Windows Phone 7 devices are officially on sale from today but as launches go it is pretty low key, with little fanfare on the web site of the major networks.
There are four handsets featuring the OS to choose from with the Samsung Omnia 7 the most widely available. You can find it on on 3, Orange, T-Mobile and Vodafone, and it hopes to make a big impact with its 4in 480 x 800 resolution AMOLED screen.
If you’re on O2, the only option is the HTC HD7, which has a simply huge 4.3in display and 16GB of memory. Size matter it seems.
Orange gets the HTC 7 Mozart to itself, with its 8GB of memory and Dolby Mobile, while Vodafone has the exclusive on the HTC 7 Trophy, with a 3.8in display, though there's nothing on the Vodafone UK web site at time of writing.
The LG Optimus 7 was one of the first Windows Phone 7 handsets unveiled but has yet to appear at online retailers.
Earlier this year we debated whether Windows Phone 7 would be essentially dead on arrival, but generally the reception to Microsoft’s heavily revamped OS has been positive, with even Apple stalwart Stephen Fry singing its praises. It remains to be seen if this will translate into popular appeal of any kind, but it might help Microsoft could get its network and retail partners to show a little bit more enthusiasm.
If you want to know more about the OS, be sure to check out our in depth guide.