The boring state of smartphone world

Here we go, I am kind of bored about one of the things that I used to like a lot: Mobiles Phones. 

My actual feeling is dissatisfied with my own phone, but I know that it will not change if I change phone or mobile platform. I actually own a Lumia 830 and I can´t see a phone in same tier with same price and I do not want spend 500 or more in a brand new phone.

Let’s start on what is ruining the windows phone platform. There is no more windows phone platform. Actually for the 2 or 3 time in few years you start over with a “new” awesome os update. From wp7 to wp8, wp8 to wp10 . Most you will point that the gross of source still been useful, c#, silverlight, etc. What you fail to see is once I changed the interface, is not that simple change the backend. A lot of decisions were made and here we are, with almost no apps, some of them look like wp7, some o them wp8, some of them wp10 and a lot of them look like android and iOS.  And when there are apps. My credit card, one of my banks, tumblr and flickr, no apps for you.

The update to wp10. I agree with Tom Warren, no phone is good enough, the system is not ready, almost everything is half baked. In my particular case, I don´t like the actual state of interface. I want my good old metro design back.

The last complain is about skype.  Skype sucks on windows phone, skype is one of my most used apps and just didn’t moved away from it because I kind of locked on it. My family and my main customer use only it.

My actual device is a Lumia 830, and for those who value money I still recommend it. If you have more money and are willing to spend it, go for one Iphone 6/6s.

Actually my advice is get a lumia 640 if money is short, get a iphone if you can.

About other platforms:

Will put it im simple terms, every time I use an android phone for more than 10 minutes, I became violent and want to throw the phone on the wall. Every time.

But in the last years became way better. Material Design is not a Metro but in my opinion has more future than the actual microsoft “whatever design”.

Still with some problems that after that amount of time should be solved. Any phone that is not expensive as hell sucks a lot.  Almost all my friends that used cheap android phones are on lumia 5xx or 6xx now. Even without apps. A phone still a phone and the basics, facebook, whatsapp, tinder, and a browser are there on Lumia. 

Iphone, I like the interface, it is good enough. The problem is the price. The top tier model is around 600 euros/dolars. I don’t see myself spending that amount of money and I am sure that after some time I will be on the same level of boringness that I am now. And the reason is simple, the phone I want, does not exist.  I want a wp7 with the wp10 kernel and all iOS apps.


I want nokia back

Really, also blackberry. Hope that nokia starts making phones again next year. Even it sucks. We need it, we need blackberry, even it sucks. I know how capitalism works and how difficult will became overtime to go out of polarization of iOS/Android but I need to hope that someone will make a phone that I like ;).

Microsoft/Nokia released a phone, new one, 230. Boy if it ran skype, I will surely try it. But no. How in the hell microsoft releases a phone that runs facebook, twitter, whatsapp and *not* skype.

This is the boring state, at least for me, of the smartphone world.

ps: Ubuntu phone and Tizen are even more experimental and without apps that wp7 was on the release day. Hope that changes also.


This is the number in percentage of what mobile operational systems are being used to access all my web sites ( including applications, blogs, etc etc ).

Platform – % of visits – average time spent on site:

  1. Android – 36% –  00:01:51
  2. Symbian – 31% – 00:00:36
  3. iOS – 29% – 00:03:22
  4. Blackberry – 4% – 00:00:30

Notice how iOS users spend time navigating on their devices. Also notice how nokia was screwed with Symbian. Windows Phone is not representative yet.

Now if I open the Android by each version I have a giant report with 22 diferent versions! And 2.2 is the most common followed close by 2.3.4. Only two visitors used 4.x or more. This is less than the windows phone users.

And the last one, the devices per manufactures ( only the top 3 ):

  1. Nokia
  2. Apple
  3. Samsung

Almost 30% each. Since nokia is in decline and Apple and Samsung are climbing, this means a lot of “smartphones” nokia around, but that sucks. I had on 5800x ( one of the most popular ) and is just terrible navigate with it. 

I would like to see how it will be on the next six months, so I’ll do the same comparison again. Please note that this is only for my websites and is not a trend or something bigger. It is just my own analysis.