Tor’s Galaxy S7 which went through so much with me has met its Waterloo. Literally. He was working outside in the rain and had it in a zipped pocket. He discovered water had run in through the zip and pooled, and the phone was sitting in a puddle. Soooo…overheating, screen flickering, buttons not working etc. He gave up on it and got a Galaxy S10 for $1299.
Meanwhile in Windows 10 Mobile land, I got a Lumia 950 for $52 including shipping, plus $30 for a new battery, a 930 for $16.50 including shipping and a Lumia 830 for $6.50 including shipping! Why? At those prices, why not? Support for W10M ends officially on December 31st, so we’ll see how long the app store keeps functioning. Not that there was a lot there to begin with. The great thing is, apps can be sideloaded, unlike WP 8.1, where you had to have a developer account to root the phone. I’m also wondering how long the Lumia Recovery tool will keep working for reinstalling the OS. Hmmm.
What do I like about these phones?
Great cameras – the 950 and 930 have 20 megapixel shooters with rich capture and 4K video. The 830 has a perfectly respectable 10mp unit.
Wireless charging on all three phones.
Removable batteries and SD card slots on the 950 and 830.
Hardware – the 930 and 830 have slim, stylish metal housings with polycarbonate rear covers. The 950, not so much – quite a bland plastic affair. The 930’s screen has a nice water-under-surface-tension look to it.
Glance screen on the 950 and 830. This shows time and notifications on the display so you don’t need to wake the phone to see what’s going on. Strangely left off the 930.
Live tiles – tiles display information so you don’t need to wake an app to see what’s going on.
Continuum on the 950, Miracast on the 930 and 830 – connect your phone to a display, and with Continuum you can connect it to a display, mouse and keyboard and use it like a mini-laptop
Customisable screen layout with resizeable tiles, transparency and colour options. I like to make it look nice, y’know? I still think this is the most pleasing and user-friendly UI of all.
Double-tap to wake. Such a great feature. I have seen it on Android phones but not iPhones, which also have that stupid raise-to-wake thing.
The downside is, of course, end-of-life.
There was always the app gap with WP and W10M. It’s only gotten worse. No FB app, and Slim Social which I’ve replaced it with has started acting weird – you have to type a couple of letters when making a post, they won’t appear, you click away from the app and back again. There they are and now you can type your post. This also happens in Edge browser, and any of the other FB clients in the Microsoft Store.
For Instagram, 6tag won’t let me post photos, and the Edge browser won’t let me watch videos so I have the shortcuts side-by-side for doing both easily. It’s a work-around!
There is still one app that’s being actively developed, the excellent myTube. Chris keeps being fucked around by Google and YouTube but hasn’t thrown in the towel. Yet.
I guess I wonder when I’ll switch to another platform. Not for a while yet. Apart from some minor inconveniences, W10M still meets all of my (admittedly modest) needs.
Footnote: So Tor spent $1299 on his new phone. My three Lumias cost me $105. Can’t help feeling that, even in 2019, that’s a killer deal.
PS I’ll also be keeping an eye out for a bargain 1520, that 6-inch phablet beast. Just ‘cos.