Peter Crisp wrote:
I'm not sure why when I try to be up to date with gadgets but I have never been excited by new phones. I've had 2 handsets in the last 10 years and all I require it to do is phone and text. I honestly don't see the point in paying through the nose for the internet on a phone when I can wait for a few days at most and get on for almost nothing at home or a friends.
I'm just really not bothered about my phone looking trendy as I'm not trendy anyway.
I could understand people having that opinion a few years back, but the truth is that these days, phones aren't just phones. They are small personal computers which genuinely can enhance your everyday life. For example, google maps on the iPhone. I'd be dead in a ditch somewhere if it wasn't for that. Or the less immediate stuff like checking cinema movie times easily at a variety of locations or more importantly, checking GRcade.
On the subject of Windows Phone 7.
I love how that first page looks. It's interesting, stylish, kinda sexy, but once you get passed that screen the whole OS looks massively confusing. I've spent a long time watching videos of the UI, and I think it gets more and more confusing and ugly the deeper in you get.
The way the larger words at the top don't fit the screen and overlap looks messy. It doesn't seem to have buttons, just words to select. It's just lists and lists of names/options. Black on white/white on black seems cool, but makes it difficult to view.
I think Microsoft have missed the boat on mobile OS somewhat. One of the biggest problems MS is likely to face is with the mobile carriers and the people actually making these phones. People like HTC, Sony Ericsson, etc have used Android because it is customisable. They can put their own skin on it and make it different from the rest of mobile phones(Sense, etc). I'm not so sure Windows Phone 7 can do that. Phone companies want to offer a wide choice. I doubt a company will release phone after phone of the same WP7 os.
Apart from that, of all the leaked photos of supposed handsets, I'm yet to see an attractive piece of hardware.
EDIT: gooseberry fool, I completely forgot about the whole lack of multi-tasking and copy/paste features. It's perfectly fine to be missing those things on older hardware/software, but WP7 is being released this month on brand new hardware.