The Windows Phone 7.5 Review, A Month-Long Experience

Multimedia: Music, Videos, And Pictures

Windows Phone 7.5: Music


The music interface is locked into portrait mode. You need to navigate text entries in the user interface if you want to select particular songs. Missing, however, is a way to quickly flip through albums using associated images like iOS' Cover Flow. Android has something similar, but navigating large music libraries still requires extra effort in WP7.

Microsoft's volume adjustment panel also gives you the ability to skip songs and resume playback, so you don't have to return to the Music hub for those features.


Windows Phone 7.5: Video Playback

Conversely, videos are locked in landscape mode. The controls are basic and consist of rewind, play/pause, fast forward, and fill screen/fit to screen.


Windows Phone 7.5: Pictures

The Picture tile has a news section similar to the People hub, which only lists news posts with embedded pictures. Even though this is an interesting feature, most people will probably prefer to see all tweets/posts, and not just the ones with pictures.

The Picture tile also lets you navigate to albums and sort pictures based on their parent album, date, contact who took the picture, and favorites.

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  • mi1ez
    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?
  • DeChe
    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!
  • Anonymous
    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
  • jrtolson
    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
  • theFatHobbit
    At least apple cant sue over the use of square icons with rounded corners
  • Anonymous
    Where can I get a higher res version of that picture. I love it!!
  • silver565
    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
  • silver565
    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