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Will Attorneys (or Anyone) Ditch Their iPhones for a Windows Phone?

By Cynthia Hsu, Esq. on May 23, 2011 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

Which of these three would you want: an iPhone, an Android, or a Windows Phone?

For some attorneys, the phrase "Windows Phone" might make them take pause. After all, in this iPhone and Android-filled world, is there even enough room for Microsoft to compete?

Once derided, the Windows Phone is trying to make a comeback. Some of the newer phones even received positive reviews. Tech-savvy attorneys might soon see these smartphones gracing the shelves of their wireless carrier's store. But it might not be the best time to buy.

The Windows Phone 7.5 lacks in a very important area: apps. Developers tend to only create applications for platforms used by consumers. As a relatively new entrant to the market, the Windows Phone only has a 1.3% market share. Compare this to the staggering 71% share of the market claimed by Android phones and Apple's iPhone.

It's no wonder that the Windows Phone 7.5 doesn't exactly offer the most expansive selection of apps.

This doesn't mean that the Windows Phone store won't gradually become as inclusive as the Android marketplace or iPhone app store. It just might take a while, especially considering how difficult it is to design for the Windows Phone.

App creators can use about 60% of the same design elements on the iPhone and the Android, said Foursquare head of product Alex Rainert to The New York Times. Designing for Windows is simply more labor intensive.

This doesn't necessarily signify the end of the rope for Microsoft's foray into the smartphone market. The Windows Phone 7.5 does have some drawing power that may help it grow its consumer base. Namely, its interface is not only unique but quite innovative.

However, app-hungry attorneys may want to hold off on the Windows Phone until more applications become available on its platform.

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