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Dell, LG, and Samsung Join the Windows Phone Party


Dell, LG, and Samsung Join the Windows Phone Party

We've already seen what HTC has to offer on the Windows Phone 7 front and now we have three more names to add; Dell, LG, and Samsung. Here's what they have to offer:


Dell Venue Pro

Dell has definitely taken the most innovative approach to the design of its handset, adding a down-sliding qwerty keyboard to its 4.1in AMOLED 800x480 screen. As with all the handsets we've heard about so far, it uses the 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and also sports a 5megapixel camera with autofocus and an LED flash. We have no details on when it will be available.


LG Optimus 7

The LG Optimus 7 is a much more conventional handset than the Dell offering, with just a 3.8in touchscreen and the three buttons below it for input. These are proper buttons rather than touch sensitive ones. The company has also added a couple of innovations of its own to try and differentiate its devices. Play-To is its DLNA multimedia sharing platform while Scansearch is an augmented reality, real-time search tool. Also added is Voice-to-Text, which it says "will be a godsend for text addicts, allowing voice to text transcribing for Facebook and Twitter updates, emails or memos for a convenient hands free experience." One particularly noteworthy thing about this handset is it comes with 16GB of onboard storage, an amount we consider the bear minimum and definitely a boon over HTCs offerings.

LG Optimus 7Q / LG Quantum

The 7Q (or Quantum in the US) is a smaller device than the Optimus 7, with a 3.5in screen but it offers the same 800 x 480 resolution and other LG specific extras. It also has an intriguing combination of a physical Home/Windows button and touch sensitive Back and Search buttons - we're not usually fans of this design so it will be interesting to see if it feels natural on this handset. Again, we're also pleased to see 16GB of onboard storage on offer.


Samsung Omnia 7 / Samsung Focus

Surprisingly, for such a large company, Samsung has only launched a single handset and as you might guess, it's somewhat conventional in design. Sporting a 4in display using the company's much vaunted Super AMOLED technology. inside you again get a 1GHz Snapdragon processor, though only 8GB of storage. As is de riguer, a 5 megapixel camera with LED flash can be found on the back.

So, the other manufacturers aren't taking quite such a scatter-gun approach to their designs as HTC, at least not yet, but does any of them appeal more to you? On design alone we're still rather taken with the HTC Mozart but let us know what you think in the comments.

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