Eighteen months ago when I got a new phone I switched from an iPhone to a Windows operating system. After a short learning curve I grew to like the phone. It had a bigger screen, but it fit nicely in my purse and was easy to hold in my hand. Syncing my Outlook calendar to my phone calendar worked spectacularly. (Since both the phone and the software came from the same company that was to be expected.)
Strangely enough, though, after a couple of months syncing became problematic. My computer wanted to send everything through the 'cloud' first and somewhere along the line the information got misplaced and didn't come back down to my phone properly. I chatted online with a couple of Microsoft technicians, and posted my problem on a forum, but never got a definitive answer from either source. Things got better, then they got worse again. Several months ago I stopped trying and figured I'd grin and bear it until my contract was up, but when I fell and broke the phone screen last month getting a new phone became a priority.
Son Brian came to my rescue. He was upgrading to a newer phone for work and over the weekend he gifted me his iPhone 4. I stopped into the phone store last night, where they transferred the SIM card and moved my contacts from old phone to new. When I got home I plugged the phone into my computer and restored and updated the information and apps that had been waiting patiently for me on iTunes, then synced my calendar to the phone. This morning I started a Words With Friends game with Hubby Tony. (The game didn't have an app for the Windows phone. We'd tried playing online, but the process was clunky and I gave up.)
Despite the calendar issues and the paucity of apps for the Widows phone there are some things I really liked. I'm already missing the start screen resizeable tiles and the multiple options for customizing the screen, the keyboard auto-complete which is much more intutitive with word suggestions, and the 'back' arrow, which is more like what I'm used to on my computer.
I'm betting that soon the Windows phone experiment will be a distant memory.
Five years ago today: Cushioning