Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Windows Phone 7

Lukas Mathis:

At first, it would seem as if the lack of iTunes support for WP7 would be a disadvantage. I disagree. Not having to rely on iTunes for syncing is really, really nice.


You get to the Start Screen by pushing the phone’s Windows button. Unlike the iPhone’s home button, the Windows button is a truly idempotent reset button. It doesn’t matter what you’re currently doing, or how often you push the button; pushing the Windows button always resets the phone to the same known state. It always opens the Start Screen at the top scroll position.


This is a much better solution than iOS’s «let’s put custom a browser inside every app» solution. The WP7 browser always looks and works the same, always offers the same features, and always uses the same history, tabs, and bookmarks data.


I really like the WP7 keyboard. In fact, I think it’s better than the iPhone’s. It does all of the behind-the-scenes things virtual keyboards are supposed to do[…] And it does a bunch of additional things. For example, punctuation keys sound different from regular keys, and it makes yet another sound if it auto-corrects a word. So you don’t have to keep looking at the text, you can keep your eyes on the keyboard. If WP7 changes a word and you have to make sure it actually did the right thing, it’ll tell you.

Great article.

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"Great article."

Wow. That is worth a full read. A very nice overview.

(FWIW, I'd bet on Windows Phone ending up as the iOS alternative instead of Android. Someone will build a viable alternative platform eventually, and Google just seems too autistic to me. I think Gruber is wrong about a lot of things these days, but I do agree with him that Chromebook seems like Google's "natural" platform.)

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