Choosing the Windows Phone 7 Handset for You

January 25, 2011, By Christian Cawley

With the release of Windows Phone 7 there were just a few handsets available, mainly from HTC. However as the months progressed more and more handsets have been made available, and we’re now at the point where there are 10 separate devices with LG, Samsung and Dell all joining the party.

Choosing a Windows Phone 7 handset

As a result of this it can be pretty tricky making a decision on which Windows Phone 7 handset is the one for you. Is it the AMOLED Samsung Omnia 7 or the sound-conscious HTC Surround? Perhaps you’re looking after the IT operations for an entire organization and have identified the Dell Venue Pro with its hardware keyboard, or require the extended battery life of the LG Optimus 7Q/Quantum.

The fact is, it isn’t an easy decision – so luckily a very useful infographic has been made available by the guys at the Windows Phone 7 blog

What Does It All Mean?

Displayed on this illustration are all of the current Windows Phone 7 handsets (current to January 2011) and their various specs, such as speed, weight, battery life and thickness – the practical stuff you need to know before choosing a Windows Phone 7 handset.

After all, you don’t need to know what the processor is, as this is the same across the platform (1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon) and the user interface remains constant across all devices (a clear step away from the previous Windows Mobile platform for smartphones and PDAs which used different releases for different hardware types.)

While there is a minimum spec for Windows Phone 7 in order to maximise the user experience, there remains some interesting variations between the devices, each of which adds character and some tailors the different handsets to different users.

Understanding the Windows Phone Infographic

So to identify the right phone for you on the Windows Phone 7 infographic, you will first of all need to check the devices listed across the top of the image, and then check your particular requirement. For instance if you’re looking for a device with a good quality camera, check the top left corner where you will see the HTC Mozart has an 8 MP camera, whereas all other Windows Phone 7 handsets have a 5 MP camera.

Similarly, the Screen chart lists all of the Windows Phone 7 handsets in terms of screen dimensions and type, with the HTC HD7 weighing in with a 4.3 inch TFT-LCD display while the LG Optimus 7Q has a smaller 3.5 inch display.

As you can see, the chart is really easy to use and is also beautifully arranged, with useful colour coding for different memory types, battery life and weight.

If you’re planning on buying a Windows Phone 7 handset and haven’t yet made a choice, use this infographic to identify a device, and then start Googling for reviews!

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