Windows Phone 7: A Look Back

Windows Phone 7: A Look Back

HTCRadarI’ve been making videos lately that take a look back at our technology history. Many people don’t remember Windows Phone 7. In fact, things that happened only a couple years ago feel like they happened decades ago.

Technology moves so fast. The younger generation doesn’t realize it, but it’s quite amazing just how different the world was just five years ago. Forget about 10 years ago.

Back in 2010, few people had smart phones. This was the year that I got my first smart phone. It was still a time when people would ask to check our your phone because it was still new and exciting.


I remember reading a report that by 2011, 50% of Americans would own smart phones. It seemed obscene; however, almost overnight, everyone had one.

I was also interested in Windows Phone 7 because I had never used it before. I’ve always heard about how “light and fast” Windows Phone was and yes, Windows Phone 8 was that. Windows Phone 7 was supposed to be the start of the Windows Phone evolution that came to be what it is now.

I really had to get my hands on one.


I went with the Nokia Lumia 900. Of course, Nokia wasn’t a launch partner with Windows Phone 7. In fact, there was never a Lumia that ran Windows Phone 7.

Being that I got on board with Windows Phone with Windows Phone 8, I found this fact surprising. After all, from the time I got on board, Nokia Lumia was Windows Phone. At the time of launch, all Windows Phone 7 devices were made by HTC, Samsung, LG, and Dell.

Windows Phone 7.5 saw a new list of OEMs, including Acer, Alcatel, Fujitsu, ZTE, windows-phone-7-5-mango-750x450and of course, Nokia.

The Nokia Lumia 900 was released in April, 2012. I had to get this phone. After all, this phone was a flagship, released just five months before Windows Phone 8 and the Nokia Lumia 920. It started Microsoft’s now long tradition of having a customer spend a ton of money and screwing him over by leaving him in the dust.

Have a look at the look back at Windows Phone 7 and the Nokia Lumia 900..

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Rich Woods

Being a computer programmer wasn't enough to fulfill his love of technology. In 2013, Rich founded For the Love of Tech and has been writing about his love of tech ever since.