Windows Phone 7 is seen as Microsoft's ticket back into the mobile OS wars. The first previews of the Windows Phone 7 UI looked actually promising. InfoWorld's Galen Gruman published a devasting report saying that Windows Phone 7 will be a failure.
Mr. Gruman attended a in-depth demo of Windows Mobile 7 at the Mobile Beat conference and has what he calls seen the big pig behind the gloss.
The Zune inspired UI of the Windows Phone 7 is supposedly inefficient to use and the technology behind the shiny UI is stuck in 2007.
Let's hope for Microsoft that this will not be the final verdict when the first Windows Phone 7 handsets hit the market in fall.
On a site note: This week I had a chance to briefly test several new smartphones including a Samsung Galaxy S series phone and the Nokia N8. The Samsung is a nice device and intuitive to use. The Nokia N8 was a disaster. I had to think several times on the UI path to open a web page about what the next step is. The final nail in the coffin of the N8 was that I did not get a QWERTY keyboard to enter a URL. Nokia really is displaying by default a standard phone keypad to enter a URL in the year 2010. There is possibly an option or some key to press to switch the keyboard layout, but who has the time to figure that out. Ease of use and speed are the key components of today's mobile user interfaces, Nokia is not there yet.
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