I must be the only person left on the planet who doesn’t care about compute power on my phone.
I’m still using an old Nokia “dumb” flip phone, for two reasons: a) it works and b) the battery lasts 3-5 days. If you think reason a) is a bit trite, let me tell you about the two different acquaintances who managed to delete the phone app from their android devices…
However, for a variety of reasons, I’m thinking maybe it’s time to join the smart phone revolution.
This isn’t a smartphone comparison, but let me just say a couple of things. iOS devices are just sufficiently off-key in a Windows environment, particularly a non-Exchange Outlook environment, to rule them out. The sync setup just gets too screwy too easily. And heaven help you if a “helpful” friend enables iCloud (don’t ask me how I know). On the Android side, two different family members (no, not the ones who deleted their phone apps) have had their handsets just steadily degrade in the most uncanny imitation of Windows 95 bit-rot. Plus, for me, the Android UI just doesn’t quite gel.
So what about Windows Phone? The UI looks good, the sync situation (according to the docs) is at least sane, but best of all, these guys have a sensible power draw. Single core, limited resolution, 3G only – it all adds up to just possibly minimum bearable battery life.
Then, yesterday – the WP8 announcement. Windows phones are about to turn into multi-core, high-res, 4G power hogs. Sure, process improvements will claw back some of the losses, but man, what I wouldn’t give for an extra day of battery life instead. Don’t get me wrong, I like compute power – that’s why I have a giant desktop rig and a fire-breathing Clevo laptop. But on my phone, I want to be able to make phone calls, and preferably for more than just a few hours.
So I’m going to hoof it down to the phone shop and snap up a WP7 Lumia while I still can. And keep the old flip-phone handy just in case.