Having been an avid e-book reader since the days of the first Palm devices, I’ve anxiously anticipated the introduction of an e-book application since Windows Phone was released. There was a little disappointment this morning when Amazon announced that it will release Kindle apps for Android and Windows tablets, but didn’t mention a Kindle app for Windows Phone. I was surprised to find, tonight, with no apparent formal announcement, the app in the Zune Marketplace.
I quickly “purchased” the free app from my computer’s Zune Marketplace and was informed that it would be installed soon. Thirty
Fifteen minutes later it’s still not on my Samsung Focus. The app is also noticeably absent from the Marketplace search on my phone. This is one quiet introduction. More screen shots from the Zune Marketplace below.
What do you think is the best Windows Phone 7 device for lawyers? When I way-UP-graded from my AT&T iPhone, the choices were the Samsung Focus, the LG Quantum, and the HTC Surround. I eliminated the Surround pretty quickly because I didn’t think the slide-out speaker was as important to me as either the screen quality or keyboard. The slider keyboard on the LG Quantum was really nice, and I could imagine a lot of utility in that, but the screen was so small that I couldn’t see text in the browser very easily. But when I saw the 4-inch Super AMOLED screen on the Focus, I was sold. It might not have the “retina” display of the iPhone 4, but the blackest blacks and vibrant colors of the Focus make up for it in spades. I have never seen a phone with clearer text display, especially black on white and white-on-black. It has not disappointed in the 4 weeks I have had it.
I wanted to try the Dell Venue Pro, with its vertical slider keyboard (similar to the Blackberry Torch so many of my colleagues have adopted), but it was in woefully short supply. The good news is I get to test one next week, so look for a post. Meanwhile, if you’re currently in the market and want a quick source to compare devices, Electric Forest has posted a beautiful comparison chart of the 10 available Windows Phone 7 devices at this link . (Thanks to Windows Phone Secrets for the link)
Popular blogging service WordPress has released an app for the Windows Phone 7 platform. It lets you write and edit posts, upload photos, and even moderate comments from your Windows Phone. It’s not perfect yet, but has already been updated to fix some initial bugs. We’ll be trying it out on this blog soon and will review it then. If you’re into legal blogging, this might be an easy way to update your information site on the go. Check out the WordPress for Windows Phone website: