Why do you still use your Windows phone?
There's 0.1 percent of us left, but that 0.1 is still a decent number of people. Why are you still using your Windows phone?
It's clear that at this point: the only people left using Windows phones are crazy people. I'm a crazy person, and I'm happy to admit that. I absolutely love my Lumia 950 and HP Elite x3, and after using an iPhone 7 for a whole month, I couldn't wait to get back to my beloved Windows phone. But that got me wondering, why do you guys use Windows phone?
I think if I'm asking you guys, I should also explain why I still use Windows phone too. I guess my reasoning extends back to that I like being in Microsoft's ecosystem, however good or bad their software or services may be. I've been a Windows phone fan ever since Windows Mobile 6.5 with the HTC HD2, through Windows Phone 7 with the HTC 7 Mozart, Windows Phone 8 with the Lumia 925 and Windows 10 Mobile with my Lumia 950.
The platform's setbacks, bugs and lack of hardware hasn't ever been an issue for me. Heck, even the lack of apps isn't something I generally care about. I don't use many apps, with Microsoft Edge being sufficient enough for my eBay, Amazon, PayPal and banking needs. Everything else I do on a phone has an app available on Windows phone. Twitter, ReddPlanet for Reddit, myTube for YouTube, Huetro for Hue, Instagram, WhatsApp, Slack, and whatever else.
Admittedly, a few of those apps are third-party apps, but that doesn't mean much to me. In fact, more often than not, the third-party apps are better than their first-party alternatives. That's a fact for the likes of YouTube, with myTube having much more functionality over the official YouTube apps on iOS and Android.
Then there's the Start Screen, which in my opinion is still the best "home screen" experience on any mobile platform right now. I really dislike Android launchers, and the iOS launcher isn't fun at all. I like being able to customize my Start Screen in any way I like, coming up with a different design almost every time. I'm really in love with my current Start Screen, with the layout, colours and tiles looking perfect.
I'm not trying to sugar-coat Windows 10 Mobile, because I know it sucks for most people. But for me, it's everything I want and need from a mobile platform. I know the platform is now more aimed at Enterprise markets rather than consumers, but that doesn't really mean anything to me. At most, it means future hardware will be less consumer-friendly, but apart from that I still get to use my favorite mobile platform without it being "dead" as so many seem to think.
But that's just me, I want to know: why do YOU still choose to use Windows phone? Are you like me, wanting to be apart of Microsoft's ecosystem? Do you like the platform? Or are you someone who foolishly bought into the platform and now can't get out until your phone contract is up? I'll be reading your comments!
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Dark on 640xl
I experienced some of the same issues you listed.
It was an extremely sad day for me, too. My eyes were moist.
Considering I will have to give the L735 to my mom, I will at least have the 5.5 FHD screen and the 3GB of RAM, along with the Helio P10 chipset to make up for the other inconveniences. I wish we had cheaper midranges like this one on Windows
If they can make continuum support output to two monitors, I'll be heaven!
Edit: "edge, Cortana, PDF files, shortcuts, pinned items, oneDrive folders, etc." - your duplicated steps to make it sound like more. Edge handles PDFs. Shortcuts & pinned items? They're different? Moreover, even if those things are that seamless, its far from a hassle without *any* phone, let alone saying, "you must not be doing much business travel." you're probably saving a handful of minutes every trip. Seems like somebody likes to exaggerate.
I have had several PocketPCs, HTC7, Lumia 520, 635 Dual-Sim, 640 (great phone!), and now a 950XL I bought two weeks ago.
As a developer, I have tried Android, but they simply make development too difficult compared with Windows Phone, likewise iPhone.
I have developed several Windows Phone apps, some for sale and some for my own use, and (in relative terms) it is a breeze compared with Android and iOS. As a user, the Windows user experience is streets ahead of the other two major players. It was clearly brought to fruition by designers, not by nerds!
•The flow keyboard is flawless in portrait mode. In landscape mode, the accuracy is horribly off There are so many more issues, but id like to add that these all occur on both my 1520,my 950XL and my friends 950XL (as well as my 950XL having being returned once to 'supposably' deal with the inevitable sluggishness that occurs over time). Dont get me wrong. The concept of Windows 10 Mobile is great. Windows 10 runs like a beats on my Surface Book. But as I have heard so many other people say, if they required the builders of Windows 10 Mobile to use a Windows 10 Mobile phone as their daily user, they would notice all of these small hiccups and take care of them. Its obvious that they dont use these Phones or things like not being able to use the notification center to reply to a text when you are in a landscape app would have been fixed a year ago.
