Microsoft, Samsung and HTC have released the first three smartphones with the new Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango) OS.
What sets the new Windows 7.5 Mango OS apart? While this operating system keeps the signature Windows phone look, its conventional icons have been replaced by Live Tiles, which constantly update from the Web regarding news, appointments or friends’ status. The new ‘Group’ title allows users to organize their friends, making it efficient to text, email or instant message people with a single tap. Mango users also have access to Windows Live SkyDrive, which provides 25GB cloud storage.
HTC Radar 4G –The HTC Radar 4G is the only phone offered through T-Mobile with the Windows Phone 7.5 operating system. The HTC Radar features back and front facing camera capabilities, 10-hour battery life and aluminum back panel. Unlike other T-Mobile smartphones, the Radar does not allow WI-FI calling. The HTC Radar 4G is available for $99.
Samsung Focus S –With a 4.27” super AMOLED plus display, the Samsung Focus S is a good choice for those who use their phones for surfing the Web or watching videos. The Focus Flash has a 1.5GHz processor making one of the fastest Windows Phone 7.5. The Focus S is now available at AT&T starting at $199.
Samsung Focus Flash-Slimmer than the Focus S, the Focus Flash has a 3.7” super AMOLED display. Even though it offers a smaller display than the Samsung Focus S, it has a 1.4GHz processor, a close rival in speed to the Focus S. Offered through AT&T, the Samsung Focus Flash is available for $49.