Thanks to Microsoft, I recently had a chance to test out a Windows Phone (Samsung Focus) for about a month… and the timing couldn’t have been better since it arrived on the day I returned from a vacation to Paris where my iPhone 4s was stolen.
The Sumsung Focus with Windows Mobile is a tight phone and 4 years ago when I was still using a BlackBerry, this would have been one hell of a great upgrade.
The interface was easy to figure out and I really like how the interface emphasized the people who were important to me. Most of the apps worked well enough and I was pleasantly surprised how many of my favorite iphone apps were represented in their windows app store (evernote, yammer, foursquare, etc.).
However, even with Microsoft paying all the bills, after a month of using the Windows Phone, I couldn’t continue without the 4s any more. Yesterday, I broke down and bought a new iPhone 4s.
Interestingly, the thing I missed the most about the 4s was the camera… and all the photography apps that make an iPhone so slick.
Despite the fact that my mother is a brilliant photographer, not much of that brilliance has ever rubbed off on me. And yet with a iPhone 4s, I started to feel like I could take some great shots, especially as Wendy and I got ourselves lost in Paris for 9 days last month. Going back to the Windows Phone where the camera was (only) decent, and the good photography apps were almost non-existant (no instagram, snapseed, diptic, photoshop express) was just too hard.
Whereas I probably took over 2000 photos in the month before my iphone was stolen, I think I took about 35 photos with the Windows Phone. The quality wasn’t there… and while I know that wasn’t all Microsoft’s fault (it was Samsung’s hardware afterall), it was part of the overall smart phone experience that made the windows phone unworkable for me.
What’s the proper etiquette for dealing with a phone that was given to me for free that I’m no longer going to use. Do I send it back? Is it okay to sell it? Is it okay to give it away? The phone works great (as a phone) including minutes/apps paid for by Microsoft, but it came with no instructions, so not sure how long it will last that way.