Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 6th Jun 2012 23:34 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Bloomberg: "Microsoft, which has tightly controlled the number of ARM-based devices it is supporting at first to ensure quality, opted not to work with HTC after initial discussions with the company, said two people familiar with the matter. The world's largest software maker decided HTC didn't have the sales volume needed and had less tablet experience than some of the other vendors it could choose to work with for the first round of devices, the people said." HTC was the first company to build a Microsoft-powered smartphone. Now, they're not allowed to build Windows 8 tablets.
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I say that because on a phone, when the dialer crashes or the phone reboots during a call it's a big deal. A phone's primary function is as a communications device, and if it fails at that function it may as well be a brick as far as I'm concerned.

On the other hand, a tablet is a media consumption device. A reboot while watching a TV episode or reading a book is an annoyance, but it's not going to cause you to lose a client due to having to call them back constantly when your phone won't play ball. I loved CM7 on my Nook (gifted to my sister recently), and I've played with several other Android tablets that I really enjoyed too.

The only issue I've had thus far with WP7 is that, on Sprint, it won't automatically split long texts at the 160 character mark. This is a known issue and Sprint and Microsoft are each blaming the other instead of working together to fix it. I suspect the source of the problem is the way CDMA phones handle SMS messages, but to my knowledge WP7 is the only phone OS that Sprint has this specific issue with.

I haven't had a chance to use a Win8 tablet yet, but I have a feeling it might very well be a great experience. I know that I detest Windows 8 on desktops though; if Windows 7 wasn't an option I wouldn't run Windows at all on my home computer.

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-pekr- Member since:

Haha - man, if you can't find stable HTC device, then I really wonder, who can choose you as an IT consultant? :-) No offence, it is just that I live with HTC for so long, and I never ever seen a dialer crash. So you might be either unlucky, or they ship strange variants to US, or I don't know what. I own HTC Sensation, and HTC One X, and both work like a charm.

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Morgan Member since:

And if your kneejerk reaction is to blame the user, I wonder who would choose you as a consultant? Just because you haven't seen it happen doesn't mean it's not true; if that is your world view I'd strongly suggest you learn some humility.

Your Sensation and One X are newer devices than the the MyTouch 4G, and I'm sure you're running ICS on your Sensation right? That alone could make a difference. Just as with the Motorola phones, I'm not the only person in the world with the issues I've described. If you really are a champion of HTC I'm sure you've visited the various forums and seen the reported issues. That is, if you're not blinding yourself in your obvious fanboyism.

I do really like HTC devices, my current phone is HTC and the quality is superb. I have a feeling if I had gone with the HTC Evo Shift instead of the Admiral it would be a different story. To my knowledge the Evo Shift is nearly a clone of the Arrive, minus a few CPU MHz.

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JAlexoid Member since:

I say that because on a phone, when the dialer crashes or the phone reboots during a call it's a big deal.

A dialer crash? A phone call crash? Sorry, out of all annoying crashes I've heard this is probably the rarest. I lived happily with N1(No crashes - ever), HTC Desire(No crashes - ever), Nexus S(No crashes - ever) and Galaxy Nexus(Crashed twice on 4.0.2, no crashes since 4.0.4).

And I'm not alone.

Edited 2012-06-07 19:00 UTC

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Nelson Member since:

My Android Tablet is crash happy. If I see one more Force Close, I swear to god.

The thing also has this cute little thing it does, where it randomly reboots. Its great.

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Morgan Member since:

And once again I say, just because it's all roses for you doesn't mean it is for everyone. I would think the people who post here would have been immersed in technology long enough to accept that things aren't always 100% perfect.

This elitist "I haven't seen it so it never existed and you're lying" bullshit attitude is getting old, frankly.

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