Windows Phone, Week 2: My Thoughts So Far
As you might remember, I'm taking 30 days and shutting off my iPhone in order to dive in deep with the Windows Phone 8 OS. I'm now in the middle of week 2, and so I thought I'd pass along what I've found that has surprised me.
I miss on-screen notifications of new email more than I thought I would. I didn't realize how much I look at my phone when it dings, and that helps me to filter out what I need to respond to now versus what can wait.
Yep, there's a lack of apps. But I'm strangely not missing them all that much. Well, other than Path and Pocket. Oh, and I'd really like it if Simple (my bank) had an app or a site that worked in the mobile version of Internet Explorer.
I freaking love Live Tiles. They're everything that Android's widgets should have been, but weren't.
Microsoft is missing an opportunity by relying on OEMs or third parties for navigation. Oh, and Verizon's navigation shutting off my music makes me sad.
Disparity between the different models of phones is a problem. I hope Microsoft takes the Surface route here, and finds a way to make its own devices.
The OS (or is it the phone?) is fast. Like really fast. I find myself surprised at how quickly I can accomplish things within WP8.
Skydrive integration is fantastic. I'd prefer Dropbox, but I'm not unhappy with Skydrive.
Xbox Music is stellar. It's better (for my tastes) than Spotify.
There's more, of course, but these are the most pervasive points that I've found so far. I don't want to get into reviewing WP8 devices, but I almost have to because of that disparity that I mentioned. Nokia was kind enough to loan me a Lumia 920 for a couple of weeks, so I'll have more thoughts on that soon.
Now for the shocker – I'd seriously consider leaving my iPhone behind.