Yesterday I wrote about the pricing of non-iPad tablets and how if the OEMs don’t get their act together it won’t matter how wonderful Windows 8 is because the iPad has set the pricing bar for tablets, and tablet OEMs court certain death by thinking they can meet or exceed that bar.
Windows Phone is facing a similar battle but this isn’t so much a matter of price but rather handset design. Windows Phone is a great mobile platform for handsets, and it isn’t just Windows fans like myself who are saying that. The problem is that as great the Windows Phone platform is it is being put on what seems like re-jiggered Android handsets, and not even the good ones at that.
Today HTC launched two new Windows Phone handsets that will come with the most current version of Windows Phone platform on them, aka Mango. After looking them over my first react was – meh, but Gareth Beavis at TechRadar said it a little better:
See that image above?
That is the bar, in pricing, that every single tablet maker needs to beat. Not match. Not exceed. Beat.
And yet as more tablets come to market, which is mostly Android based right now but with a few Windows 7 ones thrown in; regardless of how dumb that is, they all are either trying hard to meet the iPad’s price or they are showing how much they don’t understand by pricing their offerings higher.
The ridiculous part of this is that they can’t even try to throw some of the pricing blame in the Direction of Microsoft because of the fact that Android is a free operating system, so the cost of an OS argument is out the window.
Just today two new tablets were announced from Sony and HTC with the base Sony Tablet S only matching the price of the iPad at $500, but the one from HTC; which has to come with a carrier supplied data plan, is priced at $699 (or $849 without a plan).
One of these days someone will have to remind me why exactly Fridays are so significant and what is the deal with weekends. Are they suppose to be something special ’cause I’m not sure if I remember anymore.
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In what will probably be only the first of many videos we will see over the coming months as more handsets start lining up to carry Windows Phone 7 the team over at WMPoweruser has a high quality video …
Update: It turns out that this might have been an unintentional hoax. According to WMPoweruser these were just some spec renderings.
Apparently, the image created by one of our most frequent contributors has now become the new face of the next HTC device. The mockup he created about 3 months ago has gone around the world from London to Italy, Japan, china, Indonesia, and has finally made it back here to the US blogs.
In light of the pounding that Microsoft took yesterday in the tech blogosphere over the pulling of the Kin I guess any good news would be welcome which has surfaced as a leak of the specs, with images, of the HTC HD3. Now this might not seem like much unless you are a true hardware geek who gets a warm feeling in all the the right places at the sight of spec sheets but the big news is that this is one of the next Windows Phone 7′s.
The information comes from the team at Mobile Mentalism who got all gushy over the specs
The HD3 looks set to come with Windows Phone 7 Series, which is a big deal in itself. But it’s the amazing list of features that HTC have managed to cram into the HD3 that is so jaw dropping.
Seriously, think of any hardware feature or spec you’d like to see in your dream phone, and the HD3 has it – in spades! Add to that the tasty novelty of being one of the first Windows Phone 7 Series phones, and the HD3 looks set to be one of the most anticipated phones of the year.
But you can tell by the end of the post that they just couldn’t find the same joy for the Windows Phone 7 software.
I’m still not convinced by Microsoft’s new Mobile OS, but I most certainly am by the HTC HD3! I can’t wait to see it, and I can’t wait to see how a phone with those specs will perform with Android!