Zeiss Lens and Pureview tech
I tried android a few years ago and it sucked.
I have an iPad, but don't like Apples iOS interface, or their corporate culture/ego.
- I really like the design and functionality of my Lumia 950xl hardware wise, no matter what the majority says about it
- I keep waiting in hope that w10m will get really good one day, when we truly get the 'one windows' philosophy we got promised so long ago, plus all the small things that are missing
- I do like the UI best, still
- I don't really see any alternative
1 - they don't really need a smartphone and are contempt with a smarta*se phone (not dumb but not smart either) : 2 - they're blind fanboys that keep repeating to themselves WP isn't dead when it's already rotting; 3 - They're just plain stubborn. Kinda like those people who insist in going down with the ship.
I won't say I am with windows coz it is the best..(I feel iOS is better than the others..though it is a closed OS) but, windows isn't causing me too much trouble either..after about 2 years, my Lumia 730 still runs great..better than my bf's Moto G2..though I feel performance on win8.1 was better..but app support seems to get better in future..though I still doubt that will ever improve..
So, though I don't really enjoy using Windows, but I really love certain things..like the live tiles..I just hope windows improves..and they focus on mobile section..coz I ain't got money to get another phone..and in my budget, windows is the only platform that works properly..for long years..
I prefer mail and People to other other built in options on iOS and Android.
Maps - the ability to download a state.
Stability - yes, with its quirks, its still more stable than Android on my HTC m9. I get application crashes almost daily. Sharing an image from Chrome to a text recipient crashes every single time. While its of no use to me now, I like the promise of what Continuum could one day be.
Instead it turns out W10M is an even worse, unfinished, inconsistent, unreliable, half baked pile of garbage that can't even maintain a stable connection with Microsoft's own wearable (literally Android without the app selection) and now I'm stuck with it until I pay it off and buy a different phone.
Of course, I can pay it off now and let a poor family member have my Idol 4s but that's just not fair to them. Plus I'm waiting for a possible iPhone SE refresh.
I don't use much app and the ecosystem is awesome.
No one can beat Microsoft in ecosystem, I have used android but was not able to resist windows os.
So finally I had to change over, for me whatever apps I require it's there in the store
I am sure every crazy windows phone user of current time must have had the similar experience some where buried in his head, where modest windows phone transcended the performance of high end androids of those times..
I like to be a part of MS ecosystem. I like how MS is providing services to every platform. All my music is in OneDrive, I put all my notes in OneNote, my to-do's in Wunderlist (now Cheshire), etc.
I like how the direction of MS is always towards a better and unified experience.
Settings on w10m are the best (compared to other platforms, I feel nausea when I open Android settings).
I like how OS is slowly improving, and the feedback system is extremely unique. I also use Android (lollipop) on my Nexus 7, but I find experience on my windows phone better. That said, I hope Pinterest and Linkedin bring their apps to w10.
And I really hope MS focuses on the mobile side.
My tasks are divided b/w both devices, but I personally like to have Windows as a 'Phone', and tab for browsing and watching movies.
The other reason I get along with the low number of apps is my nature. I don't do social media, I hate mobile games (I have PC and PS3), and most of my hobbies depend on videos/books/physical activity. I'm planning that if MS ditches mobile in RS3, I'll switch to android as a main device. Mostly because there are no new wp devices (worldwide) and we still don't know MS's plan regarding mobile.
The camera is better, the screen ia better, its faster, and I hate the cursed screen. Im always touching something im not aware of.....
Let's not forget the potential of Continuum and UWP - through which Microsoft is, in my view, uniquely positioned to do some amazing things across Windows Mobile, PC, XBox, etc. I do prefer Windows Mobile to the competitors, but I'm excited to see how this potential evolves. It's not beyond possibility to see 0.1% mobile market share turn into 10+ over a relatively short time if Microsoft can leverage this potential effectively, which, I think, is the real goal.
