Its been a week with my new windows phone 7. I like it a lot and don’t miss my iPhone that much.
I am actually typing this blog post on my Samsung focus in OneNote.
Things I like
- Keyboard is phenomenal
- UI is awesome. Its a crazy world we live in when Microsoft does a better job with a UI than Apple.
- Very responsive OS
- Speech and voice commands are incredibly accurate. I know the iPhone has that but it just never worked well.
- Outlook works very well
Things I don’t like
- The app bar at the bottom of the screen is very easy to accidentally hit while typing. So in the middle of an email, i hit send accidentally while hitting the space bar.
- No copy and paste. Initially I didn’t care but then when I started getting emails with information that i wanted to copy and paste. I also tried to duplicate a formula in excel and i couldn’t copy and paste. I am not retyping that formula for every row.
- Keys are not very well placed. I accidentally keep hitting the camera button or the soft buttons at the bottom (back, start and search)
- The previous problem wouldn’t be too bad if I had multi tasking, but if I am playing a game or doing something else and I accidentally hit search, I lose my work/game. It sucks.
- I can’t buy audiobooks in the marketplace
- I am missing some apps that are making it hard to forget the iPhone
Apps I need
- Remember the milk
- Evernote – if I can import my evernote notes into OneNote then i will be ok, but i can’t. Actually, I created a note taking application for free to fill the void. It is not as powerful as evernote but I am constantly adding more features as I see fit. See it here (marketplace link).
- Audible player
Apps I would like to have
Best of All
It is ridiculously easy to develop for. I have done iPhone and Android development and they have a very steep learning curve. Don’t just take my word for it. I created 4 apps in less than a month:
- envision – basecamp client for windows phone 7 – see http://envisionhq.com
- Picasa Viewer – see http://picasaviewer.com
- Notesly Free – marketplace link
- QuoteZen – 170k quotes with search and bookmarking capabilities – marketplace link
You might think that the above statement is very subjective because I have been doing .NET since version zero, but trust me WP7 development is easier than iPhone and Android. Don’t believe me. Try it out for yourself – http://msdn.com