Windows Phone 7 launches in the United States today

first_imgIt’s almost three and a half years late, but today is November 8th, and that means that today’s the first day that Americans will be able to see for themselves what lessons Microsoft has learned from the iPhone’s success and incorporated in their brand new smartphone operating system, Windows Phone 7.Although Windows Phone 7 has been out in Europe for a few weeks now, today is the official launch day of the operating system in the United States… if you’re on a GSM network, that is. Today will see four roughly equivalent Windows Phone 7 handsets dropping: the Samsung Focus, HTC Surround, LG Quantum and the HTC HD7. The first three will be AT&T exclusives, the last will be available on T-Mobile. Unfortunately, there will be no Windows Phone 7 devices today for Sprint or Verizon, who will need to wait until 2011 before they get the first CDMA WP7 handsets. As for the specs of these WP7 handsets, they’re all pretty similar. Microsoft’s trying to keep the hardware on Windows Phone 7 devices pretty locked down, so all four devices feature a 1GHz Snapdragon CPU, UMTS/WCDMA, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS and a touchscreen display. The differences mostly have to do with design, the size of the touchscreen and whether or not a device is a slider.Tell us, Geeks! Are you thinking of picking up a new Windows Phone 7 handset today? Which one, and why?last_img

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