The camera is great and does a terrifc job. If I were to buy / had to buy a new phone today
I would buy an Android phone. Given the current narrative from Microsoft regarding Windows Phone / W10M
I see no reason to stick to Windows Phone other than already owning one. Regarding Windows Phone / W10M / Windows-on-ARM
there's a whole lot of pie-in-the-sky at the moment. Once all this smoke has cleared I might be to reconsider my decision- If I don't hear anything explicit/concise and convincing from Microsoft
I'll remain in a go-Android default-mode. So it's all up to Microsoft. - -
2) universal apps
Then, first phone was a 3310, then a 7370 (for the color screen), then an express music (for well the music), then a 920 (because i wanted this one), then a 1020 (for the photo part), then a 950XL (for Win10, continuum, photo, screen size, and the fact that no one has my phone at home/friends'/work even if i converted people to windows phone). No problem with the app gap (use only one android app, on bluestacks : simpson tapped out, and quite no more actually), and such in love with the personnalization of the windows mobile, from 8 to 10.
Really, mostly for the personnalization. None is comparable to Win 8/10 for that.
And probably because i have a win 10 computer, a surface pro 3, so having a windows phone is 'quite' logical.
And at the WP 8 times, I loved the app hub where you were able to send facebook messenger texts as sms. This was absolutely useful. Too bad it can't be done anymore.
Ho, and no apple/android friends' smartphone i've tried have such a deep black screen for videos. Gorgeous.
The lack of a blinky notification light is also something I highly value - glance does a great job without being a constant distraction from what I need to be doing at work. I mean, other than right after you check your notifications, when are those lights not blinking?
I did try to go back to Android, but it was just too much of a mess - useful widgets take up too much space, the lack of a consistent design language just made the UI too chaotic, and all of the 'improved' default apps usually messed something up (don't get me started on Samsung apps - I've never seen such a lack of understanding of how IMAP should work. I mean, really, when I delete an email, it is supposed to clear it from all my devices and the server, not show up again a minutes later as a 'new message' - along with a blinky notification light to further distract me).
My phone is a dang desktop like user experience when I want it to be. No other mobile platform provides that. I am a professional who needs access to a full featured virtual network lab environment at all times to build custom Windows system images. Continuum provides me just that. Remote Desktop to my dev environment while connected to a large HD monitor, mouse and keyboard... people just don't understand how amazing that is. Hell, if people would give it a chance they'd see that a docked Continuum capable phone is likely to meet all the needs of 90% of consumers too. As far as apps, you said it Zac. The third party apps are superior to First party apps anyway... aaand believe it or not, they are almost all there. I think Windows 10 Mobile has failed as a mainstream platform for one reason more than anything... the Facebook, Google, Snapchat... and the like... they don't like the idea of you not having to enter their app with all it's branding glory and instead just glancing it on the home screen. That doesn't do much for them as far as gaining and retaining mind share, promoting their brand. The MS philosophy of mobile apps has always been the best for the consumer but the worst for the application vendors. For that reason MS has gotten bad rap for not having all the backing of the app vendors in the way of native apps.
Windows 10 mobile is perfect and was really good but they came to market late and didn't make it free for OEMs like Google and that's what killed it.
But, I still love it, I wish they would do more with it and just not maintain it artificially.
and not only this there are so many reasons for me to love windows phone. like i'm not getting any nonsense unusable advertisement notification on my windows phone like in android
apart from applications lock protection. For me windows os stand's up from other os
My Lumia 640 is dying and no high-end Windows Phones convince me in terms of specs. However, on android, I'll use "Launcher 10" because it's the only launcher that TRULY has the authentic look and feel of W10M ( https://www.windowscentral.com/e?link=https2F2F... ) and essential Microsoft apps like OneDrive, Outlook, Groove, etc.
I guess my only reasons for staying are my loyalty and trust in Microsoft + Edge and live tiles (you are still going to miss these if you consider leaving for another OS)
Why? I like the way it looks, I love the hardware (loving my Lumja 650), I like the fact that it actually fits my low app lifestyle.
But there is a certain something that brings me back, but I couldn't say what it is.
For the rest, my 950xl is for me the best handy. It's a very good photo phone and a very productive tool, with office suite, continuum, OneDrive and the last but not least, Cortana everywhere.
Fb, twitter, WhatsApp, Skype and it's all for me.
It's clear that Windows Mobiles are not made for "young people" who care about games and good social apps.
It's a productive device, not a toy. I'm sure with a good strategy and marketing, WM would keep more than 0,1%
Seamless integration of the cloud.
