- 12-17-2012, 10:51 AM #1
Just to give you guys a little background for context. I work at a casino in NY as a slot tech, and our departments office is integrated with the rest of the IT department. Most of the other IT personal that work there carry some kind of Android phone, and the supervisors carry iPhones. I used to be on the Android bandwagon, but I have converted to windows phone 8 and a lovely red Lumia 920. Well the other day I was up in my office browsing Reddit on my Lumia waiting for the day shift to get there, and all of a sudden I start to hear whispers coming from behind me. The loudest being "It's a windows phone." I turn around to see 5 of my co-workers just staring at me. Anyone else get this reaction from people?
12-17-2012, 11:16 AM #3
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I work for a supercomputer center. Most of my co-workers are fairly dismissive of my choice to go windows phone. Most of them hate Microsoft though, so its not on the phone's merits.
None of them have really given one a whirl though, and I don't run around showing it off... so they don't really know anything about the pros and cons.
- 12-17-2012, 11:30 AM #4
My brother is working as a sys admin in a gaming company. I introduced him to smartphones, he even used my old Desire HD for a year. In his company EVERYONE is using android or iPhones and when he told his colleagues that I just switched to a Lumia800 they reportedly were shaking their heads. Last thing I heard is that one of those guys was showing off his win8 tablet (he was happy with it). Suddenly Microsoft and Live Tiles are cool again ;)
Btw. I visited my brother in Hamburg last weekend. He got a Padfone nowadays (cool device I have to admit) and was using Google Maps for showing me and my family around in the city. At one occasion he was asking ME for the right direction because Google Maps screwed it up. I quickly pulled my Lumia800, launched CityLens and told him which way to go :D
- 12-17-2012, 11:47 AM #5
I'm friendly with the IT guys at my work and I got mixed reactions. 2 of them are Android sackriders, one is an iPhone sackrider. They just kind of look at my phone as an amusing curiosity. The head of the IT department is a self-described "Microsoft fan boy" though, and he was very interested in my phone. He actually bought a Samsung Core i5 tablet a while ago and was running Win 8 on it, it was the first time I saw Win 8.
12-17-2012, 12:06 PM #6
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- 12-17-2012, 01:41 PM #9
So anyone that isn't on the Windows Phone bandwagon is called a sack-rider? Lovely, and I suppose suckling on the teet of Nokia and Microsoft is all the rage these days.
Here's the deal. Companies run on Microsoft. Desktops are running Windows XP still. It will be years before tablet use is mainstream and another decade before you see more diversity in the desktop OS front. On the consumer side you have combinations of Windows / Mac / Linux / BSD.
Did he just say BSD?
Yes, I did.
When I had a Lumia I showed off my baby to the IT guys. They loved it for its simplicity but the marketing slogan "There's an app for that" was quickly touted as the missing link for Windows Phone. Windows Phone 8 is not a field of dreams - it has to be the destination for developers and consumers alike. Right now there is more money to be had with iOS and Android. It's going to take a large developer to publicly acknowledge and pledge support for the platform and quickly (same day) release an exclusive app that blows the competition out of the water and highlights the strengths of the platform.
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- 12-17-2012, 11:33 PM #13
Today couple of guys at work were complaint about our business cards having qr codes on them they were like you gotta open phone find the app and all I was like what are you talking about I just hit this button then tap here and bam they were just like damn
- 12-18-2012, 10:00 AM #15
Well I'm the only I.T person in my company. I'm currently using a Blackberry Curve 9300. My 920 arrives on Christmas day.
Some of the managers/directors have iPhone 4s's... But no one here is really that tech savvy.
I might probably get "What kind of phone is that?" .. That's about it.
- 12-18-2012, 10:04 AM #16
I am one of three in my company's IT department (I'm the "developer guy", we have a "tech support guy" and a "network admin" guy who is also the department manager.) We're not a big BYOD shop (we were all BB then we swapped out for iPhone and a few Androids), but we're trying it out. Rather, I should say, *I* am the guy who is trying out BYOD. When I first brought in my white 920, the "tech support guy" was blown away by the screen and dug the device, but the "network admin" guy thought it looked cheap. We both thought he was insane.
