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Windows Phone Day 10 Hello everyone. As you know, I’m doing a series on my switch from iPhone to Windows Phone. I’m doing the series chronologically from the user perspective – telling you about thing in the order I did them. I’m trying to be thoughtful and fair in my blogs and, as usual, it’s taking longer to get them done and posted. May people asked after my last post on apps if I was having buyer’s remorse. So I wanted to do a brief blog to say, no. I’m very happy with my phone and glad I made the change to Windows Phone. I’m going to be truthful about my impressions, but every phone has good and bad things about it. Believe me, you’ll be the second to know if I really don’t like this phone. I’m already confident that’s not going to happen. Stay tuned for the next post, which on customizing my Windows Phone.
This post continues my series on moving from iPhone to Windows Phone. Last time I told you why I switched and gave you my first impressions. In this post I’m going to talk about apps, because, after the phone was configured, then next thing I did was start loading apps. My friends gave me a list of apps they recommended, and I went through my iPhone and made list of the apps that I used and wanted to have on my new phone. Before I get too far, let me talk about Zune. Zune is the PC application that interfaces with a Windows Phone, like iTunes interfaces with an iPhone. It’s worth mentioning, that I didn’t install Zune for two days after I got my Windows Phone. I installed all my apps from my phone without issue. I only installed Zune to transfer in my custom ringtones, but more on that in a later post. The Microsoft Marketplace is a little different that the Apple App store. There are, as you likely know, far fewer apps available (80,000 at last count compared to over one Million for iPhone), but most of the big apps are there. At the end of this post I’ll tell you the apps I recommend and where I see gaps in the Microsoft Marketplace. Navigating the Marketplace on the phone is a little different than the Apple App Store. Windows Phone uses side scrolling much more, which is cool once you’re used to it. You side-scroll to get categories like apps, games, music, and swipe up and down to see the list of apps. There are also collections available to you based on the maker of your phone and carrier (in my case AT&T and Nokia). The first app I installed was Spotify, and I was off and running. I spent the next four hours or so finding apps, installing them, playing with them, and then finding more apps. The must have apps that we all love and user are mostly all there. Apps like Spotify, Facebook, Break.com, You Tube, Yelp, The Weather Channel, Groupon, Google (no you can’t make it the default search engine for the phone), Open Table, TED, Twitter, Wikipedia are all there and are by-in-large excellent. For those of you considering a Windows Phone, here are some lesser known apps that I recommend: Nokia Drive – Map and GPS based, voice guided turn-by-turn directions. Free and every bit as good as Garmin or other $30 turn-by-turn navigators. Free for Nokia users, a real plus! It also has a personality which I will post about later. Pulse – Let’s you pull in content from news and magazine feeds and organize it. Official CNN App – This is a beautifully put together news app Last FM – Internet Radio (no Pandora - see the list at the bottom of this post) SkyDrive - Microsoft’s backup and cloud storage – think iCloud for Windows Phone IN+ Networking – Access to LinkedIn for Windows Phone GasBuddy – Same as on iPhone Stopwatch – The native alarm app doesn’t have a timer or a stopwatch, this is an excellent one! Flashlight-X – Flashlight app So, most of my apps were there, but I’m pretty easy. If you’re moving from iPhone and have some individual apps you love, like a particular todo list app, or note taking app, it may not be available and you might need to find a new one. There are some big gaps in the Microsoft Marketplace from my perspective. Some specific apps like Pandora Internet Radio aren’t there. I have two banks I deal with, one bank had an app, the other did not. That will make things a little less convenient until their app is done. Angry Birds is there, Angry Birds Space is not (but it’s coming), Cut the Rope is not there, etc.. Also, a little disappointing to me, there are significantly fewer apps for children in the Microsoft Marketplace. Microsoft has to address this. Firing up PBS Kids, and giving my iPhone to my daughter and son is how my wife and I make it through dinner out sometimes. PBS Kids isn’t there. Neither are Bob Books. That said, there are many apps, both educational, and entertainment, for children of all ages. There are some Sesame Street apps, but some of the big players simply aren’t represented. In the case of Sesame Street, they are poorly represented compared to iPhone. I’m sure that will change as Windows Phone becomes more popular, but Microsoft, in my opinion, should try to drive more of those apps to their Marketplace. In my next post I’ll talk about configuring and personalizing my Windows Phone.
So I took the leap and moved to Windows Phone. The Lumia 900 looked too good, and I’ve not been that happy with Apple so I did it. I’m going to blog about this experience in detail over the next few days and weeks so that you can see my impressions, as well as the ups and the downs. In this post I’ll tell you why I chose to move away from Apple, and why I chose Windows Phone. I’ll give you my first impressions and how long it took for me to get my phone to that fully functional, indispensable state where all my communications are flowing into it. First, why I moved. I’m tired of Apple. My 3GS has served me well, but it’s very slow since the iOS 5 upgrade. It takes forever to open any app, and trying to take a picture is a joke. On top of that I wasn’t impressed with the iPhone 4S. The hardware isn’t great compared to other hardware available on other platforms and it has the same problems as previous models, such as poor voice and speaker quality. Siri is kind of cool but not worth paying for a new iPhone that’s overpriced. Furthermore, I just don’t see Apple innovating that much. Their products are nice and extremely well refined, but every time I considered buying a new iPhone it just wasn’t worth it to me. Android hasn’t impressed me. There are too many standards, too many form factors, they still have problems with apps getting out of control, and I don’t see that getting a lot better. Microsoft is the dark horse in the mobile race, but I like their approach to app control and the marketplace. When their phones do take off, and there are signs that will happen this year, those approaches will help the platform grow. I’m also stoked about the potential for the platform with Windows 8 coming out. It has the potential to unify the interfaces between PC, tablet and Phone, and give users like me access to all of our apps and data seamlessly across those platforms. Then came Nokia’s Lumia 900. It won Best Phone at CES 2012, and had serious hardware and got good reviews. That was impressive, and it would only cost me $100 to upgrade since I was due for an upgrade. A bunch of my developers ran out and bought the Lumia 900 the day it was released. I checked in with them every few days and they loved it. Then, there was a software problem the caused problems connecting to AT&Ts network. Nothing major, it just required a software update, but Nokia offered buyers a $100 credit for phones purchased by April 20th regardless of whether they were affected by the problem. That meant a free phone for me. I couldn’t pass it up. I had an awesome experience at the AT&T store at Washington Square thanks to Sean T. He got my service moved over and walked me through some things. Within 30 minutes I had the phone fully functional and hooked up to e-mail, calendaring, etc.. Many of the extras, my favorite apps and other things came over the next few hours, but I’ll blog about that separately. But I will make one quick note, I love music and I’m having an easy time with transitioning because I’m a Spotify subscriber, more on that later as well. For now, let me give you my first impressions. The AMOLD screen on this phone is incredible and beautiful. The hardware is very impressive. The voice quality and speaker quality far surpass the iPhone and rival my desk phone in terms of clarity and volume. The phone is also much larger than I’m used to, so I have to get used to that (I need a stretch thumb to reach the back button). So far, after a few hours, I’m very happy. Coming up in the next few blogs I’ll discuss the following:
- Our recommended list of apps.
- Notes on setting up and customizing the phone.
- A Comparison of the Windows Phone interface to the iPhone interface
- The Camera on the Lumia 900
- The Nokia Drive App which has already earned its own blog spot
- Texting and Autocorrect
- A review of navigating the phone
- Working with Music, Zune, and Spotify
- More as it comes up