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The current crop of Windows Phone 7 handsets are capable, but a bit dull. There is no ‘hit’ WP7 phone that stands out, as the entire hardware lineup toes the minimum specifications line that Microsoft drew in the sand.
The Windows Phone 7 ecosystem could truly use a ‘halo’ handset, a phone that is so neat, so innovative, that it casts a positive light onto the rest of the mobile line. Phones such as the N1 and original Droid have played the role for Android, for example.
But with Nokia’s phones not coming out, most likely, until the ‘Mango’ update arrives for WP7, there seems to be little pressure on phone manufactures to step up their game. To wit, we haven’t heard as much as a confirmed whisper about what the next crop of WP7 handsets will contain.
Happily, today, the SchultzeWORKS design studio have put their heads together and designed what could be a future WP7 phone that is so excellent, that if Microsoft does not jump on it we shall be saddened indeed. Watch the clip, and we’ll talk about it afterwards:
Out of the 7 (natch) elements of the phone, the form factor itself was the biggest hit for us. The way that the phone’s design opens up such a wide variety of options and input methods is excellent.
Problems? This phone would be expensive. And it doesn’t exist anywhere but in the video. But if this phone was ever made, it would certainly put WP7 on the map as a phone line that is pushing the boundaries of what is possible with technology.
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