Yesterday I became the proud owner of a brand new Samsung Omnia 7 Windows Phone 7 device, courtesy of Ubelly, oh and of course me for coming up with the winning Twitter #techin8 competition entry.
The popularity of Windows Phone 7 meant that I had to wait a few weeks until I received it, so as you can imagine I have been waiting excitedly, like a child the night before Christmas. All I have to say is; it was worth the wait!
Coming from using Windows Mobile 6.5, the first thing I noticed (apart from the awesome Metro design) was the fluidity and ease of navigating to applications and functions within the phone; using gestures to access the applications menu or using the very cool Live Tiles Oh, and the responsiveness, simply amazing! It’s sooo quick.
After a quick browse about and getting a feel for the device, it was time to set it up for me
First thing on my “set things up” list; e-mail. I use Outlook at work and at home, so the choice for me, use Outlook on the phone too. Adding an e-mail account to the phone was very simple, accessing the “email & accounts” option in settings, tapping “add an account” and tapping “Outlook” presents you with a screen to enter your e-mail account details, the phone will attempt automatically set up your account for you; if you’re like me and have a Hotmail account, you’ll have to access the Advanced settings when prompted as the automatic setup will fail. The only thing I noticed here was that, if you tap into the Domain field (which you don’t need to do when adding a Hotmail account), you’ll have to start again because for some reason tapping in it means you have to enter something in it, the setup won't continue without it. So DON’T tap in the Domain field, just enter m.hotmail.com in the Server field. After figuring this out; eventually, all my Hotmail e-mails synchronised to the device. Nice!
I also added my Windows Live account to the phone; which was much easier (yes, I know, I could have sync’d my e-mails this way too), the only thing I had to do here was combine my Hotmail/Live contacts in the People list with my phone contacts (where necessary), which was relatively simple and had an added bonus of displaying my contact’s Live Account profile pictures if they had one, which makes the People Live Tile a little more interesting
I won’t bore you with all the apps that I downloaded, but all I’ll say is; if you’re at home, connect your phone to your laptop/desktop (make sure you have Zune installed and set up), navigate to the Marketplace and download and install your apps this way; it’s much quicker and doesn’t affect your phone’s monthly download quota.
I only have a few gripes with the phone; the first, you can’t set the Bluetooth on and not discoverable. Second, you can’t add hidden Wi-Fi networks (you could do this on WM 6.5). Third, you can’t set an Outlook e-mail synchronisation schedule (you could do this on WM 6.5) and last; and not a WP7 issue, but a device issue…no Micro SD slot.
If anyone knows how to get round any of those, let me know.
All that said and even though I’ve only had the phone a day, I wouldn’t trade it in for anything. It’s a massive improvement on WM 6.5, from what I can remember about it