I haven't noticed this so consistently with any other touch smartphone, but with both the models of Windows Phone 7 handsets I've had my hands on, I've had to be touching both the case and the screen for the screen to work as a touchscreen. Put it down on the chair, or the desk next to me and press the screen - nothing happens.
500 words into the future
Unapologetically opinionated views on technology, in the office and out
Simon Bisson is a freelance technology journalist. He specialises in architecture and enterprise IT. He ran one of the UK's first national ISPs and moved to writing around the time of the collapse of the first dotcom boom. He still writes code.
Mary Branscombe is a freelance tech journalist. Mary has been a technology writer for nearly two decades, covering everything from early versions of Windows and Office to the first smartphones, the arrival of the web and most things inbetween.
The champagne bottle has cracked over its bows, and the good ship Windows Phone 7 has finally set sail. It's been a hard slog to get here, with Microsoft throwing away its original mobile OS and starting from scratch and coming up with a unique approach to smartphones in just 18 months.
Almost everything people are saying about Windows Phone 7 includes references to either the improvements since Windows Mobile or the fact that Microsoft is bringing out a new OS in a space that already has strong players who've been there for a while, usually phrased as 'late to the party'. Yes, but (as they say).
And it seems everyone wants to deliver that.I'm going to be demanding.
Social search context, interface, speed of development; Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg thinks Microsoft's Bing has the edge in all of these.You expect partners to pat each other on the back when they make an announcement; if they weren't happy with each other, they wouldn't be rolling anything out.
As the updated Facebook Groups options make their way to more and more accounts, you might see some things you don't expect. Yes, a Facebook friend can join you to a group they're a member of and you'll show up as a member and start getting messages from the group - and you might never see an invitation message.
In court it is. If a company stole the PCs it used to run its business (RAM raiding, shoplifting, breaking and entering or credit card fraud - take your pick), it would be theft pure and simple and you'd expect it to end up in a prison sentence.
It's 9.7mm thick, it's got a 7" screen and yes - it's a tablet that runs on QNX and connects to your BlackBerry by Bluetooth.
The IE interface definitely needs improving, simplifying and de-crufting. The IE9 beta interface is an excellent start - but for some of us it's just too simple, because it makes things that were already confusing even more so.
Good technology conferences have interesting content, sessions that keep you learning new things. But the best thing about them isn’t the content, it’s the people you meet and the conversations you have.