Microsoft really outperformed themselves with Windows Phone 7. They took the best ingredients of both the iPhone and Android, added some of their own and created something that has a lot of potential. I’m saying potential, because until we see the actual device and feel the experience, it’s impossible to know if they succeeded or not.
I really like their attention to details/perfection in the UI for this device and the effort they put in conveying this to the developers. Windows developers are usually less UI-centeric (as opposed to Mac developers), so extra work required here.
I also love the fact that they didn’t just create another take on the iPhone experience, but created something of their own. Because when I say they took elements from the iPhone and Android, I mean just concepts – like the attention to details and one-consistent experience from the iPhone or the back button and multiple integration points from the Android. The overall experience is completely theirs and I like their concept that an application is one wide canvas, that part of it is being revealed at a time.
I’m really curious to see what affect the release of this phone is going to have on the mobile market. This phone isn’t iPhone-killer, but it certainly has the potential to be the Android killer…
What do you think?