2017 is ending and I’m still using a Windows Phone. How was it so far?


Just as I tweeted a couple of weeks ago, I used to be crazy about the Windows Phone. Being a Microsoft fan since 1995 and experiencing almost all versions of the Windows operating system (never got to try out Windows Phone 7 though), the thought of Windows Mobile was pretty exciting for me.

I loved the idea of  “Cloud first, mobile first” which Microsoft has been pushing with the Windows 10 platform. Imagine, all devices, synced into my personal Microsoft account through Windows 10, whether is be on my desktop, laptop, mobile phone, or even my XBOX. I can use all my Microsoft services to access all my personal or work  data whether i’m using Office 365 or OneDrive, or whatever.

But as I go through 2016 and 2017 with Windows 10 mobile I can’t help but to come across unfulfilled expectations which I managed to live with so far.

Right now I’m using the Nokia Lumia 830 which is a mid-range flagship phone during it’s time. It is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor  with 1GB of RAM. The 5 inch display is in HD resolution (720×1280) and the rear camera is a 10 megapixel Carl Zeiss camera while the front is a 0.9 megapixel camera.

As a mobile phone, it does what it needs to do. It can make / receive calls and SMS like any other phones. The rear camera is a good even when used in low-light situations. Most of the earlier photos in my Instagram are taken using this phone. The front camera is really bad though.

When it comes to the phone’s apps and OS, it was pretty disappointing. Opening apps seems very taxing to the phone because it takes a couple of seconds to run an app and sometimes they even end up crashing.

App availability is one of the major issues with the Windows 10 Mobile Platform. Though they actually have some of the apps I often use: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Messenger, Steam, Viber, WhatsApp, Netflix, Flipboard, Office 365 Admin, LastPass, ShareIt, and Spotify.

Google Apps are not available in the Windows 10 store for example: there is no Google Chrome. There is also no YouTube app. As an alternative, I just pinned the YouTube website from Edge to my Start Menu or Tiles..whatever you call it. There are YouTube  app alternatives but they are not good. I also wish that Banking apps would be available so I can use to access my bank account when I can’t find an ATM.

The Office 365 apps are useful for work and I can access my OneDrive to edit an Excel sheet or PowerPoint presentation on the go. Being in sync with my Google and Outlook calendar is also useful.

If only there were more functional apps and the software issues resolved, Windows 10 mobile would have been a great platform for me. It actually has a lot of potential especially with the higher-end phones like the Lumia 950 and HP Elite X3. When asked about the future of Windows Phones, the guys from Microsoft can only say “Who knows?” indicating that there could be a future in the mobile phone industry for them or maybe they are already working on a new phone. Who knows? yeah.



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