- 05-16-2011, 02:59 PM #1
Google really didn't do anything at Google I/O.
They fixed some bugs for their tablet OS.
Announced a sort of combination between Honeycomb Gingerbread.
But really Android didn't up it's consumer game much at I/O giving Microsoft more time to catch up in features.
What do you guys think? Is iOS and Android approaching maturity to the point where in a year the lack of features just wont' matter. I was harsh on Microsoft assuming the Google and Apple would still majorly shake some things up. But unless Apple overhauls the design of iOS...Microsoft may very well be in the clear to drop Mango and gain some major mind share momentum. No longer will it be the phone OS of can't do...but does much better.
- 05-16-2011, 04:43 PM #2
As Microsoft has repeatedly said... its still early in the game. We're barely into the second quarter, in football parlance. The masses still don't have smartphones, and they probably aren't going to buy iphones at apple's premium. That leaves the majority of the market to microsoft and google.
The next step for MS is to get some exclusively wp7 next gen devices that have that "ooo" factor. I figure this is where nokia will come in.
- 05-16-2011, 05:18 PM #6
Most of Apple's products have some price premium that you pay over a competitors product. Sometimes the premium is justified, sometimes not, but I'd bet that the masses go cheap... not premium. Especially if you're out there today and still don't have a smartphone.
- 05-16-2011, 05:28 PM #7
My iPhone cost $199. My BlackBerry Bold was $199. My Focus was $199. [I didn't pay 199 for my focus, I traded for it, but at the time, it was $199 from ATT]
I've had a domed iMac and a Mac Book Pro. Now looking back, I paid a premium. But as far as phones are concerned. Seems like you're getting what you're paying for.
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- 05-16-2011, 05:31 PM #8
Android in general is a lot more liquid in terms of UX than the iPhone, and I forsee it making some changes over time as Google tries to bring in the reigns and bring the UX closer to iPhone and Windows Phone. I think iOS is much closer to the point that Windows is at on the desktop, where UI changes risk alienating long term users. I do expect some interesting features and changes (*ahem* notifications) on iOS 5, but they really have to walk a thin line with any sort of major overhaul and I don't see that happening, especially not in response to Windows Phone. It's just too soon, and frankly, they don't need to at this stage.
05-16-2011, 05:38 PM #9
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The phone is the least of the premium aspect. I pay about the same price for TWO smartphones on Sprint with unlimited data/texting compared to the same price for one iPhone plan on AT&T. (Although Sprint has started to raise prices and is getting less competitive)
- 05-16-2011, 05:39 PM #10
But seriously, the Focus was $199 for all of 5 minutes. I got mine in mid November 2010 for 1 cent. My iPhone was $299 two years ago, so you got a better deal than I did. ;)
You pay a premium for features, quality, or sometimes simply because of brand/demand, but the actual cost to make similar devices isn't all that different. The no contract price of a Focus when I bought was $399 through ATT if I recall. The same for iPhone was $599.
That's a premium.
- 05-16-2011, 05:41 PM #11
16G iPhone 4. was never $299. Well, not in the USA.
- 05-16-2011, 05:46 PM #13
But that's okay... don't take my word, hey, I could be misremembering... but go to AT&T's site right now and you'll see my point. Some of the price is justified in features, but certainly not all of it. Some of it is justified by brand/demand/desireability.
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- 05-16-2011, 08:52 PM #18
Sth up. The iPhone is priced at or below other high end phone. You sheep mentality makes you say things such as crapple. ITunes has very similar prices, ipad is cheaper than a zoom, and ipod touch is in the same range as Zune players. Get a life.
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- 05-17-2011, 01:12 AM #19
with that said iTune$ prices are no where near similar to those of Zune simply for the fact that YOU HAVE TO PAY FOR EACH AND EVERY SONG there's no streaming, no downloading, and no credits. with Zune for a simple monthly fee u get everything iTune$ lacks, so its much cheaper if one listens to lots of music. macbooks and the iPad cost more than the galaxy tab and midranged laptops so there.
- 05-17-2011, 02:29 AM #20
The entire build quality issue to you I imagine, is resolved if samsung went with an aluminum panel for the Focus' backing rather than plastic.
You mention the xoom being more expensive than an ipad, but the xoom hardware also outspecs the ipad... and when I checked, it was only $100 more. 20% more than the inferior spec'd ipad2... and with no sales volume / economies of scale established, like the ipad has.
I expect the iphone 4 to cost more for having the features it does, but not $150 more.
- 05-17-2011, 06:14 AM #21
I don't think MS caught a break. Really, what kind of earth-shattering feature were people expecting from iOS and Android? Telepathy and teleportation? I always scoffed at the idea that WP7 was "too little, too late" and that Android and iOS would constantly be leaps and bounds ahead of WP. With mobile devices and current technological limitations, you can only add so many functions before the device becomes less mobile.
We saw this in most of the latest new features that Android and iOS came up with. For example, 4G, dual-core processors, and front-facing cameras for video messaging are all features that drain the battery like crazy or just aren't that useful with current networks. Another new feature coming out soon is the "glasses-free 3D," like in the Nintendo 3DS. Again, however, it's not going to go easy on battery life. I hear work is being done or is already done on making the viewing angle greater as well as improving battery life, but I have doubts that the first devices will implement the newer technology.
These features aren't must-haves right now as much as they are just gimmicks used to claim the "pioneer" hat. Being "first" doesn't always mean it'll be the best, especially when it comes to technology.
- 05-17-2011, 08:34 PM #24
This is just stupid. Really. The Focus came out at $200...and the only reason it's $50 is because it doesn't sell as much as the iPhone continues to.
Name me a SINGLE, high end flagship phone that has come out in the past 2 years that wasn't $200 on contract!? The Focus, the HD7 (and most likely the HD7S btw).
Nevermind that we are talking subsidized prices.......300% mark up? High ho hyperbole.
What's the percent mark up after you include the same average monthly rate of $100 a month for 2 years. You would rather spend your two years with a well made piece of engineering or a Focus where the button squeaks every time I turn it on?
Honestly, if I could have paid extra for a better made Windows Phone I would.