My Samsung Focus came in the mail today to replace the old iPhone 3G I was trying to use. I say trying because with each OS release my old iPhone would get slower and slower. While the iPhone 4 looks like an improvement over the 3G (click here for the apple comparison), I like the idea of using Silverlight and XNA for phone development.
While I love the phone and WP7, getting it working had some hiccups. First upgrading from the iPhone to the Focus wiped my voice mails and I had to call AT&T support to setup voicemail. That said, the AT&T service was very good. Next, I found it impossible to change the Xbox live account without doing a factory reset. It took the first Live account I used and made that the default, and there appears to be no way to set a different account as an Xbox live default. After that, I managed get into a state where the Zune music player would not launch (turning the phone on/off fixed that). And finally, the first application I tried to buy gave me a strange error code; yet, when I tried again a few hours later, everything work.
And yes, despite these snafu’s the phone is great. Why? I’ll save that for another post.
In the mean time, for a good comparison of WP7 devices, check out ElektricForest’s chart.