iPhone When Microsoft launched the Zune it was a big deal because they ventured into areas, like wireless transferability of songs, that no other major manufacturer’s have jumped into. When Apple released information regarding their iPhone earlier today it left me wondering what Microsoft’s next move was going to be. They have their Smart Phones, Zune Media Player, and portable Media Center devices but it would be tough for them to compete with Apple’s all-in-one package that is scheduled for release in June of 2007.

Even though I am excited about the iPhone the price is still a little steep. Not only that but we also have to think about the quality of the unit. No one has been able to get their hands on one of these to personally try it out and see if it operates as smooth as it sounds. One of the largest priorities for me is call quality, and with the unit lacking an external antenna, the possibility of a weak signal strength continues to jump around in my head.

Zune Phone Putting any negative thoughts about the iPhone aside, what will Microsoft’s next mobile products be like? One thought that was submitted by a Digg user is pictured to the left. While the reality of the “mockup” is far fetched, it does go to show that the Zune already seems outdated after only being available for less than two-months. One feature that Microsoft plans on adding to the Zune’s is the ability to play games. Of course, iPod users can already do that…and the Zune will not possibly get this feature until July 2008!

I think Microsoft is trying to focus on the media player area a little too late. Apple already has an enormous chunk of the marketshare and they are selling more than 5 million songs a day on iTunes. That is more than 1.8 billion songs a year! Microsoft will have a very tough time competing with numbers like that.

It will be interesting to hear what the reviews are like on the iPhone once they hit the shelf, and I won’t be owning one until I am able to read unbiased reviews from users. Having everything incorporated into a single device makes me think that this is too good to be true, and I can hardly stand the anticipation while I wait to find out. Oh yeah, and I hope that the screen is scratch-resistant unlike those dreaded iPod Nano’s!

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  1. How will MS compete?

    How about the fact that, aside from Palm, they have a complete market coverage? Or how about businesses run on windows, so having windows on their smartphones helps them transition.

    I don’t think it will fly like how Apple and Cingular hopes it will. It’s expensive, it runs an unfamiliar OS that has the same features, plus useless features for business people (oh wow, I can run iTunes in a business meeting!), and a price tag way outside of the means of normal people.

    I was hoping for maybe a $400 phone that was just as thin as a Razr but had an iPod interface. Once the dust settles (and Cingular moves to HSDPA) the iPhone will be nostalgia for this generation like the Newton was.

  2. I believe that this iPhone will do very well even with its existing pricetag. The convenience of having a 2MP camera (that’s actually respectable quality), iPod, operating system, and a “real” Web browser will win people over. Even I’m not a Mac user but I think the phone would be designed well enough that anyone would be able to grasp how to use it in no time at all.

    I do agree that Microsoft is currently dominating that market, but mobile computing has been a lightly discussed topic for several years with little innovation as far as trying to combine a lot of the major devices into one unit. The iPhone could possibly be the device that makes on-the-go video conferencing a reality.

    I own several different generations of Pocket PC’s and the differences between them probably don’t justify the upgrades. Sure the processors have gotten a little faster and WiFi is now built-in, but they just aren’t made to handle phone calls in a respectable manner. They are too wide and could easily be dropped by anyone with small hands. The iPhone clearly fixes that problem by eliminating much of the border that Pocket PC’s have around the screen.

    Unfortunately these are only thoughts that I have from what I’ve read and seen pictures of throughout the day. The success of the unit is largely based upon how it lives up to the hype and handles itself in real world situations. If Apple drops the ball and releases a flop, there will be a lot of companies that swoop in to develop similar products that compensate for the mistakes that they made. If Apple can do it then there is no doubt that other companies can too, but they will probably hold out to see what the consumer’s reaction is to each of the features.

    Just my 2 cents

  3. How will it compete?
    Windows smartphones are all over the market that does the same things and have a physical keyboard and user-upgradable storage.

    Here’s one for FREE with a 2-year TMobile contract:

    [amazon.com]

  4. Zune is a piece of garbage.

  5. Easily. iPhone is $600 with a contract. It’s only 8 gigs of space as well. 2000 dollars for two years of cell phone use? Mmm no thanks.

  6. This challenge is not just for Microsoft alone. Remember, we’re talking about the iPhone here, and NOT the iPod-Phone (what I mean to say is that the more significant feature is the phone and not the pod).

    Though Microsoft might create the OS or technology that a device runs, there are others involved in the ultimate success of any of these doo-dads. For example, the Treo might rock more on one cell service provider than another simply because of the provider’s better service plans. A particular .wmv enabled device might be uber enticing more because of how sexy it looks and its performance, with the Microsoft tech playing almost no role at all.

