My blogging frequency has dropped massively in the last three years and there are two very good reasons (and their mother) that explain it. With recent advances in technology there is a chance that I’ll be able to start blogging again- and this post is the first one to test that theory.
It seems to me that there are 4 major mobile ecosystems at the moment: Apple, Google, Microsoft and Blackberry. Apple and the fan-boy army of iPhone slaves have been setting the pace for 4 yeasts or so. Google and the nearly open-source Android is now the biggest smartphone OS (at least by volume) and Blackberry was dominant in the push e-mail, business world until everyone else worked out how to do it. And bringing up the rear was (and is) Microsoft.
To compound matters for the boys from Redmond they have aligned themselves with a bunch of Finns who haven’t made a decent smart phone since before the very first iPhone came along. So who in their right mind would start using a Nokia Windows phone? Well, right now, that would be me. I admit that a major reason for this is that Nokia are offering a 40 day trial and if you don’t like the phone you get 100% of your money back. So, as long as you remember when the return deadline is, this is a risk free trial.
But given the history, why would you even bother? Well, the press keeps giving Windows Phone and the latest Nokia phone really good reviews. And although you may not agree with much of the tech press you do have to accept that they go test a wide range of phones, so they may know a little bit about what they are speaking about. So given the press reviews and the risk-free nature of the trial, I figured I had nothing to lose.
So, how is it going? Much as it pains me to admit it, the phone is really rather good. Certainly better than an Android phone I had 6 months ago and probably better than the iOS device I had a year ago. Sure there are missing apps (Skype where are you?) but for most things that you actually want to do with a smart phone, it just works. And works bloody well.
Will I keep the phone? I’m undecided- Google has massively improved its privacy policies and it does offer a better suite of functionality. But I kind of like this phone. The next 3 weeks are going to be interesting 🙂