Windows Mobile: Here comes the iPhone

If you are in any way interested in Mobile Phone techology, the announcement by Apple of their "iPhone" was probably something you watched with great interest. It's definitely a gorgeous piece of design, and I love their  user interface: being able to zoom into an image by simply widening the gap between your fingers pressed against the touch-screen - that's brilliant, that's what that is.

I read an interesting topic on Pocket PC Thoughts that discussed how while Apple is moving completely to touch screen, Microsoft seems to be moving more towards non-touch screen devices and more support for keyboards, with products like the Dash and Q.

My own view is that I don't care if the UI is controlled by a keyboard or a touch-screen, I just want it simple and intuitive.


Comments (4)
  1. MSDN Archive says:

    An interesing FAQ:

    It looks like the iPhone will be a closed system, from a developer point of view. No third party applciations, no reading Word/Excel documents, no Java or Flash: clearly this is not a device aimed at the same Enterprise-centric / Tech-aware audience as Windows Mobile devices.

  2. I am disappointed that at this time Apple are saying sorry you cannot develop for the iphone. Maybe they will at least allow widget development for the device. That said it is possible for widgets to access core OSX functionality such as Quartz etc so maybe having only widget support would not be such a bad thing.

    However the important thing to keep in mind is that this is a version 1.0 device. Once again Apple shocks the world with a V1 device that has people literally frothing at the mouth for the device. Who knows that V2 etc will bring.

    I personally wish Apple would release a quad gsm phone that was not tied to any provider. Maybe this will happen at some point.

    Either way I too will be watching with interest. Since I have probably purchased at least 8 mobile devices ever since my first – an HP320LX, its only right that I spend yet more dollars on yet another device 🙂

  3. MSDN Archive says:

    Some of the iPhone features – the voicemail for example – seem tied to the mobile operator. This is something that Windows Mobile devices don’t do – most Windows Mobile devices are available to work with any network.

    I can see completely why the iPhone is closed to developers. Supporting developers and creating a security model that protects users and networks is not a trivial thing. It’s something that Microsoft works very hard at.

    There is space for many approaches in the mobile phone market 🙂

  4. jabberwolf says:

    And Windows mobile YAWNS at iPhone’s introduction.

    I am still amazed that people even compare windows mobile, and its functionality, with iPhone, and it’s gimmicks.

    Is it just me, or does not EVERYONE agree that a touch screen keypad is a bad thing. This has been done before and people prefer a tactile keypad. For dialing numbers its fine, but not a keypad.

    WM is open to oodles of developers.

    WM can be used with Active Sync and email pushed to people automatically.

    WM can run programs that run DivX movies.

    WM can run a P2P program ( when connected with WiFi) and download songs. ( Hell will freeze over when iPod allows this)

    WM has a play list that you can type 2 or 3 letters to find your favorite band or song… instead of flipping or spinning like a Mac idiot.

    I think the only thing WM needs to do is ( and this may be a phone manufacturer’s  issue) adapt to the High Density format of mini and micro memory cards.

    Oh and WHY OH WHY has MS not put WM on their Zune!!!

    Then allow the Zune program to run ontop of it.

    In this way they could completely avoid the legal problems when someone ELSE develops a way to share songs without limitations. What would the music industry say.. that Microsoft has to stop all developers from comming up with this sort of software? PULEASE!

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