The Windows Phone 7.5 Review, A Month-Long Experience

Bing Services: Local Scout, Music, Vision, Speech

Local Scout

Local Scout, WP7's guide to your current location, is completely integrated into WP7, although it requires location permission and a data connection to operate. When you click on an entry, such as a restaurant, you're provided with details that let you generate turn-by-turn navigation directions and call the business.


Music provides an integrated music identification service that gives you the title, artist, and album of a particular song playing in the vicinity of the phone. This service requires a data connection.


Vision lets you scan codes and tags, provided that you have a data connection. It's also useful for helping translating text on flat images. Curved, open books don't work well.

The translation quality is similar to that of other automated services, which means that it often contains errors. Translations from European languages are generally of better quality than translations from Asian languages.


Speech is a simplified voice recognition system capable of calling, texting, searching, and opening applications. It can be accessed from the Vision icon or by holding down the home button. However, there's a slight difference between these two methods. Speech does not work without a data connection when it's used through Vision, but it does when you hold down the home button.

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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