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Seven years on, this is a great reminder of the original iPhone impact and some good questions about what lies ahead.

I’m a Windows Phone 7 user – used to be on iPhone, tried Android but I’m more taken with the Windows Phone. I think it has a better UI, it’s a better UX and despite there only being 40k apps, I’ve not really missed anything from iPhone or Android.

The homescreen with live tiles, integration with Outlook (handy for work) and incremental improvements in speed, multitasking etc mean I’m always a little disappointed when I try out the new Galaxy on Android etc. Mind you, I’m going to try the iPhone 4S soon, so maybe I’ll be swayed by Siri.

Will it be a breakthrough year in 2012 for Microsoft and Windows Phone? It’s a hard road and the 800lb gorilla is the iPhone and Google now has 52% market share with Android but Windows Phone 7’s existence should force Apple and Google to look at their own platforms and at least match or better Microsoft’s efforts. It would be foolish to dismiss Microsoft, especially given how much money they and Nokia are going to spend. At the very least 2012 will be great for the mobile customer as the competition heats up.

Mashable thinks there’s something to be told in this story too.

I never thought I’d be a fan of a Microsoft-designed product but hey, delighted to be surprised. Now, a tablet with an OS like Windows Phone 7 …

What future for Nokia?

Nokia handsets are designed for the pre-iPhone era. In their day, great and with sales to match (1.3 billion) but times have changed dramatically. The iPhone, Android handsets and now Windows Phone 7 have crossed the rubicon and helped to create a new era of mobile use, where the phone/device does many things – camera, email, instant messaging oh and the odd phone call. And, once a customer has crossed over, they won’t be going back.

Promises are being made by Nokia and an acquaintance of mine heads up their UI and UX, so have a listen/watch of Nokia’s Marko Ahtisaari, I’m underwhelmed by what he had to say sadly. With no product, promises of a new design pattern and drawing on old, tired Europe vs US battlelines, my gut reaction is that Nokia has buried its corporate head in the sand and thinks that its market share will buy it enough time to catch up with Apple, Google and Microsoft, and that everyone is waiting for what Nokia has to offer.

I’m unconvinced, the lifecycle i.e. how quickly people change their handsets means that by 2011 the new Nokia UX/UI design could well be irrelevant as customers have moved to other manufacturers and platforms, and winning people back is much harder than getting them the first time. 2010 could well be the jumping of the shark for the Finnish mobile giant.

Paranoid Android

My encounters to date with Android phones have left me with a distinct sense of “meh” up until the point when I watched this video and suddenly, my love grip on the iPhone started to loosen. One of my colleagues has declared himself as “over” the iPhone and wants a Nexus One handset instead, to which my reply was ‘cool, one less competitor for the iPhone 4’, which I’ll probably never get.

The way in which the iPhone is now the centre of my digital life still surprises me. From being an alarm clock, through checking email and Twitter, running as an iPod for my journey to work, becoming (shock) a phone and email client at work, through the odd bout of FourSquare, back to being an iPod for the journey home and a final swipe across emails before converting back to being an alarm clock (oh and camera at weekends and some weekdays when I come across something interesting), my iPhone ranks alongside my wallet in the final pre-door check.

So much so, that two attempts to switch back to my shiny new Nokia E71 have been met with complete withdrawal shock. It helps to make the things I need and like to do easier, the Nokia just makes everything impossibly slow and painful.

My mobile device is now my main point of contact – voice, email, web etc. I’m perfectly happy with that and my desire for iPhone 4 is driven mainly by a) shiny newness b) screen resolution (almost forgot my book reading on iPhone also) and c) speed.

So why has Android intervened and tugged on my virtual sleeve? Futher simplicity. I ping things back and forth all the time between multiple laptops and phone and more often than not, keeping track is a pain in the arse. With Chrome to Phone, Google has erased one minor but consistent irritation in my day-to-day digital life.

Is it enough to swap? Probably not but it’s certainly caught my interest. Over to you Steve, the game really is on now.

iPad or not to iPad

Apple iPadIt’s been fascinating to read all the immediate feedback to the Apple iPad launch. Most bloggers seems to have gone on the attack – no multitasking (pow), no Flash (slap) etc etc. I’ve been holding fire. When asked, my opinion has been that I love my iPod Touch. I watch video on it, I read books on it, I check email and write email, I hit Facebook, I tweet and so on. So, for me, straight out of the box, the iPad is a no brainer. Bigger screen, faster, redesigned apps, productivity tools and so on.

So, why the hate?

I think it comes down to one thing. This is not for the geeks. The row is a distillation of the same PC vs Mac argument I’ve heard more times than I care to count but with the added layer that this isn’t even directed at the Mac geeks (a special subset of the PC geek clan), so Apple has opened the door to a much wider audience and I think that the geeks don’t like that everyone will be able to do some of the things they consider their domain.

Going all the way back to the Mac launch, it’s a computer for the rest of us (OK, I’m a bit geeky). This is computing power for everyone. No extra bits, keyboard, mouse and so on. It’s tactile, simple, ‘just works’ as was often quoted by Steve Jobs on the launch. It’s a no brainer for the majority of people, not the computer users but the computer user world and everyone else besides.

As a user experience, this is computing or digital life made simple – I hold it like I would a book/magazine, I can share or simply enjoy whatever for myself. To be fair, I haven’t touched one (yet) but while acknowledging that version 1.0 of any technology should be dodged, I instinctively know that this fulfils a need for me. There are things I do with my iPhone and iPod Touch that the iPad will simply do better and faster.

However, the iPad genuinely offers developers an amazing opportunity to reimagine their desktop/laptop and iPhone applications. This product will sell by the boatload, if I produce media or make games, I would get the SDK and get cracking.

Is the iPad a game changer? After 20+ years working with computers, the Net and so on, I’m pretty damn sure it has certainly raised the bar higher than it’s been before and at the same time made the entry point lower than ever before. That’s a game changing combination.

Oh, and check out what will be possible for v2

Below is a great cut of the presentation, focusing on the UI for iPad, fascinating multi-touch potential…

There’s more here on LukeW’s blog – nice job guys!

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