Windows Phone 7 Irish launch round-up

Microsoft has officially unveiled its new phone OS – Windows Phone 7 – with three handsets (compared to 10 in the US) running the platform to be available in Ireland in time for Christmas.

All three devices have a lot in common – not least because of Microsoft’s strict rules about minimum specifications. For example all three run on a 1GHz processor, have a 5mp camera with 720p HD video recording capabilities, have at least 8GB of internal storage (Some have 16GB) with no expandable memory slot present.

They all have unique selling points too, however. Here’s a quick round-up of what Windows Phone 7 devices will be available here before Christmas, what they have to offer and when you can get them:

The HTC HD7

HTC HD7

The intro
HTC’s follow on to the HD2, this is the Taiwanese company’s flagship handset for the Microsoft platform.

Unique selling points
Its 4.3″ screen, a kick-stand at the back for propping the handset up to watch videos and the HTC Hub app, which has unique content as well as some things that may be familiar to users of HTC’s Android phones.

Availability
The HTC HD7 will be available exclusively on the O2 network in Ireland from the 21st October.

Detailed spec
1GHz processor, 4.3-inch touchscreen display, 576MB RAM, 5-megapixel camera with 720p HD video, 8 & 16GB models, GPS, WiFi, Bluetooth 2.1.

The LG Optimus 7

LG Optimus 7

The intro
Sporting a 3.8″ WVGA screen the LG Optimus 7 is the smallest of the three WinPh7 devices to hit Irish shores this side of Christmas – something that may be appealing to many users.

Unique selling points
An augmented reality app that shows you nearby points of interest, a 360 panoramic photo app and DNLA support (meaning you can stream content from the phone to a compatible TV etc.).

Availability
The LG Optimus 7 will be available exclusively on the Vodafone network in Ireland from 21st October.

Detailed spec
3.8-inch WVGA display, a 1GHz processor, 5-megapixel camera with 720P recording, 16GB internal storage, GPS with digital compass, accelerometer, light and proximity sensors, Bluetooth 2.1, WiFi and DNLA support.

The Samsung Omnia 7

Samsung Omnia 7

The intro
The Samsung Omnia 7 sits in the middle in terms of size, sporting a 4″ SuperAMOLED screen and is the latest in the company’s Windows-based Omnia range, which tends to be business-focused.

Unique selling points
The 4″ SuperAMOLED screen is a sight to be seen and easily one of the best screen-types out there. The phone also supports the slightly faster ‘n’ WiFi standard; which coupled with what Samsung say is a physical design made with gamers in mind, will make the device more ‘gaming friendly’.

Availability
The Samsung Omnia 7 will be available from the Three, Meteor and eMobile networks in late November.

Detailed spec
1GHz Qualcomm processor, 4″ SuperAMOLED WVGA display, Bluetooth 2.1, Wi-Fi 802.11n, 5MP camera with 720p HD video recording, 8GB internal memory, FM Radio with RDS, A-GPS and 1500mAh battery.

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