Neowin.net editor Owen Williams, just posted a great WP7 review after having a chance to use a prototype device at TechEd New Zealand. He was particularly impressed by the speed and responsiveness of the OS. He then goes on to make an insightful comment which should put to rest most of the usual critics complaints that the Metro UI is confusing, bland and contains a lot of wasted space.
The next thing I immediately noticed was how simple, clean, and effective the home screen was. Tiles are used instead of widgets, and the majority of them perform some sort of animation which grabs your attention.
The tiles on the home screen lead to hubs or applications which give a richer experience, with the tiles being an overview of whatâ€™s inside. When you open a hub, youâ€™re presented with a beautiful, clean panoramic mode, which makes use of hints (such as oversized text or arrows) to let you know thereâ€™s more information if you just swipe across
The post then continues with a detailed look at the other aspects of the OS so please hit the link to read rest of the article. His post clearly illustrates that WP7 is an OS that you have to actually experience personally to just appreciate the great work MS has done. Mr. Owens first hand impressions are shared by another author, Barry Collins, of PC Pro in his article titled, Five reasons to look forward to Windows phone 7. To quote Mr. Collins
and based on what we saw, WP7 could certainly be a contender when my iPhone contract expires next year.
I think all the gripes about multitasking and copy and paste can be forgiven for the launch because of all the other niceties that the OS offers. Mr. Owens concludes with this
As previously mentioned, the small things count, and are surprisingly important. The animations on the home screen tiles add a great deal to the experience –the emoticons that change based on the new messages waiting in messaging (or, that change to a sad face if it doesnâ€™t send), the Xbox Live avatar on the home screen â€“ these things all amount to an immersive, interactive, and intuitive experience, where the phone really feels like itâ€™s yours.
As a dedicated Android user, I can say now that if the production devices are quality, I’m seriously considering moving over from Android and selling my HTC Legend. The platform is solid and I’ve fallen in love with it.
I think by the end of the year, the headlines will change to â€œwhat other OSes need to do to catch up with WP7.â€