Tal Trabelos explains why and why Windows Von is the only one of the three main operating systems in the smartphone market that does not receive the respect it deserves
Choosing an operating system is a difficult thing, requiring a number of concessions and a lot of thought beforehand. The smartphone war, if we simplify the situation completely, Apple started when it launched the first iPhone device. The first iPhone device, which in this case is also the first "smartphone" to hit the market, was definitely something we have never seen before. With processor ARM Hz at 412 MHz, 3.5 "screen with a resolution of 320 × 480 (for a density of 165 pixels per square inch), 128 MB of זיכרון Ram and a two-megapixel rear camera, the smartphone that started it was weaker than a normal phone sold today.
But over the years, and with the massive upgrades that smartphones have seen (with a 84x difference in graphics performance (!) Between the iPhone 6 and the original iPhone), the big companies (Apple, Google, Microsoft, etc.) have realized that the main factor that sets their device apart from the rest is the software. The smartphone. In our recent post To mark seven years for the Android operating system, you can clearly see the changes that have been made to the operating system over the years, such fundamental changes that make us think about how we got along with what was in the beginning. These changes, for each platform in its own right (and sometimes thanks to others), are what differentiate Android, iOS andWindows Phone One from the other, and with this indecision I chose the Windows Phone. Here's why:
Simple design, sharp, modern and live in the operating system Windows Phone Number
In any operating system, and in particular a mobile operating system designed for (relatively) small screens, the interface is one of the most important factors. The interface determines the form of work of the user, the options (displayed and hidden) that the user can perform in the system, in addition to the structure of the interface that determines the ease of use and efficiency of the space used. From the very first iPhone, Apple has presented its vision for what an operating system should look like - page after page upon page of static icons, symbolizing apps (or sometimes contact people and groups). Despite the use of Google in widgets, which allow more information to be present on the home screen and facilitate our daily use, also Android Based on the concept of "Sea Icons", which form the basis for the use of operating systems.
However, since the launch of the operating system Windows Phone 7 Series, Microsoft realized that endless page icons are not the solution for Mobile. Unlike Apple and Google (and BlackBerry and Symbian, of course), Microsoft has implemented a tile-based interface, a modern design, and displaying user information at the center of the system. The same tiles, which take the place of simple icons (up to version 6.5 of the operating system Windows Mobile were part of the company's interface), allowing Windows Phone to create a kind of personal and living canvas that looks like no other in the entire market. From the option to reduce each host to the size of an icon and increase it to the size of a full widget to customize the tiles on the home page, Windows Von not only puts the user at the center, but she also knows what you want to see, when, and most importantly, she gives you the ability to choose and customize it in the most personal way possible, making it the most personal operating system on the market.
But from the beginning, Windows Phone has always been late in bringing modern features to the user interface, including the use of folders on the homepage, the alert center (which we have known for years from Android and Apple's imitation a little less time) Multi-core processors, support for high resolution (720p or higher), memory slot support, and much more. In a momentary use of an icon-based operating system (as a Windows Phone user), the interface feels empty, dead, boring, outdated and not intuitive to say the least. Despite the application of modern elements already in the first version of the Windows operating system (version 7.0), the lack of applications, the broad support that users Android And iOS are used to it, the diverse hardware spectrum (mostly Android), all of which, combined with slowness of Microsoft Office Responding and developing with the market have made the platform not only lose its momentum but also miss its opportunity to take a significant part of the market.
Custom Operating System
As part of Microsoft's plan to create a platform that supports "three screens and a cloud", the Windows Phone system was to be like another hand in the company's powerful and popular Windows system. The funny part here is, despite implementing this motto from the very beginning of the system, Microsoft's dream of a uniform and flexible platform with a uniqueness that no company can be much more relevant today. Windows 10 not only promises to deliver Core Is similar to the version on your desktop, laptop, tablet, and smartphone, but is the version that Microsoft had to launch in the first place. This is a fairly big and easy statement to say (I'm sure Apple would be happy to create the iPhone at 1984), but Microsoft's entire strategy was based on the natural synchronization that was supposed to come with the integration of these systems (computer, console and mobile). Probably one of the main reasons Microsoft lost the uniqueness that was supposed to help it, and what made the company succeed in implementing it only now.
