I only "liked" this because it is true. I wish it wasn't so, however. I can't allow myself to be fooled into thinking that this is good for Windows Phone. I bet this one model will sell better than all of the new Windows Phone models combined. Here are some of the reasons why I think this model is going to be an overall-negative for WP7.5.
Originally Posted by Figure 8 Dash
- The dual-core: We can shout until we are blue in the face about how Windows Phone doesn't need a dual-core to run extremely smooth, but now that WP will be the only OS without any hardware sporting dual-core, it is going to look like a second-hand operating system again.
- SIRI: Not only is SIRI going to create unnecessary hype, but it is really going to highlight the poor (or honestly, lack of) turn-by-turn in WP7.5. Sure, Microsoft has had the equivalent to SIRI for years, but it hasn't implemented it into WP (which is what I would call a missed opportunity) and the average consumer doesn't even know about it (I didn't even know about it until today).
- Memory: The option to have up to 64gb of memory is really going to stand out against WP's flagship devices, with their 16gb maximum.
- Carrier loyalty: Now that there are going to be three carriers with the iPhone, I'm curious to see how each reacts. I'm sure Sprint is going to be coddling Apple for the next year or so. However, I wonder how AT&T and Verizon will react.
Tl;dr - Any announcement by Apple is going to affect Windows Phone negatively. Regardless of whether or not the new iPhone is going to be game-changing or not, it is going to steal hype away from WP, regardless.
Additionally, the Nokia event is after the launch of the iP4s, which is outrageously sad, at best. By that time, there will already be millions of people in new two-year contracts that will not know what they are about to miss.
I still hope for the best for MS (and Nokia, I guess), but I can't say I'm too optimistic about this upcoming quarter. :(