silk.

    So I am in love with Mango, now where are the damn phones!

    Give me a Titan, Focus S, N800, etc.. hallloooooooooooo?

  • kenypowa

    Good review. WP 7.5 has good potential to be #3.

    It won’t touch iOS or Android, but RIM should be very worried especially in light of recent major outage.

  • jellmoo

    Mango has really changed the playing field. This is what Microsoft should have initially launched. The user experience is by far the best of the mobile platforms,and the baked in features are fun and useful, as opposed to gimmicky or gaudy.

  • Mattymo

    It will for sure touch iOS in the next few years or so. The OS is amazing.

  • Matthew

    Thanks to Mango, I am proud to be a winmo7 phone owner and be part of the underdog story.

    I hope it becomes #3 or #2 (#1 is out of reach I think) so I can say “I was there on the ground floor”. Its a great phone and it sets me apart from everyone else and that’s a nice feeling. I know something that most people out there don’t.

  • jackson

    Love my Windows Phone 7. I think its a good start, people needs to give it a chance, use it and you will find the Mango is ripe.

  • Big 3

    the icons r too big. imagine how many app pages you will end up having especially wif bloatware included from manufacturers and providers

    • Bruce

      There is NO App that you can NOT remove from a Windows Phone!!!

  • Tom

    “It’s a great underdog story..”

    That’s the only part of the post that I don’t agree with.

    MS has unlimited cash (from Windows & Office) and influence to buy the loyalty of allies like Nokia, and to fund massive development efforts even after initial attempts failed.

    Given the importance of this market to them, there really wasn’t much question that eventually, they would get it right. It was their tardiness that allowed Android to become the Windows of the smartphone market.

    Hardly an underdog.

  • Geof Harries

    I have an iPhone 3GS and an unlocked Samsung Omina 7 running Mango. Gotta say; the WP7 device smokes the iPhone when it comes to usability and overall fun-ness (I’m pretty sure that’s not a word).

    But, what I’m waiting for is Nokia’s device release at which point I’ll move completely to Windows Phone full-time. Please, please, MobileSyrup, do a review of these devices as soon as you are able to get your hands on one.

    Speaking of which, any insight as to what Bell is doing with Windows Phone devices? They’ve completely disappeared as phone options from their website.

    • Keith

      I just checked and clicked on Mobility and Windows Phone was promiently displayed on the main page. That said, they. along with every other Canadian carrier, have not announced any 2nd gen phones yet.

  • Dan

    It looks like DOS for mobile… would it have killed them to use a button or icon in the UI? o_0

  • Stuntman

    Regarding the integrated social networking views, I have this ability on my HTC Desire Z. I found that I did not like to integrate my twitter and Facebook feeds as I use them for different purposes. I much prefer to look at them separately. I can see the value in having both Facebook and Google+ together as these feeds are more similar, but separating them is no big deal either. I have yet to find it useful to have all different types of feeds from my contacts all mashed together. That is why I just keep them separate on my phone.

    Regarding efficiency, I do agree that the novelty of my smartphone hasn’t worn off yet. I’ve been using smartphones for a year and a half and have my current one for almost a year now. I still find myself wanting to use it as the novelty hasn’t worn off. Perhaps MS is just too far ahead of its time.

    I’m still not sold on live tiles. You still have to actually look at your phone for those updates and then if your tiles take up more than one screen, you have to scroll anyway. The tiles also seem to not make efficient use of the space it takes up sometimes. I guess I’m just used to my Android phone where icons take up less space than a live tile. I just cannot see why I need my browser tile to be so big when it doesn’t change. I just think that there are too many dead tiles taking up too much space.

    As for trying it out myself, I’d be happy to, but every single phone store I walk into does not have a working demo model of a Windows Phone device. Most are dummy models that have the home screen painted on. Whenever I see a WP device on display on a pillar in a store, it’s running the automated demo and I don’t have an opportunity to actually try out the UI myself. I just don’t understand why every other featured smartphone in stores have working models and yet none of the WP devices are. This is now almost a year since its release. I think that not having a working demo available is one reason why it doesn’t sell well.

    • skrutor

      I have the exact same issue with Windows phones. I walked into a Best Buy yesterday, and as I’m looking for a new phone, thought I’d try out WM7 to give it a shot. There was not a single working device with it running. I asked the Best Buy mobile guy, and he told me that they have never received training for WM7, and have never had working demo units. The only time I’ve ever been able to play with WM7 was at a Rogers store in Montreal, and the security sensor was so sensitive that it kept going off every time I wiggled the phone, so I gave up.
      Does Microsoft really believe that their name is so powerful that customers will buy the phone sight unseen? I get that a stolen phone costs money, but wouldn’t it be a good idea to let customers actually try the features? I want to see how the little things in the OS matter to me. Something I just noticed on a Nexus S yesterday is the way the app menu scrolls like film strip on rolls. These little things appeal to me, and no dummy phone, youtube video, or website review will be able to make up for hands-on experience.

