Chris J Powell

What will be the iPhone 5, How Open is Android and can Windows Phone 7 break out?

Before I dive into my rant for this week I wanted to publicly acknowledge a team of amazing colleagues who worked with me to produce an amazing Case for the ITRG Case Competition this year.  Our best efforts yielded a 4th place finish, and while the competitive nature of who I am would have preferred to place 1st…I am proud of the work that we did and for that I am happy.

To Barry Cousins, Wendy Desmond, Jessica Ireland, and Tessa Alexander I thank you all!


But now for the Rant…there has been much talk around the gadget corner of the blogosphere that makes some assertions about what the iPhone5 will be.  As much as I love my iPad I have stated that I am frustrated by the lack of openness and choice that the platform presents.  The new iPhone coming out in just a few weeks is absolutely no different.  In the latest set of “spy” images it looks like it will be thinner than the iPhone4 (around 7mm) and screen size appear to only slightly larger than the model that it is replacing.

It will be the new iOS under the sleek exterior that will make or break the phone and whether you are all about the Status of owning an iPhone or love the fact that you will forever be tied to iTunes and the App Store then more power to you but I will not be waiting for this Cupertino money grab and living la vida loca with my new phone I am picking up tonight (not gonna reveal the choice just yet).

Next thing that I want to look at is some assumptions that have been coming out about the “openness” of my beloved little Android.  The following is an excerpt from

1. Access: availability of the latest source code, developer support mechanisms, public roadmap, and transparency of decision-making
2. Development: the ability of developers to influence the content and direction of the project
3. Derivatives: the ability for developers to create and distribute derivatives of the source code in the form of spin-off projects, handsets or applications.
4. Community: a community structure that does not discriminate between developer


While I support the fact that there is some work to be done by Google to back up the claim of openness the fact that there is really no viable alternative on the market to what Android is makes the comparison difficult.  In the study that supported the Slash Gear findings it looked at:

  • Qt – Commercially available on only the Playbook
  • MeeGo – Available on on Nokia Phone the N900 but the project has all but been killed
  • Symbian – a Dead OS with no real hardware support any longer…a sinking ship


Finally, there has been much said about the next big thing from Microsoft with the Windows Phone7 OS and not surprisingly I found another alert that states: Watch Out Apple, Google: Windows Phone’s Next Big Update Is An Absolute Home Run.  Now the Microsoft Phone OS unlike its desktop OS is starting from a position of weakness and not a dominant role that really has no comparable competitors in the market.  I have never kept my dislike of Windows a secret and after the huge issues earlier this week (more on that another time) I can not see myself ever, openly saying that I would want to risk the same level of frustration with my mobile phone.


The Slide Show attached to the link above does not in anyway sway me from the decision that I made for my upcoming phone upgrade (hurry up 2PM).


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Chris J Powell

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