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The HTC Mozart.  (Source: Tmonews.com)
Will Windows Phone 7 bury BlackBerry?

There has been much speculation about RIM's forthcoming, but not yet officially announced, BlackBerry Storm 3. According to the latest from Boy Genius Report, there is even the possibility that the Storm 3 will simply be a "silent" refresh of the Storm 2. However, the device that BGR has seen and known until now as the Storm 3 had the following to offer:

  • Nearly identical to the Storm 2 in form factor.
  • A tad slimmer than the Storm 2.
  • Most likely a 5-megapixel camera.
  • 512 MB RAM
  • BlackBerry OS 6

Considering its recent struggles in the U.S. market, it's a bit surprising that RIM isn't really stepping up its game with new offerings. As BGR asked, "is there anyone interested in a BlackBerry Storm 3 on Verizon that’s basically more or less the same phone you bought last year?"

In Windows Phone 7 news, the specs get a little bit more exciting. The full specs of the HTC Mozart have leaked, along with a video of the Nexus One-looking device (sans trackball). The Mozart boasts a 1GHz Qualcomm QSD 8250 processor, 512 MB ROM, 8GB storage, 576 MB RAM, a 3.7-inch WVGA Super LCD display, 8MP CMOS camera with Xenon flash, and LI-PO 1300 mAh battery. These specs are different from what TmoNews claimed to be the Mozart, a.k.a "Schubert."

The Mozart will support dual mode UMTS/HSPA (2100/900 MHz) and quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE (850/900/1800/1900 MHz). It's safe to say that the device will land in Europe, at least, some have said by as early as October.

It will be interesting to see whether or not Microsoft's new mobile OS will justify the funeral it held for BlackBerry and the iPhone earlier this month. Even if the Mozart doesn't launch just yet, there will be a Windows Phone 7 device on the market October 11.



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Windows Phone 7 vs the world
By sgtdisturbed47 on 9/21/2010 12:29:15 PM , Rating: 2
Windows Phone 7 isn't in direct competition with just one OS, it's going up against RIM, Apple, and Google all at once. It's nice to see a large company in such a fight to have dominance, since this sort of competition is what helps fuel innovation. We need some serious changes when it comes to phones (more reliability, longer battery life, stronger stability, upgrade/expansion options, etc).

I'd like to see more expansion options so we aren't stuck with just one style or memory capacity with any given phone. Blackberry, you can swap memory cards for more memory, OS updates that you can install yourself (even beta OSes, those are sometimes fun), but the reliability/stability of the RIM OSes can be quite an issue. Apple's OS is pretty stable, except for the random hangs and crashes while using Safari, but you can't even swap memory cards or batteries.

It seems as though every phone has one limitation or another. It would be nice to see some of the limitations lifted so we can enjoy a phone without limits. Hopefully with Microsoft being such a huge player in the phone market, and maybe providing the market with a quality OS, we can see improvements in other OSes.




RE: Windows Phone 7 vs the world
By mcnabney on 9/21/2010 12:46:11 PM , Rating: 1
quote:
It's nice to see a large company in such a fight to have dominance, since this sort of competition is what helps fuel innovation.


Seriously? I think Microsoft and mobile OS dominance are mutually exclusive terms.

As of Q2
Symbian 41%
RIM 18%
Android 17%
Apple 14%
Microsoft 5%

There is also nothing innovative about WinPhone7. It is a Zune with a phone. Somebody might have bought that, besides Microsofties, a year ago - but the demand for an innovative smartphone that isn't Apple has already been filled. And filled quite happily. Trust me when I say that the 5% share isn't going to go up after Xmas when all of the US networks have been selling WinPhone7. This time next year Microsoft will be exiting the mobile device market feet first like Palm.


RE: Windows Phone 7 vs the world
By Mitch101 on 9/21/2010 1:14:54 PM , Rating: 2
Ive played with the Mobile 7 device and Microsoft has a winner.

63 games at launch for Mobile 7 with plenty more coming. Some very good ones.
http://www.gizmocrunch.com/games/3669-windows-phon...

Web surfing on Mobile 7 is much nicer than on droid and even the iPhone. Its loads more like a full page than in sections.

Over 300,000 downloads of the development tools. Lets say 1% actually develop something that's 3,000 programs coming.

Microsoft paid a lot of the Top Application developers for iPhone and droid to port their stuff to Mobile 7. Smart move.

