Look out, Apple! Nine new Windows Phones are coming on November 8, and they offer more hardware choices than the iPhone, a beautiful user interface, and readily available info at a glance.
Whether you're looking for a slim, light handset or a slide-out keyboard, there's a model for you. Samsung, HTC, Dell and LG will be first out of the gate with a variety of models. They'll be available on 60 carriers around the world, with AT&T and T-Mobile leading the way in the USA, and Sprint joining them next year with the 10th phone announced today. Strangely missing at launch? Verizon.
I especially like the free "Find My Phone" feature, using GPS and cellphone trickery to let you know where in the world you left that little sucker. Hey, didn't I just pay Apple $99 a year to get this same feature for my iPhone? Dang.
Let's see the new phones! First, here's Microsoft head honcho Steve Ballmer hawking the phones in an appearance with our NBC Universal colleague Matt Lauer this morning on The Today Show:
Take a closer look at the phones announced today, courtesy of the IDG News Service. While you watch, notice the elegant new Windows Phone interface, introduced a few months ago, but now almost ready for public consumption:
How about it, readers? Too many choices? Will these phones give the iPhone and its Android and BlackBerry competitors a run for their money?