I admit that I like shiny things. I also admit that I don’t like the iPhone very much. I also have looked forward to owning this phone for quite some time. So I knew what I was getting into.
However, as a v1.0 product, I also knew that there would be some warts. After all, it’s v1.0. But, did Microsoft learn from Windows Mobile 6.x? Could it match Steve’s app phone thing and Google’s mobile thing?
A short bit of background
The only phones I haven’t used for over a few months WebOs and Symbian phones. They both looked alright, but I wasn’t in the position to ditch what I had to try them out.
However, I have used Windows Mobile since the very first incarnation in 2003. Wow, that was not great. Though, I did like the Motorola clamshell form factor at the time. It also did so much vs. the other phones, it was OK to overlook the warts. But, WM2003 basically remained the same until WM6.5.
The phone I stuck with, and modded the heck out of, for 2 years was the HTC Kaiser / TyTn II / AT&T Tilt. It got flashed with every new Windows Mobile 6.x that saw the light of day.
And then, some wonderful people at XDA Developers put together a few builds of Android for testing. And while that phone’s CPU wasn’t the strongest, I did use Android 1.x and 2.x for several months as my primary phone OS.
As my Tilt’s battery just couldn’t hack it anymore, and new batteries were basically dead on arrival, a good friend of mine loaned me his iPhone 3G for use. So, I used that in iOS 3.x and 4.0, 4.1, and finally 4.2.1 for several months.
So, have I used enough of the available market to be informed? I hope so.
What I like about Windows Phone 7
It’s different. And not just arbitrarily or just because it’s shiny and new. It’s different in that someone thought about how to use a phone to do their job, and took a good stab at it.