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  • Microsoft Thinks "Pink" to Rival iPhone

    Image via Gizmodo


    Overnight, photos began surfacing on the web that reveal the existence of a device that we've certainly heard of but, until now, have not seen.

    Just this past spring, the mobile community learned that Microsoft was working under the radar to roll out a new smartphone that would run on Microsoft's Windows Mobile platform. The device was codenamed "Pink." And just last April, The Wall Street Journal reported that Microsoft and Verizon were teaming to introduce the iPhone rival in 2010.

    Gizmodo is now putting an image in our heads to join the rampant thoughts about this mysterious smartphone. So far it appears that two phones have emerged from the "Pink" laboratory.

    They are known as "Turtle" and "Pure." And Gizmodo notes that Microsoft's manufacturing partner is Sharp.

    These phones are going to be made by Sharp, who'll get to share branding with Microsoft. Sharp produced the Sidekick hardware for Danger, who was bought by Microsoft almost two years ago. Pink will be primarily aimed at the same market as the Sidekick, and the branding and identity for it is highly developed, pointing toward a later stage in the development cycle.


    It's been reported elsewhere that Pink phones will include Zune services, and have its own app store, making it as close to the Zune phone as we may get. We'll see if it's close enough in the coming months, though these are the only facts our source will let us safely publish for now.
    If Gizmodo is correct that the "Pink" phones will include Zune music as well as other multimedia features and its very own app store, this will be the most formidable competition the iPhone has faced since its inception. But will these "remixed Sidekicks," as Gizmodo puts it, resonate with consumers?
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Microsoft Thinks "Pink" to Rival iPhone started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 46 Comments
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      Eh, I sure as hell mind paying Apple prices. Everything Apple automatically has this ridiculous markup compared to the same thing. Even the very basic things like USB cables ($20), Wall adapter (which you need a USB cable for, $30), Not-bad-but-not-great-either headphones for around 30 as well.

      And they're computers. My god I know the OS is awesome but why in gods name do they charge so much for the hardware. You can get 12gigs of ram for what they ask you to bump 3 gigs to 8 in a Mac Pro.

      Hell you can build a "mac pro" with the exact of similar parts off Newegg for less.

      EDIT: The only thing I will absolutely concede is their support, which I guess is covered in some way with the extra cost. If their support for their entire line is as good as what I've seen on the iPhone, then I wouldn't mind paying a bit more (excluding peripherals like mice/keyboards because who cares, as long as it has keys I'm good)

      Also, MS has no products that can compare to an iPhone or Macs in general. They got the Zune against the iPods and... can't think of anything else on the hardware side of things.
    1. mattharris85's Avatar
      mattharris85 -
      the only thing that makes apple better is the fact that you cant get a virus, and thats only because they make up such a small percentage of the market no one is gonna waste his/her time putting a mac virus out there.
    1. angiepangie's Avatar
      angiepangie -
      ^it is very possible for Macs to get viruses and there are OS X viruses out there...
    1. Happy Noodle Boy's Avatar
      Happy Noodle Boy -
      Quote Originally Posted by mattharris85 View Post
      the only thing that makes apple better is the fact that you cant get a virus, and thats only because they make up such a small percentage of the market no one is gonna waste his/her time putting a mac virus out there.
      Viruses in Windows are a non-issue if you have this little thing called COMMON SENSE. Seriously, the last time I remember getting hit by a virus was about a decade ago when I knowingly clicked on an .exe that gave control to a friend of mine and all he did was force the CD tray to open/close. Come to think of it, that was kinda fun.
    1. mattharris85's Avatar
      mattharris85 -
      Quote Originally Posted by angiepangie View Post
      ^it is very possible for Macs to get viruses and there are OS X viruses out there...
      its rare
    1. mdc929's Avatar
      mdc929 -
      no competition
      these phones look horrible
      just trash