Looks like some folks have been given the green light to talk publicly about their experience as early users of preview Windows Phone 7 devices.
MobileCrunch, Engadget, and Gizmodo have all posted previews of Windows Phone 7 this morning, and the takeaway from them is overwhelmingly positive, despite a couple of sour ending notes (more on that in a sec).
From what I can gather, it appears that all three previewers were working with the same device, the Samsung prototype. I haven’t had any hands-on time with the Samsung, but the experience they describe is consistent with my experience with the LG device I’ve been using. Some of my favorite quotes:
Read the previews via the links below for the full story, but there’s lots more like the above. One gripe I have is that both Engadget and MobileCrunch seem to have felt a pressing need to toss in a negative note at the end of what seemed to me to be overall very positive previews of what is, after all, a work in progress, with months before it hits shelves. Not sure whether this was out of some feeling that being too positive would harm their street cred or what, but given the tone of everything that preceded it, in both cases the debbie downer closing paragraph seemed to come from left field.
Do you agree? Are you excited about Windows Phone 7? Let me know in the comments!
MobileCrunch Windows Phone 7 Preview
Engadget Windows Phone 7 Preview
Gizmodo Windows Phone 7 Preview
UPDATE: Just found a VERY thorough preview from ZDNet, so I wanted to include the link to that as well…still working my way through, but good info so far:
ZDNet Windows Phone 7 Preview
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The MobileCrunch review was rather peculier with their negative jibe, it went something like "This is awesome, great phone, great features. I can not recommend this phone, and will personally not be getting one". Makes you quickly realize how biased people feel about Microsoft technology.
I agree...thanks for the feedback.