Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 1st Sep 2010 21:41 UTC
Windows It's been only a mere six months since its first unveiling, but Microsoft has already announced that Windows Phone 7 has been released to manufacturing. This means device makers can start tuning the software to their hardware, leaving plenty of time to release devices before the holiday season.
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kragil
Member since:
2006-01-04

Yeah, I am on that one closed platform and dying to get locked into another! Walled gardens ftw! Prices will rise and freedom will be limited, but what do I care, bread and games is all I need.

Humanity is doomed.

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nt_jerkface Member since:
2009-08-26

For people who just want to talk on the phone and maybe play a couple games once in a while there is no walled garden.

It's just a phone with a handy little store.

That's all it is.

Your metaphor is not universal.

I program just about every day and I could care less about being able to load outside code on my phone anymore than loading outside code on my Blu-ray player. My laptop is my portable code executor, my phone is for going BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH. My last phone wasn't a smartphone and I could only buy a limited selection of Java games from the cell company. Perhaps you would have described it as a Nazi death camp?

Edited 2010-09-02 04:30 UTC

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ricegf Member since:
2007-04-25

"my phone is for going BLAH"

I'm curious - if all you wanted in a cell phone is the ability to talk, why pay extra for a smartphone at all? Why not just get the free phone that comes with a 10-key, or a Jitterbug-like device with rock-solid voice and not much else?

I say this honestly, having used my beloved Samsung flip phone for 5 years just to talk (that dang thing just would... not... die!). It wasn't until I bought a Nokia N900 last Christmas that my laptop fell into relative disuse. When I can run virtually the exact same apps on a computer that's with me 24/7, including my library of custom Python apps that run my life, I only need the laptop for heavy typing or when I need a bigger (well, 10" :-) screen.

Just curious.

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Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

For people who just want to talk on the phone and maybe play a couple games once in a while there is no walled garden.

It's just a phone with a handy little store.

That's all it is.

Your metaphor is not universal.

I program just about every day and I could care less about being able to load outside code on my phone anymore than loading outside code on my Blu-ray player. My laptop is my portable code executor, my phone is for going BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH BLAH. My last phone wasn't a smartphone and I could only buy a limited selection of Java games from the cell company. Perhaps you would have described it as a Nazi death camp?

But then why would such people be stupid enough to spend 500+€ (don't know the $ price of current smartphones) in a phone that hardly lasts two days of battery life, coupled with a keypad that's harder to use, instead of just buying a $100 nokia/samsung/sony/whatever device that works better, lasts longer (in all senses of the expression), is more resistant to everyday life, and globally is just better for that use ?

The "it only costs 1€ if you subscribe for two years on a 50€/month plan" is not a valid argument in my opinion. I refuse to admit that adult members of my race are stupid enough to decide to buy a phone first and then discover how much they lose each month.

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stabbyjones Member since:
2008-04-15

If you're at the helm of any heavy machinery I'd be inclined to agree.

Android market / Chrome Web Store
Apple App Store / Game centre(?)
Microsoft Xbox Live

Is humanity still doomed is Sony add's a Playstation store to their phones? Android + PSN would be an awesome games phone.

The PS3 uses openGL right? that should be possible on the right hardware.

Why would any of these major players use someone else's store that gives a competitor money?

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