After two and a half year of struggling with the crappy Android OS on Samsung Galaxy S I’ve finally decided that ‘enough is enough’.
I’ve wanted a small tablet so I can read (blogs and so on) easily so I was a bit into Samsung Galaxy Note II. Along with the fact that this too is an Android phone (OS which corrupts its own system files and lost my whole user data, lags horribly and so on) several fellow colleagues from RONUA (a local programming user group) warned me against as they already are owners.
One told me that approximately 50% of the phone calls he can’t hear the other party nor he can be heard and the other one told me he is experiencing approximately a complete OS freeze once per day. He is only able to restart the device by removing the battery and reinstering it.
I then looked for another-OS, large-display and low-SAR phone in the market. iOS ‘simply works’, I can’t deny but there was no large screen phone available, no low-SAR phone and nonetheless objective-C sucks incredibly bad.
Ironically I found another Samsung, the ATIV S.
Image source : Engadget
Windows development is my main job plus I’ve heard that the apps ecosystem in the Windows Phone marketplace is quite poor. Therefore I thought to myself : ‘maybe I could also write an app for it too!’. Having already tried development on Android and being quite
outraged surprised by its quirks.
I bit the bullet and bought the ATIV S from eMAG (a local retailer).
The first thing that surprised me was the curiosity of the shipping consultant (the guy that brings the product’s box, unboxes it and tests it in front of you). He was quite curious and said he’s never seen a Windows phone before.
Nice display, nice case and so on. Tried to insert the SIM card at home from the old phone but, to my shame, I did not pay attention to the fact that I needed a microSIM not a ‘standard’ SIM. So I had to wait till the next day to get to Vodacrap (Vodafone) to get it replaced.
I also found out that the contacts that Android told me that were saved on the Google Account were not. In fact I could not even access them via web. I simply had to manually move once again contacts. Thanks again Google, thank you to Linux (Android, whatever, same
The phone boots fast (20-30 sec compared to 2min30..3min of Galaxy S) and whatever you do it will not lag AT ALL no matter what. Combine with the fast and fluid animations this does indeed make up a very nice user experience.
The real nice thing is, however, the battery. A 2300 mAH battery combined with the battery saver mode will allow me to talk, text, browse websites, check in on FourSquare, etc etc and recharge it every three … three and a half days.
So far I didn’t had to use a kind of app and not find something in the marketplace. There are even Google Maps. Sure, Instagram is a missing thing for some but not for me. And even for that there is something in development as far as I’ve heard.
In another case, having a pretty quiet week and on average one phonecall per day I managed to go well beyond 5 days between recharges. I haven’t seen another smartphone reach these levels. Well at least not without Mugen Power batteries.
‘Bling’ features include NFC (who has / will use this anyway?), Bluetooth 3.0 and a microSD card slot (had one on the Galaxy S but never had the need to use it..).
The only things that I would consider lacking but by no means a ‘deal-breaker’ would be :
- A larger than 5 inch screen
- Easy to find leather cases (I found only one but not in the same city, I had to have it shipped)
- 4G / LTE connectivity
The camera is just as good as a phone camera can be, IMHO and at least it does have a LED ‘flash’ unlike Galaxy S. Not as good as Lumia 920′s of course but good enough to take some easy photos in the sunshine..
Now I will give Windows Phone 8 development a chance and see how this goes..