I’ve had this Samsung Ativ S Neo for a few weeks now and I genuinely love using it. As a whole, I don’t miss having an Android phone I don’t have any problems living an iOS free life.
Let me list of some of my annoyances.
- I couldn’t be more disappointed in Xbox music. It just doesn’t work well. The tool to sync songs to the device is garbage. I moved a few hundred songs to the phone and they somehow multiplied themselves. Some tracks added themselves 7 or 8 times and some of those tracks are missing album art. Or artist name. Or the album name. It’s a mix and it doesn’t make any sense.
- More on music. Xbox music is supposed to work like Spotify. On Sprint’s 3G network, I get silence. That’s a Sprint issue, not the phone’s. Where the app does goof up is that it’s not immediate. If I add a song on my desktop to listen on mobile, I’ve had to wait hours for it to show up. Google does the same thing in seconds with Google Music. Microsoft needs to fix music
- Apps aren’t as much of a problem as I originally thought. I’m not missing out on anything. I don’t have an official Instagram app, but 6tag is pretty amazing. It nails everything Instagram does and it’s never given me any trouble. What I have noticed is that the Windows Phone apps are not as well supported as their iOS and Android counterpoints. The Tumblr app is a great example of this. It’s there, it works, but lacks a huge chunk of it’s sister applications.
- I do miss Android’s ability to share anything to any app.
Things I love
- The Live Tiles are pretty great. The commercial from a year or two back where people just glance at their phone and get an idea of what’s going on— it’s really like that. I feel less beholden to my phone and a little less into checking it nonstop. I still do, but it’s because it’s so pretty.
- It’s so pretty. I read a review of Windows Phone 8 as an OS it was knocked for not being more customizable. First of all, anything next to iOS is a box of legos in customization. Second, it gives you enough to play with and make the phone yours with out overwhelming, you with options. My phone feels like mine and I feel like I have a lot to play with. Plus, with whatever I do, its still usable.
- Setting are intuitive. I didn’t think this was a big deal until I moved around iOS 7’s settings. Hoo boy. A lot going on there.
- My battery life is awesome. I get a full day and change with this thing and I’d consider myself a power user.
- I love taken pictures with it.
I think everything will be okay for the next two years.