I have used Windows Phone for 14 days, this is what I’ve missed from Android
Windows Phone, along the history of smartphones, it has always been there, not with a majority presence, but has always been a rival that you can’t lose sight of that. With the time, the rise of Android, the growth of iOS and the decisions of the Microsoft itself has left it to this mobile operating system in a state little healthy.
despite the fact that they are trying to get it out afloat, Windows 10 Mobile is not having success, but that’s not what makes it a bad operating system. As a user of Android that I am since almost 7 years ago, I felt adventurous and decided to plunge into the adventure and try a mobile with Windows Phone as my terminal day-to-day during 14 days.
After these two weeks, I have decided to make this post telling what it is that I’m missing that was in Android. The mobile chosen for this task is the HP Elite X3 and, as a further detail, I am pointed to the program Windows Insider, so with this in mind, let’s see what I’m missing.
Range of applications
More than one would be surprised if I do not mention this, and that is the default of Windows Phone’s most well-known is real. If someone like to use, for example, Google applications (Gmail, YouTube, Google Keep,…), you will find that none of them can be downloaded from the Microsoft store, not even YouTube.
instead you have to make do with alternative applications, and if you’re too accustomed to Google services, the same will not be entirely satisfied. Luckily, Microsoft itself has alternatives very acceptable to some applications (Outlook, One Note…) that will meet plenty with your requirements.
I Am one of those users who like to spend a few minutes a day to the game (about half hour), and one of the games that I run always it is Angry Birds 2, but to do this I have to go to my Android, because on Windows this game does not exist (of the few that Rovio has not passed to the operating system).
But that does not mean that it is absent from current games, there we have, for example, the Asphalt Xtreme, which was released almost at the same time in Android. Microsoft needs to animate in some way to the developers to take the step to bring their applications to Windows, because some of the most useful are completely absent, and alternatives are not very good.
the Speed of some applications and sections of the system
Android has been improving little by little in order to offer a better experience of use, even in aspects that we can pass often unnoticed. I had not been aware until now of those small improvements that should also adopt Windows, your way to attract the public.
Something that seems odd to me so much was that, to this day, still in Windows you can see the icon of “loading”, “resuming” or similar. It is very rare to see in applications, such as Whatsapp, where for one or two seconds you can see the icon of “resuming” move. But that is not where most it is surprising to see this “load time”.
If, for example, we are going to the Microsoft store and go to the part of installed apps and click check for updates, it is not uncommon to have that wait half a minute, as a minimum, to display the applications to update, if any. Something similar if you are looking for system updates in the Settings section.
beyond the cases I have mentioned I have not found any more (although they may exist), even in third-party apps loading is very fast, you only have to see the splash screen (where you see the logo of the app). A step forward would be for Microsoft to work on this, you need to provide a user experience as seamless as possible.
aesthetics in some applications
I Am aware, as almost all the world, that every operating system has own aesthetics, no matter if we are talking about computers or cell phones, and each one will have their tastes in respect to each one of them. In my case, I have nothing against using Windows Phone in and of itself, but some applications gives you the feeling of being somewhat out of date, so to speak.
If you’ve ever used an older version of Windows Phone, you’ve met the typical titles that appear at the top in a size significantly greater. This can be seen, by mentioning a well-known application, Whatsapp, where they keep popping up those titles with a font much larger.
But many of the applications have an aesthetic much more current, that will be familiar to those who use Android with your side menu, but still a different design to the operating system of Google. For the developers of some of the apps are more well known now it is time to make a facelift to your Windows Phone applications.
Obviously, not everything is bad
even Though the post is about, basically, what I miss in this operating system compared to Android, it does not mean that my experience is still bad. In fact, good part of the day just to notice difference in regards to the use compared to Android.
Has positive points such as the simplicity of the menus, in addition, I see fairly intuitive, you do not have to lose among the thousands of options.
In some cases access can be improved, but most of it is really good. It is also very positive for the agility with which it moves in spite of those loading screens in some apps that I have already mentioned.
apps of Microsoft, in addition, are very well implemented, as is the case with the apps Google Android, and you can access the mode with a single hand by holding the central button makes it very simple (and useful with a terminal of a nearly 6-inch screen). The Redmond still have work ahead, but the experience is very acceptable. If you have questions about the topic, don’t hesitate to leave them in the comments.
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