7 Days with Windows Phone 7


Day 3 - Message in a Windows Phone 7

Day 3 - Message in a Windows Phone 7

Most of the user interface is congruent with the text-based design that the OS is going for, which makes it extremely friendly and straightforward. The only drawback here is that you can't customize - even to a small extent- how you want it to look. If you have tinkered with an iPhone or Android handset before, the Windows Phone 7's thread message format is no stranger (except that it is look much more simple here). The keyboard layout is equally familiar, with some small tweaks here and there. A noticeable aspect is that typing on Windows Phone 7 devices feels extremely responsive and smooth compared to the other touchscreen smartphones we have encountered, and we found that the experience was an almost error-free one. While the user interface helps, the biggest contributor is likely due to the high minimum specs requirement that ensures snappy and accurate usage.

The email experience is slightly more elaborate, and works similar to the People hub. It is convenient to view all important sections in your email account (All, Unread, Urgent) on a single page by simply swiping from left to right, without having to navigate through several pages by flowing in and out of the main email section. To select more than one mail, you just have to simply click on the left of the email to kick-start the option to mass-select - of which you can choose to delete, move to another folder or mark as read/unread. The emphasis here again points to a seamless experience that requires very little effort to get to where you want to, or accomplish a certain task.