Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 15th Feb 2010 15:47 UTC
Windows So, after much, much speculation and many, many rumours, Microsoft finally took the wraps off Windows Phone 7 Series, its newest mobile operating system. Hold on to your hats, because uncharacteristically for the Redmond giant, they've rebuilt everything from the ground up - this system has little to no connection to the Windows Mobile of yore. I don't say this lightly - but dear lord, Windows Phone 7 Series is full of win. Update: Hands-on video from Engadget inside. Update II: There is no sync application. It's all done over-the-air, to the internet. Only videos and music are synced via the Zune software. Update III: Since I didn't mention it clearly, here it goes: Windows Phone 7 Series is a clean break. There is no backwards compatibility at all. Update IV: Channel9 has a 22-minute in-depth demonstration of Windows Phone 7 Series.
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I really didn't want to get into a platform war, but I feel I should debunk some myths you've raised:

Just because you play pirated games on your android

I have the original carts.
However a games console + TV isn't a portable as a smart-phone ;)

doesn't change the fact that for most people the iphone has much more to offer.

I'm yet to see something the iPhone can do that other smart phones cannot.
If anything, the iPhone has always played catch up with Android:
* copy/paste
* sat nav
* augmented reality
* alternative browsers
* desktop widgets
* multi-tasking of 3rd party apps
Granted the 1st 3 were [/i]finally[/i] been officially implemented in OS v3, but not before Android had been on the market 12 months.

Android still leads the market on AR and has (arguably) the most sophisticated multi-tasking.

WM still leads the market on quantity of applications (unless you want to count the millions of dumb social networking front-ends on the iPhone?)

So how do Apple respond?
With an ever more erratic control over their app store, that's how.
I've lost count of the number of official complaints lodged against Apple by their own developer community - but who cares about keeping the developers happy when you're Apple and people blindly flock to your products like moths to a light bulb....

Android doesn't have an answer to the itunes store which limits its appeal. Having SSH and FTP are a part of that limited appeal.

What does iTunes have that Android doesn't?
* Google have an app store
* Android can play MP3s so you can just download from Amazon (for example) or stream from Spotify.
* If you really must have iTunes, then you can sync Android up and swap music and videos that way (personally I can't see how iTunes is any more user friendly than dragging and dropping in your file manager of choice - but both options are there for Android users anyway)

And if it was the app store specifically you were referring to, then Google's app store offers everything Apples does and more (due to Apples excessively strict grip on it's community - which I've already brushed on).

Edited 2010-02-16 01:06 UTC

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