Frequent OS updates.
My 950xl doesn't explode. Can swap battery if it dies.
Many other features. All I need is more apps from companies'.
I'm looking for prefect alternative but can't find one. Maybe only Nokia can give me that again.
It's camera & OS fluidity is the main reason I'm unable to drop it!
LIve Tiles, Dark Theme, Glance Screen, Cortana these are just a few of the things I like about Windows.
Dell venue pro
One more Lumia 920
Lumia 950 XL
I also had lots of cheap lumias like: 520, 640 etc. I can't stand an iPhone, neither android, believe me I’ve tried so many time switching to those platforms and finding myself missing my windows phones. I think this system is so easy to use, so right that all other UIs just don’t look right. No matter how many apps they have. But that’s not the case with windows 10 for PC which I strongly hate! So today I’m using windows 8.1 on my lovely 1520, and windows 10 mobile on my 950 XL. I’m always looking for good deals on windows phone, to have them in stock in case some idiot CEO will decide to kill them.
It actually works well. I'm connected through 4 different mailboxes, the agenda is great (much better than the outlook agenda or built in agenda on android) and the OS is just easy to use and make it look nice...
The live tiles are fantastic to see what is going on in one glance.
And the glance screen is something I never want to miss...
I'm a heavy user: As a sales rep, I make calls in my car over the Bluetooth connection, I'm checking my mails and calendar all the time, and while I'm driving in Brussels, I use Waze to get around more efficient... Battery lifetime is good enough to leave me at 60% at the end of the day (charging in my car). Downsides: Build quality isn't super: third back cover in 1,5 year, second phone (warranty) and wifi isn't always as reliable as I want it to be.
Difficult to find (alternative) apps and accessories in Belgium, and using a WP, you feel like an alien... :-)
2. ui win 10
3. Syncro files pc/phone seamless Most apps i want and ever need, but a bit sad Here Maps no longer is supported... So had to invest in an android to have on travels. Mine Lumia then is backup with sygic as gps and win inbuilt maps but not as sharp as Here.
In all honesty, I might use W10M for now but I doubt I'll use it for long.
I will definitely miss certain features when I make the jump - the clean UI, the start screen (although I feel live tiles aren't as useful as they once were) and the 950XL's fantastic camera.
But all of the Microsoft services I can get on Android, and just general compatibility will be greatly improved elsewhere. Countless times I have found myself in a situation, often as a student, where it'd be beneficial to download an app for some reason but I haven't been able to. Regardless of whether I only download a few more 'new' ones from the Google Play store than I already have on my Lumia, the availability and potential there is great.
Plus, after 5 years with Lumia devices (800,1020,950XL) it'll be quite nice to change it up.
There's a slightly odd thing with Windows Phone that I can only liken to tribalism to some degree; it's a product and I think that the best OS available for you and for the job should be the one you go for, not the one you feel obliged to use.
It'll be a shame to leave it though.
Otherwise, we have few options.
Android lacks on privacy, is confusing, heterogeneous, and its interface doesn't makes my mind. If you want configurability, have to root the phone.
IOS is stable, but is old-fashioned, boring, it seems that renitent dumb-proof software in franchising shops.
Windows Phone/Mobile is dead? They claims for that, but my six devices resist bravely, offering all apps I needs, all my homebanking apps, entertainment apps, video and audio editors, governamental apps, some indexes related to my profession and possibility of easily put a site icon on start screen., as a tile.
Its kind of "sandbox" running clusters transmit a more secure feeling in general use.
Recently, I did clean installations in all of them with MS recovery tool, through my PC, and had a surprisingly improvement in performance, had my radio app back, and everything is working bugless and smoothly.
I have a L930, a L950xl, a L630, a L640xl and had a L1520, broken irrecoverably after a fall, still in excellent conditions before the incident, even passed almost three years of its acquisition, and unquestionably the best Windows Phone device ever, except for its fragile screen.
I have and Ipad mini, a Obex tablet with windows 8.1, a HTC One M7plus and an Android LG G3. I will just leave my madness and Windows Phone/Mobile OS when they finally will be dead and buried. It's very exciting being crazy at this level.
The music player is great, the office is fantastic, I study my powerpoint on my way to work.
I have a Lumia 650 dual SIM, it is low weight, thin, and large screen, for very little money.
