Ugh . . . stupid Apple . . . releasing a freaking $199 iPhone that has both 3G and GPS which finally brings it to feature parity with my Moto Q9 . . . but the real coupe de grace is the fact that it will also natively support Exchange Direct Push thereby ensuring that tons of business people that were locked into WM devices will now be switching to iPhones (including a ton of Microsoft people I know) since they’ll be able to get their corporate email on the phone. $199 . . . that’s the right price point Apple (but MAN I’d be pissed if I JUST recently bought an iPhone for retail of like $400 or whatever they old one is going for).
So what do we have in the works? Well – not much it seems . . . we have an update to Windows Mobile (6.1) coming out soon. I watched the video and WM 6.1 does look sort of hot . . . but the UI changes are minor, evolutionary vs. revolutionary . . . but the real bulk of the changes in 6.1 seem to be ‘under the covers’ stuff that the average consumer isn’t going to know about or even care about. Don’t believe me? Check out this load of changes / features geared towards security and manageability of the devices: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsmobile/business/strategy/mdmsecurityfeatures.mspx. Encryption, S/MIME support (freaking finally), inventory, feature control, etc.
My phone – the Q9 allegedly will be offered this update from AT&T for free but there’s no ETA . . . I can buy an iPhone 3G on July 11th which will probably be before I can upgrade my Q9 to our latest hotness . . . I can’t say for sure because I can’t get AT&T to tell me when I can get 6.1!! But they’ll happily announce a month in advance when I’ll be able to get an iPhone 3G. That’s another super frustrating thing for me as a WM consumer – I hear all about this new Windows Mobile hotness as far back as April of this year – but here it is in June and I sitll have no clue if or when I’ll be able to get it for my phone which conveniently cost about the same as the new iPhone. When Steve Jobs gets on stage – he announces a date – and then delivers on that date. I admire that – I wish we could do that. I wish we could convince AT&T to work with us like that.
Anyways – looking at the rather long and distinguished list of security features and ‘behind the scenes’ non-sexy to consumers stuff on tap for WM 6.1 . . . I can’t help but ponder how Apple seem to have once again nailed the consumer part of the equation while attempting to make business in-roads and we seem to be trying to really perfect the business end while not focusing as much on the consumer pieces (usability, sexiness etc.).
Hmm – that sounds like a familiar battle . . .