early reception to the design elements in Lion show he may be right once again

There have been some rock solid BlackBerry devices in the past, but over the last couple of years the models I have used have disappointed me at times, in regards to stability. The main issue I have experienced with BlackBerry devices is a lock up/freeze where the device gives you the impression it is doing something in the background, but then that never changes and you have to perform a battery pull to get things started again. I still think this is one reason RIM continues to have removable batteries on their devices.

I am a major Windows Phone 7 fan and think people need to actually try one of these devices to appreciate how good it really is. The great thing about the existing lineup, like the Samsung Focus, is that they will get upgraded to Windows Phone Mango soon and that OS update is wonderful on the Samsung Focus.

Embedding an iPod in a smartphone was a brilliant move on Jobs part, setting the stage for the iPhone to become a household name. The iPhone was a device tightly controlled by Apple to insure it delivered the simple yet functional experience Jobs was insistent on producing, and sales figures show this was the absolute correct method.

Palm’s webOS (HP didn’t keep it going long enough to count in the name) has been quite stable, but still not perfect and I did experience a few random resets and freezes on my devices in the past. It does take a while for the initial sync when you setup lots of services, but I don’t count that as an instability.

There have been issues in the past with backup and restore failures though and when you are relying on the cloud for so much, this just cannot happen. I also experience weird double key entry issues, but that may have been due to the crappy webOS hardware, which in and of itself was a failure of the platform.

Sprint just recently released their first Motorola WiMAX device with the Photon 4G and it doesn’t disappoint with the latest version of Android (Gingerbread 2.3), 4.3 inch qHD display, 1 GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual core processor, 16GB internal memory and microSD card slot, and 1700 mAh battery. This is one of the fastest smartphones around with some of the highest specifications on the market.

The original unibody MacBook constructed of aluminum in a thin form set the stage for the laptop sector as no single product before. The simple design was the epitome of Apple’s engineering, and set the stage for all of the thin notebooks on the market today. Apple pushed the limit for thermal engineering on such thin laptops, and the ability to put as much battery in a thin device as possible.

The MacBook Air is an evolution of that original design, and through careful engineering and control of the supply chain Apple has dropped the price point of these thin laptops to a highly competitive range. Competitors were already scrambling to make products that could compete with the MacBook Air on a design level, and now find they must do so on price at the same time.

Zero! That is how many times I have seen a reset on ANY Windows Phone 7 device that I have been using in over a year. During that time I have used at least six WP7 devices on all four wireless carriers. This includes running the early tech preview on the first WP7 device all the way through the latest RTM version of Mango I have on my HTC HD7.

I even have the Dell Venue Pro, with a 32GB microSD card in it, that has been rock solid stable even though I have read a number of reports of issues with that device. I don’t know if I have just been blessed with an uncanny knack for using stable WP7 devices, but from what I read online there are many more customers just as pleased as I am with the stability of Windows Phone 7.

The only issue I have seen on Windows Phone 7 is an occasional temporary freeze as many things are downloading at once, but I have not had to perform a soft reset or a battery pull on the devices yet. This only happened to me a couple times in the earlier version of WP7 prior to the NoDo and Mango updates.

Steve Jobs has been a stickler for taking lessons learned from products and using them in future products. Never has that been more evident than in the iPad, the tablet from Apple that single-handedly created a market for slates. Early critics of the iPad deemed it simply a large iPhone, but the brilliant vision of Jobs was that this was what customers wanted.

Apple aimed the iPad at the same target market that first bought the iPod by the millions, and then the iPhone. The strategy was a huge success, with tens of millions of iPads being sold in its short lifetime. Jobs took the phenomenal success of the iPod and released the iPhone, the most important product in Apple’s history.

Jobs was able to take the simple, elegant design to the masses, at a price that would keep the entire mobile industry scrambling to duplicate. No single competing product has made as much as a scratch in Apple’s iPad market over a year later, a testament to the brilliance of Jobs’ vision.

The recent release of OS X Lion by Apple incorporates design elements from the iPad, bringing mobile technology to the core desktop OS. It is clear Jobs sees the mobile aspects of the iPad converging with the desktop space, and early reception to the design elements in Lion show he may be right once again.

I get comments from readers that Windows Phone 7 is junk and think these people likely have never used WP7 or just have a hatred for anything from Microsoft. I have been getting more comments from readers that have actually tried WP7 and the majority of them agree that it is a very good mobile operating system that continues to get better.

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