Lots of really cool apps coming for the device. (Reality is you dont need 500,000 apps only 50 really good ones)

The Zune Marketplace is excellent.

XBox 360 integration.

Microsoft office - There is nothing better.

Everyone said the iPhone couldn't be beat and yet the droid has done it. They also laughed when Microsoft decided to make a game console.


RE: Windows Phone 7 vs the world
By Mitch101 on 9/21/2010 1:48:21 PM , Rating: 2
Something important to me I left out.

Windows Media Center - I have my Windows media center recording (HDHomeRun & HAVA) TV shows and they sync with my Zune.

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-media-cen...


RE: Windows Phone 7 vs the world
By mcnabney on 9/22/2010 11:03:36 AM , Rating: 2
My Droid has been controlling both my Media Center and my WHS for six months now.

Oh, and I don't sync. Syncing is for babies.

I stream (and adjust resolution and compression quality as needed) to my device. TV quality for 3G, DVD over WiFi. So all of my TV recordings and my entire DVD collection is at my fingertips.

And I have all the apps you are talking about, including Office document view/edit.

There is no market need for WinPhone7. It brings nothing new to the table.


RE: Windows Phone 7 vs the world
By chrnochime on 9/21/2010 1:52:24 PM , Rating: 1
To lots of users who don't really care about gaming and music demand not that much either:

63 games: Don't care.

Zune marketplace: Indifferent, so long as songs can be uploaded without jumping through hoops.

360 integration: Really don't care.

cool apps? Usefulness far outweighs coolness for people who actually do work on their phones. For one thing I don't really care if an app can emulate playing piano on the tiny screen better than another app. Cool? Yes. Useful? Hell no.


RE: Windows Phone 7 vs the world
By niva on 9/22/2010 1:18:23 PM , Rating: 2
The gaming might actually be a much bigger deal than you anticipate. It's the main reason why Microsoft has dominance over the PC market. If they go at this segment and manage to port directx titles to the WP7 it might snap the market. The only thing is that they're now way behind and a lot of games have been developed already for iPhone and Android.

I really hope that Android or linux based solutions (like MeeGo) will dominate the mobile market in the future but I would not underestimate Microsoft... I hope those companies aren't underestimating them either.


Storm 3
By Mojo the Monkey on 9/21/2010 4:58:50 PM , Rating: 2
Really? Is anyone really salivating for another BB Storm update?




RE: Storm 3
By jskirwin on 9/21/2010 9:33:41 PM , Rating: 2
After putting up with a Storm I for almost two years the last thing I want is another Storm. The virtual keyboard has been nothing but trouble for me, and the slow page load speeds even in downtown areas are annoying - if the page loads at all without a "network unavailable" error.

I'm planning a move to Android for myself, and the iPhone for the Wife (if and when Verizon gets it).


Android id DEAD
By Da W on 9/21/10, Rating: -1
RE: Android id DEAD
By vapore0n on 9/21/2010 9:07:18 AM , Rating: 2
I bet you said the same thing about Windows Vista burying all other OSs


RE: Android id DEAD
By quiksilvr on 9/21/2010 9:18:51 AM , Rating: 4
Hate to be devil's advocate but...Vista, despite it's crapiness, DID bury all other OSs with the exception of their predecessor Windows XP.


RE: Android id DEAD
By sprockkets on 9/21/2010 10:52:58 AM , Rating: 2
Which isn't saying much as XP had what 90% of the market?

Anyhow, I'd be more worried about Oracle than Microsoft when it comes to Android. Either they'll have to redo the whole SDK or come out victorious.


RE: Android id DEAD
By Treckin on 9/22/2010 4:13:40 PM , Rating: 1
in fact it IS saying something, because even if it COULDNT beat a 90% market adoption rate (WinXP), doesnt mean it wasn't amazing that it could take 2nd place with almost ANY market penetration above like 7-8% (someone come in with better numbers for apple's OVERALL OS marketshare - I made those up).

The OP was essentially pointing out how in a monopolistic system, someone's "shitty" product can still take 2nd place in a free-market competition, as there tends to be a lack of contenders (obviously).


RE: Android id DEAD
By SunAngel on 9/21/10, Rating: 0
RE: Android id DEAD
By amanojaku on 9/21/2010 9:42:44 AM , Rating: 2
The OP's comment made no sense. Yours made even less.


RE: Android id DEAD
By phatboye on 9/21/2010 11:18:57 AM , Rating: 4
please don't feed the trolls


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