Windows Phone 7 Series vs. Android vs. iPhone

by ThoughtLab February 16, 2010
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In the wake of the sneak peek of the iPad, which has been overwhelmingly underwhelming, Microsoft debut their brand new toy which may be the device prophesied to finally debunk the iPhone as the smart phone leader. Due out this holiday season the Microsoft Windows Phone 7 Series is the biggest hardware investment into a field Microsoft has done since the original Xbox was released back in 2001.

Drastically redone and built from the ground up through a partnership with multiple hardware companies this unique device offers everything a smart phone user could hope or ask for, except Flash, but really, many users have given up that dream since there is still no phone that supports it. Although, the Android has said that Flash compatibility is in the works, and Microsoft said they would try to fit it in for a second release.

It was only last year that the Windows Mobile 6.5 flopped into the market with its clunky interface, emulating a computer desktop. But Microsoft has discovered that on these handheld devices usability is paramount, and offers a beautiful, minimalist display.  Maybe Microsoft took some clues from Apple, or maybe we’re just seeing a more agile and dynamic Microsoft, and hopefully, they’ll keep it up.

This is a very basic spreadsheet compiling the speculative stats for the Windows Phone 7 Series, which is very much subject to change, with the available information for the Android and the iPhone 3GS.

  Windows Phone 7 Android iPhone 3GS
Weight 2.45 oz 6 oz 4.7 oz
Screen 800 x 480 854 x 480 320 × 480
Operating System Windows Mobile OS Google Android OS iPhone OS
Multi-Touch Yes – 4 point Sort of Yes
Camera At least 5 Megapixel 5 Megapixel 3 Megapixel
Music Store Zune 3rd Party Apps iTunes
Office Suite Microsoft Office 2010 Google Docs 3rd Party Apps
Keyboard Comes in both: Onscreen virtual keyboard and physical keyboard Comes in both: Onscreen virtual keyboard and physical keyboard Onscreen virtual keyboard only
Games XBox Live 3rd Party Apps 3rd Party Apps
Browser Internet Explorer Google Chrome Mobile Safari
Flash Compatible No No No
Default Search Bing Google Google
Email Outlook Mobile Gmail App Basic Mail App
Cellular & Wireless GSM + CDMA GSM + CDMA GSM
Multitasking Sort of Yes No
Home Screen Yes No Yes
Proprietary Cloud-Sync Service My Phone 2.0 (free) Google Apps (mostly free) Mobile Me (paid)
OTA Updates Yes Yes No
Available Applications 0 20,000+ 150,000+
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