By Chuong Nguyen | March 19, 2010 7:32 AM
We’ve heard some of the software limitations of Windows Phone 7 Series–like no copy & paste, removable storage card, and file manager–and there’s nothing any of us, including OEMs like HTC and LG, can do about it. However, Microsoft does have hardware limitations as well, and we’re challenging the Windows Mobile-Windows Phone community to think creatively and show us how you can design some compelling hardware given the Microsoft limitations to avoid hardware commoditization. Given that we’ve seen plenty of great renderings and concepts over the years, we’re asking our creative audience and readers to put your talents to use and help us visualize some stunning, creative hardware designs that will stand out given the constraints set by Microsoft.
Let’s face it, from what we’ve seen of the >prototype hardware right now, there isn’t too much variation. When we asked the company if it was afraid that it may lose some hardware partners because of the strict hardware limitations, essentially turning OEMs into commodities that cannot customize the phone experience–gone would be Sense UI and HTC can’t even create additional buttons to make certain operations simpler if it wanted to for example–Microsoft responded by saying that hardware vendors can “compete on build quality” and defended its position to emphasize standardizations and setting guidance as a means to creating a great “user experience” for consumers. Now, we know we may be over analyzing and taking the quote–given to us–a little too literally, but we can’t help but think how sad it would be if the differentiation in Windows Phone 7 Series devices would be really great sturdy handsets and really cheap, breakable smartphones.
Internally, you don’t have to show us the guts of the phone that you had conceptualized, unless you feel compelled to or are an engineer. Microsoft did mention that all phones would have 5 sensors internally, as well as set radios (WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, cellular), and standard CPU, GPU, memory, and RAM. Externally–what we want to see–the limitations are: all devices will have the three buttons–Start, Search, Back–an HVGA or WVGA screen, 5-megapixel camera, and possibility for hardware keyboard options.
You can submit your concepts to the post, or email us at pocketnownews (at) gmail.com with the subject “Concept” so we know you’re not a spammer. If you like, you can also post a link (don’t cover it with a URL shortener so that we can see where we’re headed just in case it’s spam) and upload your images elsewhere. We’ll post some of your awesome concepts and renderings in an upcoming post. Be sure to include either your screenname, name, Twitter name, or Facebook ID if you want us to give you a shout out!