This is actually a little surprising; not because of the merits of either platform, but just because Windows Phone 7 hasn’t even arrived in Canada yet and most people don’t even know about it. A poll conducted on behalf of itbusiness.ca shows Canadians will choose Windows Phone 7 over Android for their next smartphone purchase.
More telling of the Canadian smartphone marketplace is that iPhone and Blackberry are far ahead of either Windows Phone 7 or Android.
“Despite Canadians’ lack of awareness about the platform, nine per cent say they plan to buy a Windows Phone 7 device the next time they buy a phone. That just narrowly beats out Android at 8.8 per cent, but is behind iPhone’s iOS (25.9 per cent) and BlackBerry OS (20.5 per cent).”
Certainly, the buying results for this holiday season and the first quarter of 2011 will be interesting to watch. I truly don’t think it will outsell Android initially, but perhaps at some point it will. Either way, at the least this poll shows an excitement level we don’t normally see for Micrsoft products.
Curious about Windows Phone 7? Want to see it up close? Come to the launch event for the Toronto Windows Phone User Group at Microsoft Headquarters on November 16th! Details here