| | 01-27-2013, 04:05 PM #1
I'm back to share more experiences with WP8 (HTC 8x) after switching from using Nexus devices.
So any issues I had over the past 4 days in terms of bugs have been resolved - things like having Skydrive upload photos to Facebook at the same time as my trying to share photos were causing issues but were quickly resolved.
One thing I also noticed is that developers who take the time to develop rich applications - not this simple ports - create extremely well designed and beautiful apps. These apps include:
As a software engineer myself, I can see developing for windows phone can be a lot of fun - especially if you love programming - WP8 SDK lets you be flexible with design - whether you want to develop metro style apps or static page style applications.
This brings me to the only thing that concerns me about the platform - It's long term support. I love WP8, I love the designs of the available devices, and I love what Microsoft has been doing. At this point, the race for #3 isn't over yet - Blackberry 10 is right around the corner. I'm rooting for Windows here, but it's super hard to see what will happen. If Blackberry flops - then we could be in good shape.
Lets take a look at history:
Back in 2009, 2 years after launch, Android held about %5 of the market share. while iPhone held 25-30. This is when the Original Droid came out - the first real device (and software) to compete with the iPhone.
Microsoft is about at the same place Android was during it's inception - we are 2 years into launch and at about 5% market share. as well. I think with frequent updates - Microsoft can continue to rise in market share which will of course, in turn, bring more developers over. I never understood why developers were so stingy about investing in lower markets - A good engineer can port their applications cross platform no problem - I wouldn't even consider myself a "good" engineer but I know there are plenty of tools to help you do that - most of them are Microsoft supplied.
anyways I am optimistic about this platform and plan to invest long term into it. - I'll give you guys another scenario:
If you followed my original post where I was asking about WP8 before coming over, you would know that my girlfriend was also planning on coming to try WP8 - I had convinced her to trade her iPhone 4s for a Galaxy SII about a year and a half ago and she liked it a lot but missed some of the features and stability of iOS. She saw me interested in WP8 and decided she wanted to compare side by side iPhone 5 and WP8 devices. We left the store today empty handed - why? Because she didn't find one device that met ALL her wants and needs - The reason why iPhone is a contender here is because she knows the platform is mature, and is the "safe" choice. She is torn because she loves the design, feel, and performance of WP8 but some of the apps like Instagram being missing keeps her from jumping ship with out thinking.
While my girlfriend might have a little more knowledge than the average consumer, I feel like this is a reflection of a up and coming trend. People will start seeing holes in platforms - the holes are Microsofts (or anyone one elses) chance to rise.
anyways that ends my rants and opinions.
On the technical and performance level:
Internet Explorer preforms so well - I love it
Bing maps and search is growing on me - I'm getting better and searching and getting things I want
The integrated deal finder is amazing - I just moved into a new town and searched for gyms - I found one and it had a deal listed for $25 off/mo which made the gym membership a steal - I saved it to my wallet from the maps app and redeemed it today.
All in all I am loving the phone and OS. - I hope Microsoft comes out with more features soon - I'm really curious to see whats in store. I'd also like to see some of the promised apps from launch to show up
EDIT: I thought of a good way for Microsoft to entice developers: Microsoft would pay developers from part of WP8 sales based on how quickly their app gets installed. For example - if Instagram came to windows phone, Microsoft could pay them a certain amount of money from sales based on how soon the app was installed on a recently activated device.