Microsoft unveiled what only can be called a family of Windows Phone 7 handsets — 9 to be exact, not all above. My coverage of the US-bound ones are here. Now with the prices, release dates, features, and phones announced what is the possibility that Windows Phone 7 can beat Android, iOS, and Blackberry?
Pretty slim, yet, not so slim at all. I won’t have to keep on writing for pages here. All the other OSes (Blackberry and Android especially) have a few good handsets (sans Blackberry) that do what they do well. It’s like they’re working for themselves, and not taking vacations like the iPhone 4 and iOS. This may be the worst metaphor ever, but I’m sure you can see what I’m going at here: it only takes a little crack, a little shiny light, to wake-up new smartphone consumers and get them on your bandwagon. While everyone that walks into an AT&T store will say, “One iPhone 4, make it snappy”, soon enough Windows Phone 7 can catch on, through advertising, sheer strength, or perhaps Micorsoft-sponsored mind-control.
People are suckers for looks. Take the most hardcore Apple or Android fanboy, and make them look at a Windows Phone 7 device, and they’ll say, “I’m a proud fanboy, but I have to say that looks good (to say the least)”. Throw a few millions into advertising, have a very decent product line with XBOX Live integration for example, and there you go, you instantly have a crowd to look to: the millions of Xbox 360 gamers who want an “Xbox phone”, even though every WP7 device is not an Xbox phone, but has Xbox Live games available with achievements.
Needless to say, I’ll be reviewing some Windows Phone 7 handsets, and I’ll be buying one myself (currently looking at Samsung Focus and HTC HD7).
Now the only bad scenario I can come up with would be a webOS one: no good apps (something that’s being proved contrary to today), crappy phones (not happening), no interest in the platform (definitely not happening) and little consumer interest (not happening either, suckers).
So the future of the Windows Phone 7 lineup looks promising, if not a bright one.