1. Jason Ward's Avatar


    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?
    nate0, fin11, pjazzopardi and 4 others like this.
    07-12-2018 11:42 AM
  2. nate0's Avatar
    Hi Jason.
    I have many different Nokias, a 950 xl, Idol 4s, Japanese Madosma models etc., and even some broken windows phones still sitting. I got interested in the platform during WP8. Haven't been around as long. Yet I'm a Microsoft fan since from the 90's so it was easy for me to take an interest in the OS alone and how it works.

    The OS is secure and to me non-intrusive. The UI and experience is simplified. The way the visual aspect of W10M comes across to me appeals and is easier to look at. I'm not sure quite why exactly. It simply flows together better. For me it is more tolerable than Android because we know they are all flawed in some way or another. The W10M keyboard...I've not used any other handheld vkb like it. When I use Android I yearn to be texting from a W10M UI just because of the mobile kb. For some reason to me Windows 10 mobile is easier to use and maneuver through it while in the hand as a mobile device than Android or iOS. Granted I rarely use Apple's iOS anymore so maybe things have changed for it.. Also I've never been an app person needing very few even when I started out on Android. I'm not into social media either. There's no need for it from my stand point. I can get through life much easier and at times faster with out. In fact I only use a couple of 3rd party apps daily, myTube, mTalk (no longer supported), and sometimes Plex. The rest are core Msft apps built in and that's all I need. I do use Android at times as there are some services that I use locally that don't support Windows mobile, like Offerup. Ironically right now I'm typing this from an S8+, but that's only because I took my sim card out of an idol 4s to use and network unlock the S8+ when I saw your post. I'm not against the other devices or mobile OSes.

    I know not all users are like this and there are even apps Microsoft itself severed from support. This too has had an affect on me. So it's obvious Microsoft is not all in on it like a Samsung, a Sony or a Huawei and it shows.
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    07-12-2018 01:09 PM
  3. pkcable's Avatar
    Sup Jason! I just played around with Windows 10 Mobile with a "firesale" 950. I quite liked it, BUT not enough to sway me from Android and iOS. HOWEVER a good friend, to whom I sold my 950, really loves the platform. After he broke mine. (he works as a home builder, and general contractor) I had to help him find another one! He prefers the tile interface as well as the integration with the Microsoft eco system. I tried to tell him the iOS/Mac has this same level integration, but he just wasn't buying it! He KNOWS that Windows Mobile is perhaps a dying platform, but he still loves it!
    07-13-2018 11:04 AM
  4. vEEP pEEP's Avatar
    I am using my HP Elite x3 and Alcatel Idol 4S. My Nokia 930 had a screen incident it could not recover from. I bought HP in a panic as I had no phone. That is my main phone. Then going on a trip abroad - got the Alcatel new for a cheap price - that was my travel phone. Pretty amazing phones.

    I like the OS - tiles. It integrates will with my home computer. Apps - the ones I need are there. Progressive Web Apps are starting to show up.

    Many thanks to FB, Instagram, WhatsApp, Uber, Twitter for the updates!

    Android and iOS seem clunky in comparison...but yes, you can get used to anything....

    It still does what I need it to do. I just like it
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    07-13-2018 07:30 PM
  5. Ryujingt3's Avatar
    Hi @Jason Ward.

    Unfortunately, when MS decided to discontinue MS Teams for W10M that was the end for me and I moved to Android. However, the 950XL and my last Windows Phone, the Elite X3, are still too of the best phones I have had. As I have said, the essence of Windows Phone, for me, is that you actually enjoy using them. I was more productive on W10M than I am on Android and the overall user experience on the Android OS is not as engaging as W10M either.

    Sadly the app gap killed it for me. Normally that wouldn't have mattered, but this was MS giving up on it's own product so I had no other choice. At least now, on Android, I get all the MS apps I got on Windows Phone. The downside is that my phone is now, simply, just a phone. So now, instead of actually enjoying using my phone and being productive, I am just like everyone else.
    07-14-2018 07:08 AM
  6. TechFreak1's Avatar
    For me personally for awhile it was the integration with Microsoft services, whilst in College all I had to do is add my college email under email + accounts and I could use all the services off my phone.

    The only cumbersome part of it is that it would default to that every time I went into outlook.com, I have several emails and use nothing but outlook.

    Another draw for me is the perfect balance between the closed garden of ios and openness of android. I can side load apps if I wanted to without having to root the device via "the for developers" settings.

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    Then there is that beautiful UX, w
    hich I can change to whatever suits my needs instead of relying on pre-designed widgets, set layouts. I am so accustomed to glancing at my phone that no grid of static icons will ever do.

    I have everything I need on my start screen and use daily, currently I'm listening through the Expeditionary force series (again) despite my audible sub ran out awhile ago.

    If I need to pin more tiles, I can use show more tiles and reduce the display scaling to the lowest setting.

    I have to use Gmail for work..... nothing I can do about that.

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    The other plus is still office.

    @Ryujingt3

    You can still download Microsoft Teams from the store. I was able to sign in with my college email hence why it says "student".
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    07-14-2018 10:23 AM
  7. Ryujingt3's Avatar
    For me personally for awhile it was the integration with Microsoft services, whilst in College all I had to do is add my college email under email + accounts and I could use all the services off my phone.

    The only cumbersome part of it is that it would default to that every time I went into outlook.com, I have several emails and use nothing but outlook.

    Another draw for me is the perfect balance between the closed garden of ios and openness of android. I can side load apps if I wanted to without having to root the device via "the for developers" settings.

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    Then there is that beautiful UX, w
    hich I can change to whatever suits my needs instead of relying on pre-designed widgets, set layouts. I am so accustomed to glancing at my phone that no grid of static icons will ever do.

    I have everything I need on my start screen and use daily, currently I'm listening through the Expeditionary force series (again) despite my audible sub ran out awhile ago.

    If I need to pin more tiles, I can use show more tiles and reduce the display scaling to the lowest setting.

    I have to use Gmail for work..... nothing I can do about that.

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    The other plus is still office.

    @Ryujingt3

    You can still download Microsoft Teams from the store. I was able to sign in with my college email hence why it says "student".
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    Sadly, @TechFreak1, I believe MS Teams will no longer work on W10M after October. So I had to switch to Android.

    https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/...ms-is-retiring
    Last edited by Ryujingt3; 07-15-2018 at 05:51 AM.
    07-15-2018 05:29 AM
  8. TechFreak1's Avatar
    07-18-2018 07:19 AM
  9. Ryujingt3's Avatar
    @Ryujingt3 Well, that sucks.
    Unfortunately it does, yes. That's why I don't seem to blindly follow and believe in MS as much as I used to. They backtrack on their promises and usually sacrifice their own consumers or fans over the bottom line.
    07-21-2018 08:48 PM

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