Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Nokia Lumia 900 Windows Phone on AT&T won't appeal to medical professionals

Several years ago, I used to be an avid Windows Mobile user. In fact, I knew many physicians, medical students, and other health care professionals who preferred the Windows Mobile interface over the Palm OS. It's hard to imagine those days when the Palm Treo was the dominant device in the health care sector.

Fast forward to 2012 where the overwhelming majority of medical professionals use the iPhone, an Android smartphone, or a BlackBerry. Palm is out of the picture and some people are wondering what Microsoft is going to do.

Nokia and Microsoft have teamed together to reveal the Lumia 900. This smartphone runs the Windows Phone OS and is going to be available on AT&T. Will this be a smartphone that's going to capture the attention of medical professionals?

The Lumia 900 appears to be a great smartphone for your average consumer, but I doubt that medical professionals will embrace this new device. This new smartphone won't appeal to medical professionals because of the lack of medical apps in the Windows Phone "App Store." Android apps are quickly catching up to iOS. BlackBerry is losing traction in the medical apps space. Windows Phone has a very long way to catch up.

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