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Microsoft: We Need a Phone as Good as the Surface Line ➝

Aaron Souppouris, writing for Engadget:

Speaking to Twit’s Windows Weekly show, Microsoft’s Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) Chris Capossela has admitted that the company’s latest Windows Phones are not enough to reverse the ailing platform’s fortunes. Describing the flagship Lumia 950 as simply “solid,” he told host Leo Laporte and Microsoft journalists Mary Jo Foley and Paul Thurrott that the company has a lot more work to do before it can persuade people to “move from an iPhone to one of [Microsoft’s] phones.”

I would love to see more serious competition in the mobile OS market, but it just feels like it’s too late for Microsoft to catch up.

Microsoft to Unveil ‘Pink’ Phones on Monday ➝

Microsoft has invited the press to an event to be held on April 12. The invitations were received on April 5 and we already know what the event will be focused on. CNET’s Ina Fried has heard that Microsoft will unveil their “Pink” phones.

Ina Fried:

The devices, code-named Pure and Turtle, are both slider phones, each with a touch screen and keyboard, a source told CNET. In the U.S., the devices will run on Verizon Wireless’ network and go on sale within the month following the event.

Paul Thurrott has also stated that this is definitely the Pink phone announcement.

The craziest part about Microsoft’s Pink phones is that from what I’ve gathered, it isn’t going to be based on Windows Phone 7. That could have changed over the past several months, but it appears that Pink is just going to be their replacement for the Sidekick.

On Paul Thurrott’s iPad Impressions ➝

Paul Thurrott recently published his first impressions of the iPad. Here’s some of the interesting parts:

The power plug is the bigger, uglier old-style plug, not the new small, square one you get with iPhone.

That small, square one you get with the iPhone only outputs as much power as a standard USB port. The smaller USB power adapter would take twice as long to charge the iPad as the 10W adapter that comes with it.

Why isn’t this widescreen? It’s so obvious.

It seems that Thurrott is one of the few who hasn’t come to terms with the iPad’s aspect ratio. I think Neven Mrgan had the best explanation for why the iPad isn’t 16:9, he even used a nice visual aid.

There’s only a single speaker. It actually sounds OK but come on: It should [sic] four speakers so there’s always stereo sound, regardless of the screen orientation.

He seriously believes that this device should have four speakers. The hardware speakers aren’t for serious listening, if you plan on doing that I suggest getting yourself a pair of headphones.

This thing is crying out for dual cameras.

I can understand a front-facing camera — like a webcam — but why would you want one on the back of the device as well? I don’t think anyone wants to hold a 1.5 lbs. device straight out in front of them to take a picture, that’s just silly.

And the pièce de résistance:

Anyone who believes this thing is a game changer is a tool.

Wow.