While the world surely did not need another top of the line smartphone, Microsoft is set to enter the fray with the Microsoft Phone 7. The device is set to shake up everything that is smart phones, but being a direct competitor of such consumer favorites like the iPhone and Droid, Microsoft Phone 7 needs to bring out a lot of fire power. Still, Microsoft is likely leveraging in the popularity of their other devices like the Zune and X Box 360 to help increase the appeal of Phone 7. With the official release date still a little off in the distance, this particular smartphone may or may not be a serious contender for a nice market share of the coveted smartphone market.
Phone 7 is due to offer three or four page hubs for items like pictures, contacts, Zune, and X Box Live. These hubs will be flickable from the right or left across the touch screen of the phone. Of course, this is a nice change from having to launch an app and get an in depth look around, it really remains to be seen if this feature will be a road block or an asset. From all the test videos, it looks like it could really be a lot of fun. The keyboard is completely virtual, either vertical or horizontal, while the keyboard will likely be high quality and easy to use, it is likely that it will be second place at best to the great feature on the iPhone.
The nice part about most of the bells and whistles is that they are software, and if there is one thing Microsoft does well, it is software. The physical phone itself sports a great screen, that makes all the pictures look as vivid as the day were taken. Plus, the camera will likely come in around 5 mega pixels or higher, which put it on par with the Droid. As far the processor, memory, and other hardware, Phone 7 looks set to deliver blistering speeds across a 3G connection. But the best part about Phone 7 will be the ability to get Zune and X Box Live access from one device. Cutting out the PC as the middle man is an interesting concept, and it will be interesting to see if the device actually delivers what it might be capable of. While the initial videos and tests of the phone look great, it may be a little bit of time before anyone can say whether or not Droid, iPhone, or Evo users should start to check their upgrade dates.