You have heard about Microsoft's eccentric CEO Steve Ballmer, haven't you? Well, what you might have missed however is his latest statement on Windows Phone 7 devices:
“We've got the best-looking phones on the market. We've got the greatest range of alternatives, the phones, the software, the craftsmanship. It is as good or better than anything out there. We have a lot of work to do. But, we're in the game. We sold 1.5 million into the carriers.”
Mr. Ballmer certainly shows some swagger defending Microsoft's less-than-three-month old mobile platform and accompanying devices, but let's scrutinize his statement and see if it really matches reality. While “best-looking” might be a subjective matter, we feel that with just a few devices out there “the greatest range” claim could easily be disputed. After all there are still no CDMA WP7 handsets and Android running devices outnumber WP7 phones by a good margin. And even though Windows Phone 7 is definitely a legitimate contender in the OS race, we feel that the lack of multi-tasking is hardly “better than anything out there.”
Well, even if Ballmer's statement might have outstretched proportions, 1.5 million devices sold by Microsoft to carriers is definitely a notable achievement. And with some important updates expected in the near future, we can only hope to see stronger competition in smartphones, which would finally bring even better handsets to us, the users.