A few months back, I retired my Windows Phone as a daily driver. While there are things that made Windows Phone stand out, there were also a few issues I’m glad to be rid of.
For Windows Phone
1. Vibrate, Loud, and Silent Modes
Without going into the settings, I could quickly switch between three modes: silent without vibration, silent with vibration, and loud with vibration.
2. Glance Screen
Time and date, email and instant messaging statuses were few of the information that were always displayed. I didn’t even need to pick up my phone or tap the screen to see them.
3. Word Flow Keyboard
The built-in keyboard was the default for every app; therefore, I never needed to select the keyboard before I started typing. However, I could switch between Hungarian and English languages, and each used a separate dictionary (instead of a shared dictionary), which meant more reliable word prediction.
4. Live Tiles
There was no need to swipe to see actual info. Current haze level, weather forecast, currency exchange rates, and recent news were just a few of the things I could see as soon I turned the screen on.
Both front and rear cameras dealt with low-light conditions very well.
The control was in my hands to do burst shots when I wanted rather than when the camera decided to.
6. Calculator App
The built-in calculator app had a simple interface with a lot of functions. While I only used a fraction of the provided functions, I remember using the hexadecimal calculation quite a few times.
Against Windows Phone
1. Availability of Apps
The biggest problem was probably the lack of popular apps for the platform. In many circles, it’s not cool not to have Tinder or Instagram apps.
Also, a lot of wearables and gadgets didn’t work because no apps were created that could actually make them work.
2. Camera Remote Shooting
The fact that most remote shutters, Bluetooth or wired, do not work is not good for a lot of travelers.
3. Performance of Apps
Existing apps need to be more reliable and higher performing. Microsoft’s very own Skype performed noticeably better on other platforms than on Windows Phone.
4. Battery Life
In my experience, the battery life was far from amazing, as it lasted well less than a day.
Getting the right case for Windows Phone was anything but easy. Not even the Chinese market offered good ones at a decent price, so users had to compromise.
It feels a bit unfair to pick on size because most phones have about the same dimensions. However, Microsoft could and should stand out from the crowd. I really like the size of my iPhone SE.