What I miss so far, and what I don’t

In light of Apple's recent announcement that iOS 11 will have some kind of driving mode, I wanted to call out some of the outstanding features of Windows Mobile that I miss, starting with... Driving Mode Windows phones are great in cars. The Gadgets system app will remember where you parked, which is cool, but… Continue reading What I miss so far, and what I don’t

Android dreams of a Windows sheep (2 of 2)

In part 1 of this post, I discussed what I like about Android, what I didn't like, and my experience with Google's Project Fi. This post will conclude my initial impressions of Android, listing some general disappointments, and what I missed most from Windows and from iOS. A quick update on Project Fi, since my… Continue reading Android dreams of a Windows sheep (2 of 2)

Android dreams of a Windows sheep (1 of 2) [UPDATED]

I had my iPhone week. Since then, I've been carrying two Android phones. Well, one and a half (more on that coming up). (It's taken me longer to write this up for a number or reasons, so, yeah, this is my obligatory sorry-I-haven't-written-in-a-while blog post.) To test out Android, I had a Google/Huawei Nexus 6P on… Continue reading Android dreams of a Windows sheep (1 of 2) [UPDATED]

iPhone thoughts after a week (2 of 2)

This is the second part of a two-part post. In the first part, I discussed generally what I liked and didn't like about my use of the iPhone for a week. Here are the rest of my thoughts on how the week went. http://www.publicdomainpictures.net/pictures/20000/velka/sad-child-portrait.jpg Disappointments Coming from Windows phones, one can get discouraged, hearing about… Continue reading iPhone thoughts after a week (2 of 2)

Google is making the same mistakes Microsoft made

This LA Times article highlights some of the mistakes Google has made with the Pixel phones, selling at about the combined market for all Windows phones a year ago. So, since the Pixel really appeals to me at least on paper, I have to wonder: Why? Why does Google seem to be handing the smartphone market… Continue reading Google is making the same mistakes Microsoft made

20 or so iPhone first impressions; help me out!

Now that I've spent a day using the iPhone and a day using the Galaxy 6, here is a lazy, laundry list of notes on the iPhone. It's mostly frustrations, which is to be expected when going deep on a new operating system. Help me out! Please comment—and correct me— if possible, and refer to… Continue reading 20 or so iPhone first impressions; help me out!

The Lumia 1020: The best camera-phone

Using the Lumia 920 that we chose in 2012, we discovered that it took amazing pictures (for a 2012 device). It had features like optical image stabilization (OIS) that wouldn't show up in the iPhone for years. We discovered a robust operating system with plenty of apps—although we would have liked to have seen a lot… Continue reading The Lumia 1020: The best camera-phone