  • Joseph

    XBox 360 got Halo as a flagship game that helped sell the system. WP7 needs a flagship app. The feature set is is excellent. But it needs a successful app.

    • clint

      I would argue that the OS IS the killer app. I rarely go into other applications because the bulk of what I do is accessible right from the OS.

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  • Stu

    I genuinely hope that they can carve a piece of the pie for themselves, as I believe competition is necessary & healthy for the advancement of technology… but I’m also afraid that they may be arriving too late to the party at this point.

    “Have I missed it? Have I missed the battle?”

    “You have missed the war.”

  • Gab

    fine… I’ll try the windows 7 launcher for android…

    • Ron

      It will probably crash when loading it..

  • Bryce

    I’m going to pick apart your number one. Although the multi-tasking is great. It is broken in some ways. Let’s say I open Evernote and then go back to the home screen. If I click and hold the back button, I can resume Evernote from where I was at. However, if I click the Evernote tile, the app completly restarts from the beginning. Should’t it identify that this app is still in the multi-tasking track and resume it instead of restarting it.

  • Bryce

    I would also like to know how you pinned wifi settings to the home screen?

    • JvdM

      Try the “Connectivity Shortcuts” app. It gives you quick access to WiFi, Bluetooth and Celluar settings as well to the Airplane Mode. And you can pin them to your home screen.

    • JvdM

      You can download the “Conectivity Shortcuts” app from the marketplace. Pretty neat, quick access to WiFi, Bluetooth, Celluar Settings and Airplane Mode.

  • Keith

    Great review. Mango is an awesome update but now it really makes me want a 2nd gen phone and I’m only 8 months into my contract. I haven’t looked into it yet and it is not something I know much about but I’ll probalby look into buying a Samsung Focus S or HTC Titan if they can run on Bell. Are all SIM cards interchangeable?

  • I

    Thanks for the review, but my next phone will be Blackberry. I’m not big fan of Blackberry but I do not want Google, Apple and Microsoft to kill RIM and buy their patents as it was done with Nortel and Motorola. I do not want them to use my money for killing businesses in Waterloo, Kitchener and Cambridge, that will increase unemployment in the region and can cause new round of economic crisis in Canada.

    • Joshua

      It’s going to take more than buying one phone to save the company at this point. The company, in my opinion, has been mismanaged for quite some time. Their OS is not fluid or user intuitive. I had a BlackBerry for years before switching. I don’t want a Canadian company to go under either but they need a change in strategy and management to get things back on track.

  • raynz

    Great review! I really enjoyed this read. Keep up the good work!

  • willy

    There’s a reason they’re not competing well against the competition. Buying a blackberry will only make them think that their phones still have a market and punishing yourself in the process. You are not helping them at all.

  • I

    At least I will try. $200 is not big price. We can lose much more.
    There are not many companies left in Canada: Celestica closed plants in Canada and opened in China, Bell moved Service Desk to India, AMD bought ATI, Nortel is killed, automotive plants are closed.
    RIM is the one of the largest companies in Canada and RIM’s death will be huge impact on the Canadian economy.

  • Dustin

    Still waiting for my update, and too apprehensive about potentially bricking my HD7 to force it… If Bell doesn’t hook me up soon I might lose my patience. :[

  • Matthew

    If anyone that lives in Scarbs wants a windows phone, goes to a store or retail outlet to try one and can’t, let me know at mm 77 can @ hot mail and we’ll make arrangements so that you can try mine. I am happy to spread the winmo love! Mine is an LGO7 like the one in this review running Mango.

  • Matthew

    anyone that wants to try a windows phone and can’t at a retail location, and you live in scarbs, let me know on here and we’ll make arrangements for you to try mine. I have a LGO7 just like the one here in this article running Mango.

    Happy to share the winmo love!

  • ravinder singh

    hay… this handset is verry speed fast, touch is verry fast

  • Greg

    If you are just looking for social networking or music downloads then you may be happy with Windows Phone.
    I bought it for productivity and have been very disappointed.
    No tethering.
    Can not synch with MS Office directly, especially Outlook. Window site is full of third party workarounds and hope that the next update MAY fix this.
    You have to use Windows Live. No choice, no workarounds.
    A lot of apps are not available for Windows.
    Can’t even use Skype, a Microsoft company.
    I am very disappointed.