Gumby

Thoughts from the clay guru.

Going back to iPhone?

Recently, a co-worker sent me an email with the following question:

“So – it’s about time for a new phone for me and I’m seriously considering going back to iPhone. I love my Samsung/MS phone but I am concerned they will not reach critical mass and you have to go Android or IPhone. 

What do you think?”

Here was my response:

First, why do you care if a phone reaches critical mass or not?  Does the phone provide the application and services you need?  If not, then move to a platform that does.

Here are my random thoughts:

  • IDC and Gartner predict that Windows Phone 7 will bypass iPhones by 2016 (used to be 2015)…but I would not put a lot of trust in that.  I think they feel that a lot of Nokia customers in developing countries will stick with Nokia phones…and not sure if I buy into that 100%.  Although there was a news report a few weeks back that Windows Phone 7 is outselling the iPhone in China ( http://news.cnet.com/8301-10805_3-57436975-75/windows-phone-edging-out-iphone-in-china-says-microsoft/?part=rss&subj=news&tag=readMore )…I don’t think we are close to WP7 eclipsing iPhone anytime soon.
  • My thought is that Apple was a visionary company driven by Steve Jobs.  I am not sure there remains that leadership to drive innovation in the same way.  That is not to say they will not be successful…but I think they may be working off a 3-5 year vision for iPhones and iPads laid out by Steve’s leadership…and what happens after that?
  • I like the WP7 UI.  In fact, I am slightly annoyed by the iOS UI when I use my iPad, and here are a few of my key differences:
    • Really wish the iOS devices had a back button.
    • Like the live tiles
    • Overall, like the Metro UI
    • My iPad 1 running iOS has been getting buggier with each OS update…and reading blogs…it is not just me
    • I find the WP7 UI very responsive
  • Agree that iOS has more apps, but very few apps that I want that I cannot get on WP7 (can you say “Words with Friends”? – but I love Wordament on WP7 platform more)
  • Windows 8 + Windows Phone 8.  There is talk of some really nice integration between these two….but I have no real details here.
  • iOS and Enterprise email/calendar bugs.  Calendars apparently still have some issues with syncing and providing the same information on Outlook vs. iOS.

Ultimately…pick the device that provides the features and services you need.  I decided to stay with WP7 (and my Nokia 900 was free in the end).  I did not consider the Android devices based on my limited experience with the Android tablets and the Android OS.  Android left me with that Linux “taste”…not quite polished, and for some features, you had to hack and/or mess with config files to get it to work (like proxy servers in Accenture network – which I believe is now fixed with the OS).   So I only briefly thought about iPhone 4…but nothing new for me there.

Good luck with your decision.

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