Windows 8 Phones Have a Lot to Prove in an iPhone 5 World
While the iPhone 5 announcement left a few writers disappointed, the majority were wowed by it. Whether this is simple bandwagon-jumping or continuing evidence of Jobs’ “reality distortion field” from beyond this plane I can’t say. But the ball is squarely in Microsoft’s court now, and phone manufacturers such as Nokia and HTC have to really show up to make an impact in the phone market.
Some Windows 8 phones have been trotted around and the Nokia Lumia 920 has garnered a lot of attention with a pretty advanced feature set, including such things as wireless charging and a display that automatically adjusts to sunlight glare.
Matthew Miller at ZDnet writes:
Given the incremental and expected updates in the iPhone 5 and iOS 6, the innovations we have seen from Nokia and Microsoft in Windows Phone 8 may be compelling enough to generate the excitement and sales that Microsoft and its OEMs need to gain significant market share in the mobile space. I know I am MUCH more excited about Windows Phone 8 than I am about iOS 6 and the iPhone 5. I will be buying a Nokia Lumia 920 with the advanced display technology, enhanced camera, wireless charging functionality, and more.
While the software will likely be a huge step forward for Microsoft, I find it hard to be excited about Windows 8 Phone as of yet because Microsoft hasn’t been able to really show it off much. The software has been running behind and has just started releasing the SDK to developers, but only to select ones and not to the general public. The long wait and shadowy-ness is starting to anger developers, who are the last people you want against you when your product goes on the market.