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Wednesday, 20 April 2011 09:23

Windows smartphones get massive price cuts

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Up to 50 percent, nobody wants them apparently
Microsoft had a lot riding on the new Windows Phone 7 operating system, but as soon as it launched punters came down on it like vultures on a suicidal camel in the middle of nowhere.

Although the OS itself isn’t nearly as bad as some would have us believe, at this point it is quite clear that it is turning into a pricey and embarrassing flop. Very few phone makers embraced it, and those that did are now offering Windows Phone 7 devices at massive discounts, prompted by poor demand.

Take the HTC 7 Trophy for example. It is a pretty sleek device, in fact it is one of the best looking HTCs around and it also has an impressive spec sheet. Qualcomm 1GHz processor, 512MB of memory, 8GB storage, 3.8-inch 480x800 capacitive touchscreen – all this can be yours for a measly €179. The phone launched with a €399 MSRP, so now it is nothing short of a bargain.

Samsung’s i8700 Omnia 7 is based on the same processor, but it has a 4-inch 480x800 AMOLED screen. Just like the HTC it packs 8GB of storage and everything else you would expect from a €500 handset. However, it is no longer selling for €500, or €400. It costs just €249. The same goes for the LG E900 Optimus 7. It is on a par with the HTC in terms of specs and its price tumbled from €379 to €189. The Dell Venue fared a bit better, losing just dropping just €100 in the single month it has been on sale.

Getting one of them might seem like a very tempting deal, and it is, but it is hard to recommend them. Considering the unpopularity of the OS, it is safe to assume that consumers will be stuck with a rather limited number of apps and it is unlikely the manufacturers will offer any significant software upgrades. Still, they might be worth it if you are on a tight budget, or if you are not an app addict.

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+6 #1 HellFlyer 2011-04-20 09:39
"Getting one of them might seem like a very tempting deal, and it is, but it is hard to recommend them. Considering the unpopularity of the OS, it is safe to assume that consumers will be stuck with a rather limited number of apps and it is unlikely the manufacturers will offer any significant software upgrades"


You're joking right?
MS recently announced that all phones will get latest Mango update, Angry Birds are coming , Skype will be available in fall. There are more then 15000 apps in the marketplace!

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsphone/en-us/features/whats-next.aspx

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsphone/en-us/apps/default.aspx
 
 
+8 #2 kartikkg 2011-04-20 09:59
price cut is something everyone will like, including the other os fanboys lobbyists etc , price cut is something that no body can oppose! one thing to be noted that this could be to pressure nokia , as all know nokia always comes up with a reasonable price in the market , and to be honest the phones are somewhat rightly priced now!!
 
 
+8 #3 nele 2011-04-20 10:22
Quoting HellFlyer:
"Getting one of them might seem like a very tempting deal, and it is, but it is hard to recommend them. Considering the unpopularity of the OS, it is safe to assume that consumers will be stuck with a rather limited number of apps and it is unlikely the manufacturers will offer any significant software upgrades"


You're joking right?
MS recently announced that all phones will get latest Mango update, Angry Birds are coming , Skype will be available in fall. There are more then 15000 apps in the marketplace!

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsphone/en-us/features/whats-next.aspx

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsphone/en-us/apps/default.aspx



Of course, but it is still nowhere near Android or iOS in terms of penetration or app availability.

The really sad thing is that it's really not a bad OS, but Microsoft just cocked up - I guess they were in a hurry to introduce it and they left out a bunch of features that should have been in there since day one.
 
 
+6 #4 Jaberwocky 2011-04-20 10:34
"Take the HTC 7 Trophy for example. It is a pretty sleek device, in fact it is one of the best looking HTCs around and it also has an impressive spec sheet. Qualcomm 1GHz processor, 512MB of memory, 8GB storage, 3.8-inch 480x800 capacitive touchscreen – all this can be yours for a measly €179. The phone launched with a €399 MSRP, so now it is nothing short of a bargain."

Looks like a bit of a bargin.Except i ended up with an Orange San francisco AK (ZTE blade) at £90.Unlocked and upgraded to Android 2.2(J.J. 9)for Free on the MODOCO web site.That's even more of a bargain.
 
 
+5 #5 Peter Ong 2011-04-20 10:59
Poor Microsoft ~ Poorer Nokia ~~
I'm a .Net developer & a Win Mobile user myself. I think Microsoft imitate Apple TOO MUCH. It's very hard to create identity for 1 OEM from another. Functional aside, you just can dev something MS want it to look like.
And my deep condolence to Nokia who take the lifetime membership.
 
 
+3 #6 Naterm 2011-04-20 11:38
Honestly, if this operating system had been developed by a start-up, it would be the darling of the Gizmodo/Wired/techdouche crowd. But since it has Microsoft stamped on it, it will never be cool.

It's honestly a pretty thoughtful design. Apple's iOS is still hooked into the old desktop PC design (rows and columns) and Android is nothing more than a copy of iOS. Microsoft actually is trying to do something new and I think it works quite well.

As for the phones, none of them interest me.
 
 
+3 #7 Exodite 2011-04-20 14:59
Quoting Naterm:
Honestly, if this operating system had been developed by a start-up, it would be the darling of the Gizmodo/Wired/techdouche crowd.



Not really, no.

It still lacks the technical merits of the likes of Android, or Symbian, while having all of the lock-in factor of iOS.

Neither is something that goes down well with the "techdouche", as you put it, crowd.

WP7 isn't horrible by any means but it's too much like iOS and the largest response it seems to evoke is a shrug.
 
 
-3 #8 Cartman 2011-04-20 15:17
I hear so many bad stuff about MS Win 7 mobile but to be honest id rather take MS than Google or Apple, UPDATES can do wonders for MS.

I never liked that Android is from Google..
 
 
-9 #9 Naterm 2011-04-20 15:19
Technical merits of Android? What are those? Copying iOS as much as they could without inviting quick and easy litigation?

Symbian? That [censored]ing dinosaur? Symbian is a byzantine mess of stuff cobbled onto an OS that really wasn't designed for it.

Tech Douche, think Tech Crunch.
 
 
+2 #10 Jurassic1024 2011-04-20 17:04
Quoting HellFlyer:
You're joking right?
MS recently announced that all phones will get latest Mango update, Angry Birds are coming , Skype will be available in fall. There are more then 15000 apps in the marketplace!


Marketplace also includes Windows Mobile apps.

Windows Phone 7 Apps Hit 9,000
By Paul McDougall InformationWeek
March 09, 2011 14:55 PM
 

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