WP7 Thoughts By Readers: Jon Deutsch

image Like promised, I will be posting what you, our readers think of this new OS. This is one of the first submitted by a reader that I will just call Jon, since he did not mention if I could use his full name.

Here is his thoughts:

I am a “composite” mobile phone user — part fun, part business.  I eschew my corporate Blackberry and instead use Seven-based technology to link up my work email to my WinMo 6.5 phone (Touch Pro2/Tilt2).   I don’t play games like many iPhone owners, but I do enjoy bringing up local information when I’m trolling downtown Philly on a lazy Saturday afternoon.  I walk to lunch every sunny day, and I stream podcasts to a wireless bluetooth headset.  No wires, no fuss.

Before I head home from a hard day of work, I quickly check Google Maps traffic layer to assess the more efficient way home.  On a train to NYC, I’ll play some “best of” music stored on my SD card.  And, when I care to don the wired headset, I’ll check out the FM radio for local NPR coverage of the news.

I’m a composite mobile phone user — I don’t fit any given stereotype, yet I do fall into patterns.  I consume information on-demand, I listen to content and music in my spare time, and I enjoy the Sense UI thanks to the amazing craft ROMs available on XDA-Developers.

But Android and iPhone have proven to the market that I should not have to go to XDA-Developers to flash a ROM.  And the competition has taught me that I should expect far better performance than I experience with my Touch Pro2.  And while I really do appreciate true multitasking, I appreciate performance, reliability and battery life even more.

I am not in dire need for a new operating system, but based on what I see in Windows Phone 7, I see the closest thing to HTC’s Sense that exists today in the market.  Yes, I know Sense exists for some Android devices.  However, it’s not the same.  Android’s Sense is widget-based.  I don’t really dig  widgets.  I prefer screens, and WinPho7 provides screens/experiences/hubs that are more like Sense UI screens than any alternative out there.

If Sense 2.5 has taught me anything, it’s that I love having “apps” pre-loaded and a mere swipe away from access.  Twitter, weather, mail, texts, contacts, stocks… nothing needs to “load” — it’s all instantly there for me.  Loading apps now is not nearly as elegant as swiping through the Sense experience.   And I see WinPho7 actually expanding upon this metaphor and giving us much more baseline “phone functionality” than any other mobile device on the market.

If you consider the hubs to be core phone functionality, the only thing that comes close to this is the iPhone’s iPod “hub.”  Microsoft is taking the iPhone+iPod integration to the next level by giving us many more hubs than just media, and enabling them to be extensible as well.

Microsoft is — rightly so —  treating WinPho7 as a robust mobile operating system that could serve a majority of the market.  Heck, they need to.  The future of computing is mobile, and if Microsoft doesn’t offer a mobile option that trounces the competition, they will lose their market dominance in software in the next 5-10 years.

In that way, there’s a lot riding on Windows Phone 7.  It’s basically their Windows 7 — if they don’t get it right, people will give up on Microsoft and seriously look for alternative operating system vendors to be the next generation’s dominant player.

Yet, Microsoft has learned “too much” from Apple in some of their restrictions.  And it remains to be seen if I will decide to upgrade this fall to Android, Microsoft, Apple, or…. HP.    The mobile space has never been more competitive, and I’m just glad to know that Microsoft has figured out a way to wedge itself back into the game from behind (like they tend to do).   Come fall 2010, I will bid adieu to WinMo 6.5, and eagerly await a new phone/OS combination that provides me with an amazing QWERTY keyboard (a real one, thank you very much), splendid performance, a wonderful catalog of applications that enhance the functionality, and an ecosystem that drives innovation that directly benefits me, the user.

Jon Deutsch
Principal & Senior Strategist, Capital D Design

If you do not agree with his views, please do not be a child about it, just comment nicely, or even submit your own thoughts to me and it shall be posted (99.9% of the time).

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