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||Plumbobby||General Discussion||Mobile||1 year ago||
||Plumbobby||Premium||Mobile||1 year ago||
I had an idea that I wanted to share. I recently (read: finally) switched my wife and I over to Samsung S8, and S8+ respectively. We are both struggling with the transition to Android from windows 10, however it's clear to us that platform doesn't have a future unless Microsoft can sort out the app situation. Or until the world moves on from local apps to universal web apps of some kind as Paul has mentioned.
Anyway I've loaded up the Aero launcher and have began using Microsoft services that brought all my data over from my Lumia 950, so in many ways it's like I never left. One drive even backs up the camera roll. Sweet!
But there are some things Microsoft did better, and I miss them. I was thinking what a shame that they can't just forget first party hardware altogether, and build a launcher that mimics windows 10, including things I miss like how it handles notifications and less... Clutter... And go "all in" on that providing regular updates and features with the benefits of their design language and benefits, but also access to the Google play store. I bet market share of that launcher would exceed W10M quickly anyway. Hell, I'd even pay for it. I know my wife would.
What do you think? Aero launcher is great, but I miss having something official from MS that could bring their best to the android platform. The biggest things I miss are how they handle notifications (toasts which light up once brought out of my pocket), generally clean interface, live tiles (which surprises me since I generally always assumed widgets were better), and the keyboard. Omg the keyboard was amazing compared to anything else I've used yet, so far I'm on SwiftKey. It's the best one I've tried, but the Word flow seems more intuitive by far. Let windows be windows, and do what it is great at, until the mobile position becomes viable. In the meantime extend their design language and services to the largest computing platform in the world, and do it well and in a way that compliments windows.
Sorry for the long post, looking forward to hearing what thoughts are. Also, I wonder if Paul would run Android with a WM10 launcher?
As the title suggests, I wanted to extend a thanks for taking the time to recommend and review solid phone options that are not flagship level phones, and enter the market Value Priced. In Canada, the new iPhones and Galaxy S8’s will run over $1000. I saw an S8 on Ebay for $1250 CAD. I can’t bring myself to pay these prices. I just can’t hand over good money to a vendor for the purpose of increasing their profit margin, past what is reasonable. I’m not wired that way, at all.
So I’ve got my Lumia 950 which I bought second hand in like new condition for $300 CAD, unlocked obviously. But I understand my next device will not be Windows. My wife is still trudging along with her Lumia 830 (also unlocked) that actually runs surprisingly well. But these phones no longer represent a long term solution, as you’ve pointed out many times. Still, I feel like I should be able to pick up a decent phone for in the $400 CAD range that I will be able to use for at least a couple of years without being forced to upgrade hardware for some reason.
So I just want you to know that I appreciate the effort you’re putting into the actual “Value” segment of the market, and I’m looking forward to hearing more from you on that! I may end up going with Galaxy S7’s, as they appear to be a better deal in some ways after the announcement of the S8, but I’m going to wait and see what you have to say about the OnePlus 3T, and Moto G5 Plus first. The micro USB on the G5 Plus kinda throws me off at the moment, to be honest.
When you review these Android sets, do you think you could try to also look into/mention if they have a limited upgrade path for the OS, and what that limit will be? The main thing I like about my Lumia 950 is that it receives regular, patch Tuesday updates being an unlocked phone.
Thanks again, Paul!