Why am I bothering with a Windows Phone?

Someone asked me this. A fair question.

At my core I am a learner. I read extensively. Try new technologies all the time. I am over-degreed and still aspire to a PhD someday (yes I know, tick tick tick…). I pretty much want to maximize the amount of learning in my day at all times.

Here is a nice quote from “The Atlantic”:http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2012/04/the-jig-is-up-time-to-get-past-facebook-and-invent-a-new-future/256046/:

On the mobile side, we’re working with almost the exact same toolset that we had on the 2007 iPhone, i.e. audio inputs, audio outputs, a camera, a GPS, an accelerometer, Bluetooth, and a touchscreen. That’s the palette that everyone has been working with — and I hate to say it, but we’re at the end of the line. The screen’s gotten better, but when’s the last time you saw an iPhone app do something that made you go, “Whoa! I didn’t know that was possible!?”

That is how I feel. I’ve had an iPhone for years and I am not learning much new with it. The hardware is static. iOS is static. The sea of icons is boring. And it makes my thinking boring, I fall into the trap like everyone else of believing that this is just the way mobile phones are, there is no different way for them to be.

Has my Windows Phone dramatically opened new vistas for me? Not yet but it does have new elements and forces me to think about new things. That is good.

2 Replies to “Why am I bothering with a Windows Phone?”

  1. Good points, John. So what will the next new instruments or I/O options on mobile, or new way to use the existing set in combination? There’s a lot I’ve wanted to do with augmented reality but ran into limitations on the accuracy of magnetometer and positioning. I have found the whole AR space pretty dull and under-performing. If something like Siri has a developer API that opens some doors. What else?

  2. I don’t know what else but it is interesting to think about what you might do with a device that was dramatically better in some dimension. What if the devices had 1TB of storage? 100x more compute cycles? not just 2 cameras but 20 cameras looking in all directions? 100x more spectrum coverage — receiving into the IR and UV ranges, or even more RF? Display surface on front and back? Microprojector built in? We know silicon is basically free so how should we use the next generation of silicon?

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