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Windows Phone 7.5 Mango review

500 new features add up to a fully refreshed mobile phone OS

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Our Verdict


  • Full IE9 browsing
  • Great Twitter integration
  • Smooth multitasking
  • Voice recognition and new search


  • Internet connection sharing is unreliable
  • No Twitter DMs
  • No Flash support
  • Some features still US-only

Windows phone 7.5 mango

IE9 on Windows Phone 7.5 Mango is a real browser that uses the same code as IE9 on Windows 7, although it still lacks the ability to run plug-ins such as Flash. It does, however, have the same super-fast Chakra JavaScript engine.

This means you can run web apps such as Google Docs, the full TechRadar site, your mobile banking site and almost any other page online.

You can choose whether the browser identifies itself as operating from a mobile to retrieve smaller, phone-optimised pages or a desktop browser for the full version of sites, but you rarely have to worry about a page not working unless it's specifically written for Safari or Chrome.

Windows phone 7.5 mango

The browser interface has changed slightly to show you more of the page on screen, which means the tabs are now hidden on the swipe-up menu (oddly, the default is for links from apps to reuse the current tab rather than opening in their own new tab).

However, there's now an address bar in landscape mode, which grants a popular Windows Phone 7 request. These are small improvements, though – the big news here is the full HTML5 browser.

Windows phone 7.5 mango

Windows phone 7.5 mango

Windows phone 7.5 mango

Windows phone 7.5 mango

If you buy a Windows Phone 7 device, Bing may well be your browser of choice. If your operator has a deal with Yahoo instead, you can thankfully now change the default browser search back to Bing. Unsurprisingly, you can't opt for Google, though.