They look great and sound great on paper. But the last versions did as well and it didn't matter. Why will this be any different?
Yeah, they had to cut the price of the old ones in half. I don't see anything really compelling here.
I played around with both models this morning. (Had to woo a Windows Phone team member because we technically weren't allowed to touch.) The 920 is definitely a big improvement over the 900. Screen resolution/brightness are finally on par with Galaxy S III and iPhone. I noticed that right away. And the hardware features are impressive (camera, mittens-friendly touchscreen, wireless charging).
The problem is Windows Phone 8. Cool hardware tweaks mean nothing if Windows Phone 8 still stinks. I saw nothing in Belfiore's WP8 demo that blew me away. But I spoke to Frank Shaw before the event. He said more stuff coming for WP8. Kind of odd they're announcing this stuff in stages.
Steve - But as Charlie suggests above, doesn't that just reek of Microsoft *still* not being ready for prime time with Windows Phone? It's not like they're trying to compete with some stale, complacent old guard, they're competing with companies that are innovating just as fast (if not faster) than they are.
All of this is inexcusable. Microsoft was already a couple years later to the dance. Now they're *still* just sitting outside in their car in the parking lot refusing to go in.
Regardlessof the price, this could be different because the sum of experiences might be greater than each on their own.
1. Wireless charging - Qi everywhere? +1
2. Optimised imaging stabilisation (OIS) +1
3. Free Voice Guided Maps + City Lens Augmented Reality browser with built in smart motion sensor controls +2
4. Nokia Music. Free +1
5. Live Tiles. Saving you 0.1 seconds because you dont have to open an app might not seem like a lot, but these things tend to add up fast. So Live Tiles = Realtime Information on my homescreen saves me time +1
6. Design +1
7. Expected build quality +1
Thanks for your feedback! Team Branch