- Dec 4, 2013
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?
Honestly I like the four microphones and camera. Great for taking footage at music events and such. I also use the phone to record audio or interviews and it just works, ao why change it?
I had to get anew battery which was challenging but it's ok now.
Facebook works, messaging, email and calendar I use a lot. I csn read books on it fine, manage my OneDrive files and use office fine.
I can use tinder (6tin) and Instagram and YouTube is on the browser. Soundcloud could have better web support, for example.
I'm just used to it honestly and see no reason to throw away a device I paid $500 for. If there's a must use app I can't get I'll take out the Asus Virgo Z00D I got for free from ATT.
I have an offline music collection. It's not nice like the Zune sync was but I can manage. I also like the keyboard nub a lot.
Dark theming and the start menu and tiles are a huge deal for me. I love thr aesthetic