The Mobile Fight
Things are really starting to heat up now with the release of the Windows 7 Phone. Don’t let the 7 confuse you, it’s not the desktop operating system. The front runners in the mobile market, at least the ones everyone is buzzing about, are the Android phones and the iPhone. Although Microsoft is a little late to the game, I am very excited about their new phone. Of course there is a ton of speculation that all three of the operating systems on these phones will be powering tablets in the new future, which will lead to an entirely different technology competition. As we all know Apple has already done this with the iPad.
Android: This is Google’s brainchild. It has several manufactures from HTC to Samsung and it’s virtually on every carrier, which is a big bonus. While I am a fan of droid, there are some issues I have with it: First, virtually every Android is different. Google allows the provider of the phone to change the interface which means from one droid to another they can be different. This can also present a hurdle to developers as well. The Droid does have some very cool functionality, I am actually going to say this out loud, that the iPhone can’t touch.
For more info: http://reviews.cnet.com/smartphones/droid-x-review
IPhone: I am a big fan of the iPhone as it is currently what’s in my pocket. There is only one manufacturer, which is Apple, and one carrier, which is AT&T. The AT&T network is the biggest drawback for the iPhone as the service can be spotty. The pros of this device are ….. It just works! And works flawlessly.
For more info on the iPhone: http://www.apple.com/iphone/
Windows 7 Phones: As with the droid, this too is available from wide variety of carriers and manufactures, which is a tremendous bonus! The other very cool feature about the phone is its tight integration with Microsoft Office and Outlook, which, to be perfectly honest, no one can touch because Microsoft owns it! I like their new tile functionality as well since it provides great information on the fly.
To sum it up, I live in my email, which is Microsoft Outlook. It is the epicenter of my professional life and the more I can do with it while on the go the easier my life is. That being said, my next phone will be the Windows 7 mobile because of its tight integration with Outlook. Worst case scenario though, I will go back to my iPhone.