9 05 2016
Bye bye Windows Phone…hello Android
I am I was a Windows Phone user since 2011, but two weeks ago I replaced my Lumia 930 with a Samsung Galaxy S7, and trust me when I say that it wasn’t an easy decision. This is my first smartphone which is not a Windows Phone device, and it took some time to convince myself to buy it. Many people were confused by my choice, some thought it was a prank, others thought I also gave up developing for Windows, but don’t worry, I’m not going from thewindev to thedroiddev :). There were a few reasons that pushed me towards this decision and towards Android instead of iOS, so I’ll talk about them in this article. I’ll start with the most important one…
Although I interacted with Android and iOS in the past, I haven’t used them as a daily driver until now, so I thought I should start with Android and after a few months maybe I’ll also buy an iPhone. Until one or two years ago I heard only bad stuff about Android, like the fact that the OS was slow, the apps were crashing often, so there was no chance I would switch then.but now I started hearing a lot of good reviews since Android 5.0 appeared, so I figured it’s time to see what it can do.
2. Disappointed by Windows 10 mobile
I’ve been waiting Windows 10 Mobile for more than a year, and so far Microsoft delivered only a beta version which they put into production. This is highly unprofessional in my opinion, I know they waited for a long time to release it but people have spent money on those devices so you should at least give them a working OS. So far, the fastest OS was WP7, followed by WP 8 and WP 8.1. Yeah…they got from worse to worse and I don’t know when they’ll stop.
3. Disappointed by Lumia devices
I’ve been waiting for a flagship for more than 2 years, and when the time came, they released the Lumia 950…a device so good that they started selling it at 2 for 1 in the past weeks. It had some nice features, I like the camera, Continuum, Windows Hello, but that’s it. The phone is slow compared with other flagships(S7, 6S, etc), and this only makes me sad because there was a time when cheap Windows Phones were as fast as Android flagships.
4. Microsoft gave up on Windows Phone devices for consumers
I was also disappointed because they said they won’t invest much in phones this year, which shows their real intentions towards this platform. I know they won’t kill it because you can’t have a Universal Windows 10 if you don’t have it on phones, but I wish they wouldn’t give up. After all, if Microsoft gave up on Windows Phone, why shouldn’t we? I will still be a UWP developer, and I’ll keep my Lumia 930 for staying up to date with the latest insider builds, maybe I’ll also buy a Lumia 950, but now my main device will be the Galaxy S7.
These were the reasons that made me switch. I’ll write some posts about how I feel about Android after using it for a few weeks, and also make a comparison between these two platforms from the eye of a Windows Phone user/developer so make sure you follow me on Twitter for more updates!