Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 27th Feb 2012 11:19 UTC
Windows There's a lot of news coming out of Mobile World Congress in Barcelona today, but since we can't compete with the well-funded gadget blogs, I suggest you read up on the details at The Verge (or Engadget). One thing stood out to me, though. While the entire industry is moving towards more cores, more megapixels, more gigahertz, more display inches - Microsoft is doing the exact opposite. Windows Phone has been updated and optimised to run on slower hardware.
Thread beginning with comment 508682
To view parent comment, click here.
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
RE[2]: Comment by kaiwai
by kaiwai on Mon 27th Feb 2012 15:35 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by kaiwai"
kaiwai
Member since:
2005-07-06

My guess would be that Nokia pressured them into lowering the specs. Iphones won't be the next billion, don't you think? (OK, Symbian Belle is actually a good platform, but it can't compete in the power user department. Two-way syncing is still only working for ONE email address and calendar... what are they thinking?)

Furthermore, the specs of the "high end" WP7 devices may seem low in comparison to top-of-the-line Androids and Iphones, but WP7 is performing amazingly on this "limited" hardware. Also, people obviously don't care about micro-SD cards, replaceable batteries, otherwise the Iphone wouldn't sell so well to the unwashed masses (i.e. non-tech consumers).

Now, for us as educated techies two questions remain: 1) considering the used hardware, why are WP7 phones as expensive as better specified Androids or Iphones? and 2) Zune? Really? A smartphone that's not 100% OTA is just not that smart.


Ok, I can do without the replaceable battery or the microsd card but how about some more storage! I mean, come on, launch a Lumia 800 with 64GB already! Why isn't there a Windows Phone 7 device with 64GB of storage or at the very least 32GB of storage?!

Reply Parent Score: 2

RE[3]: Comment by kaiwai
by B. Janssen on Mon 27th Feb 2012 17:51 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by kaiwai"
B. Janssen Member since:
2006-10-11

Ok, I can do without the replaceable battery or the microsd card but how about some more storage! I mean, come on, launch a Lumia 800 with 64GB already! Why isn't there a Windows Phone 7 device with 64GB of storage or at the very least 32GB of storage?!


Maybe MS thinks that the 25GB Skydrive is enough? I'm not convinced, but Apple (Idrive) or HTC (Dropbox) seem to think along these lines, too.

Reply Parent Score: 2

RE[4]: Comment by kaiwai
by kaiwai on Tue 28th Feb 2012 01:28 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by kaiwai"
kaiwai Member since:
2005-07-06

Maybe MS thinks that the 25GB Skydrive is enough? I'm not convinced, but Apple (Idrive) or HTC (Dropbox) seem to think along these lines, too.


What a horrific nightmare if that is their 'thinking' given that there are many countries that have metered mobile internet with many more countries in the process of either evaluating or phasing it in. It seems once again we have an American-centric company unable to get their head around the fact that the world isn't like the US and that consumers outside of the US have specific requirements based on what carriers charge for their services etc.

I am just hoping, just wishing that maybe the reason why we don't have microsd slots is because of the clusterf-ck that occurred with the Samsung Focus. For those who don't know the way Windows Phone 7 handles a microsd is that all memory is treated as a single pool of memory rather than two distinct pools - the result is that if you remove it once installed all hell breaks lose. I hope that maybe once Apollo is released (rumoured to be based on Windows NT core) that a more flexible storage model will be adopted so that microsd's can make a reappearance.

Reply Parent Score: 2

RE[4]: Comment by kaiwai
by arpan on Tue 28th Feb 2012 15:30 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by kaiwai"
arpan Member since:
2006-07-30

It's upto the OEMs to release devices with more storage. Right now, the sales of Windows Phone devices is pretty low, so the companies are probably limiting to the specs that are most popular. If Windows Phone becomes popular, only then will you see devices with more variety.

Reply Parent Score: 2