Supply shortages, reviews, Xbox Live bannings & No Lines
Today marks the US launch of Windows Phone 7. Already, reviews are flooding in from users and tech gurus across the Internet. Todd Bishop of TechFlash praises the platform's strong integration of various programs (Facebook, OneNote, Gmail) and potential for personalization. The keyboard received its share of complaints, but overall WP7 is a "good effort".
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The Dell Venue Pro has also seen some launch day reviews. The sliding keyboard made a good impression, and the whole device is called "compelling". The VP's main downside? No front-facing camera. That's a problem across the board for WP7 though.
Starting to get all amped up for a new Windows Phone 7 smartphone? You'll want to get out and buy it fast. Sources all around Europe (namely in the UK) report supply shortages of WP7 devices. An Orange store manager had this to say,
"I was shocked when I heard the news. We are the lead partner for Windows Phone 7. But I believe this is a manufacturer issue on a world-wide scale."
On the 'plus' side, it doesn't look like WP7 phones are in any danger of selling out on launch day. Electronista reports that a number of sources have sent in photos and anecdotal coverage of tiny or no lines at significant retail outlets on the west coast. One Microsoft Store in Denver apparently had no line at all. Microsoft may want a refund on some of that half-billion they spent on marketing.
Lastly, WPCentral reports on an interesting finding from someone named Conflipper. Inside WP7 is a file that says this:
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Which likely means that Microsoft has put some preventive measures in place for when people start trying to hack and jailbreak these devices. It makes sense to keep hacked phones off of Xbox Live, but that doesn't mean these measures will actually achieve their goal. Today's phone hackers are clever enough to get past something like that. Right, XDA developers?