LG Optimus Windows 7 Phone With 2 Years Service - £339.99 +, a possible £80 Quidco back @ Orange - HotUKDeals
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Orange are doing the LG Optimus 7 at the moment for £99.99 on the 2-year Dolphin 10 contract, good for light use with 30 minutes calls, 100MB web, and unlimited texts. That's £10 a month, which makes £339.99 for the phone and 2 years contract. Then, a possible £80 Quidco back for taking a new contract, makes a possible effective cost of £259.99 which is effectively £10.83 a month :-)
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3 Likes #1
I think an android phone would be a better investment, the windows phone 7 platform is failing.
#2
In what sense is it failing, sales?
SupaSimmskii
I think an android phone would be a better investment, the windows phone 7 platform is failing.
2 Likes #3
I'm just about to send this phone back, I have never come across a phone so restricted, You need zune installed just to transfer music and to update the handset(reeks of apple style marketing).
Can't even update the ringtones unless you buy them from zune marketplace, glad the courier comes tomorrow.Rant over.
Not a bad deal if you can live with the phone for two years.
#4
WP7 is still in its infancy......it needs another 2 years to offer the flexibility of what android/ios offer today.
#5
leec3po
I'm just about to send this phone back, I have never come across a phone so restricted, You need zune installed just to transfer music and to update the handset(reeks of apple style marketing).
Can't even update the ringtones unless you buy them from zune marketplace, glad the courier comes tomorrow.Rant over.
Not a bad deal if you can live with the phone for two years.


It's rants like these people want before splashing the cash, reminds me of a Sony MP3 player I got as a present, no usb drag n drop and propriety software had to be installed, silly sods!

It's no wonder the SF is killing the market at the moment and rightly deserves too. The only down side is it gets more loving than a Libyan oil negotiation.

Cheers!
#6
Had iOS and just got rid of wp7 to give android ago, going at the current rate of 2 updates a year they will never catch up too to either iOS or andriod they will always be a few years behind at this rate! Not a good sign really but I wish it the best and hope it works as what they have at the mo is very nice!
#7
If you can live with iOS then you can probably tollerate WP7. Personally I hate having my hands tied with restricted software and treated like a child but some people are ok with it, hence not voting either way.
1 Like #8
baldude
WP7 is still in its infancy......it needs another 2 years to offer the flexibility of what android/ios offer today.

I take your point, but were will andriod and ios be in 2 years? They will have moved on too.
1 Like #9
Had IOS ... prefer Android ... can't be bothered with WP7 .. unlikely to be any better in anyway.
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#10
RFC1795
Had IOS ... prefer Android ... can't be bothered with WP7 .. unlikely to be any better in anyway.
(_;)


"unlikely to be any better in anyway" is a bit of a sweeping statement given that you haven't tried it. WP7 is actually very good, and will be better still when the next major update "mango", is released later this year.
#11
certinaly all reviews I have read of it are quite positive, a pity they have arrived at the party after apple and google have nabbled all the good gear :)

pdauser92
RFC1795
Had IOS ... prefer Android ... can't be bothered with WP7 .. unlikely to be any better in anyway.
(_;)


"unlikely to be any better in anyway" is a bit of a sweeping statement given that you haven't tried it. WP7 is actually very good, and will be better still when the next major update "mango", is released later this year.
#12
great deal, ive had a hd7 running windows phone 7 since october, great OS, wouldnt want to go back to android, much better, cant wait for mango.
#13
Nice deal, rather it was on Android though - even if you like the Windows interface, through difference launchers (for free) you can get the exact same interface look and feel. That's why android is so great - it's so customisable!
#14
agolding
great deal, ive had a hd7 running windows phone 7 since october, great OS, wouldnt want to go back to android, much better, cant wait for mango.


Yeah Mango should make WP7 even more awesome, I'm holding off to see what it and Nokia bring when they actually launch. For now my Nexus One will do, although the Galaxy S2 looks oh so good.
#15
kharma45
agolding
great deal, ive had a hd7 running windows phone 7 since october, great OS, wouldnt want to go back to android, much better, cant wait for mango.


Yeah Mango should make WP7 even more awesome, I'm holding off to see what it and Nokia bring when they actually launch. For now my Nexus One will do, although the Galaxy S2 looks oh so good.

