Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 19th Sep 2012 16:08 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless "High Tech Computer (HTC) has grown up with Microsoft, from the old HTC-built iPAQ's running on Microsoft's Pocket PC operating system, to the Orange SPV - Microsoft's first Windows smartphone. The Taiwanese company has always been a loyal aid to the software giant, but lately that close relationship has started to feel a little dated. HTC's investment in Android and its Sense user interface has taken precedent over its initial work with Windows Mobile, and the company's Windows Phone flagships have been impressive, but overshadowed by Nokia's colorful Lumia range and partnership with Microsoft. That all appears to be changing though." HTC announced some good-looking Windows Phone 8 phones (ugh) today, but from my personal experience of owning several devices from both brands for over a decade, Nokia has the edge on quality. Good to see a serious commitment to WP8 though - we wouldn't want the Android dominance to continue.
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Nelson
Member since:
2005-11-29

My point is that there are varying degrees of openness out there. I don't think Android is anything near a poster child for it. Things are open in different ways.

Besides, I don't think its unreasonable to expect someone to have an internet connection.

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niemau Member since:
2007-06-28

Of course I usually have an internet connection, and it's reasonable to assume that most people with a smartphone do as well.

However, availability of a connection is definitely *not* what is keeping me from relying on cloud services.

You're right, Android is not the poster child for openness, and there absolutely are varying degrees of openness. That being said, in what ways exactly is WP open or even kind of in the ballpark of open?

edit: I should probably add that I really don't intend to debate this too much, at least not here. It's not exactly on-topic. Was really just responding to Thom's brief visit to "WP vs. Android"-land. I really don't have much to say about HTC WP8 devices. I'm sure they'll be just fine and dandy for anybody interested in what WP8 offers.

Edited 2012-09-19 19:09 UTC

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Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

Of course, I'll recognize our fundamental disagreement. I was just providing a different way to look at it.

Cheers.

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No it isnt Member since:
2005-11-14

Cloud services are not open in any way, except 'open for business'. They're all about lock-in. They take your data, so that you must use their services. This is of course Google's business model as well, and Amazon's, and Apple's. Stop pretending that Microsoft is somehow better for doing exactly like everyone else (but with no alternative).

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Nelson Member since:
2005-11-29

Funny, I can export data from my cloud service just fine. Only in your invented reality is anything that you say true.

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