Windows Mobile Summer love fest continues

Windows Mobile Summer love fest continues

Summary: I am not the only Windows Mobile fanboy talking about the platform and defending its honor. Check out the excellent post that Michael Gartenberg made about this leading mobile operating system.

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You might think it is Windows Mobile Summer love-in week here on my blog, but with the mobile news being fairly slow and the awesome Touch Pro2 availability I just can't help sharing my thoughts with you. Just so you don't think I am completely delusional or anything I recommend you check out Michael Gartenberg's excellent post over on SlashGear for another opinion. Michael is one of the most knowledgable and informed people in the mobile space and you can trust his views and opinions so it is refreshing to see someone else confirming my belief that Windows Mobile is still completely relevant today.

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  • Thanks Matthew

    I must admit I get a huge sense of satisfaction when I hear the iPhone fanboys go on and on about a new feature they just got when I've been using that feature for years on my WM devices. :)

    I do, however, get sad at the thought that Apple might just win this one through the predatory monopoly tactic of leveraging one monopoly (iPod / iTunes / iTMS) to take over a different market (cellphones). The iPhone's #1 selling feature is that it is the only one that is allowed premier access to the above monopolies and Apple has gone out of their way to break the competition's attempts at being treated equal. Apple might win this one folks and we [b]all[/b] lose if that ever happens, especially considering that Apple's innovations are always based around stealing what is already out there. Eliminate what is already out there and you eliminate all Apple innovation.
    NonZealot
    • #1 selling point?

      "(iPod / iTunes / iTMS)... iPhone's #1 selling feature..."

      I think the #1 selling feature might be the app store and the large developer community that helps it look like it has things you need.
      Metronome49
    • Satisfaction, NZ?

      It's interesting that what happens in the industry gives you "satisfaction"...

      What's also interesting is, after having a 5+ year head start in the market, that the WinMo platform can tank so quickly. WinMo R6.5 (i.e., Hexagons!) is not coming out until October and R7 is (at least) a year behind that. What has Microsoft been doing all this time with all that money, seriously?

      With the WebOS (modern) and Android (modern and free) coming on strong in the next year, WinMo would be becoming less and less relevant even if there was no iPhone. All Microsoft has left to hold onto is corporate buyers, who have many more options and sometimes actually listen to their employees.

      Take a look at the length of this thread after a full 24+ hours for more evidence of WinMo's irrelevance.

      So, NZ, I believe your contract with your provider and HTC WinMo phone has recently ended or is about to. Are you really going to invest in another WinMo phone for another two years?
      rynning
      • I'll answer your question

        [i]So, NZ, I believe your contract with your provider and HTC WinMo phone has recently ended or is about to. Are you really going to invest in another WinMo phone for another two years?[/i]

        Yes, it will end in about a week. Right now, I look at the phones out there, and I don't see [b]anything[/b] that will let me do substantially more than I can do today with my HTC Touch Diamond. The HTC Touch Diamond 2 is nice but not significantly nicer and certainly not $500 nicer! The iPhone 3G didn't come [b]close[/b] to my Diamond at the time and the iPhone 3GS is a [b]huge[/b] disappointment to me. [b]HUGE.[/b]

        So I wait. I'm [b]very[/b] anxious to see how well the Tegra chip does and unless someone comes out with anything mind blowing in the meantime, I suspect I won't get a new phone until they start sporting one of those bad boys. I'm getting a Zune HD (it uses a Tegra chip) when it comes out and I think that will show anyone not wearing Apple's RDF blinders exactly how a PMP should be made. 3 more weeks, I'm very excited! :)
        NonZealot
        • You didn't answer my question

          I didn't ask about chips or the Zune HD (which I agree looks pretty sweet), I asked if you were going to sign up for the Windows Mobile operating system in your next phone for another 2 years.

          I already figured you weren't considering an iPhone. In fact, I didn't mention the iPhone or Apple at all.
          rynning
          • I did answer your question

            [i] Right now, I look at the phones out there, and I don't see anything that will let me do substantially more than I can do today with my HTC Touch Diamond.
            ...
            [b]So I wait.[/b][/i]

            How did that not answer your question?

            [i]I asked if you were going to sign up for the Windows Mobile operating system in your next phone for another 2 years.[/i]

            I won't sign a new contract (my plan automatically goes month to month once contract expires) and I won't buy a new phone. I will stay with what I currently have (which is a Windows Mobile phone) until a new phone comes out that can do substantially more. That might be 1 year, it might be 2 years. I see no reason to get the latest and greatest just because HTC put a "2" or Apple put an "S" after the name.

