|Subject||Posted By||Forum||Category||Last Activity||Activity|
||DemBones||Microsoft||Mobile||4 years ago||
||DemBones||Microsoft||Hardware||4 years ago||
||DemBones||Microsoft||Paul||4 years ago||
With Windows Mobile, Windows Phone, Windows on a phone, or whatever you want to call it dying a slow death, I've been tempted now more than ever to jump ship back to iOS (last iPhone was an iPhone 4) or Android (Galaxy S3).
I recently got an iPod Touch to use for work as, shockingly, there were a couple apps I needed to use via Wi-Fi that aren't on Windows Phone. Having not regularly used iOS in some time, I was struck by a few things. Number one, iOS is a much more polished experience than Windows 10 Mobile in its current state. No great surprise there, I guess. The overall fit and finish is just better and iOS has been honed to a fine point. That being said, although the skeuomorphism is gone, the basic interface for iOS is largely unchanged since it launched. The perfectly spaced grid of squircles dominates and the (in my opinion) overly simplistic interface just begs for an update. Sure there are Apple's version of Widgets, but overall iOS feels like a 10 year old operating system. For me, the Windows phone interface blows iOS away when it comes to utility, practicality, and user friendliness. As tempted as I am to upgrade to an iPhone 7, I just can't imagine going back to this interface.
To be fair, I haven't used Android in some time, basically since Jelly Bean. However, I can't get past Android's fragmentation and the fact that even the Galaxy S8 ships with an older version and likely will only be updated once in its life cycle and 6 or so months too late. I still am not crazy about Android's interface either. Yes you can download launchers, skins, widgets and the like, but the more you modify it, the laggier, buggier, and more tempremental it seems to get. Maybe that has changed since I last used Android. Also, I'm not that much into the Google ecosystem and not that keen on the too many cooks in the kitchen approach with a lot of Android devices that have the wireless carrier, OEM, and Google all putting their stamp on the device and OS. For my money, Windows phone provides the perfect balance of customizability and predictability (with the following caveats, see below).
Who can guess what the future is for Windows on a phone-like device? Here's what I'd like from Microsoft to keep me from jumping ship to iOS. First, I don't care if they are giving up on the current version of Windows phone 10 in favor of "cellular PCs" running full Windows 10. I get it. However, at the very least, take the current version of Windows 10 Mobile and make it as rock solid stable and bug-free as possible. I still have nagging issues with Bluetooth, Live Tile updates, random re-boots, etc. If you aren't going to add new features, at least make the OS as stable and smooth as possible. If you are working on a Surface Mobile device, micro-PC, ARM-based small screen device, whatever....drop us a hint, give us a preview, do something to entice me to hold on to my 950XL for a few more months with the knowledge that something better is coming. I find the vague responses and coy hints to be non-reassuring and weak. Are you working on something or not? I understand the need for secrecy, but throw your loyal supporters a bone.
Certainly it's no secret the quality control/hardware issues Microsoft has had with the Band 2 from cracked straps, to GPS issues, to battery issues and more. While I really like the device and already miss it, I finally had to throw in the towel as my latest (3rd after the strap had cracked on the previous) one started randomly shutting off and would no longer sync with my phone. Took it to the MSFT store and was told they had no more inventory. They offered me $175 of in store only credit. Weirdly, they wanted the charger too...can't imagine they're trying to refurbish these things. My wife is also on her third one and I finally broke down and got her an Apple Watch for Christmas (she liked the Band beyond the reliability issues). We'll be taking hers back for a refund as well.
The failure rate on these things has to be incredibly high, high enough that MSFT should do the right thing and recall them or allow them to be exchanged for a full refund. While all electronic devices have a certain shelf life, this thing is barely over a year old. Seems like MSFT is sweeping this under the rug as quickly as possible and will be successful given that they probably never sold a lot of them.
I'm not the litigious sort, but I don't think some sort of class action is unreasonable here. To their credit, MSFT exchanged the previous 4 bands with very little hassle, but they need to own up to the fact that these things simply didn't deliver basic quality control.
Another day, another negative Premium post from Paul. It's getting harder and harder to take this site seriously as Paul just seems to come up with some negative spin on everything MSFT. There's really no need to read the article, you know the conclusion. Windows Phone is dead and those who appreciate its strengths are self delusional. Surface products are overpriced, buggy, and have features that apply only to a tiny sliver of people. UWP is an awful failure, Windows 10 is great or terrible (depending on what Paul's mood is apparently), etc., etc., etc.
Paul's incessant need to be right, be able to say "I told you so," and find the negative in everything has become tiresome to me. Snark for snark's sake is lazy and adds nothing to the conversation. This site is slowly becoming the Perez Hilton of the tech world (to be fair, Apple and Google also get their fair share of ridicule here). It's a shame Paul is looked to as one of the main sources in the tech world for all things Microsoft.
I don't expect pollyana fanboyism. Fair criticism is fair criticism. The way criticism is presented here is so smug and the way opinion is presented as cold hard fact is the flip side of the fanboy coin. I stopped listening to Windows Weekly months ago as it has basically become a broken record. I won't sign up for Premium here and find myself coming here less and less. For as much as Paul calls out other sites for their clickbait headlines, he's equally as guilty (if not moreso).
Yes, Daniel Rubino can be a bit too rah-rah, but there are other bloggers and other content on WindowsCentral that has merit. Winbeta and Neowin are other decent sources. Despite Paul's negativity, it seems that Microsoft is slowly changing the way the larger tech world sees them. Despite Paul's opinion, I'm not embarrassed to own and enjoy my Surface Book or my Windows Phone. It would be really great if another voice in the blogosphere emerged that presents a more balanced, constructive, and informative voice for those of us who follow Microsoft.