As a job phone, it is perfect. I also have an iPhone 5S private, but I mostly use the Lumia when surfing also off work.
I think things are made a lot smarter than in ios. Wife and kids have iPhone 7. Not my thing. Haven't used my iPads either since I got Surface.
With 10 and a Lumia 950 xl, I feel the mobile os has finally come to age. And what then, all bugs sorted, just a smooth user experience? Microsoft kills off the phones. Had to spend a lot of time to find a new 950 xl after my 950 died.
Wp7 and 8...yeah buggy. 10, great and confident!
But mostly it's the GUI. It's so so so superior to android and ios, imho. The tiles idea is the only real innovation I've seen in any OS' GUI since... forever. Note that my pc is a macbook, so I've also been through the pain of this almost-non-existing interoperability. I made the serious mistake of signing up to Windows Insider on my Lumia 830, and it's really testing my devotion. (I had a 820 before, until it it felt and broke). Even on the slow ring I had troubles with Onedrive and the Photo app that eventually forced me to reset the phone. After that, voice navigation stopped working, and photos upload to onedrive is still unreliable. The bad thing about the Insider program is that you can't get out of it until you're back on an official release, and imo it's just silly.
My wife has a 930 (had a 520 before) and although she's not on the Insider program recently she's recently started having troubles with notifications and various instabilities. I mostly blame the poor poor quality of most apps, but it's disappointing nonetheless.
Last year we even bought one Band2 each and we were so happy with it. It is (was) the only serious "wearable" out there. Even my Apple-fan friends were "meh" about their Apple Watch, but the Band was great. In twelve months, the Band's strap broke not one but two times at the same time on both of them and now we've been told that we'll probably get a reimburse check instead of the repaired Bands. It's baffling how Microsoft is willing to throw money out the window (no pun intended) on apparently long-term programs that get eventually killed. One thing is giving it a try like Google did with Glasses, but I can't really understand what's the rationale behind the Lumia and Band fiasco. Oh and let's not forget the Here fiasco... Maps is still not at the same level that Here was when they removed it from the platform. Almost there, but not yet. I'm willing to wait and give the Creators Update a try, but time is ticking out. If the upgrade will make my phone stable again, I'll consider buying a HP Elite in the future or wait some more for a Surface phone announcement.
One thing I want my credit card ap on my phone.
For sure store missing a lot of stuff but this is a mistake of Microsoft that it is not so attractive to developers.
-Top decision: I really dont like iOS and Android art directions. iOS has a saccharine look and Android, well, material design. I'll take Win10 with a dark theme over the designs of a more popular OS any day!
-App and OS updates are more frequent. I say this as an owner and previous user of a GS7. While carriers play a part in timetables, but with the GS8 around the corner, it just now updated to Nougat. Apps update every. single. day. Facebook seems like it updates every other day! By contrast, with an unlocked 950, I can expect OS updates on top of the seldom issued app updates.
-Lack of apps. I dont use many apps to begin with. Granted, I'd like to see a few Android apps come over to Windows but this is not and has not been a major pit fall for me.
-As an owner of a PC, Kinects, X1 and X1s who also buys media from Store, I am kinda buying into the platform. I'd love to see a Windows/Xbox Chromecast (I know), an Alexa system (I know), a better universal notifcation system, and Cortana be more present and smarter in my home to compete with Google Home. Still, I hang on to my 950 and Windows Phone. I can hope for a leap in evolution for the mobile ecosystem. For the time being, it satisfies my needs and design preferences. I'll stick with it until something better comes along.
1. offers superior email and calendar support for business use vs. IPhone.
2. Dual sim support is excellent.
3. Film & TV and Groove use on Xbox, Surface Pro 2, and Eiltex3 provided me with access to my content wherever I am. I watch and listen at home, work, holiday, and in transit all the time.
4. MS Office and office lens toolkit gives me presentation and workshop functionality that others platforms have traditionally not provided.
5. OneNote. Shared lists with my partner make our shopping experiences easy... Always have the household shopping list
6. Battery life
7. Continuum. Has removed the need for a word processor PC at home.
8. Simple and multi device Wi-Fi hotspot sharing.
9. Camera has traditionally been excellent.. Not do much the elitlex3
10. Build quality. I once looked at my work provided iPhone and the screen cracked... My Lumia's and now elitex3 have survived drops, water immersion, strong winds, and general unpleasantness' without issue.
