I am going to get grief for this post, but the new Windows Phone 7 series is…Nice looking. It’s also about 5 years too late. In many ways Microsoft reminds me of the big-three: slagging off the last decade or so, resting on their laurels, committing themselves to the lowest common denominator. I was happy to get my Windows Mobile 6-series Blackjack II phone not even two years ago which kicked it off for me. I wanted a not-iPhone and I wanted expandability. Then came the Nokia E71, my most favorite smartphone in the truest sense. And now my Nokia N900 which I am still enjoying every single day, the ultimate convergence device (for me at least).
What is it about the Windows phone? Well, it’s probably the only phone UI I’ve seen that looks gorgeous in a way that’s not ripping off the iPhone in any way. And I like that. It’s actually MORE visually attractive than the iPhone. I don’t know how it plays yet because I’ve not actually touched one. And that’s the problem: manufacturers are flocking to Android and even Samsung is writing their own OS.
Where will that leave Microsoft? Well, they’re going to have to pick up a LOT of speed and quickly. They might even have to partner with the likes of Dell or HTC to develop a phone that blows them all off the map — not an easy task. If the hardware features HD recording, 32GB on-board and card storage, 4G networking and a built-in drop/box/OTA file sync, then maybe it can be a game-changer. Or maybe just a game-keeper-upper.
We shall see. I am intrigued. Not going to buy one (or will I?) but I am going to keep my eye on it.