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In almost a sort of "who would have thunk it," Microsoft may not be as bad off when it comes to the cell phone industry. Its upcoming Windows 7 phone got a fairly decent review from a pretty well known name. John Gruber, of Daring Fireball has deemed it a "really nice" phone, according to Business Insider. Hmmm…
Recently on a podcast that Gruber co-hosts with Dan Benjamin, he gave some pretty positive comments about the Windows Phone 7.
Some of the highlights are:
-Gruber was able to play with a Windows prototype phone for five minutes while at a cocktail party during the Web 2.0 conference in New York last week.
-Some of the first impressions were that it was "very, very favorable."
-It was "really nice" and Gruber came away "really impressed."
-The phone's software-based keyboard was deemed "fantastic."
-There was hardly any latency for touch input and scrolling -- it was called "iPhone caliber" when compared to the "jaggy" Nexus One.
-The "browser seems good."
-While it's hard telling what type of market share the Windows Phone 7 might grab, Gruber though it was a "real, credible competitor and "in terms of polish and quality, it's absolutely very, very impressive."
-The platform also seemed to have a little more thought than Android. It seemed to be made by people who were all on the same page, versus several different ones.
-No hardware "menu" button is a good thing -- the UI feels more like an iPhone versus an Android one.
-Would he rather spend a month with an Android phone or a Windows 7 phone? Based on five minutes of use, the Windows phone won out.
But despite all that, Microsoft will still need to prove to consumers about why they should choose their phone over the others. Perhaps placing their retail store next to the competition's is a start?
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