| By Katherine Murray |
Does your age influence your savvy assessments of technical gear more than you’d like to think?
Katherine Murray and her son Chris compare their experiences in a two-part review of Windows Phone 7.
Here’s Katherine’s first-hand account of her decision to try a Windows Phone 7. Next week, Chris Murray gives his perspective on using the same phone.
I’m geeky and not really old, right?
I don’t like to admit this, but maybe I’m just too old for a Windows Phone 7. I’ve been writing about technology for 25 years, and I love being in the flow of things as changes in both hardware and software make it possible for us to choose where, how, and when we want to connect — online or otherwise. But with age and experience comes pragmatism, perhaps; toys must also be functional tools.
When I was writing my last round of Office 2010 books for Microsoft Press, I decided I needed a Windows Phone 7 so that I could use the latest Windows Mobile OS to write about the mobile capabilities of Office 2010 and Office 365. My first look at my new HTC HD7 wowed me: the colors, how vibrant! The touch, so responsive! I was smitten. I happily took my new phone home to customize it and show it off to friends and family.
But the honeymoon didn’t last long — soon, my pretty new phone started locking up. The image on the touchscreen seemed to be telling me to plug the phone into my PC for updates. OK, I did that. Then the Zune software kicked in, and after several moments of what looked like an update in progress, I got an error message that the update was not possible at that time. The only thing to do was to remove the battery and restart the phone.
This process was marginally annoying when it happened only once every few days. But after a few weeks of use, the phone was locking up daily — even though I synched it regularly and updated the software whenever changes were available. Eventually, the phone would lock up several times a day — usually when I had an incoming call.