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    Posted on May 21st, 2011 Andy Parkes 8 comments

    I had a moan recently about my current mobile phone, a HTC Touch 2 running Windows Mobile 6.5 and that I was counting the days until contract renewal.

    Well that day has finally come which has meant I’ve had a decision to make about what handset I’m going to be using over the next 18-24 months.

    In a lot of ways though it’s not really about the handset, more the platform.

    So I’ll get it out of the way.

    I’m going with Windows Phone 7. Specifically a Samsung Omnia 7 (because this is the only Windows Phone 7 I could get with network we’re using!)

    I wanted to cover the other platforms and why I didn’t go for them first though.

    Blackberry

    blackberry_torch_9800_8Never really a contender to be honest – I don’t really “get” the attraction. Seven or eight years ago maybe when the concept of push email was still pretty new and they were the only ones doing decent business handsets but nowadays if I use Exchange for my email then just about every handset you’d consider for business supports ActiveSync. I know you have the option of more control over the devices from a management perspective but in my business we’ve only got a couple of handsets so it’s not a huge need. Having to install BES Express isn’t my idea of fun either, though I’m going to have to anyway as my business partner went for a Blackberry Torch 9800!

    Android

    android_logoYou’re spoilt for choice ampills.com in terms of handsets when it comes to an Android based device. Google have to be applauded for getting a platform out there that can be considered a serious contender as an iPhone alternative when people like Microsoft and Nokia were dragging their heels. Having seen some really nice Android devices, under other circumstances I’d have gone for one. There is also a growing library of applications though it’s un-moderated nature means there have been a couple of security scares recently. 

    iPhone

    iphonedevelopmenttutorial3We all know what the iPhone is right?

    Apple deserve a lot of respect for turning the mobile phone market on it’s head. When people use the term SmartPhone most people instantly think you’re talking about the Apple variety. Laying down the law to the mobile networks can’t have been easy either. No phone I’ve ever owned has had a software update despite them being available as in the past you were at the mercy of the networks who very obviously weren’t that bothered.

    The large number of useful cheap generic ativan apps as well as ActiveSync support mean this has been a very capable business phone and I know plenty who swear by it.

    This will come as a surprise to people that know me but the iPhone actually came in a close second. One day I might actually write a blog post about my aversion for everything Apple but for the sake of brevity what put me off this time around was the price. I actually managed to keep the same contract term, reduced the amount we pay each month and get “free” devices. This wouldn’t have happened if we’d gone for iPhones. The monthly price would have gone up and we’d have paid for the devices (and I’m sure we’d have gone to a 24 month contract)

    So what actually brought me so close to going with the iPhone– in short apps.

    Lots of mobile software developers target iPhone first, then they may go for Android/Blackberry/Whatever.

    In some ways it felt if wanted to take advantage of the growing list of apps – and there are some really good ones – then I’d need an iPhone. Which isn’t really enough to be honest. I’m doing quite ok without tons of apps at the moment so I’ll be quite fine with whatever is available. The rest of the package isn’t appealing enough for me to change my mind about my Apple aversion.

    Windows Phone 7 

    samsung-omnia-7-pre-order

    So I went with Windows Phone 7. I’ve seen quite a few of them recently and I’m interested in the change of direction Microsoft have taken since Windows Mobile 6.5.

    The live tiles look good and the office integration is very appealing  as well as the ability to make use of Xbox Live.

    I’ll be honest Microsoft are in the last chance saloon for me when it comes to mobile. I moved from Windows Mobile 6.1 to 6.5 when I could have tried something new and was bitterly disappointed.

    I’m not sure if I’ve said this before but I find it really hard to get excited about mobile phones because of being tied into a contract. As result I only really think about it once a year and in more recent times once every 18 months.

    The decision has been made now though and I’ll have my shiny new Samsung on Monday.

    A review of that will follow in the coming days!

    What phone are you using? Are you happy with it? Will you be switching next time around?

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    Andy Parkes is Technical Director at Coventry based IT support company IBIT Solutions. He is also Microsoft Partner Area Lead for 2012-2013 and coordinates AMITPRO which is a peer group for IT Professionals in the Midlands area. He also isn't a fan of describing himself in the third person.

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    8 Responses to “Mobile Phone Decisions”

    1. Andy,
      Great post, may I use it to give to my clients when considering a new phone. ?

      My thoughts pretty much echo yours, I moved from Win Mobile to iphone and now to Windows 7 phone. I really like Windows Phone and actually prefer it to the iphone, mainly because of the very tight intergration with office and other MS products.

      I am sure you will be glad with it

    2. If you like Windows Phone now just wait till you have seen the ‘mango’ update. Huge enhancements. May 24th Windows will officially announce the update and the list of specs.

    3. Hi Chris

      Thanks for the comment – feel free to share with whoever you like!

    4. Hi Robert – thanks for the comment

      I’ve been following the Mango rumours – sounds interesting so far – can’t wait for the official annoucement!

    5. Just got a brand new BlackBerry 9780 which is about the seventh model I’ve had over the years since being a relatively early adopter. 90% of my usage on a handheld is email and BB is the best for that in my view. I flirted momentarily with the iPhone for all the reasons stated above but when it comes down to it, typing emails by touch screen is so tedious compared to a proper QWERTY pad.
      The 9780 has v6 of the OS and its much improved. AIt also has good Twitter client.
      Just my two penneth’s worth.

    6. Hi Mark

      Thanks for the comment.

      Perfectly good reasons for going with a Blackberry.
      My business partner has gone for the Torch as the touch screen is too frustrating for him when doing email / text messages.

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