Originally Posted by SmilinGoat
oh yeah, i am too, which is why ive been saying "if its even real". but if it is real, it does have potential, you would expect that MS would have enough sense to make a product that had the same stats of the iPhone, if they do that, then we pretty much just have to wait for an app store (something MS does well with the Xbox) and the good stuff will just flow in, much like it did for the iPhone.
the only thing that excites me is that this, if real, has a lot of potential. the Zune was a very good product, and still is when compared to the iPod classic, which it competes with. so yeah, i think MS could do a good job with a phone, why not?
as for me actually ever purchasing it? no. i have an iPhone and a contract. but competition will help push the market forward...
i was just as excited for Android, which still has yet to really come out swinging, but this year might also be changing that with the new hardware...
Well, I'm not quite getting this.
First, there's no particular reason to think the image in question is even a phone. More likely, if it represents a shipping product, it's a Zune iteration intended to compete head to head with the Touch. I mean, if I were MS and I wasn't bailing on the Zune line altogether, that's what I'd do.
If it is, then, like I've said, I'm sure it will fine, and, for the small subset of users who are always looking for an excuse to avoid Apple, would be a good choice. But "exciting"? Not unless "reasonably competitive with a few bells and whistles albeit doomed by market share and peripheral ecosystem" strikes anyone as exciting.
Right? I mean, the existing Zunes are perfectly nice, but I don't think anyone thinks of them as "holy shit, this is how it's done" nice, do they?
And, if it is a phone, well, there are plenty of touch screen phones running MS software already on the market, so unless they're pulling a "plays for sure" switcheroo and plan to cut their hardware partners off at the knees by releasing an in-house phone that runs software that's lots better than what they're selling, I can't see where MS would be doing anything revelatory here.
Speaking of which, HTC, apparently responsible for some 80% of Windows Mobile sales
, saw its profits drop 30% this quarter.
What would MS bring to the table that HTC has not? And, if they do bring something that's exclusive to their in-house development effort, what does competing with their own OEM partners do to those relationships?