Switching to Windows Phone: it Just Works

I was planning to get all cute with the title of this blog post, making reference to the default dark color scheme of the Windows Phone, by calling this the “Welcome to the Dark Side” installment.

But honestly, that’s just too dramatic for this phone, which is the real theme of this piece: it just works.  No drama, no needing to reboot the device because the Audible app has hung (again!). There is nothing flashy about this phone or the O/S to the point it’s almost boring.  But on second thought, isn’t that a good thing?  I’m not fighting this phone to get it to do what I want: the Podcasts app works as expected (though I really wish I had a button to go back 30 seconds and hear the last few sentences again).  The music app just works.  There were no headphones that came with this phone so I can’t say they “just work” but the $20 Amazon Basic headphones (ostensibly for their Fire Phone) work like they were made for this phone.

In the last post I ranted about what the phone is missing in terms of apps, but it’s missing something else as well: frustration and configuration headaches.  Need to sync your contacts and calendars from both your Google and iCloud accounts? No problem! Need to import all of your music from your iTunes library? Microsoft has an app for that (which works on Windows and Mac) which does it’s job well and nothing more.  I want to expand on this last point a bit.  If you have a Mac and an iPhone then you know the “joy” of having your Mac happily launching a bevy of applications as soon as it sees your iPhone connected (you know, because if iTunes doesn’t automatically back up your phone’s state, or iPhoto doesn’t upload your photos, and iCal doesn’t do whatever the heck it’s doing when it sees your phone then you’ll never remember to do it on your own!).  Not only will a Mac, like an over-eager puppy wetting itself at the return of its master, launch a bunch of apps upon the connection of an iPhone, there’s a photo import process related to iPhoto which sucks up so much memory that my habit was to reboot my Mac after syncing and disconnecting my iPhone (16GB is enough RAM for mobile application development in Xamarin Studio along with a bazillion Safari and Chrome tabs open, but not enough for an iPhone apparently).

I know… First World problems, but my Lumia 635 doesn’t give me any of that drama… and isn’t this more in line with what we want our phones to be?