- Jul 11, 2016
Still rocking the 950, still works. Can't wait for it to break so i can justify buying a new device and wash this bitter taste of Nutella's lies and deceit.
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As others have stated here, my dedication to WM10 (Alcatel S4, formerly 950) is from its the PC-like interface (scrolling through open windows, live tiles, personalizing start screen, etc.).
But reading through this thread makes me realize the desperately ill-considered decision by MS to drop WM10 has much more to do with customer habits than even with customer loyalty. Every former WM10 user has now learned how to use Android or IOS, which means that, for them, those UIs are normalized. They may miss WMP but they are getting used to the Android and Apple ecosystems.
I am an educator. When I work with students by computer I am amazed at how little they know how to manage a PC, which they use daily. They don't know keyboard shortcuts, they don't know mouse behavior, and they don't know Alt-Tab window scrolling or even browser tab shortcuts. These are MS clients who know and are comfortable with vastly inferior UIs and therefore have no conception of the power of Windows systems.
Worst of all, MS brilliantly introduced touch across all form factors, yet now abandoned the one that users use more often than any other, their phones, for which MS competitors do not offer touch on laptops or desktops.
Every day I use my beloved S4 I realize how lucky I am not to have to switch my behaviors and basic interface from device to device. MS may or may not bring telephony back to mobile-sized devices, but if not, it will daily further alienate customers from Windows, which, I am told, is as yet important to the company. (Maybe not? The answer will be in a mobile device or not.)
The Verizon model was on sale for about a month or so, from Microsoft directly and a couple enterprise retailers, around October. I own one, it's really way too big but it's the last flagship.(CDMA versions must be a rumor because I could not find one anywhere)
Why Windows phone? I've always loved the idea of having a PC in my pocket, and the evolution of Windows on phone, from Windows Mobile, to Windows Phone to Windows 10 Mobile has embodied that for me to varying degrees over the years.
Beginning in 2006 with the Cingular 2125 running Windows Mobile 5.0 (my first smartphone), my Windows phone journey has ridden the spectacular crests and frustrating valleys that have defined the platform. In fact, what may surprise many who follow my work is that Iinitially rejected Windows Phone 7 as an oversimplified UI and a backward step to Windows Mobile, the powerful, flexible and open mobile OS I loved.
Windows on phone, with its unique approach, is now a fading shadow of what it could've been. Still, Microsoft's enduring Windows on mobile strategy,via the rumored Andromeda device reflects the inspiring ambition Microsoft's previous mobile efforts (though poorly executed) exhibited. Will, the synergy of Windows 10 on a folding pocketable device be a winner? I don't know. Will the device even launch? Microsoft could scrap it. Still, Microsoft's pursuit of a vision to put real PC power in our pockets, via context conforming hardware and software on a device coupled with telephony is inspiring.
So as I contemplate my next move, Microsoft's Andromeda device which will likely be too expensive, or an Android phone, I'm enjoying what inspired me years ago, the Live Tile life, on my Lumia's 950 XL(personal) and 1020 (business)!
So what inspired you to embrace Windows phone and why are you still holding on?
I think you should sell your HP Elite X3 Verizon CDMA version phone to me.The Verizon model was on sale for about a month or so, from Microsoft directly and a couple enterprise retailers, around October. I own one, it's really way too big but it's the last flagship.
My last 10+ years of phones:
samsung i730 -> samsung i770 -> htc 8x -> nokia 928 -> nokia icon -> hp x3
Slack isn't getting any new updates now, if it stops working I will have no choice but to jump ship as that is the most critical thing I do with my phone.
Assuming I can, I aim to give the x3 a year or so more to see if a fabled Microsoft based upgrade comes to fruition.
Here's why: on a recent trip, my Lumia 950 captured much more desirable photos in extreme backlight and night scenes compared to my colleague's latest iPhone X (the most pathetic HDR I ever witnessed). That iPhone X ended up staying inside my colleague's pocket almost all the time. You know how good it felt to have an almost-3-year old phone beat up the latest from Apple? SO DAM* GOOD!