PC Advisor readers offer three reasons that they believe Windows Phone 8 is set to be a big success.
Yesterday we published an article in which I opined that Windows Phone 8 was doomed to fail in the consumer space. In 'What's the point of Windows Phone 8?', I argued that WP8 is neither sufficiently different, nor amazing enough, to lure away Android and iPhone users.
It's fair to say plenty of you disagreed, and in amongst the trolls there were some really interesting points and analysis. I've taken some of the more interesting comments to show why, according to PC Advisor readers, Windows Phone 8 will be a success. Don't forget to have your say in the comments on this story, and on 'What's the point of Windows Phone 8?'
Why Windows Phone 8 will succeed: ecosystem & apps
One persistant criticism of Microsoft's nascent platform is lack of apps. But some of you seem to think that this is less of an issue than is made out, and that the ability to interact with PCs, laptops and tablets running Windows 8 overcomes this. Personally I think that at least the key apps need to be present, although Microsoft would argue that IE10 offers an app-like experience. And long-term iPhone or Android users are unlikely to want to move to a platform without the apps they are used to.
Here's what our readers have to say about the Windows Phone 8 ecosystem:
cld9731: "Apple's iOS ecosystem is very good. Google's Android ecosystem is pretty good. In both cases it took time to move the platform forward and get lots of apps. The Google App Store was initially a big joke. It will take time for Windows Phone 8."
Adrian: "It fits in to an ecosystem...and a very good one at that. The mistake must tech writers make is 'seeing' through their own eyes while seemingly completely missing the big picture. They did the same to iPhone and Android when WM had the big app store.Windows phone 8 is actually v 1 which just runs 7* apps. Android and apple actually have a bigger problem in that their now need to do something new...UI has run its course. Whereas WP8 has stacks of headroom . Typing this on my Nokia 920, which is an awesome phone now and will just get better and better."
Why Windows Phone 8 will succeed: business use
Possibly a more compelling argument on Windows Phone 8's behalf is the possibly of taking BlackBerry's crown as the business smartphone of choice. It makes sense: as BlackBerry's popularity wanes, a gap is opening up. With handsets that are attractive to consumers, and the ability to run a secure ship from the server side, Windows Phone 8 offers more than Android or iOS.
postulation: "Most reviewers like the OS and the new HW is much better. If Microsoft keeps at it and eventually leverages its enterprise experience, they are going to be alright."
Observer: "I think one of the point of Windows Phone 8 is for those of us, professionals, which happen to work for a corporate with an investment in Microsoft technology. I'm using MS Office, I collaborate with my team on SharePoint and Lync, I send emails using Outlook & Exchange.
"WP8 integrates with all of these technologies elegantly. It's also very easy, and doesn't take a genius to do so. This statement comes from an iPhone user for 4 years (iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4S) until I decided to switch to WP8 recently, when I went to Apple store and tried out iPhone 5. As a longtime user, I don't really see significant improvements other than a larger screen.
"In my office, everytime I pulled my phone (Lumia 920), people start to ask about it, some had hands-on, and they are pretty impressed. They are using iPhone and Android devices. Two of my colleagues have decided to bought WP8 soon after. I believe more will come. Just a side note, I'm working for an engineering corporation, with around 78,000 employees worldwide.
"The point is, there are use cases and people who use phones the way I do. I personally see the potential of Windows Phone 8."
MorrisE: "Possibly, is it going after corporate sales, taking over from BB - can it link to exchange?. I really would like to know some positives as well - we all know the hill Microsoft is going to have to climb. We cant even port WM5/WM6 programs to WM8 - not sure about WM7 apps.I look at the store... & think I am going to have write my own app to handle my tasks.
"Good news for developers, maybe.As somebody else is saying, you are not as restricted in media as with Apple - the desktop app can link to iTunes or Windows Media; you can download stuff from skydrive or many other cloudy places. It has got some sort of Office integration, so there are positives..."
