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Windows Phone 7.8 Not Quite Here

Its

been several months since Microsoft released Windows Phone 8 to much fanfare. Well, okay, it was two guys playing a tuba. But none the less, At the time Microsoft promised all us guys on Windows Phone 7 an update!

It’s now April 2013 and I am still waiting for my Windows Phone 7 to be upgraded. Or perhaps its the manufacturer of my phone dragging their heels. Earlier this year Nokia announced their update¬†would roll out. My phone is an LG and although LG stopped with WP a year back, they are now back on board. See link. But LG are still a bit wishy-washy about support for WP7 and supplying an update to 7.5. I have seen some reports that LG won’t supply updates for any LG devices.

This looks like another all around mess. And perhaps another reason that Apple is so powerful here. As they control everything they don’t have to convince manufacturers not to screw their customers.

Fruit

Maybe rather than wait, or spend $$ on WP8, I’ll just by a phone with a image of fruit on it’s back.

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The New Windows Phones

Well now that the hype of the new iPhone 5 is gone we can settle down and get down to the real deal. What will I make of the new Windows Phone 8 phones!

Nokia

What a mistake to make’a. Oi vay, what the f**k is all I can say. A rather hurried show in early September which failed to show all the new features of Windows Phone 8 (WP8). Then no pricing or release date. Why bother? Nokia quickly going down the tubes.

HTC

The new handsets look really interesting. I like the way phone manufacturers are making stylish and colourful handsets for the best smartphone platform currently. Is this Nokia’s influence here? perhaps.

Samsung

Samsung shouted a collective ‘Ouch’ at it’s courtroom patent loss. While I could talk about how ridiculous patents in the tech space have become, I won’t. This ain’t the place. They have come out with quite a nice handset. This is probably a safe-home for Samsung should the Android OS collapse under the weight of patent lawsuits. They’ve come out with a capable, though boring handset here.

Summary

I really do like the HTC and Nokia handsets. So far, HTC has come out with firm pricing for the UK market. Nokia have yet to reveal any info in the UK but have released details in other Euro countries. Typically UK prices are higher that the prices in the Euro zone. Which means we’ll get ripped off. Nothing that a quick trip across the channel won’t fix.