My experience with Windows Phone 7 has been the best of the "30 Days" series so far. It took a while to work out the kinks, but 'Mango' is ready to compete with iOS and Android.
There is a lot that I really like about Windows Phone 7--especially the new "Mango" update. That doesn't mean there aren't some things I would change about the mobile OS if Microsoft asked for my opinion.
The diverse selection of Windows Phone 7 smartphones means that the actual performance and experience of using "Mango" could be quite different depending on which you choose.
A "Mango" smartphone is very versatile, but all of those features and functions eat up battery power, so I need to find ways to make sure my smartphone can make it through the day on a full charge.
Samsung owners were also affected when Microsoft temporarily had to halt the first upgrade of Windows Phone.
Thanks to a patent cross-licensing agreement, Microsoft gets paid for every Android phone or tablet Samsung sells. This may help to encourage Samsung to shift its priority from Android to Windows Phone software.
Microsoft has started rolling out the official "Mango" update to Windows Phone 7 devices, along with a couple of unexpected updates.
Taking pictures with the smartphone camera is so yesterday. "Mango" adds cool features by putting the camera to work.
Microsoft's Paul Bryan, a Windows Phone senior director, describes the top new features in the mobile OS.