I've been testing a LG Quantum Windows Phone 7 smartphone for the past several weeks and wanted to share my impressions. Readers of this blog may recall that I purchased a Samsung Focus Windows Phone 7 late last year for my wife who absolutely loves it (her first smartphone!). I was interested in the LQ Quantum for business use since it comes equipped with a slider keyboard which many business users prefer. It's a solid phone, but the screen is a bit small for my tastes (3.5 inch). In addition, while the phone is well constructed, it's too heavy. While I've been a fan of smartphones with physical keyboards in the past, I've grown to love the larger touchscreens without keyboards. That said, the LG does have a very nice keyboard with the exception with the placement of a few keys.
While I like Microsoft Windows Phone 7, it's very much a work in progress with significant updates planed for later this year (i.e. "Mango"). The biggest problem I had was switching between landscape and portrait mode. Only a handful of Windows Phone 7 apps rotate correctly and this creates big problems for using the keyboard. Windows Phone 7 also includes a nice on-screen virtual touchscreen keyboard. LG My testing was slanted towards business use and while the Quantum comes up short, Microsoft actually includes more enterprise features than both iPhone and Android when they were first released. Some of the features I'd like to see are improved ActiveSync support, encryption, VPN, tethering/wi-fi hotspot, video output (to share presentation) and more business applications like the included Microsoft Office and Sharepoint support. While I was able to configure Exchange/Office365 and Sharepoint, Lotus Traveler isn't yet supported for access to Domino e-mail. I was, however, able to use iNotes Ultra-light (web-mail) which is similar to Microsoft Outlook Web Access.
I just started testing a Samsung Infuse 4G Android smartphone and will be posting a review to this blog in the coming weeks
LG Quantum Windows Phone 7 (AT&T) specifications:
Processor: 1 Ghz Snapdragon processor with 512MB RAM
Screen: 3.5 inch toucscreen. 480x800 resolution
Camera: 5MP rear
Form factor: Candybar, slide-out keyboard
Ports: Micro US
Network: AT&T, 3G
Weight: 6.2 oz
Memory: 16 GB
Operating system: Windows Phone 7
Tethering/wi-fi hotspot: No