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Windows Central Podcast 15: Competitioncast

Last week was alllll about the competition. From the PlayStation 4 Pro to the iPhone 7, it was a week for Microsoft to step back and let Sony and Apple trip over themselves with perplexing and controversial decisions.

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Derek Kessler is Special Projects Manager for Mobile Nations. He's been writing about tech since 2009, has far more phones than is considered humane, still carries a torch for Palm, and got a Tesla because it was the biggest gadget he could find. You can follow him on Twitter at @derekakessler.

19 Comments
  • Microsoft surrendered in the phone market so they aren't competing with the iPhone anymore. There aren't any Consumer phones really available to buy (here in Europe) that run Windows (HP phone is not for consumers Lumia is dead/out of stock). Your choice as an enthusiast is to buy a non windows phone and put Microsoft stuff on it or buy a phone that is not made for you (HP elite).
  • Any person who truly enjoys the Windows 10 Mobile experience and wants to continue would buy the Elite x3, assuming they can afford it. It's really the successor to the Lumia 1520.
  • Indeed!
  • I'm still using a 930 and still enjoy using it and I'm not so confident in upgrading to phone that isn't made for me(a consumer). I had bad experiences with non Lumia manufacturers and their Windows Phone devices (support & OS updates). Let's say I have trust issues. It is risky to stay on Windows 10 mobile Microsoft sure isn't promising that windows 10 mobile will be around for much longer.
  • Again, You're way off, and pretty much exactly wrong. Where do you people get this stuff, and more importantly WHY do you put it out??
  • I get this stuff from Reality because i don't live in denial.
  • Any plan for podcast via Spotify?
  • Buying Nokia - worst decision Microsoft ever made. Killing it was the gravestone. I don't think Windows 10 mobile will ever grow.   L520, L535 and now M640XL owner.
  • I'm hoping for a smaller device that wouldn't be crazy expensive. I agree with your comment though. I like the 640 I have but I don't like the camera on W10M. 
  • Or devices that are available in carrier Stores for the broad market.
  • You couldn't possibly know less of what you're talking about. Please just stop. Shhhhhhhh. 
  • you love HP Elite X3 and then you talk about apple being expensive ???
  • Businesses will buy in bulk under OPG pricing, there is a totally different commercial model for business and many global customers will have a set discount deal which will affect published list price flexibility anyway. Besides what is the x3 list price? $799 for the 64GB model compared to $769 for a 32GB iPhone 7+ which will be made in volumes a couple of orders of magnitude greater most likely.
  • Performance wise, the PS4 Pro is basically a 2K console with 4K upscaling. Out performs the Xbox One S by a margin however a lack of UHD bluray support baffles me.
  • Yeah these days it seems like Sony is creating products that goes 1 step forward and 2 steps back.
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    Even check out their new Xperia phones, Bravia Televisions, and Professional Cameras. So sad to see a mature company do this
  • actually I like the looks of the new Xperia XZ. Except for the lack of fingerprint reader in the U.S.
  • look at the other Xperia phones they released this year and then you'll understand what I had said.
  • ... however a lack of UHD bluray support baffles me.
    yeah, it also surprises me a bit that Daniel, Zac and Derek all seemed to be fine with no UHD blu-ray player in the PS4 Pro too. Maybe it's a generational thing, but I'd rather have physical media and all that entails than download a (huge!) amount of compressed data and have a compromised video experience in the end. These guys obviously aren't nit-picky videophiles...you'd trade a built-in blu-ray player for a smaller box, really???
  • Depending on which country you live the internet speeds are quite fast. I can confirm for UK, Canada, Wales, and Netherlands that internet download speeds up to 200 Mbps are around for the average user. Plus online steaming and download is great for those of us who are portable users: take it on your Surface, laptop, phone, etc.