Nokia switches to Windows Phone as primary smartphone platform

By Emil
Feb 11, 2011
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  1. As rumored, Microsoft and Nokia have announced a broad strategic partnership to create a new global mobile ecosystem that includes market-leading mobile products and services designed to benefit consumers, operators, and developers alike. The two are promising rapid time to market execution as well as completely new service offerings, while extending established products and services to new marke...

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  2. Arris

    Arris TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,534   +92

    Think Android would have been the better path. I'm avoiding Windows Phone after having suffered 2 years of my HTC Touch HD with Windows Mobile 6.1 and no OS updates.

    Call me distrustful but I have a hard time believing Nokia's decision to adopt Windows Phone has nothing what so ever to do with their new CEO Stephen Elop being ex-Microsoft.
  3. Mayday, mayday,. ...... we are going down.

    Bye Bye NOKIA.
  4. nismo91

    nismo91 TechSpot Maniac Posts: 999   +11

    somehow i think this is a good unprecedented move. so far people whom I know well, they chose nokia NOT because they want to customize it, but they want something simple, especially for tech-challenged people who only use phone to make and receive calls and text.

    so far with my quick test on WP7 handsets at stores prove that WP7 is not difficult to use, easy big tiles of thumbnails and etc. just that I haven't see any non-touchscreen WP7.

    of course, for those tech and gadget savvy guys, they didnt like WP7 much I guess.
  5. Chazz

    Chazz TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 623   +56

    I'm definitely a tech guy and I'm quite fond of windows phone. Customizing for additonal features is nice and fun but I don't like having that required to instal fundamental things like OS upgrade. I would've picked a android phone if google were more strict about having manufactures update their devices with android updates.

    Microsoft plans to add support for homebrew applications so, I feel windows would be the best choice for me.
  6. Another bad move by Nokia. Android was the way to go.
  7. treeski

    treeski TechSpot Guru Posts: 867   +128

    You have to understand that Microsoft has taken a completely different direction with WP7. They are highly invested in the platform, so they have to keep continually updating it and supporting it. This new relationship with Nokia only shows you that Microsoft is in it for the long run. I'm not saying you should go out and buy a WP7 (I really don't care what you do), but I don't think you should completely disregard it.

    Also... I sometimes wish Techspot would get rid of being able to post as guests. They are almost always complete trolls with nothing constructive to add.
  8. hassaan

    hassaan Newcomer, in training Posts: 90

    Nokia is a reputable company and choosing WP7 over Android is a strategy choice to differentiate themselves from all the dozens of cheap Android devices on the market.
    They make low end and high end phones, Android runs like crap on low end devices and takes a lot of work to make a high end device look polished.
  9. Arris

    Arris TechSpot Evangelist Posts: 4,534   +92

    Maybe I will have a play with a WP7 before I make a decision but right now I'm keen on Android.
  10. Jibberish18

    Jibberish18 TechSpot Maniac Posts: 431   +8

    Microsoft and Nokia have become buddy buddy for a while now. Maybe that's why they chose WinPhone7, or maybe it's because the new CEO was previously Microsoft, OR because WinPhone7 is a much more closed and strict system than Android and EVERYONE is doing Android OR because Microsoft has given Nokia apparently completely control to do what they want with WinPhone7. Could be anyone of these things. I'm glad to see it though. Legendary Nokia Hardware with a Simple New OS from Microsoft. I'd hit it.
  11. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 6,034   +70

    Frankly, Android seems and feels like a cheap imitation of iOS despite some of its very good attributes; for once performance degradation which occurs overtime is just unacceptable, and I am not going to talk about other issues. Now leave out Nexus line which Google itself rolls out with the help of other manufacturers; the rest seems just 'okay' nothing special (except for hardware superiority), there are lots of performance /stability issues with it (just like all the other mobile OS around).

    Now, WP7 seems to be a very solid foundation provided MS is serious about developing it into something competitive and then keep improving it. I've tried HD7 and newer Omnia recently; and I would have dumped Galaxy S in a heart beat had MS rolled out the promised update by now.

    Having used Android for a while I am now more willing to agree with Apple and MS's decision to have tight control over their platforms; as it guarantees acceptable performance / better stability.
     
