Then others caught up. The newer BlackBerry had a crappy keyboard and they weren't very good at playing MP3 and there were very few applications.
At some point I gave up and I switched to the Lumia 700. My only regret is that I didn't switch earlier.
Except for the lack of keyboard and S/MIME support, it has got everything I want and offers it with a great interface. It's very good with emails, excellent with Exchange integration (and free!) and has a decent application offer (although not up to par with the iPhone, but I don't really care, all the ones I need are there).
I've been extremely impressed by Microsoft and this pivot. I knew the heart of Windows CE was very good (very solid real time Operating System), but all Windows PocketPC and phones I had sucked a lot and were awful to use because of the interface and the crappy hardware.
I don't see how BlackBerry can survive this.
That's been scrapped for Windows Phone 8 though. It is NT-based.
Without wanting to gush too much, but NT is a wonderful piece of technology. It's orders of magnitude better than anything else on the market without a doubt for any application.
The bit people have the "hate problem" with is the Win32 subsystem that is chucked on top of it.
My only regret is that Microsoft didn't open the subsystem API enough. I submit they want to keep some freedom in this area.
The lack of real-time handling probably won't have much impact on the phone platform, since users (the primary interface consumers of the OS) don't operate anywhere near "real-time" anyway.
It's a killer platform already - they just need to sort out the marketing and get through all the Android/iOS fanboy FUD out there against it.
* In NA, 1.0% to 0.97% drop from May to June:
* In Europe, 1.23% to 1.36% rise from May to June:
Stats from Netmarketstats shows a much larger global decline, so I think we can conclude that WP is barely growing it's overall marketshare. I expect the WP8 announcement (rather, the WP7.8 announcement) will lead to reduced sales until WP8 is released (hopefully) later this year.
As for Android/iOS fanboy FUD, what exactly would you be referring to?
1. A lot of WP devices announce themselves as IE desktop rather than mobile.
2. People in the EU still primarily use them for messaging, email only. I rarely see people "on the web" on their mobile devices.
3. Apps requests do not necessarily count in the statistics and the majority of the time people spend is in apps (WP has native FB, ebay, Twitter apps etc). WP has decent native apps for pretty much everything.
The only thing that matters statistically are sales and retention which are numbers that are not uniformly available for any platform.
Re: fanboy FUD is the inevitable "Windows Phone sucks" mantra from people who have never even set eyes on a device.
And the inevitable "<insert mobile platform here> sucks" mantra comes from fanboys from every platform, including WP. Care to explain why that FUD hasn't influenced the growth of iOS and Android?
I've been hearing the opposite. Where are you reading this?
Inevitably, they put the reverse spin on it because it's trendy...
Also, you've got to call bullshit on the stats as the widely deployed Nokia Series 30/40 phones are still the most ubiquitous worldwide
I know 5 people who've binned iPhones for Lumia 710/800 handsets on contract renewal citing that the iPhone is clunky.
(I will say I got rid of my Lumia 710 recently and replaced with a basic phone but that's not really because the OS or the device suck).
A lot of companies seem to be experimenting with this as an alternative to another round of phone purchases, so the era of the company purchased phone may be coming to an end. All you need is a phone with a good ActiveSync implementation for Exchange integration and you are good to go. Employee like it as they only have to carry one device, Companies like it as it saves them money. It's a rare win/win for both sides.
While I'm sure Windows Phone will work well in this environment, it doesn't help much unless consumers start buying the phones in the first place.
I somehow have the feeling they'll go down :(
I love my bold. I never had a phone with such a strong battery. I know you can't do much with it compared to todays smartphones but it's perfect enough for work.
If Windows8 fails, I hope Ms gives up mobile totally and behaves the IBM/Oracle way, i.e. sucking the cash out of their client base to the full limit.