11. The look on peoples faces when they see me using my Windows Mobile device in ways that their devices cannot perform e.g. Running a PowerPoint presentation from my phone wirelessly connected to the office SurfaceHub and using the built in laser pointer as I shift through slides. Things that have annoyed me;
1. Bluetooth performance is poor and should be improved.
2. Reliability of W10M still requires some attention.
3. The fact you can never really get all the yogurt out of a yogurt tub.... Oh ... Also other peoples small children running around in a restaurant.
P.S.: My old Lumia 1520 is still a great joy and fun to use.
I also love the startscreen, it makes it feel like MY startscreen. When I say this to friends,they laugh and say that it looks messy, but that is just it. For me it is not messy, everything is were I want it to be.
The lack of apps doesn't bother me, since I am not much of an app user. All standard apps are good enough for me.
And the Microsoft apps themselves are impressive enough. So I don't miss the others.
I am a developer and already convinced the company where I work to switch to Windows 10 for laptops and embedded software, so hopefully I can convince them to stay on it;).
I hope I will be able to release some apps soon for Windows 10 mobile, so that the apps grow a little bit :). Btw I love to read your articles Zac,keep up the nice work ;).
Windows 10 mobile I can use like a desktop. Its file driven, not apps. The best feature is connecting devices, love it and use it daily.
My Windows Phone is personal, I love the customization options for the start screen, no two phones are alike. There are great apps out there for the ecosystem. And there is more coming, with continuum on the 950, is like having a portable PC. The 1520 is not too far behind of what I consider a portable PC experience, that's what I like most of Windows Phones, it is not a phone, it is not just a smartphone, it is not your average garden variety berry. It is a portable PC, it is individual.
Looking towards the future, I'm waiting on the birth of the Surface Phone, that's when I'm planning to retire my 1520. I love to be a 0.1%, that means (as history has taught us) that either we are really, really crazy and weirdly wrong or we are the the next step in evolution, the ones who struggle, the insane geniuses, the witches burned at the stake, those who later prove humanity that the world is round and that the earth goes around the sun. Yes I love my Windows Phone.
I have to admit that I was really frustrated when Microsoft decided to reboot its mobile platform and my HTC Radar could not receive OS updates anymore. But I got over the frustration with a Nokia Lumia 1020. I remeber that I watched its release media event mesmerized. I remember that I went home and told my wife that I just found my next phone. Oh, I forgot to tell you, before buying Nokia Lumia 1020 I bought to my wife a Nokia Lumia 925. She liked that phone very much. Oh, and now I remebered. Before Nokia Lumia 925 my wife used a Nokia Lumia 800. She liked the UI she had seen on my HTC Radar and wanted a phone with the same OS. So I bought for her Nokia Lumia 800. And then, when Nokia released Nokia Lumia 925 she liked its design and liked to have a bigger screen, so then I bought for her Nokia Lumia 925. I took a lot of pictures using my Nokia Lumia 1020. I have a Flicker album dedicated to that phone with I think more than 300 pictures. Currently my Nokia Lumia 1020 is being used by my mother. My wife's Nokia Lumia 925 is kept as a backup phone in case it happens something bad to her Microsoft Lumia 950. Yes, my wife upgraded her phone to Lumia 950. And again she is very happy with it. She likes the size of the screen and she likes all the things that phone can do. My wife is more social than me. She uses Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram more than I do it. Now I'm using a Microsoft Lumia 950 XL. And I have no major complain about it. I have all the applications I regulary use. And as you said, if there is no application probably you can use Microsoft Edge instead. Yes, I agree, there were ocasions where I might have needed a certain app which existed only on Adroid and IOS, and Edge couldn't help. For example, this winter I travelled a lot to Norway. Here they use either Apple iPhone, or some Samsung variant. And I've been told that I might see some people using a Sony XPeria. In Norway they have apps for many things. For buying transportation tickets, for paying in groceries and shops, for checking train and buses timetables, and many more. And of course those apps exist only for Android and IOS. But I stick to use my Windows 10 Mobile phone. Why I do that? Because I like the start screen and what it offers in terms of customization. Yes, it's true I can't transform my tiles from rectangular to round ones, but I do not need that. :-) What else I really like to my phone. Well I enjoy its responsiveness. I like that it doesn't lag and it doesn't gets stuck. I also like Cortana and the integration with my Windows 10 laptop. I like that I can start an e-mail or a Word document on laptop and finish it on my phone. I like that I can view the text messages I received on my laptop too and I do not have to go and pickup my phone to see them. I like the camera that is present on my phone even though it is not anymore the best smartphone camera available on the market. I think that's about all I can say for now.
