The Windows Phone 7.5 Review, A Month-Long Experience

Touch Gestures And Multitasking

Windows Phone 7 On Nokia's Lumia 800

Touch gestures work just as they do on other mobile operating systems. However, scrolling has more of a glide effect compared to Apple's inertial mechanism.

Multitasking

Mobile operating systems technically aren't designed for multitasking, since applications don't continue to execute code while they're in the background. Two exceptions to this are push notifications and background audio, which allow you to receive alerts and to listen to music while doing other things. Instead, fast app switching (FAS) facilitates quick movement between multiple applications.

FAS has been supported on Android and iOS for a while. Microsoft didn't support FAS on Windows Phone 7 initially, but it was added with the Mango update. Overall, this feature is easier to use on WP7 than on Android or iOS because each individual application is represented by a large picture that displays the status of each program. In order to switch to a previous application, you just have to hold down the back button to enter the FAS interface and swipe between apps like you would a deck of cards.

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    The most popular apps found on Android and iOS are also found on WP7, including Facebook, YouTube, Shazam, Slacker Radio, Twitter, Angry Birds, Netflix, Adobe Acrobat, GasBuddy, Air Hockey, and Skype.

    Adobe Reader?
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  • To my knowledge there is not Skype yet on WP7, also a major point missed is the intergrated messaging system allowing you to switch seamlessy between SMS, Facebook chat and MSN. But otherwise nice review learnt a few things myself about Bing search!
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  • I have used Skype on my Nokia 610 its basis but it works.

    I have had mine for 3 weeks and I am liking it. seems more stable than the android on my wife's Xperia
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  • as its windows i guess it will BSOD at the wrong moments like calling emergency services...

    i like the nokia lumia, im just sad not to see Symbian :-( i liked symbian
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  • At least apple cant sue over the use of square icons with rounded corners
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  • Where can I get a higher res version of that picture. I love it!!
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  • I've got a WP7 phone. The only thing I want to see added now is VPN access. This is the one thing Apple & Android have over WP7
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  • jrtolsonas its windows i guess it will BSOD at the wrong moments like calling emergency services...i like the nokia lumia, im just sad not to see Symbian :-( i liked symbian


    Never had a BSOD. The only issue I get(which is rare). Is that if I unlock the phone at the exact same time I get a Txt the screen can't be used. I have to lock and then unlock it to get it back
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