But despite the dismal state of synchronization between Microsoft's various platforms, there are a number of positive aspects to being in Microsoft's half-open garden. First, sync the photos. A big part of the decision to buy a Windows Phone device was the camera that came with Lumia devices. With a company like Nokia as the main and most popular device maker of the Windows Phone platform, any user who craves (or at least craves) a smartphone with excellent photo capabilities knows that there is no substitute for Lumia devices (or at least there was none). With Microsoft's 'revamped' OneDrive service, and like many other services, all photos taken on a smartphone are synced almost instantly, and because most of us are running Windows In some version (probably Windows 7 or higher), the same images can appear, almost immediately, on the laptop / laptop of each user in a convenient and simple way.
A flaw (or rather a current limitation) that I noticed while synchronizing is that although I chose to sync all the full-size images, the images that are synced in OneDrive are the reduced version of the images Nokia Two versions of an image, one full-quality and the other five megapixels for simpler sharing), rather than its full-resolution image (if it is 20 or 41 megapixel). Additional synchronization options between Windows Von to Windows (or cloud) includes the ability to sync between the tiles on your computer and the tiles on your smartphone (an option I personally found a waste of time) and the option to sync of course the calendars and contacts between the systems, those using the built-in calendar app (anyone?) And the contacts app (No one yet?) In windows 8.
what is missing?
Much. If I had recorded this opinion about a year ago, the answer to what was missing in the system was probably "everything". Although we are no longer in a system that does not come with a notification center or folders on the home page, Windows Phone has a lot more to improve in order to reach a reasonable level where it can be recommended to ordinary people. The most significant flaw I feel as a user? The apps. This is a very sensitive issue for Windows Phone users, an issue that is still sensitive even today. Despite the half a million apps in Microsoft's integrated store, Apps Popularity that has existed on other platforms for years is only now beginning to reach the company's platform, and that too at best. A good example of this can be seen with the removal of all Apps The unofficial Snapchat from the store, which leaves the users of the same service living on the platform of Microsoft Office Without any answer.
Along with software flaws, Windows Phone also has hardware issues. Going back to the question "what would I have written a year ago on the platform", the hardware problem was probably less urgent. Today, with 0 launches of 0 new flagship devices (from Nokia / Microsoft) since the end of 2013, Windows Von can not compete even with medium and new devices on the market (to which they are usually compared). Despite the efficiency of the system, which allows it to run smoothly even on low-end devices (which is almost invisible on Android and certainly not on iOS), the hardware world continues on its way and Windows Phone will not be able to progress without advanced hardware. Next.
What is the future?
Microsoft does not give up on Windows Phone. For most online technology sites the company needs to abandon the platform and align with Android’s dominance in the market, but Microsoft has other plans. The biggest part of this puzzle is Windows 10, whether it's in the new core that will make Windows Phone an equal and true part of the larger system, and whether it's the improvement and change that is expected with every such significant upgrade to the operating system, Microsoft understands its place and does not intend to fold. Updating the Denim The glorification that Microsoft has already begun to send to devices is one of the most significant upgrades the system has had, especially in terms of the camera capabilities of Windows Phone devices, devices that are supposed to provide a level of photography experience above the market.
On Windows 10 (and therefore on Windows Phone 10) we will know much better only after Microsoft Official Event Which will take place on January 21, but until then one can only hope that the company is aware of the situation in the market, and that with the help of the new system it will be able to re-differentiate Windows Phone from the other systems so that it can become a legitimate competitor in the market. Nokia's purchase by Microsoft Office Definitely gives hope to existing users and fans of the platform that the company, like Apple, will be able to create hardware and software that work better together than before, which is hard for us users to see when a new flagship device from Microsoft is not visible in the near future. Launch of the Windows Phone versionHTC One certainly gave some hope for more modern hardware on the platform, but noticed Core Of the system depends on Nokia, and so on Microsoft itself.
A glimpse into the future shooting capabilities of devices with theLumia Denim
In conclusion, Windows Phone is not a system for everyone. Its uniqueness lies in its modern and simple interface and its synchronization with the Windows system Microsoft Office They are a good foundation for the moment, but if serious changes and broader support will not come to the system soon, Microsoft Office You will definitely be in trouble. I chose Windows Phone because I saw devices that stand out from the rest, with special photo capabilities, with a different and intuitive user experience that revolves around me and around what I love, and I believe that Microsoft will build on this base an operating system for smartphones that every consumer will be proud to run. But the time of Windows von is limited and the workload is multiple, so go ahead Microsoft Office, for work!