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.
Never 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!
You’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.
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
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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