Archive for the ‘Windows Phone7’ Category
Sorry for those who have been following my Windows Phone 7 posts, I have been a little preoccupied with work but mainly Call of Duty Black Ops.
So back to Windows Phone 7. This post is about the User Interface. The user interface that Windows uses for the phone is different to any other smart phone on the market. Instead of following the iPhone Os like Google did with Android, Windows has gone with the “Metro” Os which it had been using on the Zune player. The Zune player was Microsoft’s response to the iPod and iPod Touch. This device though not very successful in the market place was one of the first to offer full HD and full games using Microsoft’s XNA Framework (used for the Xbox and Windows PC).
The major difference with the Metro UI, is that you don’t “tap” into hidden areas of the interface. Instead with Metro you have multiple columns; which can house endless rows of content. However if the app designer chooses you can also have multiple application windows that you tap deeper into.
Without the capacity to take screen shots on the phone at present this is a little hard to demonstrate with images; though I shall try my best with these pictures below. The application on show first is Four Square. As you can see, across the top of the application window there are the titles for each row, similar to the same app on iPhone, except you do not have to tap further in to the UI, you simply scroll or slide across to view the content.
Windows Phone 7 comes with plenty of standard applications and features some of which I have already mention liked the Windows Live ID integration and Xbox Live if you have an account.
I’ll start by naming the worst application the phone has in my opinion, Internet Explorer. Now Microsoft said a long time ago that IE on the phone would be a mix of IE 6 and 7 made suitable for phone and would be updated over time once IE 9 has been officially launched and integrated into the phone. So I guess we can live with that for now, I just hope we do not have to wait a year.
Other standard applications which live on the start screen are Xbox Live, Zune, and the email accounts. So everything else lives to the right of the start screen as I mentioned in my last post:
- Internet Explorer
- Maps (Bing Maps)
- Zune music and videos
So more then enough to get started.
Where to start?
As I mentioned in my previous post about the phone you can associate your phone with a Windows Live ID. Having done this all your contacts from Windows live sync via the could to your phone. Now I am not 100% sure that you need a Windows Live ID, though if Android phones are anything to go by needing a Google account to access the Google market place I would guess you do.
As I found out thanks to Paul Thurott on the Windows Weekly podcast, first you need to link services to your Windows Live ID. This can be done via the services link on Windows Live. Linked services are other web sites like WordPress.com, Slideshare and Facebook. Having completed this step, when you sign into your phone the “People” Live Tile fills with the latest updates from which service has the latest.
When you tap this Live Tile you go to your contacts where you can see all your contacts information as well as any live updates from theirs and your linked accounts. Also at this part of the people UI you can manually add your contacts which will then be synced to your Windows Live ID and viewable through your Windows Live account on the web.
As with all the smart phones you can also integrate with Microsoft Exchange Web Mail. This populates seamlessly, on the phone importing all your exchange contacts from your online contact list. You can add phone numbers, avatars (pics of your contacts) etc easily as well.
To add your exchange account you can swipe left or tap on the home screen arrow situated on the top right screen to show all the phones applications.
As I said in my last post I bought a new HTC Mozart 7 Windows Phone 7 from Telstra. Quite a mouth full of a phone name definitely not as easy to say as Nokia, iPhone 4 or Android. After the usual muck around by Telstra’s courier service I had the phone on Thursday night.