It seems like an age since Nokia announced its partnership with Microsoft to create handsets loaded with Windows Phone 7. Tomorrow, at 9am UK time, Nokia’s event kicks off and we’re expecting to see the Lumia 800 being announced. It’s essentially a N9 with Meego kicked out and replaced by WP7. From leaked images and promo material we gather it will have exactly the same form factor and hardware as the Meego-running device. (The teaser vids have been running on UK TV channels recently.)
The problem with Windows Phone taking on iOS has always been a combination of three things: Windows Mobile’s poor reputation, lack of mind-share and poor hardware selection. Personally, I’ve always seen Windows Phone devices as big chunky plastic bricks – especially when compared to the iPhone’s slim form made of glass and steel. The N9 has incredible hardware, and the Mango update looks awesome. When it first came out it was the first time I’d seen WP7 and genuinely liked it. Combine those two, and we should have a fantastic device. Its unibody design and Gorilla glass display blend seamlessly to offer a really captivating experience. It may not sell as well as the iPhone, but the user experience should be incredible.
What I want to know from you is: does the combination of Nokia hardware and WP7 Mango tempt you to leave iPhone/iOS and try something new? Are you bored of iPhone?