- by Andrew, "The Brain", Levin.
So, even though I am a Windows/Microsoft guy all the way, I did fall victim to the iPhone craze a little over 2 years ago. I ended up ditching Sprint and hopping onboard with AT&T in order to purchase one. However, although I hate to admit it, the iPhone is indeed a great product, but the fact of the matter is that it just no longer suits me. Basically I feel like I bought a Ferrari and am driving it at 20 MPH. Among the hundreds of thousands of apps, and consistent technological innovations, Apple has created a product that truly can satisfy the needs of nearly any type of user. But in my circumstance, that is not necessarily a good thing. For me, it’s hard to justify the upfront cost of the iPhone, in addition to the plan prices which seems ridiculously high. Granted, I am paying for a product and service which can provide me with access to nearly anything I need, but what it comes down to is that I don’t need everything. I need basic core functionality in order to remain productive and there are plenty of alternative and cheaper solutions available. No, I’m not saying a flip phone or Razor will work for me. I too, enjoy the multimedia capability, Exchange integration, Internet, and all the other fancy features which are being loaded into smart phones these days. Therefore, my solution is to throw my iPhone in the toilet and re-adopt a Windows based phone.
Now, it is fairly obvious that Microsoft does not have a great reputation when it comes to mobile platforms. As much as I praise Microsoft, they certainly did not hit a home run in this market. They basically struck out bunting. The constant derision Microsoft has faced in the mobile market makes it very difficult for them to win over their skeptics with a new product. Human nature makes it very easy for us to criticize a failed product or initiative and allow that negativity to overshadow anything positive. However, looking at it from a more pragmatic standpoint, Microsoft provides all-encompassing solutions to hundreds of different aspects of business and home computing. They have become a proven solution in enterprise network environments and control nearly 90% of the operating system market share. With such a large scope, any flaws or failures are much more easily discernable. Therefore, when Microsoft announced they were reinventing their mobile platforms, dubbed WP7 (Windows Phone 7), I gave them the benefit of the doubt that in the same way they responded to the Windows Vista critics and created the highly successful Windows 7, their mobile platform would undergo a similar transformation.
In light of all of this, I am going to purchase the T-Mobile HD7 sometime in next coming weeks and will follow up this blog with a review. So far, the feature set looks very promising, the price is reasonable ($200) and I can get double the service plan with T-Mobile for about $20 less than what I’m paying with AT&T. Also, what I really like is that WP7 is an operating system, not a specific phone. Consequently, there are about 10 different WP7 phones being released, and all of the major carriers will have models available.
Each phone is designed and tailored towards a different audience which means you can decide which phone suits your own core functionality.
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