Now this may be out of character, but when you reach male mid-life crisis or what I call(probably a lot of others said it before) man-on-pause, you begin to do a few things out of your character.
I recently and reluctantly upgraded to a new Android phone from a Windows 8.1 Nokia Lumina 640 phone. I thoroughly enjoyed the phone with few exceptions mostly related to the lack of support from app developers. The Windows phone 7/8 OS had more bundled features in the beginning. After 8.1 came out things started going downhill Here are a list of gripes:
- My Bloomberg app was filled with bugs and stopped getting updates.
- The Instagram, Twitter, Facebook apps were not fully functional due to lack of updates.
- Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Marketwatch apps crashed often.
- All the cool new popular social apps(AirBnB, Snapchat etc were not available)
Overall the good features outweighed the bad. The few limitations were not a problem for me as the phone was already a distraction enough. It was very good at:
- Low price
- Durable Case
- Keeping up with the news
- Syncing emails
- Listening to the radio on TuneIn
- Bluetooth connectivity
- Voice Commands
- Organizing photographs, podcasts and music
- Opening documents(Acrobat, Word)
- Internet hot-spot sharing
- Battery life
- GPS(Mapquest app, not the built in Bing maps)
There were more features that made the phone great for a person who needed it to communicate, do business and basic entertainment. It was not so great for social(government intrusion) activities like Facebook live, periscope, twitter video, Snapchat, etc. The windows phone could have picked up where Blackberry left off, but it was crushed by the marketing geniuses at Apple(and Samsung aka poor mans Apple). House of cards and other shows had a few Windows Phone product placements, but those are shows targeted to middle aged people like myself.There was no marketing to the youth, the hip-hop community, the druggy community, the nerd community, the sports community or any other large demographic. You would think a company who made one of the richest men on earth would throw a few coins to IAC to come up with a viral campaign. I felt betrayed this year after Microsoft announced that they would no longer be manufacturing windows phones. They just recently purchased Nokia’s mobile phone division and not barely 3 years later shut it down. That to me is the sign of a quitter. Currently Apple has a desktop PC market share of something like 17%(don’t quote me). They still have not quit. Microsoft frankly is like the Knicks. Highest paid and talented, but still can not get over.
Now to get to the title of this post, I saved the best Windows 8.1 feature for last for a reason. If you have bared to take the time to read my rant you deserve a little candy.
Last year when I was going through man-on-pause, I began dating one, two, three, maybe four people simultaneously. At times they would call me when I was on a date with another and this made me uncomfortable and frankly nervous. Thankfully Windows is a great wing-man and included a feature that allowed me to block calls and texts selectively. The calls would get dropped and not go to voicemail, and texts would be held in a certain area of the device and not make an alert. Later on when my date was over I could go to this area and see that I had a missed call or the text that was blocked. I would then text or call back the blocked person saying that I did not see their call or text, which was effectively true. So this enabled me to be comfortable and not get interrupted. Also, as the Windows Phone market share is so minuscule, the majority of people would not know how to operate the phone to get to the area, so I wouldn’t get busted. I really miss this feature as it is not available on Android. I have to do so much real time manipulation of my phone not to get busted it is not worth the advantages of having fully functional social(government intrusion) apps. There was only one occasion where someone got around the block but it was a result of them being blocked for weeks without any follow-up. They called from a different phone number, but thankfully I was at a safe place(work). I am not married yet, but if I was, and I got busted, then had to go to divorce court and they told me I had to part with 50% of my assets, I would say weeping “I love my wife.” Like they say, [It’s cheaper to keep her.]