HTC Trophy review

Why yes, yes it is another Windows Phone 7 device review. Not that we’re complaining. It’s not everyday that a new mobile operating system this polished arrives at our doorstep. Having already gone in depth with Microsoft’s entirely new OS and half dozen or so other WP7 devices, it’s now time to dive deep into the life and times of the HTC Trophy (codenamed, Spark). And it’s about time.

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HTC’s Trophy is not the best smartphone on the market. It’s not even the best Windows Phone 7 phone…

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Microsoft enables Windows Phone 7 apps to run beneath screen lock

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We felt that Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 was a product that would be perpetually evaluated, tweaked and overhauled as time went on, and sure enough, we’re already seeing those winds of change blow yonder. Reportedly, Microsoft has now removed the restriction that prevented developers from writing applications that would continue to operate behind a locked screen (without a user’s explicit permission, anyway), enabling a whole host of apps to breathe in a manner in which they simply should.

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Amazon Announced Kindle on the Windows Phone 7

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As sure as the sun, Amazon’s just announced it’ll be bringing Kindle to the Windows Phone 7 platform sometime “in the coming months.” The app was shown briefly today at Microsoft’s Professional Developers Conference (PDC 2010) and, based both on that and the official screenshot from Amazon’s teaser page (above), it’s definitely wearing that stylish WP7 aesthetic quite well.

Twitter Announced an Official App for Windows Phone

Twitter has just announced an official mobile app for Windows Phone. The application is available immediately for all Windows Phone 7 devices.

Twitter also says this app is particularly fast and brings users “all of the features that you’d expect from Twitter.”

Twitter mobile product manager Leland Rechis wrote on the Twitter blog that the UI for this platform is called Metro; the platform provides Pivots, which he says “are sort of like pages of the app.”

HTC HD7 Coming to T-Mobile November 8 for $199

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Anxious to get your hands on a brand new HTC HD7 smartphone? T-Mobile recently announced through a tweet that it’s coming to its stores on November 8 for the price of $199.99.

At 4.3 inches, the HTC HD7’s screen is the largest amongst new Windows Phone 7 smartphones. The device sports a 1 GHz Qualcomm CPU, a 5-megapixel camera with dual-LED flash, capable of recording 720p video, 16 GB of storage memory and a battery that provides it with six hours of talk time and up to 13 days of standby time.

Shazam Available on Windows Phone 7

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Music discovery app Shazam is now officially available for Windows Phone 7, just in time for the mobile operating system’s launch in many parts of the globe, including New Zealand and Australia, as well as Europe and Asia. (Windows Phone 7 devices are expected to arrive in the U.S. before the end of the year.)

Windows Phone 7 users will be able to download a free version of Shazam from the Windows Phone Marketplace. As part of the initial launch offer, consumers will have access to unlimited tagging — the feature that identifies titles and artists for unknown tracks playing at any given moment. It will also be possible to purchase tagged tracks directly from the Zune marketplace.

Windows Phone 7 for sale in New Zealand

Well played, New Zealand. Hobbit-infested scenery, Flight of the Conchords, the first in the world to get iPhone 3Gs… and now this. What you’re looking at is purportedly the first person to purchase a Windows Phone 7 device, and even if that’s not quite the case, it signals the launch of the phone for the island country, which would make it the first region in the world to put the device on sale. Have patience, non-Kiwi friends.

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Xbox.com Gets More Social and Windows Phone 7 Features

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Gamers will notice a radically revamped Xbox.com experience Wednesday morning. Microsoft is adding a new design and several social features, including an avatar creator, Windows Phone 7 integration and even playable web games.

Though many of the core features will be the same, the social experience will improve with the addition of a unified inbox for messages, friend requests and game requests. You’ll be able to customize your avatar (with previews of new clothing purchases) at the website, and the Marketplace search engine will get new filters and browsing options.

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Battling Chimeras: Windows Phone 7

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Windows Phone 7 is a sprawling mobile platform that, by year’s end, will power about a dozen devices, from four manufacturers, spanning 60 carriers through 30 countries. According to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Windows Phone 7 was created to be, “Always delightful and wonderfully mine.” It was a reactionary moment in the company’s history — an answer to a question asked three years earlier.

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