Windows phone 7 – dialing function

The article will provide a user with information on dialing functions for the Windows phone 7.

The fastest way to dial a number in Windows Phone 7 is to press a contact tile and choose the needed number. Another option is to press the “Phone” tile and chose the number among the history, contacts or dial the number up manually.  There is no hard call key in WP7 smartphones as well as an immediate dial key. The call window is displayed over the main interface. When dialing a number a user can see the name of the contact and his/her number.

During a call the duration of the call and the name of the contact are displayed as well as two buttons: one switches to the key pad, the other to the menu of additional settings: loudspeaker, hold, mute and add another or several interlocutors. In the contacts screen, at the top there are two buttons “search” and “add a new contact”, below is the list of the contacts. The contacts are arranged by name and surname. A user can change the arrangement and display mode in the settings where a user may also integrate his/her Facebook friends into the address book.
 
If a user is scrolling through the contacts manually then a user will be able to see no pop up alphabet to assist a user. A user has to press the letter captioning a contacts’ block to bring up the alphabet and choose the needed letter.
 
A user has got an opportunity to link one contact to another so that two contacts merge into one: one picture and a common ringtone viewed in a single window. The picture of the default contact is preserved while the picture of the contact the link is deleted as well as the contact entry itself. A user will no longer see the second contact in the list.

If a user has got more than one account then contact merging is automatic.  A user can simply set and sync the accounts and in a moment all the contacts are neatly merged. On the other hand, if a user dessn’t need this a user will have to use only one account or otherwise the system will merge similar contacts anyway.

Picture assignment
• If a user sync the address book with the Gmail account the pictures in terrible quality are also taken from Gmail.
• If a user sync the address book with MS Outlook or MS Exchange the quality of the pictures depends on the quality of the originals.
• A user can manually assign pictures in the address book to an already synced account.
• If a user has set up the Facebook account then his/her contacts will be transferred automatically.

If a user has read the article then he/she would have learnt about Windows 7 phone’s dialing function.

Windows Phone 7 – Desktop

The article will provide a reader with information on Windows Phone 7’s desktop.  The workspace in Windows Phone 7 consists of two screens: the home and the additional. A user can move between the two screens by simply scrolling through or by pressing the arrow buttons. The home screen displays the icons of applications and services, though due to the size of the icons it is better to call them tiles. The tiles are arranged in two columns and their number does not seem to be limited. A user can assign a tile to practically any sort of data: a tile that starts an application, settings or a specific internet page. Different categories of pictures can be easily dragged onto the home screen.
 
A user can scroll the tiles up and down, remove them from the screen or organize them, change their order.  Another tile that can be helpful to a user will be a phone calls tile. If a user does not have any missed calls then a user will see an icon and the carrier’s name inside the tile. As soon as a user gets missed calls their number is displayed on the tile. A user has also got an opportunity to drag a contact to the tile screen, in which case the tile will show in turns the contact’s picture and the contact’s name.
 
If a user has a mailbox tile then it shows the number of unread messages for this account, the same with the SMS tile. Music and pictures tiles display pictures in turns. The music tile displays pictures of the artists.  The calendar tile (displays the week-day and the date, it also displays the closest upcoming event if a user has a memo.  The Marketplace tile shows the number of application updates available and the whole tiles panel is shifted a bit to the left of the screen.
 
The uninstallation of application happens similar to iPhone: a user has hold his/her finger on the application icon on the right screen – a pop up window appears where a user can choose an action – whether to place the application on the left screen or uninstall it.

If a user has read this article then he/she has learnt about the desktop screen features of the Windows 7 Phone.

Windows Phone 7 – Lock screen

The article will provide a user with information on lock screen for the Windows Phone 7.  Le’s have a look at the Lock screen for the phone.

Lock Screen
The WP7 lock screen is an actual screen. It is a full screen picture that a user has to pull up to unlock the display.  At the bottom the lock screen displays the current signal quality, the type of the Internet connection (HSDPA (H) or EDGE (E)), pictograms of wireless connections, battery charge and time.

A user will fid the music control bar above the system information icons.  In order view it, a user has to press a volume control button. This bar shows the current volume level, track controls, name of the track, playback time and also an icon indicating the current mode: with sounds, ring or vibration.

Besides at the top of the screen information about found Wi-Fi networks is being displayed or a part of new text messages, so can read a part of it without unlocking the screen.

Just below the center of the screen the time and the alarm clock icon are displayed, below them – day, year and month. At the very bottom are the icons of unread text messages, emails and missed calls. Icons for different mail accounts are the same except for mailboxes from MS (hotmail) and MS Exchange Server.   The lock screen also displays the upcoming calendar events. If there are several events the earliest ones are displayed. The theme, the venue and the time of the event are displayed.

In the settings a user can specify the time before the screen locks with the following values: 30 seconds, 1, 3, 5 minutes or never.  A user can also assign a password for the lock screen. In which case once a user has moved the screen up instead of unlocking the phone will display a number pad a user uses to enter the password.

If a user has read this article then he/she would have learnt about the lock screen for the phone.

Acer ICONIA Smart

The article will provide a user with information on Acer ICONIA Smart phone.

Design

The phone has got a prolonged screen and the body is made of metal. Plastic is used only at the back (battery cover and SIM card and microSD slots) and at the top (where antennas are situated).
The sides, top, bottom and buttons are made of plastic and the screen is covered by glass or a similar material.

Controls
On the right side the large and convenient buttons for volume control and camera are located and on the left one cap covers microUSB and HDMI.  An on/off button is located at the top. This button is large and can be easily pressed and there is a 3.5 mm headphones jack.

Screen
The phone has a 4.8? TFT touchscreen (1024×480) and it offers an aspect ratio of 21:9. The viewing angles are excellent with appropriate brightness for sunny days.

Interface
The standard OS Android 2.3 is accompanied by a proprietary Acer shell. A user can find a suite of apps and an Acer screen keypad.
 
Platform
The device is built around Qualcomm MSM8255 platform and a 1 GHz processor. The phone boasts 512 MB of RAM and 8 GB of internal memory for user data accompanied by a microSD slot.

Description
• Class: smartphone
• Body materials: plastic and metal
• OS: Android 2.3 and proprietary Acer UI
• Networks: GSM/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 MHz, UMTS/HSDPA 900/2100
• Processor: 1 GHz on Qualcomm MSM8255
• OS: 512 MB
• Memory for data storage: 8 GB + microSD slot
• Interfaces: Wi-Fi (b/g/n/), Bluetooth 2.1 (A2DP), microUSB (USB 2.0) for charging/synchronization, 3.5 mm for headsets, HDMI
• Screen: a capacitive 4.8″ TFT screen of 1024×480 (HXGA) resolution and automatic backlight adjustment
• Camera: 8 MP with autofocus; video recording in 720p (1280×720), LED flash and a frontal 2 MP camera for video calls
• Navigation: GPS on gpsOne chip of Qualcomm (A-GPS support) platform
• Add-ons: Accelerometer, light and proximity sensors, FM radio
• Battery: a detachable 1500 mAh Li-Ion
• Dimensions:141.7×64.5×13.6 mm
• Weight: ~185 g

If a user has read the article then he/she would have learnt about the Acer ICONIA Smart phone.