I agree with you about the OS running beautifully on leaned out devices; however, I feel specs are still important. While Apple may not have the most powerful chipsets, the users never feel like they are buying into an obsolete device because there's only one released a year; where there's always a king emerging every other month on android. Since WP is a platform with more than one manufacturer, I feel people will weigh specs accordingly. Many phone geeks(like myself and phone geek friends) would still like to see HD displays, superior optics, quality DAC's, and multi core RAM monsters make it to the WP platform.
Originally Posted by sirosisofliver
That said, I find the specs really limit the app experience, and while I'm not using my mobile device to run games, I still notice some of the heavy to start apps can certainly benefit from beefier specs.
IE: I no longer use accuweather for my phone because it takes too long to open
Flashlight-X(arguably the best flashlight app in existence) takes a few seconds to load and activate the flash.
Also, OT but on a related note to the video: it would be cool as hell if a manufacturer like Nokia takes it upon themselves to create utility specific phones. What I mean by this is, instead of trying to round out features on a phone so they can fit it in a slender profile, they can manufacture phones which express a particular attribute, to appeal to hobbyists or people that would actually appreciate the engineering.
Trackdown: phone with the fastest GPS lock and solid compass; hardware is so focused, that it can hold a lock in most tunnels. Target users would be commuters, outdoor recreational sports(like hikers, hunters, or anyone that just likes to get lost)
Camera Junkie: Pureview with massive aperture, image processor and body built to acommodate SLR lenses
Audiophile: Superior DAC for the most discriminant listener and amp capable of driving power hungry headphones.<-I would be in heaven if someone paid attention to this
Imagine, a DSLR that doubles as a smartphonephone; a phone with monsterous reception; a tracking device with insanely reliable lock.. Each device tailored to excel at a specific hobby, passion, utility. I'm sure it would complicate manufacturing, but if a company like Nokia could pull it off, not only would they get recognition, but WP could become a widely recognized OS for the hobbyists and geeks out there.