30 Days With Windows Phone 7

30 Days With Windows Phone 7: Day 1

Today starts a new "30 Days" series. This month I am abandoning my iPhone 4 to spend 30 Days With Windows Phone 7. I have an HTC HD7S with Windows Phone 7, and I am all set to see what Microsoft's mobile OS has to offer.

It won't be easy for Windows Phone 7 to win me over. I love my iPhone 4. Before that, I loved my iPhone 3GS. But, there was a point--years ago, before I switched to the iPhone--when I used to be a devoted Windows Mobile user, and specifically a dedicated fan of the HTC Windows Mobile devices.

I am spending 30 days with Windows Phone 7 on an HTC HD7S.
This isn't the first time I have used Windows Phone 7, though. Last November I switched to an HTC Surround for a couple of weeks. I wasn't impressed. I found both the Windows Phone 7 OS, and the HTC hardware disappointing and I was glad to switch back to my iPhone 4.

But, it is 10 months later now, and Microsoft has made a number of improvements to the mobile OS. A major update dubbed "NoDo" was released in March of this year which added copy and paste functionality--among other things--to Windows Phone 7.

I'd like to be able to review "Mango"--the new Windows Phone 7.5 update. But, devices like the HTC Titan and HTC Radar that are built with Windows Phone 7.5 are just being announced and aren't yet available. It would be nice if HTC issued an update for devices like the HD7S to upgrade it to the latest Windows Phone version, but I won't hold my breath.

Speaking of HTC, that brings me to one very important distinction I need to make up front about the 30 Days With Windows Phone 7 series. The goal of the series is to work with Microsoft's mobile OS, and explore its features and capabilities. One thing that makes platforms like Windows Phone 7 and Android unique from iOS, though, is the diversity of hardware.

An iPhone is an iPhone, and Apple goes to great lengths to deliver a consistent user experience by maintaining control of the iOS software, and the iPhone hardware that runs it. Contrast that with Windows Phone 7 or Android, where a variety of smartphones are available from a diverse array of manufacturers, and your mileage may vary greatly depending on the hardware you use to run the mobile OS.

I did not like the HTC Surround, but so far I am pretty impressed with the HD7S. But, the series is about Windows Phone 7, not HTC, so I will try not to focus on issues that are hardware or HTC specific. Where it is relevant, I will point out things that are unique--whether good, bad, or indifferent--about the HD7S, and I will also mention features and capabilities included in the upcoming "Mango" update.

If you have any questions or issues with Windows Phone 7 that you would like me to explore during the 30 Days With Windows Phone 7 series, email them to me at tbradley@pcworld.com.

I hope you will check back each day and follow along as I go through the 30 Days With Windows Phone 7 journey. I look forward to your comments and feedback.

Read the last "30 Days" series: 30 Days With Google+

Day 2: One 'Mango' Coming Right Up

Go to Page 2 for a complete list of links to the "30 Days With Windows Phone 7" entries.

30 Days With Windows Phone 7: The Complete Experience

Day 1: 30 Days With Windows Phone 7

Day 2: One 'Mango' Coming Right Up

Day 3: Introducing Live Tiles

Day 4: Apps and the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace

Day 5: Taking Apps Out for a Test Spin

Day 6: Let the 'Mango' Games Begin!

Day 7: Tie Messaging Together With Threads

Day 8: Ringtones, Screenshots, and Other Pet Peeves

Day 9: It's All About "Me"

Day 10: Outfitting My "Mango" with Apps

Day 11: Following In the (Wrong) Footsteps of iOS

Day 12: Syncing My Outlook Contacts Is a Pain

Day 13: Pros and Cons of People Hub

Day 14: Mapping With "Mango"

Day 15: Xbox Live Gaming on WP7

Day 16: The "Full" IE9 Experience

Day 17: Taking and Sharing Pictures with WP7

Day 18: Productivity on the Go with "Mango"

Day 19: Diving Into the Office Hub

Day 20: Where's the VPN?

Day 21: "Mango" Does Multitasking--Mostly

Day 22: Talking to "Mango"

Day 23: The Camera Isn't Just for Pictures

Day 24: Find Your Lost or Stolen "Mango"

Day 25: Conserving Battery Power with "Mango"

Day 26: Must-Have Apps for "Mango"

Day 27: Your Mileage May Vary

Day 28: My Five Biggest Windows Phone 7 Complaints

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