Verizon's CTO finds it hard to see WP7 making a splash against Android, iOS, & BlackBerry

It appears that Verizon’s CTO, Tony Melone, is skeptical of seeing the newly formed partnership between Nokia and Microsoft having any major impact in the market right now. Specifically, he doesn’t seem to think...
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28. Landmarkcm

Posts: 507; Member since: Aug 11, 2009

WP7 has not failed. It's actually off to a pretty good start! webOS is another story they are losing what little share they have left as I type this lol.

22. lollipop

Posts: 43; Member since: Feb 15, 2011

Only Nerds care about what type of OS there device has. The majority of users don't care about what OS is in there device aslong as it is as cool at the iPhone. The iPhone is the ONLY device with true brand recognition.

25. pecemaloto

Posts: 23; Member since: Dec 17, 2010

sad but tru... wp7 has a long way to go...by the summer things will be clearer- i5 + andro 2.4 + wp7.01

26. lubbalots unregistered

The asian manufacturers produce 1 or 2 wp7 against them making a hundred droid phones. How does one expect wp7 to compete. look at mcw. No new wp7 announced by any manufacturer and some claim they still support it. Hope MS stop dealing with asian manufacturers and make nokia their exclusive.

29. Landmarkcm

Posts: 507; Member since: Aug 11, 2009

Dont think it would be good to make Nokia the only manufacturer. I love my LG Quantum. Im assuming it will be like Motorola is with there "Droids" but others still make Android phones too.

30. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

It was Motorola that made Droids respected and a household name. (Well .. and that Goerge Lucas guy.) But once they hit, everyone was on the driod- wagon. WP7 will have that opportunity with Nokia, and there is now way HTC, LG will stop making them, especially if Nokia hits.

33. lolbradley

Posts: 6; Member since: Feb 10, 2011

I love my evo to death, and look forward to buying an optimus 3d. That being said, there is a lot of potential for both webos and wp7. I work for Verizon tech support, I see way less problems with webos than android. I'm not even going to mention the iPhone, that is in a different category when it comes to tech support. But honestly webos just works. It may not have the developer support like ios or Android, but that is no reason to write it off. Especially now that HP is putting decent hardware into their devices. Ad for wp7, I absolutely love it. It smooth and simple. It's new, so there are a motif areas for improvement, but like somebody above me said, Android wad not what I would consider amazing when it first launched. It's shocking to methane anybody would discredit Nokia so quickly. Has everybody forgotten how reliable their devices are? Not to mention their impressive hardware specs. I expect to some amazing things coming from Nokia in the future. Sure, I would rather see Nokia release Android devices, but writing them off is insane. That being said, I anticipate android will lead soon enough. Followed by wp7. If apple wants to keep their market share they are going to have to step up their game. Small upgrades to their handsets are soon going to only cut it for the people who's only criteria for purchasing a device is an Apple logo. It is an extremely competitive market that has insane growth. Smartphone are becoming more and more common. Upgrades from feature phones to smartphone are going to continue to rise even more than they already have in the last year. It's still anybody's game at this point. Discrediting any manufacturer or OS at this point is naive and idiotic.

36. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

Well said, but I think Nokia is trying to hard to put out mediocre products with no mass appeal. Their hardware has always been tops, but recent models have looked all that nice. Maybe its something you have to see to appreciate, but the bright oranges and blues are not something I would pull out in public. Also Symbian had the look and feel of a feature phone, IMO. Microsoft was just all around horrible and not user friendly at all. I must admit I haven't used a WP7 device yet, but WM 5 - 6.5 left a very bitter taste. My hope is that WP7 is better, but as a CDMA subscriber I wont be seeing one for months. For smart business, Android would have been the obvious choice but that also would have meant swallowing their pride because of those anti-Android comments from late last year. Nokia needed Android, far more then Android needed Nokia. So to make demands like replacing a much desired app like Google Maps with Ovi Maps just seemed a bit like the beggar wanted to be the chooser as well.

37. lollipop

Posts: 43; Member since: Feb 15, 2011

Apple will never be able to beat out WP7(when it starts gaining popularity) or Android for one reason. Apple releases ONE phone a year at 2 price points vs Android and Wp7 which are on several multiple devices and form factors at multiple price points released all throught out a year. It is statistically impossible for one device to own the market vs an entire range of products. If you look at the iPhone statistically the sales are spectacular as YoY the device continues to gain momentum. I mean this is like saying the Sony Nx8 tv needs to step up its game because its sales does not defeat the entire product line of Vizio.

40. lolbradley

Posts: 6; Member since: Feb 10, 2011

It is "statistically possible" for one phone to beat out Android. Just not likely. And to be honest if ios was more like Android, open and customizable, it wouldn't be crazy to expect it to happen. I mean Steve jobs tells us its innovative, why wouldn't you believe that? And the tv analogy was incorrect at best. I understand what you are saying, but you're misguided. It's a battle of environments. And even though Apple makes one device right now, they are a contender. A big one. One that could easily reach number one.

42. lollipop

Posts: 43; Member since: Feb 15, 2011

No it is not. The argument about Open and customizable means NOTHING to an end consumer. Many people who buy smartphones will never learn the device other then "tap browser, tap email, tap dialer/SMS/MMS, and tap (__) store.". If you think for a minute that costumizable OS and being "open" is a sell to a customer then you need to go learn sales. Steve Jobs can say whatever he wants but there is a reality here. Only a small segment of customers are power users that wish to push their device and have it do whatever they want/need. The rest only want the device for the Interface, features, or capabilties that catch their eye. You learn as a sales person for a carrier never stress open because to the average user that word means as much to them as the words Pavor Nocturnus. In otherwords it is irrelevant. As for my analogy it was far more then correct. It accurately expresses exactly what the sales of devices is. You will have people who only want the latest phone and do not care how great the iphone is. You will have users that will dislike an android device because they dislike the UI (Stock included) and same for the iphone. Ecosystem also means NOTHING. If Ecosystem meant something then users would adopt Wp7 in droves because more users have Windows PCs then any form of computer OS combined. What does an iPhone ecosystem mean to a Windows user when the only other Apple product they use is iTunes? A user (me for example) with a gaming PC, an Xbox 360, Xbox Live, and outlook all will get more from a Wp7 phone but I don't want a Wp7 device. I like my iphones UI and apps . Ecosystem wise I should be a DEAD win for Windows but i am not. Apple is a major player but to think that one phone can dominate a market is idiocy. What you do not understand is one device cannot dominate an entire line up of devices. If Apple sells 5 million phones it will still lose to out to the entire product line of HTC and samsung who all they need to do is to have 5 devices from each manufacture sell 600k which is normal. Individually not one device sold was enough to even be noticed against the iPhone but accumulated sales will allow Android to win every year. Summation my analogy was perfect. Learn sales before you argue.
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