Yesterday in New York, Microsoft celebrated the launch of their new Windows Phone 7.5 devices – the HTC Radar 4G, the Samsung Focus S and the Samsung Focus Flash, with quite the splash. It all started with a gigantic Windows Phone stationed at the center of Herald Square, directly in front of Macy’s. The event was headlined by a performance by Far East Movement who performed from inside one of the giant Windows Phone 7 tiles, or specifically the Zune tile. But besides for the concert, the whole crowd was treated to free Pizza, but only after the Windows Phone used Bing to dial Ray’s local pizza shop and place an order. Next, New Yorkers got to see one man propose to his stunned girlfriend from within one of the tiles. The message here was all about how Windows Phone 7.5 is about being social and connecting people.
The AccuWeather team was also on hand, as they argued from within the AccuWeather app tile way above. Finally, the Zombies from Zombies Live! also came out and performed. How appropriate for a game with the word “Live!” in it.
All in all, this Windows Phone event might be the most clever and fun smartphone launch ever!
The New Windows Phones
The Samsung Focus S is just 8.5mm thin and features a gorgeous 4.3″ super AMOLED plus screen. It also runs on the AT&T network and is capable of 4G speeds. It’s powered by a 1.4GHz processor and it multitasks like a champion. The Samsung Focus Flash has similar specs but with a smaller 3.7 inch super AMOLED screen. Both phones have just been launched with a 2-year contract for $199.99 for the Focus S and $49.99 for the Samsung Focus Flash, which is quite the steal.
HTC has two new Windows phones, the Radar 4G, and Titan. The HTC Titan proudly lives up to the name with a whopping 4.7″ beautiful display and a resolution of 480×800. While the phone’s screen is large, it still maintains a sleek form factor at just 4 cm thick. It’s powered by a Qualcomm 1.5GHz processor. It will be released soon on AT&T. Lastly, the HTC Radar 4G runs on T-Mobile’s 4G network. The white and silver Radar is beautiful and features a 5-megapixel camera, a 1Ghz processor, and a nicely sized 3.8″ WVGA TFT display. It is now available for just $99.99 with a 2-year T-Mobile contract. We’ll have a full review of the HTC Radar up soon.
All five of these new phones run the brand new Windows Phone 7.5 Mango Operating System. The Windows OS has come a long way in a short amount of time. The interface is beautiful, intuitive, easy to use, and offers great social integration. The multi-tasking is phenomenal and we love the tiles. If you haven’t played with one of the Windows Phones running Mango then by all means get out there and play with it!