And Iphone... No way I will ever add to Apples screwed up money making scheme.
When I do have to cough up € 1000,- I'd rather do it on a innovative device. Or rather the 2nd edition of it. Just waiting impatiently for the surface phone and Windows on ARM.
When I do have to cough up € 1000,-
The answer is simple:
-The operating system is good and solid.
-It allows me to fully synchronize all the mail, contacts and schedules and on all of my devices.
-The live tiles are great.
-I have all the Apps I need.
-Great battery life (unlike the iPhone people who run to a charging station at every stop at an airport).
-The phoned are durable and well built (I have a 950). You're not crazy Zac, you know how to pick a good phone.🙂
I have to say, yes but reality is, the ms ecosystem is better on other plattforms "Do you like the platform?"
Yes, it has some glitches but any plattfoorm has this, the major one is the perfomance Why do i still use W10M? I still believe the ui ist superiour to others, i like to not to worry about "do i get the next security update", i dont see the need to replace my phone yet (lumia 830) and i dont know which device i should choose...i think the ui on android is not intuitive, ios is to restricted and of course not compatible with many of my homes hardware (miracast, dlna....)
We use iPhones at work, they are just plain boring, it's great hardware but lacks personality. I always carry my phone to do work on the fly that the iPhone can't do.
I can go on and on.... Long live the 0.1%!
What I did like about it and miss: Live tiles Cortana - far more personal and interactive than Google's nameless voice assistant. (I have never owned or used an Apple device, so know nothing of Siri)
So I kind of lost faith, but kept using them for PIM, as Exchange AirSync is still the most important thing in a PDA or Smartphone to me. Windows 10 Mobile picked my interest back, as they finally managed to unify the API and UI layer across platforms, which was the holy grail we were aiming for all those years. So while I know some apps are missing, I don't really care as I value the consistency with apps I have on tablets and PCs more than the time-wasters I don't have access to.
To me having the same apps on my phone as on my other devices is the most important, if I want more than PIM and a few games, I'm likely to grab the tablet anyway. I also believe the smartphone will only be one of the many devices we'll be using soon, and not the most important one. 5 years from now we'll grab the smartphone just for a quick glance at some app, and take out the tablet or the holographic glasses when we want more than just a glance. Unified apps across all our devices will then be the most important thing. In 10 years, we'll probably have Windows Mixed Reality working on glasses no bigger than sunglasses, and won't even carry a smartphone anymore. So UWP really is the critical piece missing in every other smartphone.
Live tiles are what hooked me and they are what keep me.
And still the best start screen, always will be.
I don't think Windows haters understand what they are missing.
Window had more than enough apps for me so I see no merit in making my life more complicated.
When I got the device, it took less than a minute to set it up and my first impressions were good: I liked the OS - it was simple, fast, easy to navigate, and absence of apps bothered me only at first. It didn't seem to be as monotone as iOS or as overwhelming as Android, In fact I liked it so much that I upgraded to 1520 just three months later. Now THAT beast had a magnificent 6-inch screen, I think that it was one of the best screens on the market at a time, even though the phone was almost two years old. Call me blind, but I swear I couldn't see much difference in resolution between my 1520 and iPhone's Retina display, even when 6 Plus came out. It had what felt like an enormous and efficient battery – after a full day it still had at least 50% of juice left. The 20MP camera was great at taking beautiful pictures, and Lumia Creative Studio suite came in handy in case I needed some light tweaks here and there. I also found that I could just put pictures taken with my DSLR onto computer and edit it instantly on my phone, thanks to OneDrive synchronization - It felt like having a miniature photo studio in my pocket whenever I needed it. It served me well on WM8.1 and got even better when I installed W10. As a college student the Microsoft ecosystem serves me well even today since I want to have access to all of my files on all of my devices.
