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Luxury Android Phone Maker: Win Phone 8 is 'Too Complex'

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Vertu says Windows Phone 8 was too difficult to work with.

Luxury Android phone maker Vertu, which recently announced a $9,600 to $19,900 smartphone, has said that Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 platform is too complex.

Android handset Vertu Ti was intended to have a Windows Phone 8 counterpart, but plans to make such a device were abandoned due to "the complexity of building for Windows Phone," according to the head of concept and design, Hutch Hutchinson.

Vertu will be using Android "for the foreseeable future," Hutchinson said. Vertu's former parent company was Nokia, which uses Windows Phone for its mobile platform.

Despite its high price tag, the Vertu Ti runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich instead of 4.1 Jelly Bean. Other specifications include a 1.7 GHz dual-core processor, an 8-megapixel camera and NFC.

 

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    dvo , February 17, 2013 11:15 PM
    so they can charge $20k for an average phone because it sparkles a bit, but they cant be bothered to make a WP8 version because its 'too hard'? lol...
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    sixdegree , February 17, 2013 11:51 PM
    They can just buy the cheapest lumia, make the casing from solid gold, and sold them for $20k.
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    esrever , February 17, 2013 11:45 PM
    they can't even learn the latest android...
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  • 36 Hide
    dvo , February 17, 2013 11:15 PM
    so they can charge $20k for an average phone because it sparkles a bit, but they cant be bothered to make a WP8 version because its 'too hard'? lol...
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    Anonymous , February 17, 2013 11:16 PM
    I guess they're just as lazy and spoiled as the people they cater to... #WP8Domination2014
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    mrmez , February 17, 2013 11:30 PM
    Not surprising, really.

    The last stats I could find show "Windows phone" with ~2.5% market share, vs. nearly 70% for Android.

    Obvious business decision is obvious.
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    jupiter optimus maximus , February 17, 2013 11:35 PM
    Yup, Vertu doesn't have much faith in WP8 platform, so they just say "we are too stupid to make one and would rather earn stupid amounts of money with Android than to risk with WP8"
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    esrever , February 17, 2013 11:45 PM
    they can't even learn the latest android...
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    sixdegree , February 17, 2013 11:51 PM
    They can just buy the cheapest lumia, make the casing from solid gold, and sold them for $20k.
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    southernshark , February 18, 2013 12:35 AM
    JOSHSKORNA Win 8 phone is like an Android that hasn't been potty trained. When you try using it, all you find is $h!t all over the place and not really at all self-contained.


    Yes, MS always relied on its industry partners for feedback. But now that they are going it on their own with their own echo-system it is a steep learning curve. I think MS will eventually get it.... but I'm not sure if they will succeed even then due to the cost. Win phones are not competitive for people who do not buy without a contract. If they had offered a good solid phone for 300 bucks, they would be looking better, but trying to sell a W8 phone for almost twice the price of the Nexus 4 (without a contract) just isn't working out for them.
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    southernshark , February 18, 2013 12:37 AM
    Windows needs to offer a phone with advertisements or something to compete with Google. I bought a new phone last month and wanted a Win 8 phone, but I do not do "contracts" so the cost was 250 more than then Nexus 4. MS can't compete with that much price disparity.
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    redeemer , February 18, 2013 12:45 AM
    Marketing does wonder I mean look at the SG3!
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    mrmez , February 18, 2013 2:40 AM
    Windows Phone will be like Windows OS.

    Every few years it will be "completely redesigned from the ground up", irritating the living $h!t out of everyone who is just used to everything "working"
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    falchard , February 18, 2013 3:26 AM
    lol I always considered Android worse to develop for than Windows Phone.
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    balev , February 18, 2013 4:43 AM
    I highly doubt that, "it's too complex," is the actual reason. It's more likely the MS policy on regulating their phones. Where's their Apple version? Oh, they don't have one. I wonder why...
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    Herr_Koos , February 18, 2013 5:03 AM
    JOSHSKORNA Win 8 phone is like an Android that hasn't been potty trained. When you try using it, all you find is $h!t all over the place and not really at all self-contained.


    So is your wise and well thought-out comment made from personal experience, or are you just regurgitating other people's opinions? I made the switch from Android to WP8 about a month ago, and so for I'm loving every minute of it.
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    soundping , February 18, 2013 5:46 AM
    Starting price at $9,600.
    Vertu is just crazy.
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    Herr_Koos , February 18, 2013 5:53 AM
    bujcriI get only frustration since I switched last week on WP8. There is not even "SMS delivery report" in WP8, of course it's annoying, now I would really hate to pay 20K for a phone and not have "SMS delivery report". Fortunately my Android device is still here


    Of course it has SMS delivery reports! Settings->applications->messaging->SMS delivery confirmation. You are either trolling or haven't bothered to try and look for it.
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    bujcri , February 18, 2013 5:59 AM
    Quote:
    Of course it has SMS delivery reports! Settings->applications->messaging->SMS delivery confirmation. You are either trolling or haven't bothered to try and look for it.


    Well, I guess your phone is WP7. WP8 does not have it.
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    Herr_Koos , February 18, 2013 6:01 AM
    bujcriWell, I guess your phone is WP7. WP8 does not have it.


    Using an HTC 8S, fully updated with latest version of WP8. Look again, you must have missed it.
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