First, I am an IT Pro and need my systems to be integrated; that is what WP7 (Mango) does for me. Second, I love WP7. Third, this is a really nice article but what it says about the OS of the Lumia 900 are just standard characteristics of Mango. This OS is not just for the Lumia 900, it is part of every WP7... Fourth, I like the iPhone and the iPad but I hate iTunes; I have one iPhone 4 and two iPods. I have three different WP7 models, and one more on the way, and other three non WP7 (and I love each one of them), but my WP7's are my first choice. The Nokia Lumia 900 is a great phone and I can understand the decision of AT&T to promote it more aggressively than other models, but the HTC Titan is also a winner (the Titan II is coming soon, but what I have read do not justify a change, for now); actually this is my preferred WP7 model so far, even over the Lumia 800 and the Lumia 900.
Just like AT&T, the other carriers are not really supporting WP7; if the case were different, why AT&T (and other carriers) and Microsoft do not promote their plethora of WP7 models? Every day all that I see in the newspaper are promotions of iPhone, lots of Android phones and a few low-end WP7 models. Why the carriers are not encouraging their customers to buy other high-end WP7 models? Is it because the HTC Titan is more expensive? The iPhone is even more expensive and you can find AT&T bragging about it everywhere. The HTC Titan has far better hardware and more battery life than the Lumia 900, and it could be a better alternative to the iPhone or Android.
Apps are more for the "iProducts" and the Android market, but the apps for WP7 are not bad at all; there could be more and better, but amount does not mean real quality. This is like upgrading a device just for the sake of the upgrade and not for the real merits or benefits; just to have the latest, even if it does not really justify a meaningful major change (ask Apple about the New iPad or ask Mozilla about the annoying disruptive changes to their browser).
Everyone is focused on Nokia+Microsoft; what about other manufacturers like Samsung, LG and HTC? The carriers and the press (count here CNet and many others) are the number one enemy of the WP7 deployment. TechRepublic is not the exception always pushing the "iProducts" and not openly, really and objectively talking about prime alternatives. How would you expect your readers to love and respect you, if you are always holding back information or misleading them?
Finally, Windows Phone 7 truly arrived before the launch of the Nokia Lumia 900, but no one was really paying attention because everyone was looking at Apple, ICS, and Microsoft+Nokia. Microsoft is also very guilty of this image and the misconceptions of WP7 because it forgot about other loyal and potential WP7 partners.
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