Microsoft had a huge Windows Phone 7 event this week. It was enormous in both size of the event and size of one of the device they showed off, which puts the 4.3" screens to shame. The Microsoft team constructed and displayed a six-story model of a Windows Phone, smack in the middle of NYC's Herald Square for their launch event of four new phones.
The giant WinPho was also used as a stage, in which the tiles opened up to display performers such as the Far East Movement and showcased over 8 hours of live entertainment. Oh yeah, and all of the tiles on the Windows Phone were dynamic LED screens, and they changed and updated as the event went on into the evening.
Aside from the fun, as mentioned this was all for a launch of four new devices.
Microsoft has ramped up their efforts, teaming with HTC and Samsung to show off Windows Phones that could go up toe-to-toe with the top Android devices in the market.
Right from the Windows Team Blog itself, we have:
•HTC Radar 4G: Crafted from a single piece of polished aluminum, the HTC Radar is the only white handset in the Windows Phone lineup. $99 after $50 mail-in rebate.
•Samsung Focus S: Successor to the award-winning Samsung Focus, the Focus S features a brilliant 4.3” Super AMOLED Plus display—the brightest screen in the lineup—a thin 8.55-millimeter profile, and an 8-megapixel camera. $199.
•Samsung Focus Flash: The fast and lightweight Samsung Focus Flash features a 3.7” Super AMOLED screen and 5-megapixel camera. $49.
•HTC Titan: Coming soon from AT&T, the HTC Titan sports a 4.7” screen—the largest in the Windows Phone lineup—an ultra-thin 9.9-millimeter design, and an 8-megapixel camera with dual LED flash.
Unfortunately, AT&T and T-Mobile are getting all of the fake 4G love. I am praying to the Windows gods that we will see something hooked up with Verizon or Sprint soon; these carriers have subscribers who are screaming from the top of their lungs for a good, up-to-date, powerful Windows Phone device and they want it now!
However, if you weren't there, you can still get your hands on these phones in-stores now. What you didn't get to see was the gigantic WinPho, so we have the time lapse video of the construction of the set here. Enjoy it. Another reason Windows Phone is the way to go, if you don't want webOS. Those are your only two choices, though.