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Old 10-06-2010, 04:42 AM
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How will phone manufacturers differentiate their products?

Sorry if this has been posted somewhere. I looked through the 4 pages and didn't see a similar topic.

My understanding is that Microsoft is launching WP7 with only Chassis 1 phones available. Now with the exception of keyboard vs no keyboard options, how are phones with similar designs going to be considered different from one another?

For example, let's say HTC makes an all touch screen phone and LG and/or Samsung also make an all touch screen phone. How many major differences can there be between the 2 or 3 phones, if OEM's are not allowed to customize the software with their fancy (or not so fancy depending on your opinion) UI's and extra software features? Won't we all end up with slightly different looking phones that are running the exact same software?

I hope I'm not being too general, but so far, I don't see any reason (except for preference of a keyboard) to pick one WP7 device over another, because it seems like they will all offer the same experience.
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Re: How will phone manufacturers differentiate their products?

They really wont be able to differentiate at launch (besides whether or not they have a physical keyboard). I think M$ just wants to deliver a consistent, high quality experience out of the gate (to create a good mind-share for WP7). However, chases 2 devise and custom software is coming (the HTC hub and Samung hub have already been leaked), the only question is when.
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Re: How will phone manufacturers differentiate their products?

I think the main differences will be hardware at this point: Camera quality, keyboard/no keyboard, screen size, etc.

I do like that MS has made minimum hardware requirements for all WP7 devices. At least from a dev standpoint it makes it a lot easier to write apps for a broader audience.
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