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Four Cool WP7 phones coming too Canada!

Oct 12

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Tuesday, October 12, 2010 11:25 PM  RssIcon

WP7 phones coming to CanadaAre you excited about WP7?  I sure am, and I want a phone!  Read on for the four offerings in Canada by three different carriers!

WP7 phones coming to CanadaThere are a total of nine WP7 phones available world wide, but in Canada, starting Nov 8th, there are going to be four.  I just looked tonight, and on the WP7 site, details are up about all four (they weren't there this morning).

Let's get right to the point and get what they ALL have out of the way first:

  • 1 GHz Qualcomm processor
  • 480X800 display (but that's pixels, physical size is different)
  • camera is a 5MP

Now lets look at the differences and what sets each apart.

Rogers: Samsung Focus Google Review Search

  • 4" super-AMOLED, apparently that means it has an awesome display but from battery life stats seems like you pay for that brightness
  • battery, 3h talk, 10d standby
  • thinest and lightest of all nine phones
  • MicroSD slot, sweet, BUT once inserted, it's there for good, do not remove 
  • very responsive screen
  • INFLECTION POINT? Seems to be the one with the most positive reviews about performance, size and speed

Bell: LG Optimus Quantum Google Review Search

  • 3.5" screen
  • battery, 7h talk, 19d standby
  • only phone with horizontal QWERTY keypad
  • DNLA support means you can use it like remote control for your other media devices at home
  • INFLECTION POINT? If you want a wide keyboard, this is the only option with a landscape QWERTY keyboard.

Telus: LG Optimus 7 Google Review Search

  • 3.8" screen
  • battery, 7h talk, 19d standby
  • voice-to-text feature
  • Ballmer calls this the "Slight Form Factor"
  • DNLA support means you can use it like remote control for your other media devices at home
  • INFLECTION POINT? If you want to replace all your remotes, this might be an option.  I say "might" cause you might lose this remote along with the other ones, so don't throw the others out. LOL

Telus: HTC 7 Surround Google Review Search

  • 3.8" screen
  • battery, 4h talk, 11d standby
  • slide-out super surround sound speaker system, but to me, if I want a BOSE or ghetto blaster, I'll get one, but that's just me
  • kick stand to site nicely on desk
  • INFLECTION POINT? If you want to replace your music player at home and on the road, this is for you.

The big three cell phone companies are represented here, Rogers, Bell and Telus.  I know some people have a love/hate relationship with their cell phone providers (ok, maybe mosty a HATE relationship LOL).  I mean just look at all the new carriers popping up recently, Wind seems to be one of those popular ones. Either way, I'm sure the carrier you like will have something to offer you.

And lastly, something someone brought up today was the idea of fragmentation.  Unfortunately with choice comes this potential.  But let's look at this a bit deeper.  People using Android's do complain about fragmentation, and I'm told this is deserved, too many OS versions trying to drive too many different hardware specs.  Then there's Apple's one size fits all.  Except people complain about the lack of options.  Seems like you can't win for trying eh?  RIM seems to be doing OK for themselves with just a few phones and I don't hear people complaining about fragmentation in their market space.

To be honest, yup, nine phones is a bit much.  BUT!  But, there's only a handful for each market (4 in CAN, 5 in US), and really when it comes down to it, they have the same common denominator of hardware specifications.  After that, the hardware manufacturers can add/tweak/customize as much as they want. The HTC 7 Surround is a GREAT example.  It's customized for someone, not me, but someone!  If I wanted a QWERTY keyboard, the there's only one choice, simple, no fragmentation there.  I think, after a year from now, we'll be seeing a few of these less popular phones going on sale at high discounts, and some newer, more targetted phones appearing next year.  And that's a great thing!

Ok, seems like there's two front runners for my attention, with one in the slight lead, I need to watch for some more reviews to come out in the upcoming weeks.  If you read about any or hear some good gossip about any of these, please commment.  Now it's time to grab a coffee and get coding!

 

Resources

Microsoft: Windows Phone 7: Buy your phone

Windows Mobile 7: Minimum Specs for Windows Phone 7

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10 comment(s) so far...


Re: Four Cool WP7 phones coming too Canada!

I have to say I'm a little disappointed with the initial hardware offerings. There's really not all that much to set them apart from each other, although the DNLA feature sounds quite interesting. I was really hoping we'd see something like the Dell Streak on launch. I would have been completely comfortable paying $600 upfront for a device like that (along with an outrageously priced data plan of course).

