Dilbert creator likes Windows Phone 7 with Mango

Last month, Scott Adams, the creator of the popular (and somewhat tech savvy) comic strip Dilbert was complaining on his blog site about his iPhone 3GS and Android-based smartphones. That gave Brandon Watson, who works at Microsoft on its Windows Phone 7 division, an opening. He offered to give Adams a Windows Phone 7 device with the upcoming Mango update to try out. If Adams felt the other phones were better, Watson said he would give $1,000 to a charity of Adams' choice.

This week, Adams announced on his blog site that he has now evaluated all three phones and gave the overall win to the Windows Phone 7 device (a Samsung Focus from AT&T) with the Mango update. Adams said the phone was tops in areas like the user interface and call quality. It also had a good battery life. However Adams said all three phones failed in terms of its touchscreen keyboards and that the apps for Windows Phone 7 were just "OKAY-ISH".

While the phone may have won on a purely technical standpoint, Adams did add, " ... the intangible coolness factor is impossible to ignore. Even the names Microsoft and Windows feel dated. And the home screen of the Windows phone is great from a usability standpoint, but lacks sizzle. I'd be lying if I said that didn't matter to me."  While he did say that different people have different wants and needs for a smartphone, Adams said, "If you want a smartphone that is easy to use, performs well, has a good battery life, and doesn't frustrate you, the Windows Phone is the best choice of the three options I tested. All you give up is some hipster credibility and access to lesser-used apps."

Microsoft is expected to release the Mango update to Windows Phone 7 later this fall along with the first smartphones that will work natively with the update.

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Microsoft will never be confused with hipster-dom. Don't even try. Apple has that locked up for eternity, which is fine with me. Bunch of douchebags if you ask me, I want nothing to do with them.

"However Adams said all three phones failed in terms of its touchscreen keyboard"

Good news in that you can get a Windows phone with a real keyboard and that you cant do the same with an iPhone

FMH said,
Lesson learnt: So Micrsoft HAS a good product, but the branding needs effort.

Yeah, I agree. It's a phenomenal OS... They just need to make it seem cooler. And honestly, I think the first step is getting it in the hands of more people. When people look at it they can't believe how cool it is...

M_Lyons10 said,

Yeah, I agree. It's a phenomenal OS... They just need to make it seem cooler. And honestly, I think the first step is getting it in the hands of more people. When people look at it they can't believe how cool it is...

Branding is a mutual effort. The WP7 Challenge is in fact a branding effort from MS, but unless the general public is willing to accept a MS/Windows product as cool again the brand equity will continue to be low. As long as MS continues to put out attractive, quality products like they have and perceive to behave in customer friendly ways the cool factor will likely rise.

FMH said,
Lesson learnt: So Micrsoft HAS a good product, but the branding needs effort.

FMH said,
Lesson learnt: So Micrsoft HAS a good product, but the branding needs effort.

Get Kanye West to interrupt Steve Jobs at next year's WWDC.

"Yo Steve, I'm really happy for you, I'ma let you finish, but Windows Phone 7 is the best phone of all time!"

Enron said,

Get Kanye West to interrupt Steve Jobs at next year's WWDC.

"Yo Steve, I'm really happy for you, I'ma let you finish, but Windows Phone 7 is the best phone of all time!"

Funny

Enron said,

Get Kanye West to interrupt Steve Jobs at next year's WWDC.

"Yo Steve, I'm really happy for you, I'ma let you finish, but Windows Phone 7 is the best phone of all time!"


Win!

Kreuger said,
As much as I like Dilbert, who the eff cares what he likes?

As much an I agree with you, it is important to show that people have good opinions of the platform for it to become popular. And these mango challenges to celebrities were obviously marketing stunts, but good ones.

Kreuger said,
As much as I like Dilbert, who the eff cares what he likes?

Precisely, why the devil should "his' opinion count for anything??

virtorio said,
This just in, Windows Phone 7 says no to charity

This also just in, creator of "Dilbert" Scott Adams has just recieved an unusually large sum of cash from Apple executive Steve Jobs asking him to try out the new iPhone 4 for being one of the only "celebrities" to actually favor a non-Apple product blindly...