Opinions are like, well, you know. Everyone's got one. And specifically both HTC and Sony Ericsson have been expressing their opinions on Windows Phone 7.5 Mango in the last day or so.
An HTC exec reckons the Microsoft platform will eventually give Android “a run for its money” as it grows in popularity. SE disagrees, however, with CEO Bert Nordberg saying it “isn't as good”. Guess which of the two is trying to actually sell a new Windows Phone?
In other words, this is largely about nothing more than HTC believing in the platform it's adopted. And to be fair, considering it's the only one of the two that's making phones on both platforms, its opinions carry more weight we'd reckon.
Either way, Microsoft will be encouraged by the old saying that if they're talking about you, you must be doing something right.
For the record, here's what was actually said.
Forbes is reporting comments from HTC's Singapore manager Melvin Chua saying “we believe that Windows Phone 7 will eventually be better than other platforms and will give Android a run for its money.” The piece also claims that HTC says Windows Phone devices make up 30% of HTC's sales, which doesn't sound right to us – maybe they mean just in Singapore.
Moving on, though, in an interview with the Wall Street Journal (subscription only), SE boss Nordberg says “at this point I wouldn't feel comfortable investing in a platform that isn’t as good as the one that we currently use. Therefore we have remained with Android, but I am quite curious about Windows Phone”. (Via WMPowerUser)
Not quite curious enough to do anything about it, though, despite having been part of the original group of manufacturers Microsoft name-checked when initially unveiling Windows Phone 7 last year.
What do you think? Is Mango the key to propelling Windows Phone into the stratosphere, or does it just not have what it takes to compete against Android and iOS?