By Peter Bernier on   Wednesday, October 13, 2010 10:54 AM

Re: Four Cool WP7 phones coming too Canada!

Interesting will be to see prices and plans. Until then the hardware itself means too little ...


Hopefully this will not be Kin fiasco again ... Competition is good :-)

By Miro on   Wednesday, October 13, 2010 8:49 AM

Re: Four Cool WP7 phones coming too Canada!

re Peter, to be honest I guess I was expecting a bit more as well to separate the different phones, but then these are just the first batch on a new OS in an existing market (some would say mature market?). There's a lot of risk for these guys and to have nine phones available is remarkable IMHO. I'm willing certainly to try to find one I can live with (the Focus is in the lead right now).

I've heard prices of $199 tossed around but at what contract length? I'm sure we'll read more in the coming weeks.

re DNLA, You like that? See, that's something that's not up my alley, BUT, it is VERY important for others as you said. I'm glad there's those options. Means someone else can focus on a phone for me. LOL Now, if we could just convince Ballmer to "revector" the tablets to run WP7, we'd be all set!

re Miro, so far I've only seen conjectures and guesses. I too am anxious to see the real $$$$ amounts. I'm also interested in finding out if buying a phone outright and shopping around for cell plans is available. I'm tied to the OS, not the carriers. But then again, the big boys don't want me doing that right? DOH!

re kin fiasco
Hey, I'm with you, I don't want that neither! But there is talk about 2000 apps being available once the phone are released to the masses! DOH! If that's true, I things are starting off well.

Thanks guys for commenting, I really do appreciate reading your thoughts. Have a good week!

By phenry on   Wednesday, October 13, 2010 11:07 AM

Re: Four Cool WP7 phones coming too Canada!

WOW!!!!!! I just looked at the page, and it's been updated to include the Samsung Omnia 7, but there's no information on cell carriers. Very interesting. Details?
-4" screen super AMOLED screen
-7h talk time, 15d standby
-Xbox LIVE and Zune multimedia capabilities
INFLECTION POINT: Seems to have the same cool featurs of the Focus but tweaked to the media playback and gaming market.

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsphone/en-ca/buy/7/phones.aspx#detail=1524

By phenry on   Wednesday, October 13, 2010 10:34 PM

Re: Four Cool WP7 phones coming too Canada!

hhhhmmmm something's odd here! The MS site last night had the Samsun Omnia 7 listed, although without a carrier, but this morning, it's disappeared, just like the Leafs chances at a Cup! DOH! haha

By phenry on   Thursday, October 14, 2010 8:53 AM

Re: Four Cool WP7 phones coming too Canada!

What is UP with the "insert once and leave it" microsd thing. Let's hope nobody else designs a micro sd slot like that.

Warren

By Warren on   Thursday, October 14, 2010 7:19 PM

Re: Four Cool WP7 phones coming too Canada!

re insert one and leave it
haha I agree, it does seem a bit weird. Microsoft apparently even thought ahead enough to write hardware specifications for it. If a cell phone maker wants to do this, the MicroSD has to beneath the battery cover and so hard to get at, it's by design. It's as if it treats that memory more like SSD/HD than RAM. But that's just a guess.

Thanks Warren for your comments! Have a great TGIF!

By phenry on   Thursday, October 14, 2010 7:22 PM

Re: Four Cool WP7 phones coming too Canada!

Here's a great vid of the Focus! WOW! I REALLY want one of these now! (seriously, not being sarcastic!)
http://winphone7store.net/?p=122

By phenry on   Thursday, October 14, 2010 9:46 PM

Re: Four Cool WP7 phones coming too Canada!

For those people looking for side-by-side comparisons of ALL the phones, here's a link I just saw today.
http://www.mobiletechworld.com/2010/10/16/all-windows-phone-7-devices-hardware-specifications-in-one-place/

By phenry on   Saturday, October 16, 2010 1:41 PM

Re: Four Cool WP7 phones coming too Canada!

There's a review from InformationWeek about AT&T's phones, which also carry the Focus and the Quantum.
http://www.informationweek.com/news/hardware/handheld/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=228000169&pgno=6&queryText=&isPrev=

They give the highest marks to the Focus, EXCEPT for battery life. The Quantum wins out for best overall phone. Man, with the BS from Rogers NOT having any business sense to sell the phone ON TIME, AND Bell have the Quantum on Monday....hhhmmmm I'm starting to wonder if I should get one of those?

By phenry on   Saturday, November 06, 2010 1:07 PM

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