Windows Phone 7: A Smart Cell Phone for Busy Parents

05/29/2011 at 03:00 PM ET
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In this age of everyone and their uncle owning a smart phone it can be pretty tricky to know what kind to get. So many choices, so little time, right? Well, maybe it will help if we tell you that we’ve never seen a phone that’s more fun than a Windows Phone 7.

We love what a time saver this phone is. It’s designed to get you where you want to go in as few steps as possible. So the start screen of a Windows Phone 7 displays all your options up front, and it updates regularly. Pictures of friends change as they update their Facebook status, e-mail counts are displayed as they change, every bit of info you might need is right there for you to see when you turn on your phone.

We also love the easy-to-access search button. Whatever you happen to be doing on the phone, you’re always just one tap away from a search. Which is oh-so-handy when you’ve got a whining, hungry kid and you’re trying to find the nearest food place!

Now, what’s a parent’s favorite thing to do with a smartphone? Why, take pictures, of course. And this phone has a great camera (including a flash option, which we love) and even greater photo storage and access. Like everything else on the phone, photo access is fast and easy. And so is sharing photos via Facebook and Twitter.

Of course, there are also the games. Oh, the games! Windows Phone 7 offers the only official Xbox LIVE experience on a phone. And great music and video options, too. There’s even a built-in FM radio so you can play kid-friendly tunes for your kids while out and about.

Now, this will sound strange, but one of our favorite features of this phone is how it feels as you use it. It’s hard to describe, but there are little sounds and vibrations that somehow make it extra cool. And the screen flips and dances around as you scroll through.

So, if you’re looking for a great phone that’s easy to navigate, fun to browse and perfect for a busy parent, look no further than a Windows Phone 7. Trust us, you’re going to have so much fun!

– Stephanie Phoenix

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WhyBeTea on

Couldn’t agree more! Father of two, awesome phone to have! Life saver!

cowgod on

Funny that you don’t mention how great the calendar is for those “busy parents.” I’m a father of two and got my new Windows Phone 7 device last week and it has already changed my life. Having a calendar with me at all times is an amazing security blanket. I will never miss a school play or Boy Scout event again.

Richard on

As a parent of two and an IT Professional I can confirm that WP7 has a fantastic user interface. Simple, fast and intuitive. The dedicated camera button is smart and a feature that has been long overdue. With one button the phone unlocks and goes into camera mode with no hesitation. No more missing the kids in action trying to unlock my phone and find the camera app.

Vishwanath on

Hello, Does windows mobile have thousands and thousands of apps like Apple and Android? If so, where can I find the trusted apps? Thanks.

WP7Pro on

@ Vishwanath

It’s not Windows Mobile, it’s Windows Phone, it’s an entirely different phone an experience. To answer your question, yes it does have a wide range of apps, you can get those apps on the windows phone marketplace.

WP7Fan on


As of this writing on 6/15 the number of apps is well over 20,000 and rapidly approaching 25,000 and is the quickest growing marketplace. This is the initial growth phase for Windows Phone and it’s app marketplace.

In the fall, there will be a major update called “Mango”. All current phones will get and support the update that will add 500 new features to the basic OS for the end user right out of the box. And gives developers far more flexibility to make some fantastic apps.

Big name apps are coming to the platform all the time and the basic phone does what it does FAR better than the competition. It’s a VERY polished first generation system that is ready for prime time, and Mango will just make it all the sweeter.

Get it now, get it early… 🙂