When I swapped it for an 8X they both liked the form factor better, and the "network admin guy" didn't think it looked cheap, but the blue was too much.
Finally, when I swapped it for an 820, they were both suitably impressed. They liked the screen, solidity, and the form factor, and the "network admin" guy had some experience with Windows Phone (we both tested an HTC WP7 device about a year or so ago when we switched corporate carriers) and said he liked the OS.
They both said, however, "Wow... I didn't know Nokia was still in business." =/
12-18-2012, 10:11 AM #17
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I have found quite the opposite.
Brother is a systems administrator, and many of the partners they deal with are pro-Microsoft. I would say in the circles I'm familiar with, more lean this way.
He loves the direction Windows is going, and hopes the WP picks up steam.
From people who have a negative view, just ask them to take a look. I wouldn't honestly review the iOS or Android experience without first trying it. I like technology, period. If Apple makes something cool/interesting/worthwhile, the fact I like my WP8 doesn't mean I will bash it.
12-18-2012, 11:08 AM #18
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I imagine laughter. As a computer science major at my school, that's the reaction I got from my peers when I got my red 920 at launch and we discovered that it couldn't connect to our secure, enterprise wifi network :(
They did like the color though.
- 12-18-2012, 11:51 AM #19
I had an iPhone for 2 years and just got bored of the look. The OS is very stable and no one can knock it really. The hardware on the other hand I have learnt to accept is massively overpriced. I work for a major IT company in the UK. I kid you not when I say I am probably the only one (out of thosands) that has a WP. You can probably guess some of the remarks.
12-18-2012, 12:16 PM #20
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My IT department is "meh" too many company riders we have a Windows guy (me), Apple guy, Linux guy etc so in terms of streamlining you know emotions come into play and its hard to streamline a specific product or services company wide.
IT is a game of pointing fingers it's Microsoft's fault, it's Juniper's fault its whoever's fault. The way I would vision IT is more streamlining, stick to one to 3 ecosystems that work and minimize the fingers game. So for IT in general we have MS providing the server side services, Juniper providing the network, Windows, Windows Phone, Surface, Apple mobile in the front end.
I'm trying to streamline Surface Pro next year Jan/Feb 2013 and if head of departments love the device I'm going to try streamlining Windows Phone 8's. Only problem with phones is that theirs too much politics I wish I can easily buy phones in bulk unlocked but meh to bad I can't.
12-18-2012, 11:24 PM #24
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I'm the system administrator where I work... my boss, the Director of IT, has a Galaxy S3 but is interested in the WP platform... he just hasn't bothered to make the switch, because he's not upgrade eligible right now. We also find it helpful to have an Android phone around for support since most of our staff has them. He, like me and our desktop support specialist, is definitely a Microsoft guy. He hates Apple, possibly more than I do. Our desktop support specialist is on Verizon and has a Trophy. She's not eligible for an upgrade yet either, but she really likes Windows Phone too, but not the 920... says it's too big for her hands. She prefers the 8X. She would never own an Apple and finds Android to be overly complicated.
Everybody else knows not to trash WP around me... because I challenge them back. I'll pull out my phone and ask them, show me something you do on your phone every day... then I pull a Ben Rudolph and show them how much faster and easier I can do it. And even now with Lenses like CamWow, I can beat them on the Instagram stuff. Honestly though, most people are quite impressed when I show them my 920... it's red, so it really stands out, and once I show them a few features, they either grumble about their phone or they cling to their phones like it's "my precious". I was having a conversation with a coworker about the Lumia (he specifically asked), and another one (a girl with an iPhone) interrupted just to say, "I love my phone too... it's awesome." I just ignored her and continued my conversation, using my phone display with a key.
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