Rumors of the iPhone 5 Resurface
At last, the rumors are coming together for a new iPhone that just might break the mold that has kept iOS users feeling left behind by their Android phone toting friends in terms of screen size. Not only is the next iPhone believed to be thinner and to have a unibody design, but it will also evolve from the very breakable all glass enclosure to one of LiquidMetal. The news was probably released this week to keep hope alive in iPhone users following the release of the Nokia Lumia 900 for Windows Phone 7. Just because the Lumia 900 made it to market before the long awaited iPhone 5, that’s no reason to get over confident in Windows Phone as a serious threat to either Android or iOS.
Enter the Nokia Lumia 900
If last week’s sales of the Nokia Lumia 900 are any indication, it is without a doubt the most popular Windows Phone device to be released so far. Windows Phone 7 and Nokia had analysts betting on this knock out combination to put a bruise on the iPhone’s market domination. Unfortunately, this hasn’t been the case. Given a few more weeks as the latest and greatest thing in smart phones, the predictions might have come true – especially since a software issue prompted Nokia to offer a $100 rebate to all buyers through April 21st, making the Lumia 900 essentially free – but yesterday, Apple leaked new iPhone 5 rumors at precisely the right time, spurring new interest in what many have considered to be an outdated handset style by hinting at a larger display and the much welcomed change from an all glass enclosure to the use of LiquidMetal.
Has Windows Phone 7 Finally Arrived?
Even with Apple’s anticipated design changes, enthusiasm is still high for the Lumia 900, with a few significant caveats: one, the Windows Phone app marketplace is very limited and two, Nokia has been out of the running as a major phone manufacturer in the United States for an extended period of time, and rebranding is overdue. While the Windows Phone 7 platform does support many of the most popular apps available on iPhone such as Angry Birds, the DirecTV app, and Drop Box, users making the switch will find themselves having to make sacrifices to find alternatives for other apps they rely on day to day.
Does this mean that Windows Phone 7 has failed to “finally arrive?” Not necessarily, but it has a long way to go before it can truly hope to compete with either iOS or Android as a viable operating system.