After using Windows Mobile for a good 4 and a half years, I’ve finally decided to call it quits. While part of me wanted to wait for the new Windows Phone 7 launch, it seemed that Windows Phone 7 was just too little, too late. So instead, I ordered a Google Nexus One last Thursday (which is currently en route to me here in Toronto). The Android user interface was what really sold me on the phone (see below for a short video of that interface — not created by me).
Thinking back, my original decision to go with Windows Mobile was largely based on interoperability — I run Windows at home and at the office, and I wanted a phone that would work seamlessly with my work and home machines. Funny enough however, my Windows Mobile phone ended up having pretty much zero interaction with any of my machines, except occasionally moving some music from my home computer to my phone.
The services I did end up interacting with the most on my mobile were almost all Google services — I use Gmail, Google Maps and Google search by default, and ended up using pretty much nothing made my Microsoft (I access my work email through Outlook Web Access on my phone, since my firm doesn’t support non-BlackBerry mobile devices here in Canada).
I’m looking forward to the switch to Android, and I’m excited about the Nexus One. While a little pricey, I think it will be a substantial step up in user experience from my Windows Mobile 6.5 device (the HTC Diamond). I had also thought about waiting for the HTC Desire (mainly because of the integrated FM radio, which I use about once a year :)), but after hearing that it wouldn’t work on 3G in North America, decided to just take the plunge and grab the Nexus One.
So while I’m off to the Android, I’m still curious to see where things are going to go with Microsoft’s foray into Windows Phone 7. I came across a post about Windows Phone 7 this morning on Slashgear, and while I have some deeper concerns about the upcoming mobile platform than the author does, I do agree wholeheartedly with the third bullet point at the bottom of his post, that Microsoft should:
Maximize the experience of product ownership. If owning a Windows PC is good, a Windows PC and Windows Phone should be better. Add in an Xbox and it should be an even better experience. And so on.
As I said earlier, this is what I had hoped for with a Microsoft-branded phone. And while I can certainly only speak for myself, I felt like I never really got what I was looking for with that experience. Now let’s see what Google and Android can do.
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