Windows Phone 7 with Mango rocks the best mullet in the smartphone world

Windows Phone 7 with Mango rocks the best mullet in the smartphone world

Summary: Mullets may not be pretty, but they are functional and now that people are bringing phones to the workplace Windows Phone 7 is best at offering business in the front and a party in the back.

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You probably know what a mullet haircut is and while it may not be the style today, it is a very efficient style with business going on in the front and a party in the back. You also don't have to look like a complete loser in a mullet and as shown by John Stamos in this picture to the right it can even be cool. In my opinion Windows Phone 7 is compelling because of this "mullet" design and is why I keep putting my SIM back into one. Now that I have the latest version of Mango on my 32GB Dell Venue Pro this OS update makes it an even more attractive mobile platform.

Business in the front

I am an Exchange user and Windows Phone 7 offers a top notch Exchange experience with conversation view, ability to search the server, ability to create appointments and invite attendees, manage your tasks, and more via a wireless Exchange connection. Office 365, SharePoint, and SkyDrive are supported and integrated in Mango so there is no lack of capability to share, collaborate on, and manage documents right from your phone.

Other platforms offer Exchange support and Office through 3rd party applications, but since Microsoft owns many of these native desktop solutions they are able to enhance the mobile experience more than others in most cases.

Windows Phone Mango includes some fantastic messaging features such as groups, threaded services, and linked inboxes so you can stay in touch with people in a variety of ways to make your communications experience the best.

When new platforms launch one of the first things they are hammered on is the lack of applications, which of course take time to build. Windows Phone Marketplace now has over 25,000 apps, which surpasses the 2+ year old webOS Palm Catalog and the RIM BlackBerry App World so I think we can stop focusing on the app story for this platform. It isn't just the number of apps, but the quality and variety and right now I can't even think of an app I need that is lacking on Windows Phone 7.

The new Internet Explorer 9 web browser is top notch, voice guided navigation in Bing Maps works well, and the many new features in Bing (Local Scout, Music, Vision, and Voice) are all there to help you get the job done on the go.

Party in the back

If you look at the reports that come out about what genre of apps sells the most then you will find that gaming rules the mobile platform software stores. Games are excellent on Apple's iOS, but with the new Mango functions I think Xbox LIVE enabled games beat even iOS with game quality, integration with the Xbox LIVE platform so you can earn achievements and communicate with friends, and the fun avatar experiences.

Apple has been the leader in the smartphone world in terms of media due to their fantastic ecosystem. The only other platform that has such a well integrated and supported ecosystem is Windows Phone 7 and if you are someone like me that prefers subscription services then there is nothing better than WP7. Mango gives you the ability to discover, stream, and download music and podcasts through the Zune Marketplace. You can get TV shows and movies and then share all of these music and video experiences through your Xbox at home.

The camera capture experience on Windows Phone lets you press and hold the camera button on a locked device with the display turned off and have the camera launch to take a photo and then share it without ever requiring you to unlock your phone. Like Android, you can now easily share these photos from directly within the camera software too.

Apple's iOS has a decent mullet, but the business end on the front isn't quite as clean as that in Windows Phone 7. Android, webOS, and BlackBerry have a ways to go to get their ecosystems in place and need to spend a lot more time at the barbershop.

Topics: Software, Apple, Hardware, Microsoft, Mobile OS, Mobility, Operating Systems, Smartphones, Windows

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  • RE: Windows Phone 7 with Mango rocks the best mullet in the smartphone world

    You are making it hard to wait for my update for my Arrive.
    Shmythey
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      Sultansulan
      • RE: Windows Phone 7 with Mango rocks the best mullet in the smartphone world

        @Sultansulan everybody is going to want a windows phone 7 cause its morebeautiful, slicker, intuitive, elegant, modern OS than Android and Iphone, it makes Android and iphone feel like Dinosaurs. Windows phone 7 is the future
        bxbbrian
      • RE: Windows Phone 7 with Mango rocks the best mullet in the smartphone world

        @Sultansulan Again, you are saying that of you?re a Microsoft stu<a href="http://vb.maas1.com/">m</a>per, then WP7SOS phones are the way to go. But what if you are not a diehard Microsoft supporter? What if you prefer Mac OS X, or Linux? The support for the phone is not quite as well done, or do those OSes just not count? Both Android and iOS support non native computers be<a href="http://www.tran33m.com/vb/">t</a>ter than WP7SOS, but Microsoft has chosen not to support other OSes. I do not see WP7SOS phones being the gateway drug to get people off of other OSes (which Microsoft thinks is the best way to go).
        alasiri
  • I may have to say so long to the iPhone

    on my next upgrade. WP7 seems to be maturing quite nicely.
    bobiroc
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    Hasam1991
    • Yeah, it worries you enough to post against it

      @Hasam1991
      I noticed.

