Although Microsoft tried to display some smoke and mirrors with their new phone hardware at this week's event, the devices they unveiled are almost completely the same as Android devices you could've bought months ago.
Let's forget the Windows 7 software (which looks interesting) for a second. Microsoft (MSFT) was very proud of its hardware partners for releasing "revolutionary" phones earlier this week. But are these phones really anything special? To me, they looked a bit familiar.
Update: To GDGT's Peter Rojas as well:
2. Hardware isn't the story here. Generally speaking the first few Windows Phones are a bit underwhelming -- most are essentially WP7 versions of handsets we've already seen running Android -- but there are a couple of standouts, like the Venue Pro, Dell's qwerty portrait slider, and the HTC Surround, which has a mini simulated surround sound speaker that slides out.
Let's take a look at the phones customers will be able to buy before Christmas in the US. There are three and they are on AT&T's (T) network (another issue unto itself).
First, there is the Samsung Focus. The Focus is just an obvious rebrand of the Galaxy S phones which have been available on all four US carriers (and some minor ones) starting in July. The major difference is the button placement. Same 4-inch Super-AMOLED screen, 9.9mm width, 1GHz Hummingbird Processor and light weight.
Separated at birth? Samsung Focus (WP7) vs. Epic 4G (Android)
The next is the LG Quantum which looks suspiciously like the LG Alley (though it has a faster clocked processor). According to some, Windows 7 Phone doesn't do landscape very well either. That makes typing on a landscape keyboard an exercise in neck Yoga. More
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