Castle Shows Off Windows Phone 7, Search All Wrong (video)

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Spawned in the horrendous heat of a Los Angeles winter, James was born with an incessant need to press buttons. Whether it was the car radio, doorbells on Halloween or lights, James pushed, pressed and prodded every button. No elevator was left unscathed, no building intercom was left un-rung, and no person he’s known has been left un-annoyed.

5 Comments to Castle Shows Off Windows Phone 7, Search All Wrong (video)

  1. Indeed, it's a TV show, but the discrepancy is interesting for two reasons: one, my search results proved entirely useless (even though realistically putting in that search query is not all that specific) while Fillion's is remarkably useful.

    And two, because usually TV shows or films make it next to impossible to replicate the thing they do with gadgets, mostly because you can't tell what phone they use, or they use some feature that doesn't exist. In this case, anyone with a WP7 phone could do the same search, and bam, not see the same thing.

    Trying to imbed the video, but we've been having some issues with the site. Just updated with a link to the clip.

  2. For what it's worth, I just tried the same search on desktop Bing and Google, and got the same results as you on both.

    They may have mocked up that query.. it's a tv show after all. Also, both Bing and Google tailor results to individual users, so they may also have “trained” it to things in that area, which isn't unreasonable for the show :)

  3. I don't think many people really want to be forever locked into Bing as the default search engine, which is what Windows Phone 7 does. And the crazy device doesn't let you search what's on your actual phone.

    Microsoft rushed Windows Phone 7 and cut corners so it would be ready for Christmas shopping. There's no other way to look at it. Now WP7 sales have been low, apparently due to short supplies. So Microsoft really would have been better holding off launch until after Christmas, got some of these shortcomings fixed, and done it properly.

    The most basic of things, such as being able to install a custom ringtone, have not been finished. How much coding would Microsoft have to have done to achieve that? Half an hour's work for one programer? Turn-by-turn navigation should have been completed. Where's the equalizer in Windows Media Player? Where's the Weekly view in Calendar? Why is it so hard to upload a photo to Twitter? These are simple things.

    • i have not had any issues with search. the phone is very responsive and gives very good results with mapping. maybe u have location based services turned off. the more the location based service is left on, the better your search results will be. it tells u that right in the settings menu. also, the phone is version 1 with updates for cut paste coming soon. seriously, give up the microsoft bashing. i just traded my droid x for a samsung focus windows phone 7 and i am loving it. the zune pass system is amazing. microsoft is taking the smart route to make sure everything is implemented at a steady pace so everything works as planned. it is the same thing apple did with iphone.

    • Trace, have you actually held a phone in your hand? Have you actually tried Bing search? It's obvious you have NO idea what you're talking about, most likely fueled by your dislike for all things Microsoft. I have had a Samsung Focus since launch – it is a SWEET phone. I've demoed to MANY iPhone and Android users and guess what? GASP (or gulp, if you're and Apple/Google fanboy)… the overwhelming response has been “I'm dumping my iPhone/Droid…”

      Microsoft has hit a homerun with WP7.

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