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Wednesday, 22 December 2010 09:27

Windows Phone 7 handsets are selling

Written by David Stellmack

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1.5 million handsets sold and climbing

Microsoft has announced that 1.5 million handsets powered by Windows Phone 7 have been sold and sales are continuing to climb. This is actually good news, and Microsoft has apparently admitted that the sales numbers are in line with what they expected.

While 1.5 million handsets sold in six weeks might be nothing to get too excited about, actually for the Windows Phone 7 being a new OS it is better than many analysts expected. Analysts we spoke with indicated that the initial slow sales of the Windows Phone 7 handsets were a big concern, but it now seems that Microsoft is gaining some ground.

While sales momentum continues to build, developers are starting to get more engaged in building applications for the platform. Microsoft claims that 18,000 developers are working with the platform and currently 4,000 applications are already available.

The news might not be the kind of numbers that people were looking for, but the simple fact is Microsoft is moving in the right direction for once in the smartphone space.

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+7 #1 eddman 2010-12-22 10:15
Add these features and It'll be better:

multitasking for 3rd party apps
copy/paste
flash support
Bluetooth file transfers
USB mass storage mode
Removable SD card*

* Windows Phone 7 supports upgradable storage via an SD Card, however it does not support the ability to hot-swap SD cards without having the phone reset to factory settings. In other words, you cannot use the SD for transferring files; it becomes a part of the phone itself.
 
 
+2 #2 KB24@CL 2010-12-22 10:42
For a 1.0 product, WP7 is incredibly polished, fast and sensitive.

The problems is Microsoft needs to be quick with updates.they should have an update every few months, just like Google and iOS.

The only issue with WP7 right now is that is lacks some futures and its simply not mature yet...too many little annoying things.

One of the issues was IMO that their hardware wasn't superior...if you want to buy a smartphone...if the hardware is identical, every sane person takes an established product. Thats why WP7 needed superior hardware in oder to get some attention and HTC failed bigtime. Samsung was the only respectable OEM at launch.
 
 
+1 #3 DJDestiny 2010-12-22 10:53
Quoting KB24@CL:
For a 1.0 product, WP7 is incredibly polished, fast and sensitive.

The problems is Microsoft needs to be quick with updates.they should have an update every few months, just like Google and iOS.

The only issue with WP7 right now is that is lacks some futures and its simply not mature yet...too many little annoying things.

One of the issues was IMO that their hardware wasn't superior...if you want to buy a smartphone...if the hardware is identical, every sane person takes an established product. Thats why WP7 needed superior hardware in oder to get some attention and HTC failed bigtime. Samsung was the only respectable OEM at launch.


But it is easy to get hold of a custom ROM . Much easier then Android .
 
 
+1 #4 ryude 2010-12-22 14:00
I bought a Samsung Focus the first week it came out, returned it a week later. My impressions were quite good, however, there always seemed to be little annoyances that made me think, "Nope, gotta have that."

Give it about 6-12 months and it'll be a great competitor to iOS and Android.
 
 
0 #5 Naterm 2010-12-23 06:45
Yes, they need more advanced features that have already been mentioned. They also need better hardware. They're not even on the biggest carrier in the US and trying to compete for sales on ATT with the iPhone probably isn't going to be entirely successful. They need phones for Verizon and some really slick hardware to differentiate themselves. It might even be a decent idea for Microsoft to develop a flagship phone like Google did with the Nexus One/Nexus S.
 

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