I’m late to cellphones. I have the cheapest phone and pay-as-you-go plan possible. But then, I wouldn’t have a phone if I could avoid it – and Skype and Google Voice almost make that possible. Nonetheless, I’m keeping an eye on cellphone developments (and tablets – I have an ‘old’ Nokia N810 non-phone). I’m recommending these three reviews to anyone interested in Windows 7 Phone.
Andy Ihnatko wrote a very interesting and generally positive review of the Windows 7 Phone interface. [Fun fact: I met Andy when we both worked for the Boston Computer Society’s Summer Computer Institute more than 20 years ago. Back then, BCS was a major users group.]
With Windows Phone 7, Microsoft has created the first really fresh and successful approach to a mobile platform since the iPhone. They’re competing with iOS and Android the same way Apple chose to compete with Blackberry, PalmOS and Windows Mobile in January of 2007: by not competing at all. They didn’t build a knockoff: they built something new. …
Greg Kumparak has a very thorough review with photos.
Microsoft’s next move was really their only option: scrap everything, and start anew. The result? Windows Phone 7. Built from the ground up, it’s about as similar to its predecessor as I am to a head of lettuce. Of course, different doesn’t necessarily mean better — so how does this new offering stack up? …
Anandtech’s Review is exhaustive and unmatched – 20 webpages long with copious close-up photos.
This isn’t going to be a story about Microsoft’s return to dominance. Nor is it going to be the story of Microsoft’s failure to compete in the smartphone space. These mobile wars have only just begun and despite the advantage enjoyed by Apple and Google, there is no end in sight. In another twelve months we will see fierce competition from HP, Microsoft and Nokia. There’s a lot at stake, and no company is willing to give up the opportunity to own the next-PC market without a hell of a fight. Today is the beginning of Microsoft’s fight. ..