Windows Phone 8? Done. But which phone? Nokia Lumia 920 or HTC 8X?
Jan16

Windows Phone 8? Done. But which phone? Nokia Lumia 920 or HTC 8X?

OK, listen up, folks. I get it. Microsoft still has a way to go in dominating the mobile market the way many analysts believe it will do in the coming years. But if we put aside branding and marketing, such as the very name of the OS, Windows Phone (hurts me to say it), Microsoft actually has quite a compelling product on its hands. I have used Windows Phone extensively over the past year with phones such as the Omnia 7, the Lumia...

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The One Sentence Ballmer Keeps Saying that Might Be the Difference between Windows Phone 8 Success and Failure
Nov07

The One Sentence Ballmer Keeps Saying that Might Be the Difference between Windows Phone 8 Success and Failure

As always, let’s start with a short story. Yesterday, I spent the entire day at Microsoft events. The morning hours were spent at the largest tech event I have ever attended in Israel. The Windows 8 launch, for which Ballmer flew out, making Israel the first country outside of the US in which Ballmer launched the new platform. The afternoon was spent at an event thrown my Microsoft R&D in which local startups displayed their...

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HTC sales drop 60% in October. Unless HTC 8X and 8S Windows Phones save the day, profit warning is coming
Nov06

HTC sales drop 60% in October. Unless HTC 8X and 8S Windows Phones save the day, profit warning is coming

HTC has posted their monthly sales for October. And it’s their biggest yearly drop in revenues, probably ever. A whopping 60%. HTC has sold $NT 44 billion ($1.5B) worth of smartphones in 2011. This year? October numbers came in at $NT 17.2 billion ($588 million). With one month in and two to go in the fourth quarter, and $NT60 guidance for it, HTC is already 14% short of the goal. And, if history is any guide, the next two months...

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It’s time for Mac vs PC like campaign. Windows Phone vs iPhone, if Microsoft wants to stay relevant

Apple makes the best smartphone. Google oversees the most popular smartphone platform. Blackberry is struggling mightily to stay alive. Where does this leave Windows Phone? Barely statistical noise. According to IDC, Android has a massive 75% global smartphone share. iPhone has 20%. Blackberry ekes out just over 4%. Windows Phone? IDC has to combine both old Windows Mobile and Windows Phone numbers. Together, they have a 2% market...

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I went to Microsoft Store for Surface on a launch day. Compared to Apple Store, t’was a retail experience from hell
Nov04

I went to Microsoft Store for Surface on a launch day. Compared to Apple Store, t’was a retail experience from hell

Last week, I did something I thought would never do. Being an Apple fan and all, I wouldn’t have waited in line for a Microsoft product launch if it wasn’t for helping a few friends. This Microsoft Store is located right across an Apple Store in a mall. In the past, I have waited in line for many Apple product launches, which have all been a wonderful experience. What exactly makes Apple product launches a wonderful...

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iPad mini = iPod Nano. It’ s mp3 players all over again. With Android as no-name alternative and Microsoft Surface Zune
Oct24

iPad mini = iPod Nano. It’ s mp3 players all over again. With Android as no-name alternative and Microsoft Surface Zune

Looking at the evolution of things in tablet market, it is amazing how similar they are to the development of mp3 player/digital music market. Apple wasn’t the first to invent an mp3 player. It only was the first one to understand what digital/portable music is about. Putting a huge chunk of your music library on the device to always have it with you. Great user interface for “navigating content” – finding and playing any song...

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Microsoft should abort Windows Phone

I use Apple Maps on my iPhone. Like tens of millions of other users, at least. Despite what you’ve heard, it does not suck. In fact, for me, Apple Maps is far better than previous versions of Google Maps on iPhone. It loads faster, looks better and gives me turn-by-turn navigation (in the US). I suspect that for most people, however, Google Maps on an Android is superior to Apple Maps on an iPhone, for now. The battle between Apple...

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Nokia Q3 results: a disaster with no hope in sight. And admission Lumia 920/820 Windows Phone 8 won’t help in Q4

Nokia announced their results for the July – September quarter. And they are disaster. So much for the hope of positive surprise. It seems my expectations for Nokia weren’t low enough after all. The only bright thing thing in a quarterly report – was Nokia’s Mobile Phones division, which managed to eke a small 3% growth compared to Q2. And did it profitably. What’s more impressive – they’ve sold 6.5 million of newly launched full...

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Microsoft Surface and where Steve Ballmer should call up Tim Cook and thank him. Then apologize

The Microsoft Surface will be offered, soon, for $600 US. I am not counting the base $500 model since a core reason for anyone to even consider the Surface is the connectable keyboard. With “tablet” and keyboard, the minimum price is $600. Moving on… The new ad is just odd. Microsoft needs to understand something: no matter who is running their marketing, their advertising, their communications, no matter who they...

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Microsoft’s Surface for $499 is a statement they won’t Nexus 7 their partners, unless forced to by low sales
Oct16

Microsoft’s Surface for $499 is a statement they won’t Nexus 7 their partners, unless forced to by low sales

Microsoft has announced the pricing and availability of its Surface tablet. The Surface will launch on Oct. 26th in Microsoft Stores across U.S. and Canada. Also online in Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong and the United Kingdom. The cheapest 32GB Surface RT will cost US$ 499, without Touch Cover. Other prices are: $599 for 32GB Surface RT with black Touch Cover $699 for 64GB Surface RT with black Touch Cover...

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