Posts tagged “WP7

Smoked by Windows Phone; Smoked by Galaxy Nexus

Microsoft has been hosting the Smoked by Windows Phone Challenge where the company is challenging that WP7 is faster than competing smartphones at everyday tasks.  The challenge is hosted at participating Microsoft stores and winners can get a variety of prizes.  In many cases that are posted by Microsoft the WP7 platform comes out victorious; of course.  However, one brave opponent garnering a Samsung Galaxy Nexus running Android 4.0 won.  How so?  The task was to show weather from two different cities at the same time at the fastest rate.  See example video below:

However, in this case for the weather showcase the Windows Phone was already setup to have two live tiles pulling weather information so by default it would’ve won; however, our friend with the Galaxy Nexus was prepared.  The Android competitor had the screen lock disabled and two weather widgets by default which caused him to win and create a small uproar.  The winner was even offered a phone and a laptop.  Read more [HERE].

Bottom line:  I am a fan of WP7, but this just shows that setting things up in your favor do not always constitute a win.

Nokia is #1 for WP7

Nokia has officially been deemed the #1 manufacturer of Windows Phone 7 devices.  This certainly comes as a huge surprise for some, since they haven’t been manufacturing WP7 devices for that long and other companies have had a year or more time to fully put themselves into that market.

Samsung has the ONLY WP7 device on Verizon’s network, so for the thousands of users that choose VZW as their carrier this would be their only choice.  However, with other carriers increasing their WP7 lineups such as T-Mobile and AT&T we have seen HTC get involved more heavily with large screen sizes and 16 MP cameras.  Yet, it seems that design and name prevail in this fight because the Lumia series devices have proved to be the best designed and the only devices to have a real push from the manufacturer.

Bottom line:  This is exactly what Windows Phone 7 needs to succeed, they have had little to no backing; no wonder few people know or want to know about this ecosystem.  Once the user gets going they can really start to love this beautiful mobile OS.