The mobile platform I chose was put to bed last year, with no new hardware or software features planned. As such, when Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President of Windows 10, Joe Belfiore, confirmed that Windows 10 Mobile was no longer of “focus” to Microsoft, I threw in the towel. I’ve used both iOS and Android devices since then, and I can’t say I’ve found my new home yet. Nothing I’ve used has been a full-time replacement for my Windows phones.
So, after over a year of hunting for my next true mobile companion, I’ve temporarily given up the search to go back “home”. I jokingly called this Windows 10 Mobile’s last voyage, but in a funny way, it’s true. Outside of security updates, Windows 10 Mobile is no longer being maintained, meaning there are some issues that are starting to arise.
Windows Phone 7/8 was the only modern smartphone operating systems I’ve truly ever liked. The design, the applications, the fluidity – it felt like it was designed for me. I found it a joy to use, but it quickly became apparent that few developers were building applications for the platform, and the general public was never interested. This article is interesting, as it shows that using Windows 10 Mobile is like today.
I feel like I should snap up an HP Elite x3 for my collection of devices running dead platforms.
I finally managed to pick up a Lumia 950XL from Swappa for a reasonable price.
I have to say, I really like it and Windows 10 Mobile. For the most part.
There’s a lot to like about it. However I wouldn’t go as far as to call it smooth and fluid. There are still way too many places where you end up waiting for what feels like 1 to 2 seconds for apps to load or screens to refresh. This was the same thing that drove me nuts about Windows 7/8 on two other Nokia’s I played with over the years.
On the other side, the 950XL is a beautiful phone, wonderful screen, and the ability to project the phone screen on TVs and the use of the dock for keyboard/mouse/montior is really quite impressive. And of course the wonderful bluetooth hands/eye free interface for texts is still there and works pretty well.
I’m still tweaking it to get it just right for me, and I put up with the disruptive nature of the delays between screens/apps/etc., but beyond that, I love the information that can be conveyed quickly on the home screen with live tiles. And I might just be able to use this for some basic computer needs with external mouse/keyboard/monitor.
The down side for me, Instagram is a clunky on here, but at least it’s there. 1Password doesn’t work, the Dropbox API changed and now it crashes, and there’s no Line2 app at all. And the browser is some strange mix of wonderful and awful, depending on the site you visit.
It’s a pity they gave up on this. Windows 10 Mobile really is a nice improvement over 7/8, and it looks like it was just starting to hit its stride. Another iteration or two and it could have been a pretty good contender and might have actually started attracting developers. They gave up on it too soon.
And the camera on here is wonderful.
Edited 2018-11-10 02:37 UTC