Last November there was a new kid on the block in regards to smartphones and it went by the name of Windows Phone 7. After a lot of promises from Microsoft and a huge marketing campaign, the platform has failed to take off in the way that people had hoped. After failed attempts at updating, a severe lack of communication, and faltering backing from major carriers, it is time for this adopter to say goodbye to WP7.
Like many others, I was an early adopter of WP7, and I have been a massive fan of the platform, lord knows how many articles I have written singing the praises of WP7 and even though I have decided it is time to change, I am still a fan of WP7.
Rushed to Market
The operating system broke the mold when it hit the scene. It provided a user interface unlike any other and it’s ease of use was one of the major selling points, but after launching it became clear very early on that the platform was broken and had been rushed to market.
At launch Microsoft promised users that updates would come out on a very regular basis and that Microsoft would control the updates. This was huge because it meant that the fragmentation problem with Android would not hit WP7, however that is not the case, and it has been made clear that the carriers are controlling the updates and are deciding who gets them. This was highlighted by the fact that T-Mobile blocked the first update that was sent out by MS.
Where’s Microsoft Going With This?
Six months after launch there has not been an update and the bugs that were present in WP7 at launch are still there, the lack of communication from Microsoft is unnerving, and yes I do realize that Microsoft finally released a roadmap for the NoDo update yesterday, but shouldn’t that have been released months ago? It tells me that there is no clear roadmap for WP7.
While there are many things that WP7 gets right, there are also many things it gets wrong, and again I understand that it is a new platform but there are just something’s that you should be able to do.
The lack of customization was a huge omission. It true that it is not the be all and end all, but really? No customization at all? Customization in smartphones is huge these days as it helps the user feel connected to the device, I never did feel connected to mine, it was just a phone, it just wasn’t a reflection of me.
There are many other things missing from WP7 that are considered standard fare nowadays. The lack of GPS was strange given that GPS with Bing maps was excellent on older Windows Mobile devices, and the inability to upload videos to social networks was also a strange omission. The much talked about copy and paste, which will be in the NoDo update, should also have been a feature of the device from the start, but for whatever reasons Microsoft decided to exclude these features.
The Future is Still Bright
The future for WP7 looks good though. Developers seem to have taken a liking to it, and the apps that are available are good apps. The partnership with Nokia should bare good fruit too, but like many others I need a phone that has all of the things that are missing from WP7 now. While apps make the phone great, the operating platform itself needs to be functional and practical too.
I am still a fan of WP7, and will probably give it another look in the future, but right now I need more from my smartphone. Let us know in the comments section about your experiences with WP7.