Simple thing I will be missing on Windows Phone 7

Usually, as soon as I get a new smartphone my first instinct is to change the background so I can have a photo I took of my family or a place I like shown to me along with the rest of the information as soon as I turn on my device.

However it seems that this simple feature available nowadays to every simple phone just wont be there on Windows Phone 7.

This of course wont prevent me from using and liking WP7, but it will sure come a shortcoming I wouldn’t expect on any consumer smartphone of the twenty first century.

Windows Phone 7, the best walk through

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This is by far the best walk through of WP7 out there on the internet.

It shows a fast and responsive OS with features such as Bing voice search, Bing (fast) maps, e-mail browsing and managing, multiple calendars and e-mail accounts, a great Office experience coupled with nice pinch to zoom gestures.

I also like the Music hub and I am eagerly awaiting to see a more complete Xbox Live hub, and you can see the browser which has a very decent behavior.

Not all is great, and although the programs list has some fancy animations, I think it might get hard to find an app if the list is loooooooooongggggggggggg, unless you search for it, hope they improve this soon with lets say an alphabetic tab on the side, what do you think?

Nevertheless, things are indeed heating up, and I just can’t wait for launch time Smile 

So go ahead and watch the video which I guarantee you it’s well worth watching.

Why Google Maps suck

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I’ve had some previous bad experiences with google maps, but I’m the kind of guy that always gives the benefit of the doubt to all products I test.

I have used google maps previously with success, in fact, most of the times I’ve used it I had no problems.

Unfortunately, this just isn’t enough to let me forget all the times I had to loose time and money, and even my sanity because of relying on am unprofessional and erroneous service.

Why do I say this? well because I’ve used GM on the past on several ways and platforms, from the PC to my personal navigator and on my Windows Phone.

Lets start with the PN. I have a Tom Tom One Go Live 950, and I used Google’s search on it. On several occasions the information simply just isn’t accurate. Imagine being late at night trying to reach your hotel to get some sleep and you find yourself desperately going in circles searching for a Hotel that just isn’t there on the middle of a rough neighborhood miles away from the place where the hotel really is. When you actualy get to the Hotel (after asking to some cops on the side of the road), you finally go to bed, but its just to late for you to get some decent sleep.

Imagine wanting to eat, and searching for a mall that is in the wrong place.

Worst: Imagine planning trip, and your hotel location is totality off from what Google is advertising.

This happened to me. A few days ago I went to Madeira Island in Portugal, I thought I’d save a few bucks if I planned the trip myself. So gave myself to the trouble along with my wife to search for the airline, the Hotel, the works.

On the Hotel part, I relied on Google Maps, and found the perfect candidate on the center of Funchal.

Whe we got there, we got a cab to take us to the Hotel, and then I had the first hint there was something wrong: the cabbie never heard of the street and the Hotel on that street. So I thought the guy was new and told him to take us to the city center.

Once there I pulled my trusty HD2 and opened GM for Windows phone. The GPS signal was great and it pointed out my location perfectly.

So we started walking towards the hotel location. The morning was beginning to heat up under the Atlantic summer sun and no Hotel. We passed twice at the advertised location and nothing. I then noticed there was a second location for the same hotel referenced at GM, just a few minutes away. So we went there.

Again it was a fake information and we had to start asking locals for the Hotel. Someone said it was quite far away from the place we where, and so it was.

So I leave you here the image that details the distance between the real Hotel location (Favorite star), and point A, one of the fake hotel’s location.

Google should be more careful about this, and mention clearly  on the site and on the mobile version that a very large portion of the information it provides is most likely to be incorrect.

Samsung Omnia i8000 (Omnia 2) customization app

This is still an early Alpha, but I wanted to share in order to get some feedback to see if its worth to keep developing it.

This small aplication allows owners of Samsung the Omnia 2 or i8000, or even the Samsung Omnia Pro to personalize wether they prefer the Windows Mobile traditional look and feel and at the same time maintain some of the Samsung apps.

Done:

  • Apply the default Titanium items list on the home screen
  • Switch easily between themes
  • Show/Hide Windows Mobile Settings
  • Show/Hide Samsung e-mail form
  • Show/Hide Samsung SMS form
  • Activate/Deactivate Threaded SMS

Todo:

  • Fix theme (appears some gray areas that should be white due to bad Hex conversion to the registry)
  • Add MMS Arcsoft
  • Some minor updates such as application icon

I am open to any suggestions/help

Nuno

Download here