4.0 out of 5 stars
Who needs an iPhone, 24 Nov 2011
I got this phone on a contract with three and everyone who I have shown it off to agrees that at £17 a month is a bargain for such a capable smart phone. The operating system is the most important thing on this device and the new mango update for windows phone 7 is a massive improvement on the previous version. The operating system offers many features found on other microsoft operating systems and devices such as office, zune, bing and Xbox live integration.
Overall the phone is a good looking handset with a nice solid feel and hard ware buttons for volume, lock/ turn on/ off, and a camera button with half press for auto focus. It has a nice metal finish on the back which add to the good build quality. However this surface is not very practical as it is very slippery and I found myself dropping the handset on many occasions during my first week of use.
The office hub, as Microsoft like to call it, does not have as many editing features as I would have hoped and the interface, when compared with apple's pages leaves a bit to be desired. But the ability to sync one note files and pin them to the start is a great feature.
The phone itself is very fast in all respects both in processing power and in data speed. I have found my Samsung omnia 7 competing with my friend's iPhone 4 for data speed and winning the majority of the time thanks to the omnia's 3.5G compatibility paired with threes excellent 3G coverage. I also found the 4.0 inch super amoled capacitive touch screen very fast with the processor. The device performs well with a number of 2d graphics However some games with better 3d graphics can become slightly laggy if a lot of applications are open in the background.
Due to the 4.0 inch super amoled display makes watching videos a highly pleasurable experience especially when the movie is high definition. This super bright screen is also great for using the phone on bright days.
The windows phone 7 mango update offers a great deal of social integration allowing you to post photos and videos directly to facebook from the photos hub. It also has a feature called threads which allows you to seamlessly switch between Facebook, windows live, text messages and other messaging services. The search is another big update it can scan barcodes, QR codes and Microsoft tags; recognises text, voice and music and includes a local scout utility. This makes you aware of places to eat, to see, to shop and highlights in your area accompanied with a map of where the places are.
The device's camera is very good it has produced stunning photos on countless occasions and with samsungs free apps you can edit the photos with ease to create a professional masterpiece. It has 5 megapixels, an led flash, a 720p video camera facility, a half press auto focuse button, a tab to focus option and a wide range of settings including white balance and A MACRO SETTING. The macro setting was perfect for me as I love taking close up pictures.
However there are a few problems mostly with the operating system. Firstly the operating system has no accessibility features like the iPhone which allows voice over and white on black. Secondly the marketplace does not yet have a large amount of apps like the app store and the games are not particularly good but I expect developers will start developing more now the update has been released. Finally flash is not supported on this device and after adobes announcement, that they are going to stop making flash for mobile devices, it is unlikely that it will ever be. It does, however support HTML5 which in my opinion is superior to flash and it runs faster as it is integrated into browsers.
Finally I think this phone is a definite alternative for anyone who wants high end performance for a low price.