When Apple announced the iPhone three years ago, I was excited. It was truly a revolutionary product, way ahead of everything else at the time (sidenote: sorry but I do not see the iPad on the same league – it is just a ‘bigger’ thing that has a three year old OS/Interface on it). I told myself that day, January, 9th that I would be buying one (even though I live in Canada and things do move very slowly up here when compared to the US) when released. And once I managed to find my way to the Microsoft MVP Summit in the following year I got one.
Great device. At the time. Three years ago.
Fast forward three years and the latest and greatest iPhone is indeed VERY similar to the one released that year. In many ways the platform became stagnant. Sure there are tons of apps on the AppStore. But that does not mean the platform itself is evolving.
Looking at the iPhone today, now the ‘reality distortion field’ effect worn out, I can clearly see all the flaws on the iPhone, after using it for over three years. In many ways, it is a PAIN IN THE ASS phone.
First of all the thing is totally tied to Apple (and I do not like Apple for several reasons, even though I do have four Apple machines at home) what means ‘you, peasant, use what we Apple want you to use’. It is almost like a ‘Porschesque’ experience. When I got my Porsche, at the time there was no way to hook up an iPod to the vehicle due to a proprietary fiber optic bus. No bluetooth either. When I asked Porsche why, they told me in a Porsche all you want to hear is the engine, not music from your iPod. Great. Same approach applies to Apple and their products. If you ever wondered why you cannot arrange your music library into ease-to-follow folders, it is because you do NOT need it. Trust Apple on that. They know what you need/want better than you or your mommy.
Adding to that, the freaking phone, three years later has no Flash support. Exchange sync is simply mediocre (did you notice when you have rules to move emails to folders and get a new email in one of these, the iPhone mail app does not show that?). The whole app sync with iTunes is another major PITA. The list goes on.
So yesterday when I saw the announcement of Windows Phone 7 I was impressed. The same way when I saw the iPhone announcement. Beautiful interface (and logical), Zune/Xbox Live integration, several manufacturers to choose your phone from and perfect Exchange/Office support out-of-the-box. So long iPhone. I am dumping you as soon as Windows Phone 7 is out.
Add to that: Flash will almost certain be there once the phones start shipping and Microsoft does allow you to develop/add things like bluetooth keyboard/mouse support, what the iPhone does NOT support officially – three years LATER – making it a piece of shit thin client, no matter what Gus Pinto or Chris Fleck, with their own reality distortion fields, say. I am not saying the Windows Phone 7 devices will be better thin clients but for sure companies like Celio will be able to release accessories that support Windows Phone 7 out-of-the-box making it a much more viable thin client at the end.
Finally, a critical thing Microsoft has in its advantage is the three years the iPhone has been out. If they are smart, by now they understand everything the iPhone has NOT delivered and its shortcomings, having learned with Apple’s mistakes in this space (and successes as well).
This will allow Microsoft to deliver not the Jesus phone.
But God’s one.
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