A couple of weeks ago I posted an article criticizing Microsoft for the lack of innovation in Windows Mobile 6.5. Engadget has had a flurry of articles on the topic over the past month, and there is an interesting trend in the comments. Most commenters are getting into heated fanboi arguments over which is better: iPhone, WM6.5, WebOS, etc. To me this argument misses the point of the chief criticism towards Microsoft and the Windows Mobile 6.5 offering. The point is not to compare WM6.5 with iPhone and others, but instead to compare WM6.5 with WM6.1 and previous versions. Microsoft has stated that WM6.5 will probably not be available until the end of the year, and at that time will only be available on new phones. So the question is, is WM6.5 enough of an improvement over WM6.1 to purchase a new phone?
It is clear to me the answer is no. There simply isn't enough new here to warrant upgrading a phone to get the new OS, especially when considering the high cost of smart phones with or without contract. Microsoft really needs to do something to breath new life into Windows Mobile if they want consumers to upgrade to a new phone to get the OS.