Boneheads and Windows Phone 7
If I read one more idiotic article about the failure of Windows Phone 7, I'm going to have to get my gun.
Raise your hand if you use copy and paste on your phone. Yeah, I thought so. My last windows phone (an older samsung) HAD copy and paste and I can count the number of times I used it on one hand. I had the phone 5 years and used it for a ton of business.
As for the whining about no "multitasking," this is 95% rubbish from morons who've never used the phone and 5% rubbish from people who don't know enough to know what they're complaining about.
Let's clear up the FUD: Windows Phone 7 devices can absolutely do more than one thing at a time. It's just that the standard for most aps is that they turn off when you switch. That's a GOOD thing. Phones have limited battery life (and limited memory) and you don't need aps you're not using to be chewing up either of those. Since the phones have high minimum hardware specs, aps start up in a second or two, which is, I suspect, the real desire of those who claim to want "multitasking." Trust me, your fart ap will open quickly enough.
Here's how the terrible "lack of multi-tasking" shackles us poor windows phone 7 users... I can listen to music while I'm doing other things with the phone: play games, browse the web, whatever. GPS-based apps can follow you while you run music and send a text. That's as much mutitasking as most people need.
Moreover, many aps function just fine with the lock screen up, like GPS aps, working as intended. I don't know what the nerdlingers out there in self-important reviwerland think they're going to do with "multitasking," but it certainly isn't multitask.
As for the lack of cut and paste. Fine. copy/cut and paste is pretty much unecessary because the phone does an amazing job making anything you'd want to copy and paste (like a phone number, web address, or physical address) a working link. You don't need to copy and paste an address if you can click it to get a map. You don't need to copy a phone number if one click gets you to dialing it.
Need copy and paste in Word and Excel on the phone? I doubt it. It's nice to have those aps there, but they're for verification and touchup, not composition. 99% of users will never notice the difference, and the 1% who will will get their cut and paste in a couple months.
In the mean time, the reviewers are completely whiffing on the major paradigm shift that the phone gets right -- effortlessly combining a variety of online services into the correct "themes" or hubs, like the way it shuffled my outlook contacts (moved to hotmail) with my facebook contacts, and the way it integrates facebook pictures with skydrive pictures, phone pictures and others under the pictures hub.
The apps store and Zune software makes iTunes look like a web site designed for a church quilting group, and it's already populated with scores of very good, very useful apps. The Xbox 360 integration is tight, fun, and will be very sticky for people who like to game.
Everyone I've showed the phone to has done nothing but go bug-eyed in awe. My wife's students are all jonesing to get one and ditch their current phones. Maybe, just maybe, people no longer think a screen of dead chicklets is the epitome of phone OS design? (I thought that back when Apple ripped off the design from the Palm pilot, but hey...)
More legitimate beefs include hardware that's not as slick as Apple's and the lack of tetherability, although again, that's something that will only matter to very few. Those who actually need tethering plans get the doodad for their laptop, and anyone who's ever tethered to a 3G network (me... a lot...) knows that it's only slightly better than not being online at all.
Lack of front camera is a bit of a drag, but that will likely be addressed within months by hardware makers and a software update, or aps.
Do yourself a favor. Stop reading reviews by pinheads more interested in scoring points against Microsoft (hatin' on Microsoft? How very daring!) by rehashing nonsense that the other twerp wrote last week.
Head to the local AT&T store to check out a Samsung Focus. Or come by my desk and I'll show you. This is a great phone OS, it's going to get better, and it's nice to have something other than iPhone and iPhoneClone (Android).