But all good things come to an end: last September I dropped it and the screen shattered to the point that it became almost unresponsive. I couldn't find a store or a shop that could find a replacement - had to wait for over 14 days with ClickAway to fix it, but they said that their suppliers don't have 1520 screens anymore, and I wouldn’t risk taking the phone apart to replace it myself. Boy I was glad when, after an excruciatingly annoying and long session of luck-tapping the screen, I managed to connect my Microsoft Design mouse and keyboard to the phone. A couple of clicks later I already backed up all of my data to OneDrive. After that I had to switch back to 520, but, spoiled by W10 on a much better hardware, I couldn't stand the freezes and lags of that phone.
Then I went and purchased a 950. I knew that MS were killing the Lumia brand, but I surely didn't want to come back to Android or iOS. Continuum has become my most favorite feature of the phone - I think that this is the future of personal computing and I am happy with it.
I remain hopeful that one day W10 on a phone will find it's popularity, but if not I am going to stay with it until MS kills it.
(Typed up on a Microsoft Lumia 950 w/ Continuum)
I like my Windows phone for the same reasons you listed plus one thing I do on my phone is I create a tile for each member of my family that has a telephone so that I can find them on the start screen and not have to go to the phone app. Plus that if I have their email address it too is linked to that listing meaning that I can not only call them but text or email them from one location along with a picture of them on the tile so that I can easily see it. Now that I am older I have to have glasses to read but I can see a picture of each person and identify them without my glasses.
The live tiles are great because even with my personal contacts on there the picture and any information letting me know I have a message or a an email changes with the pictures. Another thing about tiles, I have a 640 XL and I mix up the sizes of tiles and I currently have over 50 tiles on my start screen that I can access without scrolling at all. My wife has a 950 and she has the medium size tiles with a few small ones of family on her phone as well with not nearly as many on her start screen that she can access without scrolling. Can't do that on the other two OSes to my knowledge.
While some companies have dropped support for Windows in the mobile world, my bank was one of them, it has not really been a bad situation because I use one of the password managers, Last Pass, on my desktop and phone as well so I can easily access my bank through there. All the talk about all the apps out there on the other OSes is mostly just bragging anyway because in reality how many ways does a person need to hear a fart anyway?
I am an older person now, 60+ years in age and I have hearing loss so a phone is not always something that I will be able to use but with Bluetooth connectivity and some of the newer hearing aids a smartphone will work better for me than the traditional home phone and hearing aids that use magnetic connection to make them work better. But when the Windows phone os becomes obsolete if what people are saying then I will not have a smartphone to use because I really don't like the other choices at all. I will have to use something else for my hearing a call or better yet it will be a good excuse for those who want to talk to me and I don't.
I still think it is best then android and ios. Simple, clean, no messy and the "app problem" it's not so big as people talk.
The one think I do not understand:
Nadela ideas for W10M. Stupid, stupid man.
First, anything with a Google label is going to be a personal privacy nightmare, at the end of the day Google is an advertising company first and you are their product.
Second, while I am a Linux user, I never got onboard with the Mac (Unix) boat because of the status item classification, lack of customization or options that Apple offers. While they claim to be the most secure, I would counter that having all proprietary hardware and software means less effort to find them exploits, which there have been more than a few. Not impressed with the hardware either.
Third, as many feel, the GUI on Windows is the best experience in my opinion as well. Coming over from Blackberry when they sold out to Android, the notification system alone was the only thing close. Now with cross device notifications and capabilities like Blackberry established is the most useful feature when working. Everything mostly looks the same on my phone as it does my 2/1. When the x86 apps start working on WP as well, I figure my Display Dock will start getting a lot more use than it does now.
Fourth, Exchange and work related integration directly on the device is simple and since it all comes from Microsoft, with no problems that are not workable. The Apps I need are all here most from Microsoft, but I do use Telegram, a banking app, VLC, and a few others but the important stuff is all locked in. Also the wireless display option means I can flip on presentations or a movie right from my phone, which sums up my entertainment requirements.
Last thing, security, being the smallest market has benefits, like the least amount of attention from those that would like to exploit systems. Look at the latest leaks from the US Government, how many times is Windows Mobile mentioned? If that kind of program is leaving us alone I am comfortable to think those with limited funding and personal will as well.
I am not an everyday consumer and I really use my phone about 80% for work related tasks, primarily within the Microsoft ecosystem, but I really don't miss anything.
I will stick to Windows 10 Mobile as long as I can find a device to run it on.
Am I crazy? Maybe. Do I care? Not at all.