The Windows Phone 7.5 Review, A Month-Long Experience

Maintaining Contacts, Calling, And Messaging

Maintaining Contacts

WP7 provides easy-to-access information about your contacts. When you click on the "People" tile from the home screen, you immediately see a news feed of your contacts' latest activity on Twitter and Facebook. Swipe to the left, and you're presented with tiles for people you recently contacted. Swipe left again, and you'll see a directory of all contacts.

The "Me" section of the "People" tile provides a convenient way to update your own social media status, check into Bing or Facebook places, and set your Facebook chat status. You can pin individual contacts to the home screen; their tile images are their profile pictures.

Windows Phone 7.5: Contacts

Contact management continues to be a challenge, regardless of the mobile operating system. Microsoft takes large strides to make connectivity across multiple networks less overwhelming in WP7. For example, you can either manually enter contacts, or import them using Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn. If you have a contact on multiple networks, you can link the accounts so that the person's information appears under a single card. You can also sort contacts into groups, which allows you to see information from a particular group on a single page.

Calling & Messaging

Windows Phone 7.5: Calling & Messaging (SMS)

Updated with Microsoft's Metro UI, the look at feel of calling and messaging in WP7 is impressively clean.

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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