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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

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

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

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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JohnH

October 12, 2010, 12:46 pm

I think someone needs to get to the bottom of the SD card issue.





The MS support site says SD cards can be added before the phone is set up. Begs the question of which of the new phones have SD card slots and whether the cards need to be fitted by the manufacturer.





That&#8217ll make quite a bit of different in appraising new hardware.

Kaurisol

October 12, 2010, 1:55 pm

@Edward Chester - "One particularly noteworthy thing about this handset is it comes with 16GB of onboard storage, an amount we consider the bear minimum". Absolute minimum - 32GB should be minimum in my view - particularly if the phone is intended to be used as a camera and/or media player. And as for not being able to expand by adding a memory card....

Simon

October 12, 2010, 2:34 pm

What a bunch of totally fugly phones.

Runadumb

October 12, 2010, 11:37 pm

@JohnH yes I heard that too. It was one of the things I thought would have been cleared up with the official launch of the handsets. Why hasn't this been explained yet? If you could throw in a SD card but had to do a factory reset it wouldn't be a huge deal. Just do it day one. Far better than only having 8GB anyway.





@Kaurisol you really think 32GB should be the "Absolute minimum"? I feel that 8GB is certainly to small. It wasn't enough a year ago with the Pre and it is just unacceptable now but 16GB does allow for a brave bit of music, pictures and general stuff you would have on your smartphone.


However, 32GB will be what I am looking to in the future but I would still say 16GB is a fair minimum.

berio

October 13, 2010, 1:46 am

MS doing a lot better than Google at launch !! That's quite a range.

Runadumb

October 13, 2010, 11:16 am

And we have our answer on the SD card issue http://pocketnow.com/windows-p...


FAIL

Geoff Richards

October 13, 2010, 12:15 pm

@Runadumb - here's some further reading:


http://windowsphonesecrets.com...





Because they're talking about "hard reset" I'm going to guess that involves losing all one's data, or at least, synching with a PC first.





So I'm going to go out on a limb and suggest that you could slap a 32GB card in the phone on your day of purchase, but tread carefully if you would like to upgrade to 64GB in a year's time. And cancel any plans you might've had about removing the microSD card and putting it in a card reader to download your photos - that won't work. You'd need to plug the entire phone in via USB.





Hardly a fatal flaw, and it sounds like there's a technical reason for this limitation, but not exactly user friendly

JohnH

October 13, 2010, 12:44 pm

That's great news. 40GB should do just nicely, especially with some cloud storage options too.





Next question: which of these phones have SD card slots?

Runadumb

October 13, 2010, 6:58 pm

@Geoff okay that link you provided seems to suggest this guy has a WP7 device and has actually done this so that gives hope.


I guess we will have to wait until review units are out before we will know for sure. Oh but I do see one problem with using this method, wouldn't speed be all over the place if you are reading data from both internal storage (super fast) and sd (super slow)? Maybe going under class 4 would be a big mistake.

Geoff Richards

October 13, 2010, 7:56 pm

@Runadumb - yeah, speed is a concern for me too. But reading the various links suggests there's some "good reason" why Microsoft has gone with this seamless storage approach.





Then again, Android supports installing to SD so maybe speed isn't a massive deal... I just don't know. I've got an 8GB microSD card that I bought for £10 back at the end of June; it's unopened, so no idea how fast / slow it is, nevermind how fast it would "need" to be.





I'm sure all will be revealed over the coming weeks.

Runadumb

October 13, 2010, 9:53 pm

@Geoff I find apps that are running off the Sd card are not noticeably slower than main memory but loading photos or waiting for the music library to update (after adding stuff) can be painful. Don't know if thats an issue with android or just the fact that class 2 Sd cards do in fact suck. I have had this 16GB card for around 18 months now and it's starting to become a limitation. Whenever I upgrade I won't be cheaping out, it will be one of the faster cards.

Runadumb

October 14, 2010, 11:02 am

Oh and speaking of 64GB where the hell are the SDXC cards we were promised? http://www.trustedreviews.com/... Shouldn't devices be coming out supporting them by now let alone having cards on the market? We need more memory :( MOAR!

JohnH

October 14, 2010, 1:09 pm

You'd need to note the precise MS wording:





"Windows Phone uses a special high&#8211performance SD card that works differently from SD cards in other devices."





Slow old cards aren't going to cut it.





The help page also says the card is integrated "When your phone is built and first set up". That suggests to me that it might need to be included by the manufacturer or that, if you do it yourself, it won't just be case of adding the card before you boot the phone for the first time.

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