Now the iPhone 3.0 SDK has been announced, iPhone has added many features who’ se absence has rightly earned itself the title of crippled before.
Of course absence of features like MMS and A2DP has always been justified by Apple fans as features rather than problems with the OS, but now that the iPhone is largely on par with more full features OS’s like Windows Mobile the question does arise whether the Windows Mobile still has the feature edge, or, as most of the blogosphere is likely to claim, left behind.
Windows Mobile still has some very obvious advantages. The first is a wide choice of carriers, rather than being tied mostly to only one distributor per country. Second is the wide range of form factors, which includes many devices with larger screens than the iPhone and much higher resolutions. Third is the wide variety of interfaces, most much more interesting the the grid of icons on the iPhone.
Further points include a wider variety of useful and productive software, a more open application environment and a general absence of restrictions – on Windows Mobile you do what you want, not what Apple wants you to do.
Of course questions about momentum remains – While more Windows Mobile handsets were sold in 2008, developer attention and the attention of opinion formers are squarely on the iPhone, and the Windows Mobile community may need to work hard to correct misguided opinions .
So, what is your opinion on the latest iPhone developments – will it return growth to the platform after sales dropped 15% in Q4, or will issues like limited carriers and high cost of data plans continue to limit its growth, to the advantage of the Windows Mobile platform.
Let us know in the comments.