Re: Nokia becoming more like M$oft @Ledswinger
""Windows Phone does actually run pretty well on low-spec hardware; that was one of its design goals from the outset." Which surely was a pointless goal. All the money is made on premium handsets so that's where user experience counts, and buyers at the bottom end are unduly influenced by whatever is topping the charts."
I think you are looking at the point of low end hardware especially from the WP perspective a little short sightedly. Obviously every company wants to make as much money as possible however with a long term business strategy you cannot put the chicken before the egg.
The market share for WP is low which means that developers are more hesitant to create applications for it than for iOS/Android. Multiple countries and users in every market of the world either choose not to or cannot afford high end spec cell phones therefore to drive interest in the platform, create additional market share and as such then increase developer interest in the platform it is critical to provide multiple price points for the market. The profit per handset at this particular time for the platform as a whole is less important than increasing the overall market share % numbers.
Check the web for sales information on the lumia 520/521 and you will see why its important, you could even try using Bing to search :)
I also enjoyed (can you sense the sarcasm) your random comment about the 1020 (comically coloured, camel humped, zero battery life) seems you could not resist going there. Comically coloured...thats why many major handset producers are now going with colours e.g. HTC, Apple, Motorola (errrm I mean Google), if you want a camel hump grab your backpack and pick up a GS4 Zoom not a 1020. I heard you need at minimum some kind of bag to carry the lens!! Also based on your opinions of WP I highly doubt that you have even tried using a 1020 so forgive me if I take your battery life comment as a complete waste of time and energy.