Windows Phone 10: Latest update could be my last.
Ok, so I'm posting this here, where there's lots of other WP10 fans, so you can try to talk me out of this but I think I am now official done with my Windows Phone experiment. And experiment is the best word for it, too: I came off Android because I was sick of three things: lag, the impossibility of getting updates and just general boredom (I'd had about 8 Android devices in a row). I've had WP since the day the Nokia 930 was released. I even pre-ordered it. I can officially say, I have tried - I gave it a good, honest go.
So yesterday, on my Nokia 930 Windows Phone, I got the latest build of Windows Phone 10. Like previous builds, it's functional but buggy and laggy. Not unusably so and not horribly - but just not as polished as Windows Phone 8.1. That's fine - it's beta stuff. I am ok with that.
But here's my real problem: if this is what Windows 10 is then it's really no different to Windows 8.1. It should be called Windows 8.1.1. It's just the same. Nothing that really matters has been addressed.
There's tiny tweaks here and there. Sure, notifications are more built out (it's now where Android was in about 2012), the email app has some improvements (and some pains, such as not being able to merge mailboxes) but the fundamental problems with the platform have not been touched at all.
Windows Phone, as a platform, has some major drawbacks - and I hoped WP10 would address them. It doesn't. I promised myself I'd wait until WP10 was released before abandoning the platform but now, seeing how close it is to the finish, I can see MS just doesn't realise where the real problems are.
There's still almost no interaction between apps.
For example: I still can't click an appointment in the notifications shade to get to the maps, ffs. Android had this before 2010 but WP still can't manage it. I still have to open the appointment and cut and paste the address into maps, to get directions.
Speaking of that, I still find the ability to select (cut and paste) text works in some places and not others. In fact, it works in less places in WP10 than it did in WP8.1.
Swype text works in some places but oddly, in others it does not. For example, I can swype text in a field in Edge but not when typing a URL. WTF?
Predictive text seems to pick the least likely option every time. It pays no attention to the rest of the sentence or the words before, even though Swiftkey was already doing that in about 2011. Here's an example. I just tried "I want to go to the shops and get milk", to see what it would say. It gave me "I want to go to the spuds and her milk".
There's still no apps. I know it's beta but honestly, we all know this is never going to change. WP will never get real apps, now.
I cannot express how much I hate "Here Maps". Every single time I use it (WP8.1 or WP10) it tells me the compass needs calibration and I need to wave the phone in a figure-8. So I have to stand in the street or sit in my car at the lights waving my phone around like a complete muppet - and no amount of this magic hand waving ever works. The compass remains unable to function. This is the f*cking flagship WP device ffs. Then, after several minutes of stuffing around like this, I eventually get my directions, which spawns another f*cking app, which once again asks me if I want directions. And then it always - and I mean always - takes me the worst possible way.
Today, it took me to a round-about and told me to take "the fourth exit" (i.e. go back the way I came), then lead me to another round about, about 600m away and, of course, told me to go back the way I came - straight back to the previous round-about, which, you guessed it - told me to go back the way I came. I honestly nearly pulled over and deliberately put my phone under a tyre, to run it over. The thing is - I wasn't even surprised when it happened. I knew it would happen, before it even did. I've just come to expect nonsense like this from both Here and Bing maps.
Overall, there's just no compelling changes. Nothing fundamental is different. No big reason to stay - just lots of reasons to go.