Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 27th Dec 2011 21:50 UTC
Windows Fascinating, this. As a Windows Phone 7 user, I can attest that it is every bit as good as iOS and Android - heck, in my experience, it is more polished, more consistent, smoother, and faster than either of those two. Yet, despite raving reviews and glowing user comments all over the web, Windows Phone 7 simply isn't selling. Former Windows Phone 7 general manager Charlie Kindel believes it's because neither carriers nor device makers like the control Microsoft exerts over the platform.
Permalink for comment 501531
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
You've converted at least one phone user
by mattymoo on Thu 29th Dec 2011 01:07 UTC
Member since:

I'm a linux geek from way back, but I never jumped on board the smartphone train. I never really had the need for them, I still don't, even though I now on a WP7 phone.

Everytime I considered buying one, I always ended up putting off the purchase because my 5 year old nokia brick phone still worked fine, and these smartphones become outdated at a rate that makes PC components look like a good investment!

I tried friends and families iOS and Android phones, the interfaces of them never really 'grabbed' me as being what I ideally wanted in an personal computing device, but I resigned myself to eventually getting one as the contacts/task management/email integration on the nokia is horrible or non-existant.

I also had an old Windows CE PDA that I didn't really like, I ended up putting linux and QT on it, but that had limited functionality also, eventually stopped using it altogether.

When my old classic-style nokia finally packed it in a few weeks back, I went to the phone store to look at WP7 phones after all the positive comments I had read about them from Thom. After using it for a few moments, I was sold. The interface is so responsive, and I am really happy with the decision. It is a really nice phone to live with. The 'tiles' are easy to manipulate and all the text is large and clear. I installed zune and was quite impressed by it also, it is a lot nicer than iTunes on windows.

I've shown my wife my phone and I think her next phone will be WP7 too, she currently has an android.

I really think the forking, fragmentation and lack of updates for existing phones will become a bigger and bigger problem over time for the android platform. It isn't PC land where people can readily roll their own and use an existing supply of devices/drivers to get any OS up quickly on pretty much any hardware, if you stuff up your PC you just start over, if you brick your phone, well -- you've bricked your phone. How terminal that is depends on the particular bit of hardware you're dealing with, and a lot of endusers don't want to funk around at that level to begin with.

Apple & MS's support and update arrangements work well in this environment, and if a particular android phone maker takes it upon themselves to establish a reputation for having a smooth update cycle, and providing updates for a long time on their phones, it will be a selling point to consumers and distinguish themselves from the pack.

Reply Score: 1