#AskDanWindows Episode 11 - Surface Pro 4 or Surface Book?
After a whirlwind two weeks of Microsoft news and new devices, we're back with another episode of #AskDanWindows!
This week I am fielding 10 more questions from you fine folks sent in over Twitter or email with many (not surprisingly) dealing with those new Lumias.
Let's get to it!
AskDanWindows Episode 11 Questions of the Week
- *Are there any changes to the water rating for Band 2? - @BucksterMcgee
- Do u think projects like Universal apps will help get windows store better developed apps than iOS or Android? - @Avi44Yadav
- Do you think Continuum would work on all Windows 10 Mobile devices regardless of spec, possible through hacks? - @sveldte
- What's happening with the Windows Central universal app? - @SethD_Nelson
- Is the outlook hopeless for Microsoft phone fans on Verizon? - @Jeremy_B82
- For the little time you spent with the 950s, does the camera match the snapper on Samsung Galaxy S6/Note 5? - @baxiabhishek
- Any idea about the led notifications on newly launched Lumia devices, i.e Lumia 950 and 950 XL? - Saurabh S.
- I'm really confused between getting the Surface Pro 4 or the Surface Book. I need power and performance for my daily tasks and activities and was going to get the Surface Pro 4 until the Surface Book was announced. - Tosin I.
- What happened to the stylus for the Lumia 950 XL? – Nabil H. [Answer: See my article on this issue.]
- Why did Microsoft make its band series focused at fitness, when they could have added more Smartwatch features to it, to appeal to more people. / Why does the Microsoft band 2 not run windows 10? – Philip M.
Thanks to everyone who submitted a question and as always, thanks for watching!
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Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.
I want a Surface Book but it's not meant for my use I'll take a Surface Pro 4 Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
I personally tend to "or not".
The Windows Phone app has too many unresvolved, glaring issues (while trying to edit comments the text field is only two lines tall, text jumps in it; edited comments don't appear in their original place, if they were answers to someone else's comment, but below all comments; urls get abbreviated so much, that they are rendered useless).
These are all issues that shouldn't take months to resolve for a somewhat sophisticated developer, but Jay Bennett seems to have abandoned the development of the Windows Phone app.
The "heavy" computing should be done on the "main frame" (aka Windows Phone / iOS / Android devices).
The MSB should strive to become water-resistant and fully scratch-resistant ("MIL"-style).
The MSB should be worry-free when and where to use and wear it (no second thoughts).
The MSB as of today also still has a major fault: its operating temperature range. The current temperature range the MSB is designed to is the commercial temperature range.
On the upper end the commercial temperature range ends at +40°C . Lower temperatures are less of a problem for semiconductors, they even can run faster at lower temps.
The limits for a device is typically the display which fades to work the lower the temperature gets. Higher temperatures slow down internal signal pathes, increase transition times.
The circuitry does not work reliable any more, stumbles, the system behavour become inpredictable and crashes.
40°C is way to low for a device like the MSB. It should be 80°C rather.
Even 80°C can be reached fairly quickly, leaving the MSB on a car's dashboard or on a window sill.
The MSB needs more display real estate.
The MSB should evolve into a real band, a wrist band.
Which requires a special display technology plus a new type of flexible battery. Lots of work and research to do for the MSB team. Guess the real potential for the MSB we will start to see starting with the MSB 3 ...
the MSB 2 is a good start however.
Hope it will sell in good volume so Microsoft can invest more in R&D of this product category. I prefer the MSB it over the Apple Watch as it comes with more and better sensors
and I can replace it more frequently with a new version
as it comes cheaper than the fashionista Apple Watch.