Saturday, April 23, 2011

iPhone vs Windows Mobile

I'm very pleased to have recently upgraded to an iPhone 4 handset. It really is much better at running the v.4 software than the iPhone 3 and reminded me of the reasons I was pleased to leave Windows Mobile behind and how some of those things are starting to bedevil Apple.
  1. Windows Mobile was effectively unsupported from the moment you owned the handset. In seven years and six handsets I never had a manufacturer-pushed upgrade. On a couple of occasions I managed to find slightly hookey versions (from other networks etc) than upgraded versions slightly but it never worked well. This seems to be playing out again with WM 'phone 7 for mobiles (or whatever they're calling it!); a year out of the gate and there has been one update that bricked a lot of handsets! MS are still asleep at the wheel when it comes to cell 'phones.
  2. With Windows mobile you have to hit the right hardware/OS version combo; A couple of handsets I owned were early in OS cycles (the first WM6 ones for example) and they weren't man enough for the new version of the OS. A couple (the HTC M1000 and the Vodafone V1615) were right before OS upgrades and worked brilliantly. The iPhone is starting to suffer this; nobody should run V4 on a v3 handset and expect the nice experience they remembered when they first got the iPhone.
It's an interesting time in smartphones; I wonder who will take third place after the iPhone and Android (or the other way around) - Blackberry or Nokia/Windows Mobile?

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