So I did the personality test. My personality type is “The Logician” (INTP-A). Strength of individual traits: Introverted: 34%, Intuitive: 11%, Thinking: 20%, Prospecting: 20%, Assertive: 4%. Role: Analyst. Strategy: Confident Individualism. So there you go, now I make sense… (www.16personalities.com)
For the love of math, I just had to write this in LaTeX. P.S. Another close relative showed that 2041 would result in 3.1.41. Nice!
I have been using my Windows phone (Lumia 920) for a few days now. Brief thoughts follow:
Missing features that only Microsoft could forget
- Reading a Kindle book in bed at night on my Lumia 920 is almost impossible because the 3 capacitive buttons (back, home, search) are lit up like nearby stars (ones so close they would boil the oceans dry) and cannot be dimmed
- Calendar app has no ability to add bi-weekly or monthly events (yet inconsistently the online www.live.com calendar can do these event repetitions with no problems)
- The graphical interface on this phone is beautiful and extremely functional
- Wireless charging is brilliant
- There is a Airplay app called “Airpla7” which does not work with Apple’s Bonjour but does work nicely to display photos via Apple TV
- Windows Phone app is small, simple and fast compared to iRubbish (iTunes) which is huge, slow, bloated. and confusing to use
- The camera app does not allow selection of photo size (or resolution). Say for example that you want to PXT (send a picture rather than a TXT message) then there is no easy way to take a photo that is small sized (e.g. 640x480px). Sending 8.7 MB photos is just not an option — and doesn’t work anyways,
- Windows Phone app for Mac is a ripoff of iTunes. it requires a cable; there is no wireless sync option. The app failed to detect the phone first time, so I had to restart it. It crashed within a few minutes. Cannot drag and drop folders onto the app; can drag MP3 files but where do they go? I can see the MP3 file on the app and the phone but cannot delete the MP3 file using the app. The SYNC button is inaccessible (way of the screen to the RHS somewhere). Look at the mess below:
- Official Facebook Page
- WP8 loves his Windows phone 8
- See also my friend Adarsh’s comments at Comfortably Numb
I am totally Mac, or at least was until a few days ago when I bought a Windows 8 smart phone. It’s a black Lumia 920, 32 GB internal storage, dual core 1.5 GHz processing power, 8.7 MP camera, and it came with a wireless charger so no daily plug-ins necessary. Wow, yeah, I am so out of date — even my wife and 14 year old daughter have had smart phones for ages, but mine has a bigger screen and according to one YouTube video the screen can be used to bang in nails while barely scratching the Gorilla glass!
Anyways, I don’t have the device yet it is in a courier van somewhere between Auckland and Wellington. When I gets here I have a few apps lined up to try as I attempt to fit the new device into my almost Mac-only workflow.
Here are a few of the apps I am going to try (in alphabetical order):
- Audible (audio books)
- Bible and ESV bible apps (both excellent on iOS)
- Boxfiles (Dropbox — no true Dropbox or Box.net apps available yet, but 7 GB of MS Skydrive is baked in)
- Facebook (Microsoft app)
- Kindle (no Kobo books app so far)
- Nextgen reader (RSS)
- Rowi (Twitter — no true Twitter app available yet)
- (Podcasts — dunno yet)
Missing native apps:
- Logos bible
So why did I buy a Windows Phone when I am so much a Mac fanboy and Microsoft critic? Simply because the Lumia is a really nice device, and because of Apple’s exorbitant pricing. The Lumia cost about half that of an iPhone 5c and a third that of a 5s. Time will tell as to whether I will regret not paying the extra Apple tax.
- Developing for Windows Phone 8 requires…… Windows 8 64-bit. Yup, you heard that right….. The VS dev tools look pretty nice and the dev language (XAML and C#) a lot nicer than Xcode and dodgy non-standard (except on Mac) Objective C.