Windows Phone or MeeGo?
Nokia will be using Windows Phone in the future; a decision that angered a lot of Nokia fans and users. Some people argue that MeeGo would be a better alternative to Windows Phone, but how do we know which one is better? I frequently argue that Windows Phone already has an ecosystem, Microsoft’s muscle behind it, and an excellent degree of acceptance in the United States and other countries. MeeGo in the other hand, is a platform that is yet to release to the market and be tested by actual user and carriers.
Here I have designed a test in which two types of users (first-time user and an advanced user) attempt to complete three basic tasks: call a specific number, send a text message to themselves, and open a website. I gave the same set of instructions to both of them, and they turned away so they didn’t see how the other person completed the task. I also didn’t explain how to unlock the phone for the first test, but I did give basic instructions before the second test. At the end, I averaged out each time and got a task per second unit for both platforms. The idea is that the platform with the lowest number is either easier, faster, or more intuitive to use.
Be aware that neither the MeeGo nor the Mango build on these phones is final, and that the N950 is not going to be sold to the public; it’s just a developer device.