Apparently I’m in the 10% of WP7 users who have been able to roll out the new “Mango” OS on my Samsung Focus. So, for those who have not yet received the update – or for those who are thinking of becoming a smart phone contrarian like myself – here are a few things I really liked about their latest update.
1. Linked Inbox: Finally! With all the marketing around being the phone to get you in, out and on with your life (or something like that), this feature was long overdue. In fact, it was the first feature I made use of after the 30-minute update concluded.
2. Live Tile Animation: Not a game-changer, but still pretty cool. The new animation makes tiles like People, Pictures and Music &Videos much less static.
3. Xbox Live UI: Much less cluttered and much easier to navigate.
4. Scout (in Maps): Aside from the fact that the Maps application renders quicker, it now has a Scout option to search nearby businesses, restaurants and other destinations. Very convenient.
5.People Hub: (From Wired.com) The biggest change to Windows Phone 7 is in the revamped People Hub, where your phone, e-mail, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn contacts can be stored together in one big, long alphabetical list. As in Windows Phone 7, you have filters: All, What’s New and Recent. All is that big list of all of your contacts; What’s New is a recent social media activity stream, which you can keep lumped together chronologically or organize by platform (just Facebook updates, just tweets); and Recent shows the people you’ve called, messaged or e-mailed most recently.
I’m not the only one impressed with the Mango update. Here’s an excerpt from PCWorld.com: