How opinions of Windows Phone are evolving
Since launch, Windows Phone has been struggling to get into the market at a late point in time. Opinions from owners who are on other platforms were almost identical, "Windows Phone will never take off." Granted, it's been a fairly difficult year for not only the development team, but for consumers and app developers alike. We've all huddled together and can agree on one thing - we've travelled through thick and thin rather successfully thus far.
Now Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango) is out and second generation handsets (HTC Titan, Samsung Focus S, Nokia Lumia 800, etc.) are making headlines, we've seen some heads turn to the platform as a viable contender in this competitive mobile market, which the fragmented Android dominates. Rich Trenholm, UK Editor at CNET, is a good example on some well known names moving over from a competitor.
Introducing another opinion, which is fairly positive, from Alasdair Monk (a user interface/experience designer). He's used the Nokia Lumia 800 (our review) for a mere 24-hours before writing up a detailed review of his experience.
"Metro is beautiful" is big coming from a UI designer, and is something we can whole-heartedly agree with. But as with any other review from people on other platforms, Monk went into how there appears to be a lack of "talented developers" providing consumers content on the Marketplace - there are simply not enough apps. Something I disagree with. The developer base is growing, along with the number of available apps. We have some big names that have recently come forth and released apps, as well as some superb quality such as the (plug alert!) WPCentral app.
Monk isn't the only one testing out Microsoft's OS and actually believing the software giant has created something special (some of us are still finding it hard to believe this is the same Microsoft that brought us Windows Vista and the famous animated paperclip). Noah Kravitz, a well known blogger in the technological world, has been using the Lumia 800, Titan and Focus S, taking Windows Phone Mango for a test run - and he likes it. A lot.
Being a "Microsoft hater", Kravitz is going through the same stage in life we've all experienced when using Windows Phone for the first time. That giggly feeling you get in your stomach as you see your tiles flow onto the screen on start, and your Xbox Live avatar getting continuously beaten off the tile (poor guy), is something that makes the experience so special and unique. Using your phone is fun once again.
Kravitz has actually ditched the iPhone for Windows Phone (like many others), and is now enjoying a minimalistic experience on the huge HTC Titan (our review). It's interesting to see how the platform is evolving, not only for consumers with updates and new hardware, but with how it's perceived by 'outsiders'. To end this article, I leave you in the hands of Yazz. The only way is up, Microsoft.
Source: Alasdair Monk, Technobuffalo , via: Mobility Digest
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By Jez Corden
But it's generally the same: Stuff takes time to get accepted. Then it gets hyped. Then hype goes down. Then mass marked goes up. Kinda that typical gartner curve.
The only trick is to just not die too early.
Things perform terribly? I beg your pardon, but every app I run on my phone is near instantaneous, and I don't need multiple processor cores to achieve that quality of performance (though I admit that having those cores would improve the quality of games).
That said, I do agree that the number of high-quality apps needs to improve. Looking at the Top 10 apps for iOS and Android reveals how lacking Windows Phone is. That's not, however, the same as saying there are no high quality apps out there. There are a LOT of really great apps that not only perform well but also look great.
I didn't read anything in the article to suggest that Microsoft is suddenly on top of its game, but they're finally coming out with some attractive hardware running a great platform, and that will attract new developer interest.
It's free, and great. I've done my icons in there. And it's .NET based so that's a coolness factor for all wp7 developers, anyways.
Also I'm a highschool kid but I'm moderately familiar with Photoshop and Illustrator (not too uncommon) but if anyone would like me to attempt an icon for their app I would love to see what I can do. I probably wouldn't be fast or good but it's something to do. Plus what would there be to lose? if anybody's curious you can contact me at email@example.com
In regards to the Bible reader, online versus offline access is a consideration here also. For many with data restrictions/access concerns, having a bible even when there is no internet is preferred. The two traditional big developers are OliveTree and Laridian. Both supported WinMobile but both have expressed a lack of plans for Win Phone even after a year. If you're interested take a look at the features they offer. The Bible reader space on Windows Phone right now is wide open, in my opinion.
