Originally Posted by asdasd
Actually IDC seems to be tinted Nokia. They think Nokia too big to fail in this market and whatever they sell as an OS, sells.
We will know in about a year. What I dont know about Wp7 is how the average Joette will take to it. On any tube, or train, people are doing the multi-touch shuffle with Android and iOS devices.
Whenever I see a WP7 phone I see geeks using it and am generally with them. ( Am a geek myself). I think it is ok, but not sure how the average guy will take to it. There is a lot to learn, and the tiles are in fact pre-loaded folders. Changing them is not very intuitive. Its certainly is very smooth, but the learning curve is a bit higher. It may be too late to the party.
if nokia's hail mary doesnt work - and it isn't looking good - then the whole company will collapse.
I dunno. Everytime, I look at a WinPho7 device, it just strikes me as something so easy to use and understand.
I know it's gospel here but iOS is not that easy to learn and understand if you have never, ever, used a smartphone before. Especially for older folks.
WinPho7 on the other hand is dead easy becuase it turns everything you want to access into a giant tile on the homesecreen.
Not changing the tiles and all that is not fun. That's why I said, it's not as flexible as iOS or Android. However, I could easily a non-techie user essentially treating this like a dumbphone. They won't be using all the smartphone goodies per se. They'll just be happy that when they click on the people hub they can see facebook updates. Or that when they get a message they can click on the messages tile and find the message and so forth.
I used to think that Nokia made a mistake going WP7 instead of Android, simply because Symbian was so much like Android. As somebody who made that transition, I think Android has more in common with Symbian than iOS. So I was surprised they went Win Pho 7. But now I look at how WP7 devices would be used and it makes sense to me. Given Nokia's dominance in the developing world, such a dead easy-to-use OS could do quite well over there. Of note too, some big Android advantages are blunted abroad. Navigation isn't available in a lot of developing countries but Ovi Maps are. Google Voice isn't available anywhere outside the US. But Skype is even more popular elsewhere, so having Skype baked in will be a big selling point.
There's no guarantee of course and WP7 could flop. But out of many an MS product in recent memory, this one certainly stands out as having a lot of potential.