In a recent interview Steve Ballmer went all open with his thoughts on two of Microsoft’s biggest competitors in terms of products:
“Ballmer called the Android ecosystem “wild,” “uncontrolled” and susceptible to malware.
He called the Apple ecosystem “high-priced” and “highly controlled,” further noticing that iPhones cost upwards of $1,000 internationally.”
I think Android users are now smart enough to realize what they’re bargaining for. Low-cost phones that run on Android, more free apps and the ability to easily get workarounds to get paid apps for free(duh!) opens them to a whole different level of malware. I think anyone who’s smart enough to get Android by-choice understands this level of threat. The noobs don’t care.
The Apple ecosystem may be “high-priced” but then quality comes at a price. I don’t think any decent Windows Phone 8 based devices would be cheap. Or moreover Android-cheap. I’m not talking about bundled plans or subsidized pricing here.
Windows Phone 8 is good and there’s a good chance that Windows Phone will take off from here but it’ll take its own sweet time. The market is open for WP8 devices and its only when there are more devices than one can count shall we know how it works out for everyone.