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.
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RE: I'm curious...
by DDevine on Wed 28th Dec 2011 08:36 UTC in reply to "I'm curious..."
DDevine
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2011-12-28

I absolutely agree. I am definitely an open source guy, but in a sea of closed-source phones I figured it didn't particularly matter which one I chose. However, you do need Windows and the Zune app to update WP7 ;)

I got my refurbished LG C900 WP7 phone for $150 AUD and its waaaayyy nicer than any Android phone I could find at that price. Microsoft has actually done a good job with WP7 - stripping out all the legacy crap has done wonders and I like the Metro style.

The only thing I miss from my old (slow) Android phone is wireless hotspot. This hasn't been so bad because the screen is big enough that I can actually browse sites on my phone instead of breaking out the laptop.

Don't knock it till you try it.

I've looked into developing HTML5/JavaScript apps for WP7 (and they should be portable to Windows 8 if you care) and it looks dead simple!

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RE[2]: I'm curious...
by Morgan on Wed 28th Dec 2011 09:10 in reply to "RE: I'm curious..."
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

However, you do need Windows and the Zune app to update WP7


You can update it on a Mac too, the Windows Phone 7 Connector works just fine from what I've seen. It also syncs well with iTunes.

I got my refurbished LG C900 WP7 phone for $150 AUD and its waaaayyy nicer than any Android phone I could find at that price. Microsoft has actually done a good job with WP7 - stripping out all the legacy crap has done wonders and I like the Metro style.


I got mine for free via an Amazon promotion, and to be honest the price was what pushed me over the edge. I had been considering the platform for a while, but I couldn't justify paying $100 or more plus a new contract. When I decided to leave T-Mobile and I saw that deal for Sprint, I jumped on it. Now that I've had the phone for a while I think I would have been fine with paying something up front though.

The only thing I miss from my old (slow) Android phone is wireless hotspot. This hasn't been so bad because the screen is big enough that I can actually browse sites on my phone instead of breaking out the laptop.


Same here, my Nook misses the Barnacle wifi tether I had with the buggy old Android phone, but the screen on the Windows phone just seems to be perfect for web browsing. The pages render beautifully and even when the fonts are very small they are still quite readable. I doubt I'll ever see any tethering on my device; as Sprint is the last US carrier to maintain truly unlimited data plans, they would never agree to a tethering app in the first place. I know that similar WP7 phones on the other carriers were supposed to get it with Mango but it ended up being very hardware dependent. If I ever do see it on Sprint, it will be on a newer phone.

I've looked into developing HTML5/JavaScript apps for WP7 (and they should be portable to Windows 8 if you care) and it looks dead simple!


I may have to look into that too; scripting languages like Javascript are about as close as I come to "real" programming. I did look at the TouchDevelop...thing, and it's a gimmick as far as I'm concerned. It's pretty much all at the interface level, without any real substance or back end.

To be honest, there really aren't any productivity features I'm missing from the device vs Android. As for entertainment, all I want is a good RPG or two and I'm set. Netflix and Youtube have me covered on video watching for anything I don't just copy over via the Zune connector.

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