Furthermore, Microsoft has not released a new version of the Windows Phone OS. It is still Windows Phone 7.5 “Mango”, although it has some minor fixes applied, post-Mango. As a result, reviewers have to be pretty strict in not trying to evaluate the OS and instead focus only on the device. It is hard to do, and consequently, you end up seeing the unnecessary rant by Josh Topolsky about how Windows Phone is severely lacking when compared to iOS and Android.
[My counter-rant: It is unclear what exactly is Topolsky ranting about specifically with respect to Windows Phone. He claims the jerkiness of apps and lack of certain apps, however these are not issues when it comes to Android devices. Android’s lags and the poor nature of many of the apps, along with the perpetual complaints about battery life are well-documented, and even today, there are way more useful and beautiful apps on iOS than on Android. Clearly he chose to overlook these facts and continues to. I really like his reviews, but sorry to say, on this one he blew it.]
Finally, there is another angle which goes against Nokia and other Windows Phones, and that is the spec. Windows Phone has a strict guideline on the chassis specification and as a result, device makers aren’t allowed to deviate from some standards like screen resolution, processor, number of cores, number of buttons, etc. Windows Phone is engineered so well that it actually performs decently even with a single core, at lower speeds of CPUs and with much lower memory, than the competition. The tech blogosphere, though, is obsessed with tables which compare each spec of various phones, and the Lumia 900 will get “beaten” in most of those categories. This results in headlines with “disappointed” and “mediocre” when referring to the Lumia 900, despite several prominent writers declaring that the spec is dead.