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Posts by Alfiejr

there is no question the popularity of iPhones, iPod touches and Android phones as game players has heavily impacted the overall PGP market and taken a big cut from Nintendo's DS product line share. i don't know about Japan, but in the US any DS is strictly a grade school market product now - for "kids". few tweens and no teens would be caught dead with one. and in addition to that image problem, the much lower prices of iOS and Android games totally undercut Nintendo's...
Next of Kin.
Amazon ... Sony ... HP ... gee, who's left? oh yeah, Micro-something. but seriously folks, Amazon's web retail setup an ecosystem does not make. does it have any good non-retail software or hardware (don't Kindle me, please) of its own to fill it out? nope. so it's just another flavor of the Google Android web sphere. And then will come Sony. now hardware Sony does have. more than anybody. ever try to get it all working together with all those Sony Bravia links, etc.?...
snark aside, the real question is whether the MS Store’s “technical specialists” really provide useful help to Windows users. that is the one really valuable customer service that is worth opening a store for, and so will help MS compete with Apple. i’ve never seen a real life report about this. does anyone know? unlike Apple stores, no one is going to actually buy much at an MS store. everything there is priced at list (except for featured sales items), and you can...
un-uh. first, iOS and its Android knock off offer a very simple top level UI - a grid of apps. that can readily be adapted for anything/anyplace just by simply adding more icons (i.e., specialized apps for a certain market). Apple of course does not allow any telco to customize the iOS UI beyond that at all. but Android does, which makes it the most flexible of all (it's open!).second and further, Apple is not trying to make the iPhone all things to all people. its target...
my point is the UI is wrong for that. the general reaction in the USA is that WP 7 is "cool." well that's nice. but "cool" does not translate across cultures well. Nokia went to great lengths working with local telcos around the world to localize its products, inlcuding their top level of Symbian UI. that is one big reason why it had so many different models and strong global sales. i can't see WP 7 being as easy to localize, even if Nokia can keep its experienced global...
yup. but WP 7's tiles UI is too hip. very first world. i don't see it replacing Nokia's dumb phones globally. the local telcos will opt for something they can tailor more easily to their markets. Samsung and the rest will provide more generic OS options for them that they can localize.
the big question is will WP 7 ever grow into a major OS. MS is betting the Nokia partnership/take over will accomplish that. but it is also possible it will flop, and be the end of Nokia instead. i don't see the very idiosyncratic WP 7 replacing the much more generic Symbian phones worldwide. maybe in Europe at best, a niche. actually, MS' best hope is that the massive ongoing legal attack on Android brings it down in a year or two, and forces OEM's to look for...
there is no question IDC provides paid services to MS, that's a fact. eg, see this EULA, search for "IDC". they provide financial info for a lot of MS services. i have to assume they get paid for that.http://explore.live.com/microsoft-se...ement?ref=none their conflict of interest is blatant. but web "journalism" ethics are so pathetic anyway that no on calls them out for it.
IDC reports OEM shipments as if they were actual sales. of course they are not. and that is what their market totals are based on. so they're junk numbers. Apple just reports actual sales. i haven't seen any other OEM report of actual tablet sales to consumers/businesses. gee, i wonder why. IDC is the same outfit that predicts Windows Phone 7 will overtake the iPhone in sales in two years. while also getting paid by MS for services of some kind. gee, i wonder why.
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