This is my second of a few posts detailing my experiences using Windows Phone 7 for a couple weeks.
Short description of experience so far: Windows Phone 7 is like beautiful candy… that doesn’t taste all that great and comes in a wrapper prone to give you paper cuts.
I’m really torn on WP7. There are parts, mostly visual, that I love. I really like the Metro UI and I like that most applications adhere to it. It’s wonderful to go from app to app and have a UI that is not only consistent, but clean while also modern.
On the other hand, WP7 is missing a lot of stuff that I’ve come to expect with Android and is now standard on iOS and has always been present on WebOS, namely multitasking. Now, I’m not just talking about the ability to quickly switch from app to app, I’m talking about the ability to listen to something and then go do something else and continue listening. In that respect, WP7 is much like iOS used to be. As long as you stick to the 1st party apps you’re in good shape but as soon as you start using other apps, all bets are off. Things like TuneIn and Rdio stop playing the instant you leave the application.
Not only can apps not play media when they are not front and center, but there does not seem to be any real notification system that apps have access to. Forget about getting an instant message if the app isn’t currently running, or getting notified of a comment on your blog, or getting a ping from twitter or facebook when you get nibble there. I find myself constantly visiting these apps to see what’s going on and when I open them, because they are unable to update in the background, they have to update when the app opens… insane.
I’m going to try to stick it out with using this phone, but the more I use it, the more it feels like a feature phone with a big screen and a great interface.