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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RE: This is primarly a Iphone competitor
by kragil on Mon 15th Feb 2010 16:29 UTC in reply to "Comment by Laurence"
kragil
Member since:
2006-01-04

I don't think this is more targeted towards Android than the Iphone.
Android is less than free, you can get money from Google if you put Android on your handset. MS will want to see money for WP7, so the devices will be expensive and probably fall in the Iphone price range.

Android devices will be way cheaper or have way better hardware specs.

And make no mistake, Android will evolve. Android is modular. Putting a new OpenGL-UI ontop of Android would be possible for this holiday season.

And don't forget all the free stuff you get with your Android phone (Goggles, Turn-by-turn navi, Google Voice etc)

Android is more than capable to deal with new competitors (be it Bada or WP7)

Edited 2010-02-15 16:30 UTC

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Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

I don't think this is more targeted towards Android than the Iphone.

That was my point.
I think Microsoft would be smarter refining their platform than shift their focus.


Android is less than free, you can get money from Google if you put Android on your handset.

That's interesting to know.
Wasn't aware of Google's pricing strategy.


And make no mistake, Android will evolve. Android is modular. Putting a new OpenGL-UI ontop of Android would be possible for this holiday season.

And don't forget all the free stuff you get with your Android phone (Goggles, Turn-by-turn navi, Google Voice etc)

Android is more than capable to deal with new competitors (be it Bada or WP7)

I'm well aware of all this.
I'm by no means stating that WM7 is better than Android or that Google couldn't compete in this market.

I just think Android is an easier target than the iPhone and, though the iPhone has a bigger market share, Android has more room for growth due to it's open nature.

So, to me, it seems more logical to attack the biggest potential market rather than the one that seems the most popular now but also the most competitive.

However, it's not my decision and, for all I currently know, MS might be making the right decision.
Either way, I'll be keeping a close eye on the market to see how things pan out.

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nt_jerkface Member since:
2009-08-26


Android is more than capable to deal with new competitors (be it Bada or WP7)

Android doesn't have a good multimedia library. The game selection is rather lacking as well. I'd be willing to pay quite a bit extra for a mobile 7 phone just to have access to xbox live. Android is good for people who just want a phone and mini-browser but it can't compete when it comes to the itunes store.

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Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26


Android doesn't have a good multimedia library. The game selection is rather lacking as well. I'd be willing to pay quite a bit extra for a mobile 7 phone just to have access to xbox live. Android is good for people who just want a phone and mini-browser but it can't compete when it comes to the itunes store.

I sware by android and I use it for far more than just a phone and mini-browser.

Aside the various social networking apps, I e-mail, FTP and SSH on it. I run various augmented reality tools (android is actually the front runner for AR on smart phones) and play console games (NES, SNES, Master System / Gamegear, Genesis, Gameboy (Classic, Colour and Advanced) and MAME.

In fact, the only thing I don't do is ring and text :p

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