The 30 Second Guide to Windows Phone 7 Handsets

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By now, you’ll know that Microsoft have launched Windows Phone 7 on the world. There’s a lot (and I mean a lot) of news, views and other coverage (including a good few videos here on 9) to check out online around the launch. 

But if you want to cut to the chase, here’s a brief guide to the handsets that will be available in your area in the coming weeks. More than 60 mobile operators in over 30 countries have committed to bringing Windows Phones from Dell, HTC, Samsung and LG to market, so there should be plenty of choice available. Here’s the lowdown:

HTC 7 Surround (US, Canada) 

The HTC Surround offers a 3.8” screen, 5 megapixel camera and 16 GB memory on board. It’s a winner for music fans with a full-length Yamaha speaker that in revealed when you slide the screen to the left. A small kickstand at the bottom pops out to rest the handset on your desk – instant boom box.

Samsung Focus (US)

Slim, sleek and bright with an 800 x 480 pixel Super AMOLED Screen. It comes with a 5 megapixel camera, 8GB of memory, but is expandable up to 32GB with a MicroSD card.

LG Quantum/Optimus 7Q (US/Australia)

The Quantum looks like a great phone for business, with a slide out keyboard that’ll make typing Office docs easy. HSPA 7.2 networking, Wi-Fi and a 5 megapixel camera is bundled with 16GB Storage. Notably, the Quantum also supports a version of Windows 7’s Play To feature, allowing you to stream music, video and photos from the phone to compatible DLNA-enabled media receivers. The Quantum will be branded as the Optimus 7Q outside the US.

HTC HD7 (Germany, Singapore, Spain, UK, US) 

HTC’s HD7 has a large 4.3”, 800 x 480 screen, 16GB RAM and a 5 megapixel camera, which seems the norm for Windows 7 Phone launch devices. Like the Surround, you’ll get a kick stand for propping up the handset on your desk, and in the US, carrier T-Mobile will be shipping the device with Netflix and Slacker apps, plus Family Room which allows you to run a shared family calendar.

Dell Venue Pro (US)

If you’re a fan of slide out keyboards, the Venue Pro is another handset to check out. Again, there’s a large 4.1” screen, with an 800 x 480 resolution. Slide that screen up and the four row keyboard is revealed. 16GB Storage, 5 megapixel camera and a suite of apps are included, including Telenav navigation, Netflix, Slacker and Family Room.

LG Optimus 7 (Australia, Canada, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Spain, UK)

Coming to Canada and Mexico, the Optimus 7 is similar to LG’s other Windows Phone 7 device, the Quantum, but offers a slightly different design. You’ll find it has a slightly larger display at 3.8” vs 3.5” on the Quantum, and the same 16GB storage and 5 megapixel camera. But unlike the Quantum, there’s no slide out keyboard, so its perhaps better suited for non-business use.

HTC 7 Mozart (France, Germany, UK)

HTC are bringing the Mozart to Europe, and offers a powerful 8 megapixel camera and Xenon flash which will please mobile snappers. You’ll be able to view your shots on a 3.7” Super LCD screen with Dolby sound pleasing the ears. There’s 8GB storage on board, which is less than other devices on offer, so there’s a compromise required to get that camera.

Samsung Omnia 7 (France, Germany, Spain, UK)

 Like the Focus, the Omnia packs Samsung’s 4” Super AMOLED display, which you may have previously seen on the Samsung Galaxy. The 5 megapixel camera comes with auto-focus and 720p HD video recording, FM radio plus Bluetooth and Wi-Fi support. There’s likely to be a choice of 8GB and 16GB models depending on your needs.

HTC 7 Trophy (Australia, France, Germany, Spain, UK)

HTC’s Windows Phone 7 devices are many and varied. The Trophy comes with a 3.8”, 400 x 800 screen, 8GB memory, 5 megapixel camera with LED flash, plus 720p HD video recording. It may well be one of the more keenly priced handsets available out there at launch.

Phew! That’s a lot of phones to check out – all of the launch models should be available before the holidays.Which one will you go for?


The Discussion

  • User profile image

    Great round up, thanks.  My wife is getting an HTC HD7 on Thursday - I will post first impressions on my blog.

    My top tip when looking at these phones: Don't ignore the bundled software when making your decision -  I have played with some of the LG specific software and it is very good!

    And If you are a developer check my tips for successful submision to the WP7 marketplace:

    (I was lucky to get early access and was caught out by a lot of these myself, so please save yourself some time!)


  • User profile image

    Why is the most important (first) country (New Zealand) missing from your list of countries?

    Despite popular belief we are not part of Australia.

    We will be getting the HTC 7 Trophy from Vodafone NZ on the 21st (before any other countries 21st, aren't timezones great!)

    And then some time in November Telecom NZ will be releasing the LG Optimus 7Q

    That is all



  • User profile image

    HTC HD7 (Germany, Singapore, Spain, UK, US) will also be in France.
    Check this here:
    Available at Bouygues.

  • User profile image
    Jason Cartwright

    If your after the full list of Australian WP7 devices go to
    Unfortunately this post leaves a couple out.

  • User profile image

    I really don't see why every single WP7 device model cannot go to every country as long as they are on different providers. All current nine handsets should be available in the US, perhaps 5 of them on AT&T and 4 on T-Mobile and so on in every other country so users can get some level of maximum list of choices.
    In any case, these are the two I wan to to see; and
    ...I prefer the first one because it has an aluminium chassis, I just hope the display on both are as big as the HD7. Both devices are rumored to be made by ASUS for Microsoft as Microsoft-branded WP7 devices perhaps for release early next year. I can't wait since my current phone is an older WinMo6.1 even though my contract ended with AT&T in May.
    One advise I will give to Microsoft is to make sure all micro-usb ports on their devices should be located in the same exact spot so they can also deliver other accesories such as the iHome and things one can easily sit the devices into for interaction.

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