    It’s not Microsoft, but Palm, RIMM, Nokia, Sony, Samsung, Sanyo, LG and others are the ones who will take the biggest hit because their phones aren’t the new hotness that Apple’s iPhone is.

    I can’t wait until Apple starts enforcing their 200 patents on the iPhone. I’m sure that at least one of those lawsuits is going to generate some interesting headlines.

  7. So this thing has 5 hours of video/internet/extras time, no one has stated talk time. Not to mention th screen. That much space begs for scratches, cracks, and the searing of body oil all over the screen.

    I’m sorry, but if Apple is releasing a phone, the most important feature to me is reception, talk time, and battery life in calls.

    And there’s a reason why smartphones use a stylus: look at your fingers. Can you tell me you are going to be exact with your fingers more than a stylus? sure the screen is bigger, but that means more retail space for icons to make sure you hit the right menu. And I’m sure the Apple sheeple will just use a stylus afterwards, but claim that Apple’s is “More Exact”.

    I’m not going to deny OSX’s shiny appearance, but claiming you’re going to revolutionize the smartphone industry by not including a proper querty keyboard (so you can actually see what you’re typing), not planning for 3G (Even if you’re going to add it later no one is gogint o fancy paying another $1,000 for the iPhone now with HSDPA), and siding with only 1 phone company only means this is destined to become the newton: bright ideas poorly executed.

    And if this wasn’t meant to be a smartphone, Apple better go to the drawing board to replan it, because you could ahve fooeld me with the $600 price tag.

  8. Awesome look man!!

    [apple.com]

  9. Zune is a piece of garbage.

    Most MS haters would say that. The fact is, there are a lot better Mp3 players then the iPod (take the Zen for example). Consider that the Zune was conceived in January 2006 and launched in 10 months is amazing. It’s a solid player with several one-ups over the iPod (example: a better screen).

    How will MS compete?

    The question here is will Apple compete with Microsoft. Microsoft has had their OS on phones for a couple of years now. Microsoft is a market leader, not Apple.

  10. The question here is will Apple compete with Microsoft. Microsoft has had their OS on phones for a couple of years now. Microsoft is a market leader, not Apple

    In 2005, LinuxDevices published actual sales numbers for smartphones in Q1 2005 [4] from Gartner. These ranked Symbian with 76.2% of the smartphone market, Linux with 13.7%, Palm OS with 4.6%, and Windows Mobile with 4.5% and RIM 1%. [en.wikipedia.org]

    Does it look to anyone like MS is leading? 8)

  11. shirizaki wrote:
    So this thing has 5 hours of video/internet/extras time, no one has stated talk time. Not to mention th screen. That much space begs for scratches, cracks, and the searing of body oil all over the screen.

    I’m sorry, but if Apple is releasing a phone, the most important feature to me is reception, talk time, and battery life in calls.

    Their tech specs on their website say “Up to 5 hours Talk / Video / Browsing” and I have to admit that 5 hours of talk time is something I’ve never had on any of my phones. Typically it is just 2-3 so Apple must know what they are doing when it comes to battery power…not to mention the 16 hours of audio playback.

    shirizaki wrote:
    And if this wasn’t meant to be a smartphone, Apple better go to the drawing board to replan it, because you could ahve fooeld me with the $600 price tag.

    I don’t think Apple is necessarily going after the SmartPhone market. I think they are going to target the casual phone users who also have an iPod…by offering the capability to bring those devices into one slim yet useful device. Businesses are still going to be attracted to the Blackberry and Treo because they won’t want their employees to get distracted with video and audio while they could be doing something more productive like emailing.

    Radek wrote:
    The question here is will Apple compete with Microsoft. Microsoft has had their OS on phones for a couple of years now. Microsoft is a market leader, not Apple

    In 2005, LinuxDevices published actual sales numbers for smartphones in Q1 2005 [4] from Gartner. These ranked Symbian with 76.2% of the smartphone market, Linux with 13.7%, Palm OS with 4.6%, and Windows Mobile with 4.5% and RIM 1%.

    [en.wikipedia.org]

    Does it look to anyone like MS is leading?

    8)

    All I can say is wow! I am one of the people who thought that Microsoft and Palm were the mobile market leaders. Thanks for the info!

  12. I have never wanted a cell phone this badly in my life as I want the new iPhone…damn you Apple! ;)

  13. Mo wrote:
    I have never wanted a cell phone this badly in my life as I want the new iPhone…damn you Apple!)

    Just remember it was a presentation that was meant to silicate that exact response. I’m sure it appears better than it actually is. After all, that is the purpose of marketing.

  14. Yeah, I’m sure the marketing is way better than the phone itself. I bet Apple’s marketing department is larger than even their programming department. They definitely do a better job than other companies making people want things simply because they are cool.

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