Microsoft has been trying to enter into the mobile phone market since 2007, and their was much anticipation that their new Windows phone 7 may bring something new and exciting for consumers. But this scathing article from InfoWorld makes one wonder if consumers should even consider buying the phone. In the article the author states:
No caveats now: Windows Phone 7 is a waste of time and money. It’s a platform that no carrier, device maker, developer, or user should bother with. Microsoft should kill it before it ships and admit that it’s out of the mobile game for good. It is supposed to ship around Christmas 2010, but anyone who gets one will prefer a lump of coal. I really mean that.
So what is wrong with the Windows phone 7 that draws such ire from the writer?
The bottom line is this: Windows Phone 7 is a pale imitation of the 2007-era iPhone. It’s as if Microsoft decided in summer 2007 to copy the iPhone and has shut its developers in a bunker ever since, so they don’t realize that several years have passed, that the iPhone has advanced, and that competitors such as Google Android and Palm WebOS have also pushed the needle forward. Microsoft is stuck in 2007, with a smartphone OS whose feature checklist might match that era’s iPhone but whose fit and finish would look like a Pinto next to a Maserati.
How does a ‘clunky design’ sound to you? Because that is exactly how the Windows phone 7 GUI is described. It seems that Microsoft is so far behind the Apple iPhone and Google Android design that this project could end up on the junk heap and fail like the Kin did. Microsoft is expected to introduce the Windows phone 7 by Christmas 2010. It should be interesting that if the reviews remain as negative as the one from InfoWorld, to see if Microsoft even continues the release of this phone.