New smartphones have been boring lately and new iterations of the iPhone have been rather blasé. Windows Phone intends to change that and there are two recent additions to the Microsoft smartphone family that we are really impressed with (and many of us at IdentityMine actually use). The two phones I’m talking about are the Nokia Lumia 900 and the HTC Titan II; both of which are comparable devices.
Phonedog (a website that compares and ranks smartphones) helped everyone out by starting the Dog Fight series that pits two phones against each other. Both smartphones are ready to take on the tasks of any smartphone power user and the phones offer strong CPU power and healthy sized touch displays.
Uploaded today by the WindowsPhone Channel on Youtube was a video mash-up of the Microsoft’s marketing efforts for the Windows Phone in New York. They decided to create an actual six-story tall Windows Phone with working Live Tiles. People crowded the streets of Manhattan to watch “fruit-slashing ninja-action, a surprise gig by party-rockers Far East Movement, a killer live set from DJ Virman, and a native New Yorker proposing to his girlfriend from inside the giant phone.” If their plan was to raise awareness of the Windows Phone, they certainly got their point across. With a strong partnership with Nokia and two new Windows Phones hitting stores in time for the holidays, I’ll bet more people will consider the Windows Phone when they decide to upgrade. Microsoft is finally in the full swing of things when it comes to the Windows Phone, and with the Mango release it finally feels like a finished product. I know I’m convinced!
Stephen Elop announced that the Nokia smartphones running Microsoft’s Mango OS will be the Lumia 800/710 will be launching today in the UK, France, Spain, Italy, and the Netherlands. These are the first of their kind running on the Windows Phone platform. The camera on the phones include a Carl Zeiss lens – we expect nothing less from a European phone manufacturer. The internals of these phones boast a Qualcomm Snapdragon 1.4 GHz single core processor, which seem to be on the weaker end of the spectrum when it compared to other phones rolling out later this year. Protecting the 3.9in OLED WVGA display is a sheet of Gorilla Glass – no more cracked screens ruining your touch capability. The Lumia 800/710 include navigation features called Nokia Drive; a voice guided navigation system with a UI very similar to an in car nav system. As far as music goes, the phones sport Nokia’s Mix Radio – mixes can be downloaded to the phone at no charge.
Come October 26-27, Nokia will host its Nokia World event where the new Windows Phones will be announced. Nokia states there will be “exciting surprises” – We want to know what they will be! There are rumors that multiple new phones will be announced, and that they will carry “differentiating hardware and software”, purported Andy Lees, President of Microsoft’s Windows Phone division. The partnership with Microsoft will most likely change Nokia’s position in the smartphone market, as neither company can afford to fall any more behind. We are expecting many exciting new phones to roll out of Nokia World, as well as a plethora of apps provided by Microsoft’s OS.
IdentityMine will have our SVP of Sales and Marketing, Bruce Slywka, in attendance and available for meetings. Check back to stay up-to-date on whats happening across the pond at Nokia World 2011.
Partner and co-founder of IdentityMine, Chad Brown, was quoted on Gulf News, elaborating on the Mango update to the Windows Phone. As new Windows Phones with Mango installed roll out, the opportunity for developers to become more creative is endless. Read the article HERE.
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