April 28th, 2012
On Sunday April 8, 2012 the Nokia Lumia 900 on AT&T hit the stores running. Well, sort of. Sunday April 8th happened to be Easter of course, and most AT&T stores were closed. Nice. But for those [like myself] who preordered the phone, the fun began on Monday the 9th when the phones arrived, fizzled fanfare notwithstanding.
Is this the smartphone you have been waiting for? It’s certainly the smartphone I have been waiting for. But I have to preface that with a few things:
- That I am a [formerly] frustrated HTC Aria Android user. Without question there is much to love about the Android experience [tons of apps, a customizable OS and GUI (i.e. HTC Sense, Samsung Touch Wiz, etc.) and a wide choice of phones] as well hate [buggy apps and a lack of cohesion in the overall experience and implementation, OS updates that are carrier-bound with no upgrade path, preinstalled bloatware that cannot be removed, sluggish UI experiences, etc.] and the latter gripes fall in line with my two year [tortuous] stint with the HTC Aria Android phone in its current and never-to-be-updated version of Android [ANDROID 2.2 ROM UPDATE | 02.25.2011] All in all, a phone experience more painful than I feel it ever should have been.
- That I am a mostly happy [long term] user of the Zune HD with its beautiful Metro interface from the second day of its availability through today. This, even though Microsoft announced late last year  that after 5 years it was abandoning the Zune hardware. So this has given me about 5 years with the Metro interface and I have become quite used to the navigation and use of it. This also means that use of the Zune PC client software is familiar as well.