The final nails

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


Why Windows Phone failed

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

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

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

Why THAT phone?

We first bought a Windows phone, the Nokia Lumia 920, when it came out in late 2012. I was still using a Blackberry for work, although I had a lot of hands-on experience with both iPhone and Android devices. My wife was upgrading to this phone from an iPhone 3GS, which she liked well enough, although it… Continue reading Why THAT phone?