I would be interested to hear what awesomenote can do that you couldn't do with onenote in office? I can see you can sync to google docs, but I expect I would to the same thing using Word and skydrive?
I only realised this about onenote from the MS ads (the one with the guy at the shops and the kids at home); and I love they did a little 'how to' on youtube as well.
See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f85IyulX0TI and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ykXquYHjEaw.
What apps? What specific titles are missing from WP7? Why do people not list app titles? Yes, somewhere there are certainly some apps some vague unknown person finds critical, but the fact that people aren’t saying, WP7 doesn’t have X, Y, and Z clearly makes this more of an issue of perception for most consumers.
Having hundreds (or thousands) of dollars in apps and not wanting to switch that’s an issue. Having hundreds (or thousands) of dollars of music and not wanting to switch the same.
WP7 has 40kish apps. So unless someone needs more than 10k apps, the question should be, “Does WP7 have the apps I need and would it be costly to replace any apps or content I have?”
Who has more apps is a stupid argument -- Mac users and iPad users aren’t dropping their comps because Windows and Linux have more applications.
Yes, iPhone and Android both have apps that WP7 does not have and the reverse is also true – that WP7 has apps that neither iPhone and Android don’t have.
Lastly, most the apps on any platform are junk, phone or otherwise. Trying to claim that graphic design in WP7 apps is worse than that of iPhone and Android seems wrong on the face of it for no other reason than WP7 has a stricter graphic design requirement and there is simply no way that the worst of Android isn’t the worst of all the platforms.
Simply stated, one does not need look far to find a highly popular app that you can get on iOS and Android that is not yet available on WP7.
That's certainly not enough to keep me from sticking with WP7, but the same cannot be said about "the unwashed masses." To deny that is to just put blinders on.
so it is exciting to hear that it is being adopted by many! I just Canadian carriers would carry the hardware :(
Microsoft sit's back, watches the marketplace evolve, and then comes in with an educated, sound perspective and creates successful products.
Although they have waited just a little long with the tablets and phones, and made all of their core fans bery bery nervous, I can't help but believe this tide has finally turned.
Here comes Windows Phone. The only ones that are going to be surprised are the ones who's heads will be spinning as we pass them. I don't think it will surprise any of the regular readers and fans of this blog.
This is the kind of evolution that will create wider adoption.
I was showing a guy at work my Windows Phone. He was still on Windows Mobile 6 and when I told him about Windows Phone, he just replied with that sucks, no way. I then showed him WP7. Just two minutes, scrolling, swiping and launching has him checking with our admins to get a Trophy on Verizon. He loves Office on his WM6, but hates everything else. WP7 fixes everything else.
But that is the hill that we as user-evangelists have to climb. If we can pull people in, increase the number of users, we get better apps. So preach on, fellow WPCentrallers...
"They should probably rebrand it something like 'Windows Car Boot Sale' such is the quality of the goods on sale. And not one of those good car boot sales that yummy mummys in Hampstead frequent to pick up carrot cake for little Jerimiah and red letter days for wine tasting; oh no, probably more like the sort of affair that some kids flogged their bounty of JB Sports gear at, after the riots."
"Dude...you're a mess. What happened?"
"Ah, I flogged a yummy mummy from Hampstead over the weekend."
"Umm, is that a good thing?"
"I don't really know and I can't get the smell of crumpets out of my clothes."
It is an excellent OS, my Brother in Law, keeps spreading the word that the Windows 7 Phones can get viruses, since he was in the store buying a iPhone and the rep told a customer who had a windows Phone that his problem was that he got a virus.
My wife was looking for a new phone and I had to happen to suggest she get a 2 year $0.00 phone on Telus. The only option were Android and WP7. The same one I have, a HTC Surround. Older but great. They have no inventory or options besides this and the LG Optimus. In the end she loved the deal and she already loved my OS and plays with it often. She got a Surround and its very excited.
We need more people, but for now one at a time. If anything...we are an exclusive club.
It is a nice app, but should allow you to comment on articles. I hate having to switch to the web version. Other than that, it is one of my favorite paid apps.
Also, phone is super snappy and boots up in about 26 seconds!!!!
I really need to post a review....