Microsoft Windows Phone 7 Launch

Hands-on with Samsung & LG Windows 7 Devices

Hands-on with the Samsung Omnia

Fresh from its Android-heavy devices, Samsung looks set to take a stab at the Windows Phone 7 OS and join the rest of the bandwagon with its Samsung Omnia 7. Like its Android sibling, the Samsung Galaxy S, the device showcases a large 4.0-inch capacitive Super AMOLED screen and comes with a 122.4mm x 64mm body with a slightly thicker girth of 11mm. The device comes in both 8 GB and 16 GB versions, so users who don't need the extra storage space can opt for the former. It's expected to be available by late November (Singtel  has confirmed, with M1 and Starhub yet to respond) and has a recommended retail price of S$998.

Omnia's differentiating point is pretty obvious: the device was the only one with a 4-0-inch Super AMOLED screen amongst the WP7 smartphones released today.

While it comes with ample screen space, the Omnia 7 still showcases a slim profile not unlike the Samsung Galaxy S.


Hands-on with the LG Optimus 7

As part of a plan to further diversify the Optimus lineup, LG has also introduced a pair of Windows Phone 7 devices, the LG Optimus 7 (LG E900) and the LG Optimus 7Q (LG C900). Unlike its previous entry-level Android siblings, these phones are targeted at serious smartphone users. While the targeted date for the Optimus 7 is slated for end of this month in Singapore (price TBC), news on the Optimus 7Q is still tightly under wraps, with no sign of a physical set at the event.

Those familiar with the existing lineup might find the LG Optimus 7 a bit different from its distant relatives. From the onset, the smartphone looks drastically different, fronting a larger capacitive screen of 3.8-inches on a sturdy metallic body. Definitely catered to high-end users with a strong emphasis on 'multi-tainment', the smartphone comes with the latest Qualcomm QSD8650 1GHz processor, 16GB internal storage and 512MB RAM that should satiate an entertainment junkie. While the phone feels a tad heavy due to its metallic back, thankfully the device isn't too big and uncomfortable to hold; in fact, the device is relatively sleek and thin at just 11.5mm thick.

While its 3.8-inch screen isn't the biggest amongst the contenders, it is definitely sizable and yet, comfortable to hold. The smartphone boasts of a streamlined button layout, showcasing only back, home and search controls on a single panel.

The choice of retaining a 5-MP camera is questionable on a high-end phone like the LG Optimus 7, but as usual, it is found at the rear accompanied by a LED flash.

While LG hasn't done anything drastic to the interface, they have preloaded a couple of interesting exclusive apps that can be easily accessible from the homepage. These include a Scan Search app, an augmented reality app that displays information about your whereabouts and the weather, as well as the Play To app which allows you to easily share and play your multimedia content through an existing Wi-Fi connection with other DLNA DMR compatible devices. LG has indicated that it will provide more apps through the Windows Phone Marketplace, so stay tuned for more details.

We were given a brief demo on how to utilize the Play To app to share a photo with others.

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