Reviews that are a blast from the past.


I often watch tech reviews on YouTube or read them on the web. This week I have been struck by the commonality of the views about the Huawei P40 Pro.

Typically, they say something along these lines.

Huawei has a fantastic camera with huge innovation. The software is great. Battery life good. Design and finish premium. However, it can’ be recommended because it has a poor app store.

You could easily replace the word “Huawei” with the word “Windowsphone”. The difference in 2020 is that Google is not actively blocking this but it’s the USA.

Comments (5)

5 responses to “Reviews that are a blast from the past.”

  1. Vladimir Carli

    Outside the US this is a big problem for google and a big push for apple. I know several people who are moving from Huawei to Apple because there is really no good android phone left on the market. If one doesn't like Samsung phones (and there are good reasons not to), there are almost no options on android

    • wright_is

      In reply to Vladimir:

      It is making people think twice about using Android and US based products and services in general. I'm seriously thinking of dropping Microsoft 365 for a home grown and self-run cloud - something like NextCloud.

      • Vladimir Carli

        In reply to wright_is:

        I agree but there is still a lack of EU based reliable and affordable solutions. I don't know anything about complex cloud computing services as Azure. However, Microsoft has a very large advantage with office apps. Especially Word and Excel are almost irreplaceable in many work contexts. But, if we had an EU equivalent of dropbox, businesses would move there in droves

        • wright_is

          In reply to Vladimir:

          Take a look at Strato's HiDrive offering, it has been going for a decade now and they are offering 1TB for a year free of charge.

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  2. jimchamplin

    One could, but I’d rather replace “Huawei” with two words, “Windows Phone.” :)

    Unless of course they styled it differently in your region.

    But no, seriously, that was exactly the same issue only in the case of Windows Phone/10 Mobile it was 100% on Microsoft. They were the ones who thought the developers would be totally fine with having the API changed on them. The switch from 7 to 8 was disastrous and it obliterated the developer story since everyone who had just learned how to develop for this new platform then had to throw all of that away and start completely over.

    And Microsoft thought there was nothing wrong with this. It was just the wrong decision. Hands down the wrong decision.

    Also selling the licenses as if they had any clout whatsoever in the mobile world was like trying to swim against the Mississippi.