orb3000 · Jan 14, 2011 at 09:00 am

HD2 Running Windows Phone 7: Impressions from a Regular User

As you may know, the new operating system was ported to HTC Leo a couple of days ago, the work was done by an elite team of developers that is responsible for some of the biggest and most important achievements in mobile world; some of them also respected members in XDA.

Yesterday, and thanks to the help of XDA member Laurentius26, I finally installed Windows Phone 7. I will talk here about my personal non professional experience with WP7 installed on my HTC Leo so far…

Installation: After doing a few easy steps, with a couple of re-starts… I got it installed. After completing the installation, a nice new welcome animation will amaze you as it did to me.

Very first impressions: The screen is neat and all is new and shinny. The Leo responds perfectly well on speed and performance but a few hick ups were present all day during random actions. Nothing really important, but they shouldn’t be there. It also carries a beautiful user interface.

And now what?: I´m sure you will share with me that one of the first things you do is to restore your contacts/mails/call logs/SMS, etc. Well, I tried so but did not have any luck completing this “simple” action. First, I tried to configure my outlook exchange account but the result was an annoying message displaying “sorry, we can not complete this action at this time”. Then, I tried to link my Facebook profile, add a gmail and a yahoo accounts, but all ended up with the same results. Regular user will say “what?”

Connections: WIFI was pretty easy and fast to turn on-off and worked quite smoothly. However, 3G/Edge/GPRS never established a connection. Bluetooth was not tested.

UI navigation/look/homescreen: Enjoyed the live tiles for about a couple of hours but on terms of use it every day, I definitely couldn’t handle it. I prefer Windows Mobile and Android a lot more. However, the smoothness and speed are simply amazing. Menus are very accessible and the keyboard’s response/sensitivity is remarkable. The new sounds are nice as well. Transitions between portrait and landscape are smooth and look good.

Browser/internet experience: WIFI navigation is fast and browser was not of the best I´ve seen, but you can do what you need. Bing integration has a great graphic ambiance and is well interconnected.

Zune/sync/marketplace: Very nice graphic environment and well integrated, but connectivity was an issue. During testing, I was located on a “not supported yet” region or something like that. I could not synchronize as explained above, and as a result I wasn’t able to download apps from the market (which has a great new UI) – Not too many apps/games.

Settings: I had configured my time, region, and date. But every time I rebooted, all settings were lost, so the process had to be re done.

General: Sound loudness is very high and with a good set of new sounds that you can easily configure. The screen brightness is quite adequate as well with a few basic configurable options only. The camera functionality is average compared to the other OS’, it does what it is designed to do. The battery was drained quicker than in Windows Mobile and very similarly to Android.

Final thoughts: Like it or not, Windows Phone 7 is here to stay and it represents an interesting option along with Android, Windows Mobile, and other OS´s.
The HTC HD2 has become the favorite to have the blessing of running many operating systems such as: Windows Mobile, Android, Windows Phone 7, Ubuntu, Windows 98… If you have one and would like to take any of them for a spin, give it a try! You can find all the pertaining information on HD2 section.
Be sure to know what are you doing and the risks involved.

Thanks for reading.


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