I first gave up on Windows Phone back in December 2014. Microsoft’s mobile platform was being left behind, and I was tired of not getting access to the apps everyone else was using. It took Microsoft a few years to finally admit Windows Phone is dead, and the company is no longer planning to release any new hardware running its mobile OS or update it with any features. I recently switched on an old Windows Phone to create a silly April Fools’ joke about returning to using it as my daily device, and then it hit me: I really miss Windows Phone.
He’s not alone. I loved the way Windows Phone worked and felt, but sadly, it just didn’t have the applications, and Microsoft’s various transitions really hurt the platform too. Too bad – it was innovative and fresh.
(Disclaimer: I am still using a Lumia 1520 with Windows 10 Mobile as my one and only smartphone)
There was something incredible about Windows Phone. I worked and looked consistent, but most importantly it just felt great to use. I normally don’t care about such things in tech products so when Windows 10 Mobile became available I switched and quickly started to notice that feeling was gone. I did get many more features so I kept using 10, but 8.1 just felt better. Even now, that all the “10-bugs” have long been removed I still don’t feel the way about 10 the way I felt about 8. I guess the people that made 8 really cared about Mobile and the people that made 10 simply thought of Mobile as an addition to regular 10.