Life’s been busy for the past few weeks, and I’ve been thinking quite a bit about the fact that I haven’t really posted anything. I don’t really want this to just be a site focused on game and app reviews, or re-posting the latest news around the blogosphere. Like it says at the top, I want this to be the story of “My life as a Windows Phone user”. Sometimes that will result in interesting topics to share, and I’ll do my best to share them when they come up.
While this may be a direct contradiction of the above paragraph, for those that have been living under a rock lately, the upcoming Windows Phone “Mango” has been getting some pretty positive previews lately. There was also the leaked, pretty official looking video of Nokia N9 running Windows Phone Mango.
I bring this up, because yesterday I was sitting in my boss’ office discussing business and reviewing email on my phone. His boss comes in, sees me on my phone and asks if it’s a Nokia. He told me that was good, because Nokia is finished. He then went on to talk about how Nokia has no presence in the US and their international marketshare is being eroded by HTC and how they’re only going downhill faster because they’ve switched over to Microsoft’s OS which has gained no traction in the marketplace. Jokes were then made about the failure of N-Gage. Before I could argue (even knowing that arguing with this man is futile) he switched topics back onto business.
I cannot dispute that there are some rather large nuggets of truth to what he said. However, the platform is not even a year old yet. The iPhone platform didn’t really make an impact on the marketplace until the iPhone 3G came out. Android didn’t really come into its own until version 2.0/2.1 released. I think it’s still too early to call on Windows Phone. Obviously, I’m invested in the platform and hope to see it succeed. I think the Windows Phone team is doing a lot of pretty amazing things with Mango (if you haven’t done so already, read the above link or check out some of the posts on the official Windows Phone Blog linked on the sidebar). Once Mango hits this fall and Nokia starts swinging it’s weight around, I think we’ll see more new phones across multiple carriers. More phones means more potential users. More potential users means more developers take interest at potential sales. More developers means more apps (apparently an important metric in whether or not a platform is worth switching to – one that I disagree with).
Only time will tell if my predictions match with reality. I hope they do. I’d love to rub it in his face.