Why I hang out at pools

So working at Best Buy, every time a new product comes out there are a rush of early adopters who come in and buy out all the new stuff, whatever it happens to be.  Past few weeks it has been iPods.  Not a fan but personally but to each his own.  What I’m more concerned with are the customers who come and expect us to have every accessory known to man for a product that just released the week before.  Apple is definitely one of the best when it comes to availability of accessories through the unified dock connector, regardless of how cumbersome and proprietary it ends up being.  What this means is that when an new iPod/iPhone comes out any accessories that previously connected through a dock system, barring no major power differences, should work fine on older accessories. Not only that but case manufacturers jump through hoops to get iPhone/iPod models out the door as quick as possible.  Damn it!  I want to be floating next to this chic with my sleek new WinPho handset convincing her why she’s lame for owning an iPod and I’m cool enough to show her the way to quality electronic entertainment devices that don’t require setting up a timeshare on your soul for Steve Jobs.

Now I’m not so much concerned with speaker docks and the like but what I want to see is a wide availability of cases and other protective items coming out at launch for Windows Phones.  I see this going a long way in the eyes of the consumers who decide to purchase these phones.  Plus this girl on the float is not even going to notice me on the side of the pool waving my arms in the air to get her attention since I’m too scared to get my phone wet… The availability of cases gives these consumers a feel of persistence and acceptance as part of the cell phone OS community.  So far I have yet to see a large group of accessories emerge for any Windows Phone handsets save the obligatory car charger that works with every freaking micro-usb device ever made and why I don’t consider it an accessory.  I’m looking for things like video output devices or docks, connect and external control cables for hooking up your phone to a stereo and not have to walk across my freaking house every time I want to change whatever song happens to be playing.

My biggest want is going to be a quality case.  It’s almost impossible to find a high quality case in a retail store for any phone other than an iPhone.  I will definitely be investing in a decent Otterbox, should the company grace me with their cellular device protecting skills on my upcoming WinPho of choice so that I can stop worrying about my phone getting destroyed and focus on the destruction of my ego when I realize my phone has nothing to do with said girl in float not talking to me.  I’m also considering some sort of charging dock for my nightstand, like I have with my Fuze, as well as some sort of vehicle mount to make using the GPS less of a slosh-around-my-lap-while-I-drive sort of affair.  Maybe I’m just a slave to instant gratification or some other weird personal problems but I think this is going to be a major point of contention for those deciding to switch mobile OS camps.  What accessories are you going to be looking for to match your new Windows Phone or do you even care?

6 COMMENTS

  1. I am looking at getting a Samsung Focus soon after launch and I hope for a few accessories. First off, like you, I want a case. Every manufacturer should ensure that there is device fitting case available when their device launches. Beyond the case, I’d like to have a speaker dock like I have for old Zune 30. I’d also love to have the car mount for GPS.

    It dont have an XBox & it seems like it’s almost an accessory for WP7 so I want one of those too! :)

    Nice article & I think you jump in the pool & go talk to that girl. Offer to be the new accessory in her life…yeah, that’ll work.

  2. While the girl in the picture is a nice accessory, there are a few that I would like to see for the Focus. A nice protective case is a must, my Fuze is so old that I don’t worry about it getting damaged as much. I am looking forward to a nice glass screen since that will resist scratches a lot easier. It would be nice if the phone was compatible with the charge pad out of the box as well. A nice compact video out solution would be another great accessory, but I am not sure that is supported on WP7.

  3. To be honest, I’m probably going to just buy whatever Invisible Shield Zagg puts out for the Venue Pro, and call it good. A car mount would certainly be nice, and I’ll need a new car charger, because they switched form factors on me (bastards), but those aren’t priorities, because I don’t even have a car while I’m at school, so they would be for when I’m back home.

    I don’t see myself buying a really flashy case for my phone, unless it’s a nice looking one, that plays to the same design choices as the phone itself.

  4. @ JD, its funny you mention the Xbox as an accessory because my freind just told me last night “i cant have the coolest phone in the world and not be able to use all the features, so im asking for an Xbox for christmas” i thought it was pretty funny that the phone was telling him to buy an Xbox whereas most people are going to say “well i have the xbox, i should get the phone”

    i agree though, a nice fitting case is a necessity at launch for a phone. i see alot of people that choose a different phone because we have cases in stock for that phone but not for the phone they originally would have chosen

  5. I will be looking forward to having a nice rugged case for my focus. I want it to absorb shock and protect the screen and camera from scratches. I longboard and snowboard so if I fall, I do not want my pretty new phone to get extreemely damaged. Car dock would be amazing too :)

  6. Tilt2 dimensions: 4.57 x 2.33 x 0.66. Surround dimensions: 4.71 x 2.42 x 0.51

    So any case that fit the Tilt2 (w/std battery) a little snug should be about perfect for the Surround. Form fitting is another story. Lets see how the manufacturers respond.

    Micro USB is going to change everything from a dock perspective. Is the USB connector on the bottom of the Surround. I hope so.

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