I share many of David Ruddock's thoughts captured here: Horrible keyboards, no default apps, LOCK IN; I can only image the annoyance of FaceID.
HP just put another nail in the coffin for Microsoft's Windows phones, shelving the last premium Windows phone available. This isn't the final nail, which will be when Microsoft announces that they will stop development on Windows 10 Mobile. That might take a bit longer, but I fully expect it. Microsoft also recently announced that… Continue reading The final nails
When I realized that a switch from Windows on my phone was unavoidable, I was expecting to find a subpar phone experience with more apps. I was wrong. iOS and Android offer experiences that are different from Windows Mobile. I still prefer the homescreen and integrated functionality of my Lumia phone. The closest equivalent to… Continue reading The Surprise Winner
It had to happen. It has. ALL the nails might not be in the coffin yet, but this is a big one. https://www.cnet.com/news/bill-gates-uses-android-phone/ Has anyone heard or seen which Android phone he's using? I'm guessing the Samsung S8 family, since that's being sold by the Windows Store and Microsoft has a bundling arrangement with Samsung.
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)