      LOL!
      William Pharaoh
    • Sorry but the 0's are over. The era of the stand alone music player is done

      Even apples ipod sales have shown the drop offs that are the new normal as those days fade away into history. The unified device has replaced dedicated cameras, music player, pims, phones, pagers, etc.
      MS knew this as well as everyone and decided to drop dedicated music devices and focus on the smartphone. That way they can take over both markets. And they are well on their way with windows phone already being far superior to iphone in everyway in less than a year after it came out.
      Johnny Vegas
      • RE: Windows Phone 7 with Mango rocks the best mullet in the smartphone world

        @Johnny Vegas
        exactly thats the reason, Apple stopped selling HD based iPods last year itself.
        Ram U
      • RE: Windows Phone 7 with Mango rocks the best mullet in the smartphone world

        @Johnny Vegas It can be 100 times better than iPhone but what if people don't want to buy it?? Once you become a Apple fan, it's hard to leave them... not many go back, if anything the make the move to OS X etc,
        Hasam1991
      • Message has been deleted.

        cosuna
      • RE: Windows Phone 7 with Mango rocks the best mullet in the smartphone world

        @Hasam1991 All those people moving to OSX!?!? Win7 had a larger install base then all versions of OSX in less then a month after release. Perhaps Macs should come with a couple math tutorials.
        clcrockett
      • RE: Windows Phone 7 with Mango rocks the best mullet in the smartphone world

        @Hassam1991
        My Dad was on a Macbook Pro running Leopard for over a year, and he managed to switch back to Windows 7 in less than a day
        KSLGW95
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        Rick_K
      • RE: Windows Phone 7 with Mango rocks the best mullet in the smartphone world

        @Rama.net
        Actually Apple still sells the iPod classic which is a HD based iPod.

        WP7 is nice and Mango looks like it will make it even nicer, but no matter how much I try to use it as my main device I just can't. Yeah there are 250K apps. Most are junk.
        I have a smartphone to do things like communicate, schedule, deal with business and family issues. Games mean next to nothing to me. Whenever I try to do the things I really need WP7 does not make it easier. It leaves me searching for a better solution.
        Anim8me2
  • RE: Windows Phone 7 with Mango rocks the best mullet in the smartphone world

    Flash support would have made this the best phone
    1. MS Office integration
    2. Wonderful Music (Zune is too good) to be missed
    3. Wonderful Metro interface
    4. Best games
    If support for Flash was included it would have made it to the best.
    krishnansriram
    • Flash is overrated IMHO

      @krishnansriram The best implementation I have seen of Flash on a mobile platform is on the BB PlayBook and even then it stalls at times. I wish all video content would go to HTML5 instead and do not consider Flash essential for my needs.
      palmsolo (aka Matthew Miller)
      • RE: Windows Phone 7 with Mango rocks the best mullet in the smartphone world

        @palmsolo (aka Matthew Miller)
        I agree with you that Flash is overrated. While it works on OS X (quite to the contrary of what I have read on ZDNet), it does use a lot of CPU/GPU. A quick check of Activity Monitor, or iStat Pro (great widget), shows increase hardware activity when viewing Flash Video. Maybe Adobe should rework Flash to lean it out? From what I hear the majority of iOS users do not miss Flash, and the sales numbers for iOS devices seems to back that up.
        Rick_K
      • I agree. Using sales numbers as the metric

        @Rick_K
        of whether someone would prefer Flash on the iPhone is good.
        I noticed that Mac/OS X useage is at the bottom end of overall computer platforms, so that proves that Active Directory is a key selling point of Windows.
        William Pharaoh
      • RE: Windows Phone 7 with Mango rocks the best mullet in the smartphone world

        @palmsolo (aka Matthew Miller) & @Rick_k
        Yep, I noticed running Flash videos increased the fan speed on my MacBook. I was watching a lot of educational videos, and finally forced me to take it to genius bar and get a new motherboard installed, because the heat sensors and fans were gone due to extreme use of Flash Videos. lessons learned: convert the flash videos into mp4 or wmv and watch them.
        Ram U