Re: Does Windows 10 mobile has a future in a world of iOS10 and Google Nougat?
With Anniversary Update, Windows 10 Mobile got more polished and it added more features to the OS. But when we compare it with other 2 major mobile operating systems- iOS and Android, does it stand a chance to survive?
The other OSs are supported with devices like iPhone7/6S, Samsung S7/EDGE, LG V10/20. The list goes on with the best in class phones. While our beloved Windows 10 mobile has Lumia 950/XL and HP Elite X3. Days of Lumia 950 series are almost over and Elite X3 is being targeted to the Business users.
With no new Lumia coming and a rumoured Surface Phone(we don't even know if it is real), where are we going with Windows 10 mobile. Will the OS survive?
Just wanted to know the views of people who love Windows 10 mobile. Thank You
Interesting question, maybe related to this poll
asking whether there will be another Windows Phone after the Elite X3. Read the poll carefully, it's mega confusing.
I think the main question is apps apps apps, but aside from that it would be interesting to compare OS on its own. Does WP10 do things better or miss anything important compared to Android and iOS? (I'm sure there's another thread on this somewhere, anyone?)
Features where WP leads or competes:
for me are still a winner. I'm not a huge fan of widgets, I really like the clean look of the WP start screen. The transparent tiles are awesome, I love being able to change the whole look of the tiles by changing the background pic.
I think volume and track control
on WP is miles better than on iOS. I love that we can get the full play/volume control by pressing volume up. A tiny thing I like: I can tap and drag the volume bar anywhere I like, I don't need to carefully grab a 'handle' on the volume bar. It's the little things.
is heading in the right direction, but it's still very broken for me. I get the sense that this is better for iOS on a mac, not sure. Does Android have anything like that? A Windows app that can show and dismiss Android notifications? If not, this is a major plus for WP.
I also love that we can peek at the date
by partly pulling down the notification shade. On iOS I need to pull their notification page way down, and even then I might be on the wrong page.
Not an OS thing, but I love the hardware camera button
The glance screen
is fantastic, I'd miss that on iOS. I think some Android phones do this now?
I love that the start screen can pan
forever, as opposed to the screen-by-screen movement on iOS. Android now has the infinite app drawer which is a similar feel, but that shows all installed apps, so not quite the same. A win for WP10 imo.
I've started using this a bit more. Neither Android or iOS have anything like it.. yet.
MS is good at keeping things up to date and safe. So is Apple, and so is Google on its own devices, but other Android phones are at relatively high risk
WP and Android allow mounting as an external drive
, iOS does but with the most severe limitations.
Features where WP lags:
Somehow it seems like Apple and Google are willing to refine the design
a lot over the various releases. Google Now looks a million times more fresh and clean than the clunky Cortana page. Page transitions and transparency effects look fancier and well-designed on iOS. In the early days the stark look of WP stood out compared to the static grid of icons on iOS and Android. Remember when the tile animations on WP felt amazingly cool?
Those days are gone, to me the others look better taken care of by now.
Personally I get the sense that NFC payments
work better on the others (don't use it, so not sure).
The maps app and in particular the POI database
in WP is inferior to Google's, so until a Google Maps app appears on WP (which is never) or until MS vastly improves the POI database, imo WP lags on that front.
That's it for now. It sounds like I really enjoy WP10.
Now like the Beatles used to sing: "All we need is apps!" (is that how the song goes?)