I want a nokia version, build quality was always brilliant, shame symbian was awful.
#16
WP7 is very good, needs a lot of time to grow, but very good none the less.
Works far more sleekly than my Desire, and while I do miss the ability to fiddle with everything from the clock speed of the CPU, to the icons on the dock, I'm so happy with the way that WP7 handles everything that I don't really mind.

I've got an iPhone, 3rd gen iPod Touch, HTC Desire running 2.3, a Windows 6 phone, my Omnia 7 running WP7, and a San Francisco, and the Desire and Omnia 7 are my favourites, but what makes the Desire so good, along with the San Fran is just XDA flexing their muscles with it.

Android is still a couple of versions away from complete smoothless unfortunately, give it a year and it'll be near perfect for the majority of consumers, but I can see Microsoft playing catchup hard in the next two years to get themselves into the game, and even now it's easy to see why WP7 will appeal. It's far simpler to use, vastly more intuitive, and due to Microsoft's hardware constraints that probably will only be changed once a year, you'll still have a capable phone in a couple of years.
#17
Post has misleading price - cannot include quidco in price since cashback is often not honoured.

Also, £339.99 seems excessive to me. I'd just grab a Orange San Francisco on a Pay as you Go contract for a year. Also get the "Ready Deal" for £50 off your SF, and wind up paying £44.99 for the SF, and £164.99 for over one year of service (inc.100 MB of internet each month, and 300 texts).

I did that and I currently have £40 of credit on my phone, so I'll wind up paying £164.99 for well over a year of service. Plus with the optional £5 internet packs you can expand it with your usage.
#18
leec3po
I'm just about to send this phone back, I have never come across a phone so restricted, You need zune installed just to transfer music and to update the handset(reeks of apple style marketing).
Can't even update the ringtones unless you buy them from zune marketplace, glad the courier comes tomorrow.Rant over.
Not a bad deal if you can live with the phone for two years.


The two points you had, both relate to Apple as well. In fact I don't think you can change your iPhone's ringtone outside of the pre-installed ones at all.
#19
So what current handset is the best? I'm after a WP7 since it's got functionality I'll actually use on it.
I heard the Omnia 7 and HTC HD7 are the best ones but I'd like some more opinions please.
#20
weirdwilli
WP7 is very good, needs a lot of time to grow, but very good none the less.
Works far more sleekly than my Desire, and while I do miss the ability to fiddle with everything from the clock speed of the CPU, to the icons on the dock, I'm so happy with the way that WP7 handles everything that I don't really mind.

I've got an iPhone, 3rd gen iPod Touch, HTC Desire running 2.3, a Windows 6 phone, my Omnia 7 running WP7, and a San Francisco, and the Desire and Omnia 7 are my favourites, but what makes the Desire so good, along with the San Fran is just XDA flexing their muscles with it.

Android is still a couple of versions away from complete smoothless unfortunately, give it a year and it'll be near perfect for the majority of consumers, but I can see Microsoft playing catchup hard in the next two years to get themselves into the game, and even now it's easy to see why WP7 will appeal. It's far simpler to use, vastly more intuitive, and due to Microsoft's hardware constraints that probably will only be changed once a year, you'll still have a capable phone in a couple of years.

Here here. Someone with actual experience and not typical Engadget.com style android fanboism.
Wp7 is excellent. Like you Chap I've owned one of each. wp7 by far the slickest to use. I like my BB still. Don't miss Ios/iphone at all, and occasionally fiddle with android. If wp7 had background apps,Skype,evernote it would be the perfect phone for me :D biggest thing that made me get wp7 instead of android again, was guaranteed os updates. Even the much loved Orange SF doesn't have 2.3 official and I don't want glitchy haxxored roms, been there , never again.
#21
will never touch a windows phone again. rubbish apps if any, and slow.
#22
sul
will never touch a windows phone again. rubbish apps if any, and slow.


