This excellent article from QZ says it better than I could. It didn't have to be this way; I blame Ballmer. Microsoft still needs to have a mobile platform, but only as an implementation of Windows 10, for use in small devices, with or without telephony. That telephony-optional approach might actually help, for example, eventually… Continue reading Why Windows Phone failed
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
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)
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]
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)
A week ago, I jotted down some of my initial thoughts after using an iPhone for a day. Thanks you for the public and private comments I've received! Here are some of my thoughts after a week of using only an iPhone. This post will be the first of two; the second part is here.… Continue reading iPhone thoughts after a week (1 of 2)
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
So there's credible news about the Pixel 2, Samsung Galaxy S8, and the iPhone 8. If Apple finally gives up on proprietary data cables and goes with USB-C, that could be a game-changer. I'm blogging it here to log the news as my next phone will probably be one of these three.
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!
Engadget just published this straightforward article on how Windows phones had next to zero presence at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this year. This is why I am writing this blog: There is no new hardware on the horizon, only the faintest of rumors about a phantom 'Surface Phone' or the holy grail, a phone… Continue reading Engadget: the hunt for Windows phones