Since pictures seems to be a huge feature on smart phones, what about the fact that Windows Phone 7 requires
a 2-stage physical camera button, where as some Android phones don't even have one.
My friend just upgraded from an aging flip phone to an Android, I forget which one in particular. He had a hard time figuring out the Android interface and was actually quite ticked off by the lack of a camera button. His gripe was that to take a picture, he would have to tap on the side of the screen so he could still at least see what he is taking a picture of and he would sometimes hit the home or back buttons (he does have larger fingers).
I let him try my Windows Phone the same day that he got his Android after hearing him frustrated about the interface. He was zipping through the WP7 interface like he programmed it and new every secret.
Needless to say, he returned Android for an iPhone so he could try it's interface out but he's pretty sold on the WP7's interface.
Have you guys seen the rumored updates for WP7 7.6 & 8.0?Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Future updatesWindows Phone 7.6: codename Tango
Tango will be a minor update, similar to the "NoDo" update, planned to be released in 2012 Q2. It will help Windows Phone to run on low-cost devices with 256 MB RAM. It is rumoured to support Skype and Google+ integration through people hub, messaging, and chat. Also, it will resize media controls for a more comfortable view, gain support for 120 languages (adding support for 85 additional languages), make devices more accessible internationally, add C++ app support, and allow the grouping of start screen tiles into folders.Windows Phone 8: codename Apollo
- Apollo is the codename for the next generation of Windows Phone, as confirmed at an MSDN seminar in August 2011.
- List of features coming in Apollo, confirmed by Microsoft
- Support for multi-cores
- Support for four different resolutions, though no specifics were given
- NFC support added, including payment and content sharing with WP8 and Windows 8 machines
- Carrier control and branding of "wallet" element is possible via SIM or phone hardware
- MicroSD support added for expandable storage
- Transitions to core components from desktop, including kernel, network stack, security components, and media support
- Simplified porting of desktop apps to mobile
- Zune desktop integration scrapped in favor of new, unnamed syncing app
- Deeper Skydrive integration, including ability to sync data such as music collections
- Xbox Companion app will get Windows 8 partner client
- Native code support, simplified porting from Android and iOS
- App-to-app communication and integration
- Skype client with deep OS hooks that will make it almost identical to placing standard voice calls
- Camera app now supports "lenses", which allow third parties to skin and add features to camera interface
- DataSmart tracks and reports usage via app and live tile
- Gives preferential treatment to WiFi, can automatically connect to carrier-owned hotspots
- Proxy server will compress websites in Internet Explorer 10 up to 30 percent
- Native Bitlocker encryption
- Support for proprietary, custom built apps to be deployed behind company firewalls