Ya, I know that I work for Microsoft and am not supposed to admit to ever owning an iPhone, let alone liking it.
What’s more, I know working for Microsoft and being complementary about a Microsoft product (in this case Windows Phone 7) will have fans of “other” products coming out of the trees to call me a “shill”.
Fair enough. But I just calls ‘em as I sees ‘em.
I never set out to own an iPhone.
I was an AT&T customer because I live in the boondocks of New England and needed the AT&T Microcell technology. (There is NO actual Cell Service at my house.)
When my Windows Mobile / HTC phone died, Windows Phone 7 was still several months from it’s release date and I needed a phone. The ONLY phone my local AT&T store had in stock that could connect to my Microsoft Exchange server was an iPhone so I just sorted “ended up with one”.
I confess that the iPhone 4 (the first and only iPhone I’ve ever used) changed the way that I communicate with people and changed the way that I use the World Wide Web.
I liked it.
Then, Windows Phone 7 released.
I knew I would get one for two reasons.
- I want to be a team player and therefore needed to develop some hands on expertise with the new Microsoft Phone Platform.
- I want to develop some Phone Applications and while I have a Mac xCode and Objective-C just don’t “do it” for me.
So, I waited until the designated date and time and went to visit my friends down at the AT&T mobile store.
Mind you I still had 2 1/2 YEARS on my contract.
I first selected the LG Quantum. I thought I wanted the slide-out keyboard but after using it for a day I realized that the recessed Shift/Alt keys killed whatever increase in typing speed that I gained from the physical keyboard so I returned it and got the Samsung Focus.
The Focus is a fine device it is lighter than the iPhone but feels well built. (Though at first the lack of weight feels a bit strange.)
The iPhone, especially in my bumper case, feels a bit like a small brick. The Focus is contoured, thinner and more elegant (also in a bumper case).
That makes it nicer to hold on to and more comfortable for longer conversations. There is also no signal degradation no matter how I hold the phone when talking.
Lets compare some of the standard features.
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