Skip to comments.You WILL buy Windows Phone 7
Posted on 10/13/2010 11:05:58 AM PDT by SmokingJoe
Perhaps Windows Phone 7 won't come dead on arrival after all. Maybe the analysts and naysaying pundits don't give Microsoft the respect it deserves. Maybe there is enormous pent up demand for Windows Phone 7. Maybe the silent majority that loves Microsoft products has waited for this day -- ah Monday, when Windows Phone 7 officially launches.
Three days ago, I asked: "Will you buy Windows Phone 7?" The response was immediate and overwhelming: More than 150 comments to the post and more than 3 times the usual number of e-mail responses I normally get to buying questions. Among the e-mail respondents, the majority plan to buy a Windows Phone 7 device. Even among those saying nay, many expressed interest if circumstances were different, such as Microsoft getting the product to market faster (they couldn't wait and already got something else) or limited carrier availability (in the United States, no Verizon. Yet.). Most of the e-mail respondents who chose something else bought or will buy an Android handset -- that's a painful dig for Microsoft, because Android more directly competes with potential Windows Phone 7 developers and smartphone buyers than iPhone.
I am still mulling how best to handle the responses. For today, I will start with those readers sending e-mail, because they are identifiable; many Betanews commenters aren't. I may post again over the weekend from commenters, some of which are sourer on Windows Phone 7 than the e-mailers. I'll start with an apology: There are simply too many of you to include in this post. I am cramming in more respondents than usual, but still leaving many out. Hey, much as I love long-form writing, a post using all the respondents would be in the 5,000-word plus range.
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What it does is still more than WP7, which is my point.
Just for comparison, how long did it take for Apple to get those things fixed after the initial release of the iPhone?
I consider that irrelevant. We're years later now, Microsoft has had plenty of time to get the copy machines up and running, not just off the iPhone, but for Android. But let's go over the big ones:
What I'm watching out for is the historical Apple haters who suddenly don't mind that WP7 doesn't have free multitasking, doesn't have copy/paste, doesn't allow removable SD cards, doesn't come on low-end hardware. The people who suddenly don't think those things are a problem, or start making excuses for them, will clearly expose themselves as hypocritical Microsoft fans.
I'm watching out for the Apple phanboys who'll crow about how far behind MS is, and then dismiss any talk of accomplishment when they catch up.
Does the iPhone have smart linking?
Are you implying that Microsoft is lying when they say not having cut-and-paste was a design decision, electing to go with smart linking which is quicker and more suite for 80% of the users?
What limitations do you find in not having unlimited multi tasking, especially considering that processor and battery limitations make it very uneconomical?
True. Apple Software was so much easier, much more intuitive, and so consistent that key commands were easily remembered, because they were always the same, program to program.
But, vendors developed more applications for Windows, than A/OS. The rest is history.
Another factor in the equation was Microsoft's agnosticism with respect to hardware. More variety of available peripherals and adapter cards provided more opportunities to develop applications that could leverage that hardware.
Yes. So does Android.
If they don't have it, but are promising it soon, then there was no design decision not to include it. It means it wasn't something they could develop in time for shipping. As those who posted to FR in the early days of the iPhone can attest, smart linking has absolutely no use whatsoever in posting.
What limitations do you find in not having unlimited multi tasking
I understand the reason for not having unlimited multitasking. But now that even Apple has allowed controlled multitasking (allowing some level of multitasking without killing the battery), Microsoft is coming out with an OS that doesn't even have that. IOW, lack of full multitasking makes it inferior to those who like Android because it does allow that, but those who prefer the battery savings also have no reason to go to WP7 because Apple still has something better.