Why Windows Phone 8 will succeed: it's just great!
But my basic argument - that Windows Phone 8 is good, but not good enough to convert smartphone users who are
michaeljustgreat: "Have you used a Nokia Lumia 920? As if Google Android or the Apple iOS were the end of the matter on smartphones! It is a competitive world and more competition means better smartphones.
"The truth is that, software and hardware-wise, the Windows Phone 8 are as good and, for a few features, better than both Android and iOS.
"120,000 apps for the Wndows Phone OS instead of 500,000 for another platform? What's the big deal! The Windows Phone 8 has the first 46 out of 50 most popular apps that are available on the iPhone and on Google Android!! And many apps are coming on the Windows Phone.
"How many apps did the iPhone have when it started the first year?!!
"As Microsoft gained hegemony on the OS for computers with Windows and the Office suite, it is now the beginning of the hegemony of Microsoft on the OS for smartphones.
"Make no mistake, it is the beginning of the end for both Google Android and maybe also for Apple iOS!
"It will take years for Microsoft to reach the first place but, at the end, Microsoft WILL reach the number 1 spot for the OS on smartphones."
cld9731: "On the question of why Windows Phone 8 - the answer is a much better UI than both Android and iOS. I use an iPhone (your supposed Nirvana). Reality is Windows Phone 8 has a better UI. We moved away from 1990s icons on a screen to interacting live tiles that provide realtime information."
Idlelimey: "The point of Windows Phone is that it perfectly aligns with people who don't want an Apple product (we really do exist) and don't trust the Android platform. Having used both iOS and Android devices for extended periods neither are, in my opinion, comparable with the simple, seamless experience I get from my Windows Phone.
"On apps, it could be argued that the numbers available for iOS and Android address the shortcomings of the OS. I need very few apps to extend the functionality of WP as almost everything I need is baked in. App numbers are not a very good measure of a platforms relevance. Quality is a better measure and the Metro experience often makes good apps great!
"Then there's gaming. I like xBox Live and the functionality it brings to games. Only Windows Phone can deliver that with xBox achievements and leaderboards. Yes, there are competing platforms on other mobile OS's and perhaps a better article would be to ask what the point is in them. It's like comparing Shakespeare to a typing monkey.
"I understand why it's not the market leader, and is never likely to be but that's fine with me. Because the point of Windows Phone is that it fits some people like a glove. Where Apple underwhelm with an aging OS and Android is a UX nightmare (though this is improving) Windows Phone comes in dripping with simplicity and speed in use. And we're still only on version 2 (effectively)."
Jason: "I am a proud owner of a new HTC 8X. I'm in the technology industry and have used Android but not iPhone. The experience I have on my 8X is so intuitive. I really appreciate the thoughtful design that has gone into the OS. With that said, it will be very hard to get people to SWITCH to this phone. I think the Windows 8 Phone can really have an impact for people purchasing new although they will be influenced by all of their friends using Android and iOS."
WP7Mango: "The point of Windows Phone 8 is quite simple - offer the style, quality, performance and security of iPhone with the flexibity of Android. Basically, it bridges the rather wide gap between these two, whilst providing a unique and elegant UI at the same time.
"Whilst it might not be quite as flexible as Android, it's flexible enough for most people in order to personalise it how they want. In particular, the customisable tiles (3 different sizes) provides some order to the customisation chaos often found on Android.
"You also get a wide variety of handsets to choose from, mainly Nokia and HTC, plus Samsung. Again, not quite the wide variety of Android, but much wider choice than iPhone.
"With Nokia, you now also get advanced cutting edge technology not available on either Android or iPhone, therefore Windows Phone 8 currently offers the most innovative platform. Things like optical image stabilisation of the camera lens and the touch screen which can be used whilst wearing gloves are two examples of genuinely useful innovation on the Nokia devices.
"And perhaps the biggest point of Windows Phone 8 is to offer more choice and more competition. This way the consumer benefits, irrespective of which platform they choose."