Sprint's product chief Fared Adib
On Thursday February 24th, Sprint will announce its first Windows Phone. It will be an HTC 7 Pro, but renamed Arrive, specifically for Sprint. Let me be clear upfront, this looks to be a quality landscape sliding keyboard device. But that’s the problem - Sprint almost exclusively releases landscape keyboard sliders. For those of us who want a larger screen, without the thickness of a keyboard, our best bet is the Evo 4G, which is among one of the thickest, if not the thickest, slate device on the market today. Why can’t we get hardware on par with the Droid X, or Droid Incredible? Or speaking WP7 hardware, why can’t Sprint get something comparable to the Samsung Focus, which has a brilliant 4” SAMOLED, and is about as thin as an iPhone 4.
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Since the release of the Evo 4G, Sprint has yet to release another slate device, but has managed to release several landscape sliders. If we compare Sprint to the other American CDMA carrier, Verizon, we see how behind Sprint is. Since the time that the Evo 4G was released, Verizon has released the following comparable devices:
I’m not an expert on the process of getting a phone to market, but I can say with some level of certainty that the only thing preventing Sprint from releasing a slate device comparable to Verizon’s offerings is incompetence. It is painful to see how disconnected Sprint is from their customer base. If you Google “Sprint WP7”, the first page that comes up is a petition for sprint to release a Windows Phone with the HD2 form factor - A sleek, slate device, with large screen.
In today’s phone market, carriers are winning over new customers on the devices they carry. If Sprint wants to attract new customers, they will fire their product chief Fared Adib and hire someone who will stop embarrassing them with phones like the Echo, which literally echo’s the form factor of a brick as its design inspiration, and comes standard with an extra battery due to poor battery life.
Sprint needs to stop releasing so many landscape sliders and start releasing more sleek slate phones.