I currently use two phones:
- My iPhone 4 that I bought the week that WP7 went on sale in Europe. I use it for my on-the-road stuff, and it’s mostly used with an FM transmitter for listening to podcasts/music in the car. I very rarely listen to broadcast radio.
- A WP 7.x HTC HD7 handset for work. I turn it on when I get to the office, and I turn it off when I leave the office. I hate Zune, it’s a dreadful platform to manage podcast subscriptions on, and there are no FM transmitters … no I am not replacing my car because a phone has no 3rd party add-ons. Would you replace your legs because a shop doesn’t have shoes in your size? Think about it … I jumped on the Hyper-V bandwagon when it came out. I was all over System Center before it was even called that. And I, of all people, hate using Windows Phone 7.x.
With all the mess around IOS6Apocalypse, I’m considering my options when my 2 year iPhone 4 contract runs out. I had been thinking that it would be an automatic upgrade to an iPhone 5. But, the phone isn’t a “grab my attention” device and there are some things about IOS 6 that I’m not mad about.
So here’s my challenge to Microsoft:
Prove to me (not to yourself or to someone else) that Windows Phone 8 is up to my requirements and I’ll buy a handset when it comes to Ireland. I want whatever is replacing Zune to be useful. The corners in WP7.x need to be shaved off. I don’t want some long flat list of apps (the solution is not an app-starved store). I need to be able to search for podcasts, and click-to-subscribe. And finally, I need an FM transmitter that plugs directly into the phone.
My advice to you: I don’t care about colours. I don’t give a damn about how many megapixies are in the camera: I’ll take out my €4,500 DSLR and stick a Canon L lens on it if I want a good picture. Screen resolution is a red herring for journalists and fanboys. Stick to my 3 requirements and you’ll be able to crow about converting a WP-cynic:
- Podcast management
- Sorted apps
- FM transmitter
It wouldn’t hurt to prove that typing is greatly improved too.