It was a little over a year ago that I knew my phone was obsolete. I was one of the few, brave Windows Phone users remaining and Microsoft had announced that there was a Samsung Android phone being sold as a “Microsoft Edition”. That simply meant the phone was preloaded with all the MS Android apps and you could get assistance on using it at a Microsoft store. Whee.
And this change was a surprise, but not really so, since there was a Microsoft division that was doing nothing but writing nice software for Android and iOS and not writing anything for Windows Phone. The up-and-coming mobile powerhouse apps hadn’t been developing for Windows Phone for a very long time. But none of that was a concern for me, since all I needed was a way to call, text, read email, and browse the web when I was bored. And play Solitaire. A Windows Phone did all that just fine. Until it didn’t. And that became infuriating, because I don’t ask much from my phone.
Early in my WP days, I used to visit Yahoo’s news site, but then Yahoo changed something and the pages started locking up, where I couldn’t scroll anymore. So, I switched to MSN and happily used their news site for many years. Recently, though, an odd bug started happening. After a minute or so on a page, the page would reload, sending me back to the top of the article. And it would happen again a minute or so later. And again. Then the browser would literally give up. It would display this message:
Now, there’s a message to piss off your users. “We’re having trouble so we’re not going to try anymore.” And when you clicked Back, you didn’t return to the previous page, your history was wiped out and you went back to the Start page. Keep in mind, this is a Microsoft device, using a Microsoft web browser on a Microsoft website. And it doesn’t work. I’ve determined the root cause of the bug is the advertisements injected into the page by script, but without any ad-blocker or other customizations, a fix is out of my control.
Another recent shutdown Microsoft did was of Zune>XBox Music>Groove Music. I don’t use streaming services, so I didn’t think it was a big deal. But I also didn’t think it was going to affect Cortana’s music search feature (which is like Shazam). I searched for a song recently and I got:
Good job finding that song.
So that’s it. I made up my mind I’m going to do what Microsoft wants me to do, switch to Android. Now, where before I had a few available models of Windows Phone, I now have a choice of probably thousands of phones. Which one should I get? As a creature of habit, I chose a new model from an old company. The Nokia 6.1.
Soon, I’m going to be able to be up-to-date on all the apps. I can start collecting rewards from stores and restaurants. I can start tracking this and that through apps. I can use any fitness tracker I want. I can play games – all the games. I won’t have to get all pissed off and feel left out when I see:
And hopefully, I can browse a goddamn web site without the pages reloading until the browser just shits the bed.
I ordered the phone on Amazon for all of $287, which I think is pretty cheap. What do current phones go for now? A good place to buy Android phones is the Microsoft Store. Let’s see. 5 models for sale: 1 Windows Phone (out of stock), 3 Android Samsungs, and 1 Android Razor. They are priced from $699 to $929. Nope, I will not be getting any of those. I don’t need a $1000 Solitaire game device.