Update to Improve Speed; SprintĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s WP7 Phone; Bugs & Tips
Good news: the expected update to Windows Phone 7 will improve the speed. Also, I want to point you to pictures of the Windows Phone coming from Sprint, as well as information on a data usage bug, and tips on how to monitor your usage.
Windows Phone 7 Speed to Improve
Microsoft didnĂ˘â‚¬â„˘t have much to offer at the recent Consumer Electronics Show, but one announcement by CEO Steve Ballmer was very welcome: the imminent Windows Phone 7 update will give the device a noticeable speed boost. This will decrease app loading times and improve the performance of apps that load lots of graphics.
You can see a video demo of the boost in speed on YouTube.
Photos of Forthcoming Sprint Phone
ThereĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s no official word on when this phone will be out, with some reports saying June, while Phone Scoop is reporting that the CEO has said a 3G version will be out soon.
Phone Scoop has a number of photos of the phone, which has a slideout keyboard.
T-Mobile HTC HD7 Now $99
The price has already come down on T-MobileĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s HTC HD7 Windows Phone, at $99 with a two-year contract. The phone, which is very similar to the popular HD2 Windows Mobile phone, has a 4.3-inch screen and a 5-megapixel camera.
Data Bug in Some Windows Phones
Also, PocketNow has posted a great article that gives you tips on watching your data usage. For example, Windows Phone wonĂ˘â‚¬â„˘t let you download large apps unless youĂ˘â‚¬â„˘re on a WiFi connection. But if you should somehow lose that connection, the app will continue to download, eating up your cellular data allotment.