Originally Posted by bullhead
Microsoft Wndows Phone 7 was dead on arrival. Horrible UI, horrible software, bland cloner phone hardware, and locked to the super expensive proprietary Microsoft OS.
Windows Phone 7 is far from dead on arrival. Microsoft may be slow, but they are relentless. Remember the Xbox? Horrible initial sales, no game library and everyone predicted it would be gone within a year- now Xbox is one of, if not the best selling game console out there.
I'm no Microsoft fan, but they've really impressed me with Windows Phone 7, and I've used most of the phone OS's out there- (WebOS- Palm Pre, Android- Evo 4G, iOS- iPhone, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS- no Blackberries though
). As someone who has used WP7 (an HTC HD7) as their daily driver since launch, here are the pros and cons as I see them from a consumer standpoint:
Pros:1. Facebook Integration at the OS level.
If you're not a Facebook user, you won't care about this, but the way Microsoft has implemented this is really fantastic. You can import all your FB contacts or just the ones in your phone's contact list. One tap on the people hub and you can look at your FB newsfeed. Contacts show their FB profile picture which saves you the hassle of assigning pictures to all your contacts (something the average user probably won't waste their time on). It's easy and quick to update your status, write on friend's wall, comment on their status, look at their pictures and comment on them. The Pictures hub automatically shows all your albums from Facebook- this is fantastic! It has saved me the trouble of having to sideload a lot of my pictures onto my phone, saving my internal storage for other things (music, apps, etc...).2. UI innovation and responsiveness.
You may like the metro UI or hate it, but I love it. I love the finger friendly tiles, and this OS is the first that is just as responsive as the iPhone, if not more so. Multi-touch gestures are smooth and fluid- there is simply NO LAG in the OS at all. Microsoft is to be commended on this. I can't tell you how many times I wanted to scream at my Evo for either lagging or choppy performance. Even my iPad skips a beat every now and then since upgrading to iOS 4.2. Not Windows Phone 7- buttery smooth and incredibly responsive- it is both fun and a pleasure to use.3. Xbox Live integration.
The games are coming. Apple clearly has a lead in the mobile games department, but the Xbox live community is bigger by far than Apple's Game Center. Additionally, many of the top iPhone games are already being ported to WP7 and have Xbox Live integration (Fruit Ninja, Pocket God, etc...) as well as some great original titles (The Harvest). I am not an Xbox user, but I must admit, I have fun tracking my accomplishments, tweaking my avatar, etc...4. Live Tiles and a lock screen that actually tells me something.
Why Apple does nothing with its lock screen is completely beyond me- there's so much wasted space. WP7 will show you your next appointment and number of text and email messages without having to unlock the phone. I also love the live tiles. The calendar tile (icon) displays your next appointment, the Weatherbug tile shows you the temperature, contacts show their latest FB status or uploaded picture- there's just more information available. They aren't as good as full blown Android Widgets, but get the job done and done well.A physical back button and a physical camera button.
You can wake the phone by depressing the camera button for 3 seconds and it's ready to shoot. Sure beats having to hit a button, unlock the phone, find the camera icon, and tap it. Also, having a back button is one of those things that you don't miss until you have one. For example: You're looking at your twitter timeline. There's a link, so you click it. It opens Internet Explorer. You read the page. You tap the back button and your back in your twitter app. It's so much easier- app developers don't have to include a built in web browser. Apple's implementation of multitasking is good, but the lack of physical buttons makes it feel clumsy- having to double tap the home button to bring up a list of apps, and then tap an icon is an extra, cumbersome step.
Cons:1. No Cut, Copy, or Paste.
Really???2. No direct USB sync with Outlook.
Not a big concern for me since all my contacts are in Gmail, but I understand this is a huge concern for a lot of people.3. No multitasking or fast app switching.
Kind of feels like iOS pre iOS4. At least the OS is smooth and responsive, but this needs to be implemented ASAP.4. Skydrive integration with Office.
When you sign up for a live account (necessary to purchase apps), you also get a skydrive account with 25GB of free storage. Why can't you use this to store Office documents??? This doesn't make any sense.5. No multiple calendar support for Exchange, Gmail, or Windows Live calendars.
WP7 can only sync the primary calendar of each of these services. Really??? This is a STUPID limitation that will hopefully be overcome soon.6. No turn by turn directions in Bing maps.
I know this is coming soon, but after having this in Android, I really miss it.
I'm sure there are other things I have missed, but those are the biggies for me. Oh, and BTW, your other comment, "locked to the super expensive proprietary Microsoft OS"???????
What do you think the iPhone is locked to? iOS is anything but open. This is not a criticism of Apple, just pointing out the fact that people who use a phone tightly locked down to one corporation (Apple) shouldn't throw stones at someone because they use a phone tightly locked down to another corporation (Microsoft).
Sorry for the long post. Peace.