- 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 Wow, yeah, I am so out of date — even my wife and 14 year old daughter have had smart phones for ages, but mine has a bigger screen and according to one YouTube video the screen can be used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.