            [i]I already figured you weren't considering an iPhone. In fact, I didn't mention the iPhone or Apple at all.[/i]

            I actually was strongly considering the iPhone before they announced the 3GS which did [b]nothing[/b] to remedy the real weaknesses of the phone. Add to that Apple's latest round of anti-competitive behaviors and I feel that I can't trust Apple with a device that they have made quite clear does not belong to the person who bought it. I guess I should thank Apple for granting me the privilege of installing Windows on [b]their[/b] MacBook!
            NonZealot
          • You answered it this time.

            (I never brought Apple or the iPhone into this conversation. Why do you insist?)

            "I asked if you were going to sign up for the Windows Mobile operating system in your next phone for another 2 years."

            Thanks for clarifying your answer: No. And that's ok. Nothing to be "sad" or "happy" about. It's just an operating system made by a company.
            rynning
  • My favorite line

    "Let?s be clear, while Windows Mobile?s UI is not as flashy
    or fluid as that of the iPhone, it certainly stacks up well
    against offerings from other vendors."

    That's like saying, he's no Johnny Depp when it comes to
    acting, but he stacks up well against Doug McClure and
    Bruce Campbell.

    Now, that's what I call damning with faint praise.
    frgough
    • Hey, Bruce Campbell is great.

      On of my favorite character actors.
      Bruizer
  • To summarize

    the article you linked:

    Winmobile is the place to be because lots of phones no one
    is buying use it, it really supports exchange well, it really
    supports office docs well, and some day MS will have an app
    store for it just like the iPhone.
    frgough
    • Hey man.....

      Just because there is no app for shaking the phone to get your recipe for dinner doesn't mean there aren't real business world apps that people use. My company uses WinMo across our cell phones and RF guns for our business applications. Sure its not a game or some app that makes a pistol sound when you cock it and point it, but when it comes to the business world there are plenty of apps out there that no one even knows about and are used extensively across the planet and my business is just one of them. I know its not flashy cool, but we just want to get product out the door first and foremost and WinMo helps us greatly.
      OhTheHumanity
  • iPhone great for fingerpainting

    as well as those thousands of useless apps.

    I want a phone that is compatible with all my Windows apps and that I can WRITE on and has decent resolution and a respectable camera. If it doesn't have a stylus or a keyboard, then it's just a toy, like the iPhone. Just because lots of people want to use the toy doesn't really make it any better for real world use, accept as a fashion accessory.

    Oh and if you really want a point and drag interface, just install Winterface.

    I'm sure MS will add on the tacky finger handling, but it's the functionality that matters in the end.
    tonymcs@...
    • Most people

      Dont use phones for there functionality otherwise they would not have an iphone or non e-series nokia.
      They buy for the swish factor or for a feature like the camera.

      Hopefully though a better interface on 6.5 will pull more people in, if HTC can make some more candybar like phones then they will capitalise, especialy if they can make them useable simply with buttons.
      jdbukis@...
    • And 100's of useful apps As well.

      The sad part of the windows apologists is they are blid enough to think of the
      iPhone as nothing more than a toy. As there are amazing apps showing up in
      the enterprise field for the iPhone, the days of DOS ... I mean WinMo are
      numbered.

      In short, in 1 year no one will care.
      Bruizer
      • in 1 year

        "In short, in 1 year no one will care."

        No one cares now... windows mobile is like the step child you are
        forced to play with. As soon as mom and dad are gone you ditch them.

        I've had 2 blackjacks, a samsung 740 with a stylus and a moto Q.
        Every single one of those phones are and were the biggest pieces of
        crap. Form factors of the phones where nice, the problem was
        windows mobile or smart phone or what ever they call it now is awful.
        On my second iphone and win mobile had not even release dot
        upgrade. Were are internet min. here not internet years. '

        You win mobile fan boyz are just like the birthers and death panel
        believers... LOL
        panic man
  • What to expect? The Awesomeness!

    WM6.5 launches with the new app store. Each of ZDNets' writers take turn expounding the awesomeness MS has just showered upon us.

    HTC, LG and Samsung release at least 3 devices each. Mary Jo kicks off each pre-release with her usually "There's something up with MS/HTC/LG/Samsung... a bird said to me blah blah... does anybody know anything about this?"

    Larry, Sam and Andrew weigh in on the discussions with insightful commentary like "If only Moses could have had a WM6.5......". To which Jason states that there was no electricity back then so it would have been useless, completely not understanding that there are greater forces at work here.

    Ed Bott, upon receiving a test device feels so overpowered by it's awesomeness that he plugs the device directly into his cerebral cortex thereby becoming THE ONE and thus fulfilling the prophecy.

    Matthew posts links to all those most awesome WM6.5 people, who by now have ascended to heaven, and says "Dude! I told you so!!!"
    spinit