Molly Wood’s Verdict on WP7 and Reader’s Reactions to Her ReviewAugust 21, 2011 3 Comments
Brandon Watson has been challenging people to try Windows Phone 7. One such challenge was issued to CNet executive editor Molly Wood. Molly spent two weeks with Windows Phone running the Mango update.
After week one Molly had gripes about the amount ofÂ apps that were available to her in the Marketplace because apps that she was accustomed to on Android were not available on WP7. Granted the marketplace still has to grow a substantial amount but there are alternatives to popular apps on other platforms. One app Molly was disappointed about not having on Windows Phone was “Words With Friends”, “Alphajax” and “Spell It” would be two alternatives available on Windows Phone.
On to week two where molly gives her overall opinion on Windows Phone. Molly liked many things about the OS and despite hardware issues over the two weeks praised the beautiful simplicity it has to offer. However she was really unhappy with the speech to text capabitlities of the device. Speech to text is available in the Bing search and texting. Molly was unhappy that speech-to-text wasn’t available throughout the OS since she would benefit from the convenience of using it to compose emails.
Another issue that she had with Windows Phone was the built in turn-by-turn navigation. In order for the device to promt you, you have to tap on the screen. That would be an issue for most who would want to use that feature, though this is possibly due to licensing issues. There are however navigation alternatives available such as GPS voice navigation.
Overall Molly decided that her relationship with Windows Phone was like and not love. She feels that Android is a better fit, so she will return to the OS that caused her to rant and set this chain of events in motion.
I personally have my grievances with Molly’s review. I clearly disagree with many of the things that she said. I think she, as a journalist should have been better prepared for the task at hand. I can go on and on but the WP7 community has already rallied to its’ defense. Here are some of the comments to Molly’s article:
Windows Phone supporters are the best, aren’t they?
Source: Molly Rants