One year of Windows Phone 7

So, it is already one year since I moved from my loved/hated nokia 5800 to my really loved HTC trophy 7. It is time for some reflections.

Once a time a go, I saw a weird phone, with a interesting interface. I went to the shop and saw the Microsoft logo and walked away. I did it three times and tried on the fourth, and bought it.  My nokia 5800 software sucked and annoyed me too much that I need some fresh air. I never liked Androids and for some weird reason I never felt enough will to buy a iphone. Welcome to the dark side*.

So changed my life in some sense, since I was a nokia user and Linux fan boy it is easy to imagine that wasn’t a easy decision. But after it payed every buck that I spent on it.

Two years using the nokia 5800 generated a lot of frustration, that easily make me understand why nokia dropped the Symbian and Meego in favor of Windows Phone. With the nokia 5800 I have a phone and nice music player with a terrible touch screen. The browser sucks, the ovi store sucks, the apps sucks. The hardware was good and the touch screen, resistive one makes me cry blood everytime that I need to use it.

So when I started to use the HTC was only happiness, nice capacitive touch screen with a awesome looking system, with apps that work ( even if it is not that much ) and I can easy develop for it. I downloaded the SDK and make the hello world in 10 minutes. I really tried the nokia QT studio and other options and again was terrible in many levels.

Now I only check social networks on my phone, is rare use desktop email client and I really became more productive in a lot of tasks. I can do a lot of tasks on my phone.  At that time was windows phone 7 and it was really more limited that it is today.

When the windows 7.5 was released ( I installed it since the beta version ), with new apps and a lot of new features ( for users and developers ) I just got it as my definitive phone. HTC hardware proved to be really good, surviving some hard falls and with a lot of scratches it is still working perfect.

The only thing that I got a bit disappointed was the camera, but it is specific from HTC, the nokia 800 from my wife has a gorgeous camera ( like all nokias ).  The lack of some apps and the time that it takes for some apps comes to the platform still a issue but I can understand. Will get better in future when it will have more marktshare.

Linkivy.com

So I released a new website, linkivy.com. It is based on a old ideia, a bookmark tool that shows the updates of the saved sites.  So basically linkivy is a tool where you can save links or have them read from your likes on facebook, and it will automatically show the feeds from these sites.

I’m using it for more or less one year, since I started to develop it. I would say that it is mature enough for the early adopters but still lack a lot of necessary features. The main features are:

  • save the link and automatically provide the feeds related
  • show the feeds in a really nice white minimalistic screen
  • read your facebook account for liked links and add it to your feed list ( if you want )

Just that, you can try it at linkivy.com, in front page you can navigate on some feeds without login. If you login you can add your feeds using a bookmark applet or reading the liked links on facebook.

That also changed the way that I save my bookmarks. On my primary desktop I save it using the javascript applet on bookmark toolbar, but on mobile phones, tablets or other computers I simple do like it on facebook when I want save it or read later or add the feed to my list.

That also make my internet reading more productive, If I want I can go to the publisher website but usually I simple check if there is new stuff published on that site on linkivy, and read what I think that should be read.

I hope it can be useful for other people also and the only thing that I’m planning is create a mobile client.