Tomorrow the first Windows Phone 7 devices will hit the US market on AT&T and T-Mobile. And I am very curious to see the reception. Will there be lines? Will there be shortages of one or more of the devices? What will the general public think of it?
Windows Phone 7 ads blanketed today’s football coverage. They were running a couple of times per hour per game. That was when I got my first clue as to what may happen tomorrow. My 14 year old daughter looked at the ad and said “I want one of those.” And honestly the ad is catchy and amusing and the shots of the phone interface are compelling.
Will enough people feel the way my daughter did? I think they will. I think we may see lines tomorrow for a Windows product! When did that last happen? Windows 95? Okay, Xbox if you count all Microsoft products.
Will this help Zune? The platform will get a huge boost, but I don’t think it will help the Zune device itself much. At least not initially, but there may be a long term boost.
Which phone will be the early hit? From everything I am seeing and hearing that seems to be an easy question to answer. The Samsung Focus will be the big hit. The least popular? At the moment that seems to belong to the HTC Surround, which is a rather strange device with pop-out “surround sound” speakers that don’t entirely work as advertised.
From everything I see now I think this will be a hit, but with a few complaints along the way about some lacking capabilities. I also think the market is big enough, and still growing enough, to accommodate another OS. The bad news isn’t for Microsoft because they are late to the show, but for RIM and Nokia. This could put both of them into serious trouble. Nokia still has a commanding lead worldwide, but they have been slipping for awhile and show no signs of getting things together. Blackberry also seems lost in this new era of smartphones and Windows Phone 7 could really eat into RIM’s business market.
I tried to get a review unit, but Microsoft’s PR firm only took my name, phone number, and email address and never contacted me again so I am as anxious for tomorrow as everyone else. And, my contract is almost up so I am in the market…