Lumia 950 Windows Phone Released – So What?

As I’ve mentioned numerous times, I’ve been an Android user for years. About this time last year, I ditched the green robot and purchased an HTC One M8 running Windows 8.1 to replace my aging Samsung Note 2 device.  The HTC One M8 is a beautiful 5″ phone with outstanding sound and performance. Unlike many new Samsung and Apple devices it does allow for an SD card to expand on-board storage.

I was less than enamored with the Windows Phone 8.1 experience. Though I like it better than Android Jellybean, which was running on the Note 2, I felt it had many idiosyncrasies bringing down my productivity. The supposed “app gap” between Android/iOS and Windows Phone was really not a challenge. The issues were more with Windows 8.1 and the user interface.

As soon as possible I jumped into the Windows Insider program and installed Windows Mobile 10 on the device. Not only was it much faster, but many of the issues I encountered under Windows 8.1 were gone. The live tiles, user interface, and app selection are top-notch. I figured I’d be thrilled when the forthcoming Microsoft Lumia 950 and 950xl arrived.

Well, not so much. While I think the Windows Mobile 10 operating system is far more advanced than either iOS 9 or Android Kit Kat (I haven’t really tried Marshmallow yet.), I feel the new devices are not worth the $600 price tag.  I’m actually not even sure where Windows Mobile is going. While Microsoft is bullish on Cloud first, many are stating that the Windows 10 universal app model and Windows Mobile may be a losing strategy.

The reports are coming in on the 950 devices. While good they are not perceived as “great.”  One of my co-workers has a 950XL. I tried it and felt is is a decent device. I did feel that my year-old One M8 was almost a better device, however. The metal body, the solid feel,  – those attributes are expected in business class device.  The 950xl felt more like a consumer device and not the computer that is a daily go-to productivity tool.

I also had decent hopes for Contiuum, the much-touted ability for the Lumia 95 (XL) to be plugged into a monitor and used as a secondary PC.  However, I already see this is not really what I need. I’m writing this on my very-captible Surface Pro 3. I find the Surface Pro quite sufficient in being portable. As it is, companies like Remix (http://www.jide.com/en/remixos) are expecting Android and Chrome OS will merge allowing a similar experience.

I’ll wait and see for now.

 

 

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The Year of the Linux Desktop?

As I’ve often documented, I became a Linux evangelist for several years. This was done not from some notion of open source or free software philosophy, simply as a result of the lack of solid consumer operating systems in the early 2000’s. Windows XP was a horrendous excuse for an upgrade from 2000 and the PC’s produced by the Cult Of Mac simply didn’t have the enterprise tools needed to be competitive.

I kept reading about how the current year would be the “year of the linux desktop.”  In that year, Linux would finally overtake Windows and Macintosh to be the dominant PC operating system.  Of course, this has yet to happen. In fact, ZDNet recently had a fantastic piece on why.

In Why There Will Never be a Year of the Linux Desktop, Steven Vaughn-Nichols argues that Windows, Macintosh, and even Linux are fading in terms of relevancy and being replaced by cloud based systems. Of course, he points out that many of these are Linux-based, but that many systems won’t be desktops at all.

Interesting thought.

 

 

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The Future of Computing?

I’ve been reading for years that PC sales are falling. In what was described as the post-PC era, we were all supposedly buying tablets. I have my fair share between three Android tablets and a Windows tablet.

Now, today, I see two conflicting articles.  The first I saw described how Intel is hoping the decline in PC sales will be halted with their newest chipset, SkylakeMobileDevices

The second, then discusses how those same tablets we’re all supposedly buying are not going to be the PC-killer after all.  What does this leave us with? I find myself using my smartphone for many tasks previously done on a PC. With a 6″ screen, I’m able to conduct most business I needed on a PC. Also, the device is always with me.

However, I’m wondering what will happen with the new wearables market. Many of my peers now have either a Fitbit, iWatch, or a Band.  Can implantibles be far behind?

 

 

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