I had a chance to get my hands on a few different Windows Phone 7 phones early on while attending Gnomedex this year. Based on my experience with it, I found that it is definitely different from Android. The biggest difference is that that it’s a good phone for non-smartphone users.
What do I mean by that? Android makes for an awesome OS for geeks and power users, no question. However, try taking a typical clamshell phone user and handing them any of the skinned Android UIs and watch confusion in action. This is likely where Windows Phone 7 is trying to make a name for itself.
Need further evidence? Just Google any of the new commercials for the phone. They are taking the radical idea that there is life outside of staring at a screen all day and this is the phone to help make that happen. It could be utter nonsense to us, but this is who Microsoft is marketing to — non-geeks.
At the end of the day, no, I will not be buying one as I am not convinced that I am the target market. That said, based on what I have seen so far, I might be willing to recommend it to users who want to try something user friendly in the smartphone arena. I will need to see how things go over the next few months and make sure there aren’t any killer bugs to be concerned over.
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