Windows Phone 7 sales top 135,000 units?
How credible could it be, though? Unofficial reports claimed early sales of some 40,000 Windows Phone 7 devices. The number is far from ground-breaking, but shortages have also been reported in various places, which hints that handsets with the new OS are not actually selling bad. Redmond has invested significant effort and funds into pushing app development for Windows Phone 7 and latest reports show its Marketplace grew steadily to 3,000 available apps and around 15,000 registered developers. In any case, we are left to guessing until Microsoft speaks up and this might happen at CES in January. Hold on until then and do not be surprised if the number is far from the Facebook-based estimates.
Growth of active users of the Facebook app for WP7
2. psn1819 (Posts: 41; Member since: 06 Jun 2010)
I love WP7, I'am really shocked that a lot of people weren't as enthusiastic. I guess it really comes down to preference..
3. trentsinmypants (Posts: 313; Member since: 29 Jan 2009)
I think it just comes down to Microsoft being late to the smartphone party. They drove 6.5 into the ground and never kept up with the changing of the times. Now that they have introduced a new OS, other companies like Google and Apple have taken a HUGE chunk out of the smartphone market, leaving just a little left for the likes of Palm/HP, Microsoft, and even RIM.
I think WP7 is a great start for MS, but they have a huge up hill battle to get back to the top spot of the PDA/Smartphone market.
4. trentsinmypants (Posts: 313; Member since: 29 Jan 2009)
A friend of mine just sent me this txt msg. I guess its from one of the Android forums.....made me LOL :D
"I have yet to sell (or see any coworkers sell) a WP7 device at our Best Buy. It's a pretty small sampling, but I have to say, people aren't even showing interest. They pick up the HTC Surround (for AT&T) and say, "What's this?" We say, "That's one of the new Windows 7 phones..." and before we even finish, they've put it down and gone onto something else - usually Android."
5. hawk62 (Posts: 320; Member since: 21 Nov 2009)
Who the hell is going to walk into a store and ask for a wp7? Its windows, ppl are going to ask for apple or android. They have the fun factor that ppl want. I bet only IT ppl and ppl force to get it cause of work are buying it. It could be the best OS or worse doesnt matter.
6. BLO (unregistered)
I think it comes down to customization I phone was the first of its kind so people had to buy into that but now that android open the door to what a smartphone can become people are more interested in how they can use and customize their phone to how they like it. WP7 is not in that category what you see is what you get. There is nothing that puts it over the edge to the others. Its just as simple as there to late to the game of smartphones. Its just not innovative enough for people to justify buying it. The reason ANdroid had so much success is because you can do things with android that you can not with Iphone as for WP7 you can do all of what it does on either of the devices.
7. bohannibal (Posts: 27; Member since: 17 Aug 2009)
I really dont think windows will ever come back android is moving fast and loyal iphones user will never touch WP7 I had the HTC Imagio(wm 6.5) i like it alot but it was very slow now i have the droid x its a great phone but all its missing is a front facing camera but i hope the HTC Incredible HD is all i hope it to be i really think in 2011 android will take over the game HTC + ANDROID= The best phone ever
8. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)
Other than my usual dish on WP7, I think another thing is whether the OS will thrive. Look at the NuviPhone and WebOS. People purchased those phones probably thinking it'd be kept up with in the future. But NuviPhone was probably one of the worst smartphones on the market and forced Garmin to just adapt to Android. Palm is trying to hold on, but I seriously doubt they are going to be able to hold on...
I feel like nerds are holding back to see what happens. This is like buying an HD-DVD or Blu-Ray...you don't want to be on the wrong choice of things. Consumers, however, don't know anything about the product and even if they do, they have the bad taste of Windows Mobile in their mouth.
Time is what it will take...
9. smpdx (Posts: 127; Member since: 02 Nov 2010)
I got to play with one! I am a HUGE anroid person, but I LOVE the new ATT WP7. I just wish it wasn't on ATT or I would toooootally buy it.
I literally picked the thing up and wizzed through it for 5 mins. I was sold! And I am a die-hard android. I still love Android, but WP7 is VERY promising! Now lets get it on a good network, like Sprint or Verizon and I might buy!
It was soooo smooth! At first, when I saw the pics, I thought the UI looked ridiculous, but once I played with it, I realized how GENIOUS it is!
I just hope they can get enough people into these devices so they can make profits and continue support down the road!
10. justaphoneuser (unregistered)
I ended up getting an HD7 (t-mobile wp7 phone). I am quite happy with the phone. it is very snappy, has great animations, and is just fun to use. I was the victim of an early Android device (t-mobile G1) and I must say that comparing these first generation devices, it becomes very evident that Microsoft has done some solid engineering. I would go so far as to say that Microsoft has schooled Google in terms of software stability and usability, especially considering the first release of both operating systems.
Feature wise they are not 2 years behind. There are really only 3 things that need to be fixed before they have caught up.
1) Cut and Paste
2) Allow apps to access camera
I do not think it will take them long to accomplish these things considering i phone did not even support apps at the start, and android did not even run for 2 hours straight without crashing.
11. Archangel (unregistered)
Considering maybe 20% WP7 users will use the facebook app - that's not a bad # of phones for the first month or so
12. kenny4427 (unregistered)
I really like my windows phone, i wouldnt be surprised if the sales really take off due to quality
13. AB (unregistered)
Bought an HTC-HD7. This new OS is fantastic! I was totally impressed. I showed it to one of my friends who is a die hard I-Phone fan, and he wanted to go right out and buy one. The only thing that stopped him was that the HD7 was not available on AT&T, and he has AT&T plan. He didn't like the smaller screen on the ATT models. I agree that if they can get more phone selection and get Verizon onboard, the platform will take off. Some like Android, but in my opinion, this blows Android away...