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Here’s what you could win. LG’s first handset to sport Microsoft’s brand-spanking new Windows Phone 7 OS is the Optimus 7. Here’s a quick guide to the handset’s main features.

Packing in a 3.8-inch, 800 x 480, capacitive touchscreen, the Optimus 7 is a zippy little handset thanks to the 1GHz processor it has under the hood. 512MB of RAM makes switching between apps smooth, while 16GB of built-in storage allows for plenty of tunes, photos and videos to be stored on the phone. An accelerometer, compass and GPS are built in too for swift Bing Maps navigation, while web connectivity is handled by 3G and Wi-Fi connections.

A 5MP camera sits on the back, with each snap taken instantly ready to share with your friends online. A panoramic photo mode allows you to stitch together wide vista shots, while there is also 720p HD video recording on board.

The Windows Phone 7 operating system that features in the Optimus 7 is visually one of the smoothest OS’s on the block. Tiles and app hubs are an intuitive way to organise the many features of the phone, with slick animated transitions between each different area. Video game fans will also appreciate the integration with Microsoft’s Xbox Live online community; link your Xbox 360 Gamertag and you’ll have access to leaderboards and achievements that carry across to both devices.

Augmented reality is set to be the next big thing in smartphone technology, using your phone’s camera, web connection and GPS in tandem to overlay information about the world around you onto your handset’s screen. ScanSearch is the Optimus 7’s first AR app. Unique to LG Windows Phone 7 devices, ScanSearch features a database of local restaurants and services, searchable through just a few taps of your fingers. Decide on where you want to go and how you want to get there (walk, run or drive), and then the app will direct you towards your destination onscreen. With a growing database, ScanSearch also offers real-time information on banking, entertainment, weather forecasts and many, many other useful facts. The Optimus 7 is the only device supporting AR functionality that uses the Windows Phone 7 platform.

If you don’t fancy having to tap out text and email messages, never fear: the LG Optimus 7 has you covered here too. Its Voice-to-Text feature will act like your own personal PA, recognising your voice as you speak into it, jotting down words so you don’t have to, ready to be sent off to your pals.

The LG Optimus 7 is also one of the first smartphones to offer DLNA networking. Tied into the Play-To app, this will let you share videos, photos and sound files wirelessly with any other nearby DLNA compatible device. Whole folders worth of songs and photos can fill your handset without needing to attach any wires, even letting you stream HD video content to compatible DLNA certified flatscreen TVs.

Finally the phone also boasts a very efficient and powerful, battery which utilizes LG’s own battery algorithm to maximize efficiency. By offering 1500 mAh, the largest battery capacity among WP7 devices, it delivers a reliable and stress-free experience for consumers. It also delivers the best talk and standy time of any Windows Mobiel 7 handset – Talk time: 480 min / Standby: 416 hrs

The LG Optimus 7 is an exciting new handset riding the wave of a very impressive new OS from Microsoft. If Android and Apple handsets don’t float your boat, the LG Optimus 7 is well worth a look.

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  • Slick and simple UI,Wi-Fi music sync, solid build and reception, accurate text input….but at the same time few a mixed feedback from me 🙂

  • Everything I’ve owned from LG has been good. Looking forward to trying out this phone aswell. Not too sure about using Win 7 though… But we’ll see

  • What i like the most about LG Optimus is its amazing feature of taking panoramic snaps with ease.This app, exclusively written by LG, makes this phone stand out among the others.

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