Slow? Granted I don't own one but any time I've use WP7 the speed has impressed me.
1 Like #23
People are making a mistake comparing a current wp7 device to the old windows mobile operating system.

they are chalk and cheese.

in the last two years i have used windows mobile, android 2.1 and android 2.2, and currently wp7 - all on the same device, my htc hd2.

of the different systems, i am very happily impressed with wp7.

it is fast, fluid and has a really attractive interface.

i don't care that the home screen isn't infinitely customisable, nor that it doesn't have six squillion apps. for me it is a really useable device, it makes calls, is nice and easy to message with, either sms, mms, email, twitter, facebook or whatever - crucially, it is also a bit different and means you aren't an IOS clone. this, for me at least, is appealing.

As to the comments about being tied in to Zune, it doesn't cause me one issue at all and is a really easy piece of software to use, unlike itunes.

these are just my opinions - wp7 happens to float my boat and my next device will definitely be wp7.

this is a good deal, a bit light on data but hey-ho.
#24
Exu
So what current handset is the best? I'm after a WP7 since it's got functionality I'll actually use on it.
I heard the Omnia 7 and HTC HD7 are the best ones but I'd like some more opinions please.


Personally I prefer the Omnia 7 - nice and fast, fantastic 4-inch Super AMOLED screen, great build quality and excellent battery life. If you prefer a larger screen then go for the HD7, which is 4.3".
#25
sul
will never touch a windows phone again. rubbish apps if any, and slow.

Around 13,000 apps at the moment in 4 months... made it to 10,000 quicker than Android and Apple. The top 100 apps both chargeable and non-chargeable for iPhone and Android are being ported (or are already available) on WP7. All WP7 devices have a minimum of a 1gb processor and are rather speedy as a result.
FACTS mean more than opinions...
#26
WP7 doesn't have Angry Birds...
#27
willyvwade
WP7 doesn't have Angry Birds...


Angry Birds will be released on WP7 next month :)

Edited By: pdauser92 on Apr 17, 2011 22:22
#28
As an Android user since pretty much the beginning I am just moving over to WP7 just for a change and to follow its development which I hope mirrors the pace at which Android developed.

After the recent update and the upcoming 'Mango' update, WP7 to where it should be with the addition of cut'n'paste, multitasking (similar to the webOS system) and faster loading of apps. The improvements to the browser also look impressive so far.

Oh, and Angry Birds is coming on 25 May.
#29
This phone and has recently received another firmware upgrade which boosted performance and added a few missing features. It is one of the fastest WP7 phones and includes some sweet Apps for free out of the box (notably Panoramic photo stitching App and 'ScanSearch" - which overlays local search items : shops,bars etc, on the camera's video output as you pan around!).. You can also play the HD video and photos direct to most modern TVs without having to connect any wires (my TV is a couple of years old but this feature works really well with it).

This is a great deal and this phone will only get better when it receives the next firmware update (search for wp7 and 'mango')
#30
Exu
So what current handset is the best? I'm after a WP7 since it's got functionality I'll actually use on it.
I heard the Omnia 7 and HTC HD7 are the best ones but I'd like some more opinions please.


would definitely reccomend the omnia 7, the os makes full use of the samoled display and the build quality is fantastic as well!

Agree with other commenters WP7 is in its infancy at the moment but it is growing at an incredibly fast pace, looking very promising indeed.
#31
Updated deal here, seems that Orange decided to offer the phone for free
#32
amr786
Exu
So what current handset is the best? I'm after a WP7 since it's got functionality I'll actually use on it.
I heard the Omnia 7 and HTC HD7 are the best ones but I'd like some more opinions please.


would definitely reccomend the omnia 7, the os makes full use of the samoled display and the build quality is fantastic as well!

Agree with other commenters WP7 is in its infancy at the moment but it is growing at an incredibly fast pace, looking very promising indeed.


Samsung Omnia 7
or
LG Optimus 7
- They are the two clear winners from the first crop of WP7 phones.
I have the LG, and its solid. I think the LG has more RAM and a bigger battery, and the Samsung a nice AMOLED screen. The LG has clickable buttons, the Samsing touch buttons.
(This is all from memory so I could be wrong. Go watch youtube vids, they will walk you through the difference. I can tell you (read the Engadget review) that the LG might be the "nicest" to use, as in, its more than a sum of its parts - and it just feels so well screwed together. Have to say, I love mine)
#33
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Great deal, billbennett2. Thanks :)
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