  12. Well, if people want to buy Microsoft crap on a phone, good for them. I will not be one of those people.
  13. Ha, Ha, every company tainted by Microsoft dies a slow death.
  14. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 6,034   +70

    Did Bill Gates steal your sheep or what ?
  15. Jibberish18

    Jibberish18 TechSpot Maniac Posts: 431   +8

    Either stole them or molested them.

    HTC was tained by Microsoft for a long time and is still going strong. Just sayin.
  16. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 6,034   +70

    Exactly, infact the supplier from whom I usually buy my cell phones, was telling me the other day that he has sold just about same number of HD7s as Galaxy S sets; and none of the former's customer returned with any issues whereas about 20% of Galaxy S buyers have came back; give you a reason to think about doesn't it.

    Secondly, I just remembered something, and when Nokia roll out WP7 device carrying CBCD display (which is the best around at the moment surpassing the SAMOLED of Samsung), it would be interesting to see how it hold out against the competition.

    I wonder if that can be termed as 'sexual harassment' .......
  17. Let the market play itself out.
  18. princeton

    princeton TechSpot Addict Posts: 1,716

    I have a galaxy s and a nexus s. I haven't experienced performance degrade with either. Give evidence.
     
  19. princeton

    princeton TechSpot Addict Posts: 1,716

    I have a galaxy s and a nexus s. I haven't experienced performance degrade with either. Give evidence. I also have the HD7 and I prefer my nexus because of the customization.
  20. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 6,034   +70

    The problem of degradation lies with one issue, that is Android not cleaning out memory even when one has closed the applications hence the need for task killer etc. and if one forgets to do this don't get shocked if in few hours time your battery has dropped 20% or so charge.

    I haven't had chance to play with Nexus S, but with experience from Nexus One I am sure it will be much better than Galaxy S in these areas, because of one simple reason, it is being shipped by Google with 'pure' OS not like all those cooked roms other manufacturers come-up with.

    Now to HD7, personally I don't like its screen so I have decided not to bother with it for now.
  21. yRaz

    yRaz TechSpot Booster Posts: 857   +75

    I've had the opportunity to play with a few windows phones and am seriously looking at the LG quantum. I find the only people who don't like WP7 are people who've never tried it. Over the past 2 years I think Microsoft has been putting out better products, WP7 being one of them. It seems like people hate on MS just because it was cool back in the vista days. Grow up already and go out and try one for yourself. I find WP7 much more comfortable than Android or iOS. It's easy to navigate and the music player has iOS and Android beat by a long shot. Zune media player is great for syncing music. If you ever get the chance, play around with the mobile version of office, It's pretty powerful. WP7 is nothing like other windows mobile OS's

    Microsoft has come a LONG way. You can expect the same quality from WP7 as you can from windows 7.
  22. Jibberish18

    Jibberish18 TechSpot Maniac Posts: 431   +8

    I've actually heard that you SHOULDN'T use Advanced Task Killer. I forgot exactly how it works, but Android will drop programs from the memory as it needs fit I think? I really can't remember. I was only interested in Android for a couple of weeks while trying out an HTC Desire.
  23. Archean

    Archean TechSpot Paladin Posts: 6,034   +70

    Thanks for adding the office bit yRaz, to be honest, Android's office compatible thing seems rubbish when I compare it with the MS Office found on WP7 devices (I believe one shouldn't be surprised at this anyway).

    I don't know Jibberish but thank you for sharing the info, however, if I don't clean out the memory I suspect the phone would hardly last for 30-40 hours on one charge. I think despite a little performance hit, WP7 implementation of suspending applications when not in use is a brilliant idea which help improve battery life as well even if you forgot to close application in question.
  24. Smart move by Microsoft to team with Nokia and give Windows Phone 7 a better global reach. I do not think Nokia will fare much better in the US unless consumers and analyst stop sweating everything Apple.

    TheSyberGroup
  25. princeton

    princeton TechSpot Addict Posts: 1,716

    Not true. Androids memory management is actually better than ios. A program will stop using memory. If you use a task killer it will kill the program but the program will restart. this causes it to use memory again. If you need more info head over to XDA devs.


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