Windows Phone 7 Not Available Yet, But the Hate Line is Already Forming (FYI: I'm Not in That Line)

I was not impressed by what little I saw of Windows Mobile 7 when I visited Microsoft’s Redmond campus in February. However, I am reserving final judgement until the product is actually released, I buy a Windows Phone 7 device, and use it for a couple of weeks. Others are, apparently, not as patient. So, let the hating begin:

Windows Phone 7: Don’t bother with this disaster (Galen Gruman, InfoWorld)

Mr. Gruman isn’t exactly shy with his comments: Windows Phone 7 is a waste of time and money. It’s a platform that no carrier, device maker, developer, or user should bother with. Microsoft should kill it before it ships and admit that it’s out of the mobile game for good.

I must admit to sharing some of Mr. Gruman’s opinions based on what I saw months ago. I didn’t understand the point of providing so little information in each tile on a screen. In fact, email subject lines and long sender names (like mine) are severely truncated because of the tile design. You can’t even turn the phone to a landscape orientation to get a wider display to let you see more of these truncated lines. Then, there were the vast amounts of white space in the various designs. Wasted valuable display real estate in my opinion.

Quite honestly, I couldn’t understand why other mobile technology commentators were so excited about Windows Phone 7 when it was announced in February. Mr. Gruman notes in his first paragraph that he was one the many people who were impressed back then. But, as I said, fundamentally, I don’t disagree with his criticisms.

However, I am not going to pass judgement on a product I haven’t actually used. But, stay tuned for later this year after I do. We’ll see if I join the “hate parade” or become a defender of the successor to the Windows Mobile line that I’ve been using since 1997.