Thursday, November 18, 2010

New phone!

So I've started thinking about getting a new phone!

Windows Phone

On the one hand, there's Windows Phone. I haven't had great experiences with Windows Mobile in the past, but Windows Phone is a totally new platform, and it actually seems pretty nice. I get one for "free", as a Microsoft employee - free with a two-year contract, though, so really it's closer to half price. Everybody else around the office is pretty stoked about them, and the enthusiasm is a bit infectious. The development tools look pretty awesome, too.

On the other hand, it's a totally new and somewhat unproven platform, with a radical new user interface to boot, and hardly any apps written for it yet. There's also the Microsoft factor, as much as I hate to admit it - I just don't have a ton of confidence in Microsoft's ability to execute in this space. (Here's an example: I use Microsoft My Phone to sync my phone to the web right now. It's a really useful service, but Microsoft is killing it in favor of Windows Live, and I have yet to see any official solution for migrating my data to Windows Phone. No other company in the world could get away with this kind of lack of focus.)

Pros: Employee price, easy to code on, supporting my employer, shiny.
Cons: New; unproven; Microsoft


In the other corner, we have Android. It's proven to be a solid competitor in the mobile space, and is usually mentioned in the same breath as iOS these days. It's also Linux-based and relatively hackable (in the good way), and I have to confess to a certain amount of nerdy glee at the thought of being able to ssh in to my cell phone and poke around. >_> The open source factor is also a plus, even if Android isn't going along with the spirit of open source at all.

There are also problems with Android, foremost among them being that manufacturers usually don't release updates to phones that aren't ridiculously popular. The Nexus One gets updates, the Droid family gets updates, and so do other phones of similar notoriety, but most aren't so lucky. I'd also be the only guy at Microsoft without a Windows Phone, which could get awkward.

Pros: Solid platform, open source(-ish), hackable, has momentum
Cons: Carriers have too much control, Google is slightly evil
Bonus: Microsoft's strategy against Android is pretty much the sketchiest thing possible (future blog topic), and actually inclines me to support Google. <_<


The thought of carrying millions of lines of Objective-C code in my pocket just makes me shudder. No iPhone for me.


MeeGo is kind of the dark horse in this race. It's a joint thing between Intel and Nokia (and a few others?) to put together a proper open source Linux-based phone OS. (None of this Android-style "code drop" crap.) This would be a really compelling option for me if they'd gotten around to releasing any phones yet, but... well.

There is the Nokia N900, which you can run MeeGo on, but I don't get the impression that it's especially well supported, and the N900 is already a year old. Overall, it seems like MeeGo is at too early a stage in its development to consider, but if Nokia or Intel announced a phone tomorrow that had high-end specs and ran MeeGo natively, well, that'd certainly throw a wrench into my decision.

So. Anybody got opinions? :D


Kiriska said...

Huh. My thoughts are basically the same as yours except with less of a techy incline. XD

tort said...