Honestly, I've never paid much attention to specs when shopping for phones. I test them out at stores and read lots of reviews online. It's like apples and oranges. You can say that the clockspeed on a Mac's processor is lower than that of an equivalent PC, but that doesn't mean it's going to perform slower. I dunno, maybe it's just me, though.1.but the truth is, when people look at two phones side-by-side, they are going to choose the best numbers for the lowest price.
Agreed. With Win8 able to run on tablets and PCs as well as run WP apps, it's shaping up to be a more seamless ecosystem than any other around.The entire article should have just been about the ecosystem. That's really what is going to drive WP to success. The other stuff is just gravy.
1. Titan: The fact that the Titan is WP's flagship device is honestly a little saddening. I'd buy that phone in a heartbeat if it was available in the US right now, but when lining up the specs side-by-side with a flagship Android device, it just falls flat. Sure, we can yell "WP doesn't require as much resources to run as fast as Android" all day long, but the truth is, when people look at two phones side-by-side, they are going to choose the best numbers for the lowest price. Period.
Judge_Daniel, you have some very, very well reasoned arguments, but this is one I think may be somewhat debatable. While I quite agree on the numbers thing, I think the numbers the average consumer will actually look at (not phone geeks like us) is the clockspeed of the processor, not necessarily whether or not it's single- or dual-core. They generally don't know or care about things like the difference between a Snapdragon and a Hummingbird, for example. Case in point; I can't tell you how many of my relatives have gone out and bought a Pentium Dual-Core machine because it was less expensive and the clockspeed on the tag was higher than the Core i3 or i5 sitting next to it. I simply don't think your Average Joe is as hung up on the details of the specs or architecture as we are. I believe they'll most likely go for what performs and feels better to them when they actually use it and seems like the best overall deal based on a basic set of numbers. Just my theory, anyway.
I think the most important spec is 4G, which thankfully these new Mango phones have.
Ouch. Did she eventually go with the Trophy, or no? I'm still trying to decipher why Android has seen so much success (outside the proliferation of dozens of handsets in the market). MS really needs to find a way to motivate more people to give WP a chance. I have four family members who have played with my Focus now and at least two of them are considering it as their next phone when their hardware upgrade comes around next month. I also actually thought about one thing last night that hasn't been pointed out yet, at least that I've seen so far, that MS (and Apple for that matter) have over Android, and that's an "end to end" solution. Whereas MS has Zune and Apple has iTunes for easy access and transfer of movies, music, etc. Android has no such ecosystem. You'd think that would be a bit of a turn off for most people, wouldn't you? Wonder why that doesn't play into people's purchasing decision a little more than it does.
3. The Motorola Droid campaign. And how "Droid" sounds a lot like "Android". Consumers associated all Android phones with the Droid.
Looking at what they're doing with Windows 8, Xbox Live, and even with Mango, Microsoft could end up delivering the kind of experience which Steve Jobs had been talking about (with the iCloud), but with a far wider range of products.