re: Smartphone Specs Stupidity: Debate Rages
I disagree that Mr. Zeman was biased towards the iPhone. He was an early naysayer on the new model for reasons that I don't totally agree with but hey to each his own. I also felt that the "risk taker" comment was written tongue firmly in cheek, as the Eric Idle-ism at the end of the sentence made clear. After all Window's reputation is anything but cutting edge.
There's some truth to it though and it has nothing to do with merit. 15 years ago it was somewhat risky to by a Mac. The company was in the tank, no new apps were being written and there was danger of being orphaned. Now Macs then were pretty mediocre but they still had a core to them that was worth preserving. Today Macs shine and the growth rate for Macs exceeds that of PCs. Market share remains small but they ain't going anywhere for now at least. These are the cycles that products go through.
In that sense, for the first time in decades, yes a Windows OS is a little risky. It looks like a good product, from my testing of it, and I didn't feel any implicit criticism in Mr. Zeman's comments either. But unless the Nokia devices are home runs or some other mfr lobs one out of hte ballpark it's in danger of being marginalized. That would be very much too bad, but Microsoft has only itself to blame. Mr. Balmer's repeated statements that smartphones were not the future showed an ostrich mentality. MS needed to deliver this product at least 18-24 months sooner than they did. It's not uesful to be so thin skinned that you can't look at reality. I would not put my enterprise on to the Windows smartphone/tablet platform in the next few months. I would wait to see whether it's going to gain enough traction to be around for the long haul. Individual users, vote with your preferences or prejudices. You'll likely change devices within a year or two no matter what.
As to the question of specs, Mr. Zeman is right on. One looks at the entire package; specs and features; OS and UI; device size, weight, look and feel; all-too occasionally price. One makes a choice. One either rejoices in that choice or toughs it out until the next purchase cycle. Life goes on.