I'm currently working at Ta Mère SCRL a small development shop in Belgium.
We mainly do mobile apps (iOS, Android) for clients. We also have a strong interest in Pharo Smalltalk and Rust.
I’ve written this article in June 2011 and never published it. Now that Nokia has shipped their phones and the Mango (aka Windows Phone 7.5) is everywhere, it’s maybe time to click on the publish button ;)
When reading reviews of WP7.5, Microsoft has fixed almost all the issues I had with my LG Optimus 7 phone. Unfortunately, it broke during the (awesome) Dour festival. The phone became crazy and kept rebooting. (In case you are wondering, fifteen minutes of cycling reboots keeps your phone hot). The shop where I bought it did not plan to get any Windows Phone soon so they gave me a Galaxy S2 (almost) for free.
While Android 2.3 is packed with wonderful features, it’s not as polished as the WP7 phone I owned but it usually works well. Android 4 is said to address this but I don’t think it will be as fresh and usable than Windows Phone. Anyway, here’s the short review I wrote back in June:
I was the first to be surprised when I came back home with a windows phone in my bag. Three months later, it’s time to report.
A bit of context: I’m a big fan of Apple products for seven years now (and I was a Linux user before). MacOS X is an impressive operating system: the geek inside me loves UNIX, the end user part of me likes the ‘everything works out of the box’ side of the Mac experience.
Long story short, I love this Windows Phone 7.
They screwed up with the first update of the OS. It brought copy-pasting but deployment was a nightmare for Microsoft.
Notification LED. My android phone had a small LED hiddden in the speaker. Even when you’re phone is in silent mode you can see in one eye glance if you'vre a text or missed a call. very useful
No threads in emails. Epic fail.
No tethering. Annoying in the train.
No multiple calendars when synced with Google Calendar.
I cannot find a good Remember The Milk app. WinMilk is way to slow to be usable (yeah, I know, it is open source it is up to me to improve it instead of complaining)
This week, Microsoft unveiled a new version of WP7 called ‘Mango’ or WP7.5. This update brings a lot of new features. Hopefully they won’t screw the whole Metro experience (fingers crossed).
All in all, forget Windows Mobile 6.x, Microsoft changed everything. The subtle rename from Windows Mobile to Windows Phone is not innocent.
I can’t believe I’ve just said something good about Microsoft software.