07 April 2016

Windows 10 Mobile on Microsoft Lumia 535

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Last Sunday, I was lamenting that my Lumia wasn't getting software updates (I regularly check using Phone update in settings). Which was why I was playing with my XiaoMi RedMi 1S (now on MIUI7, it started on MIUI5) which was getting updates almost every other week. My girlfriend remarked about my Lumia. Which prompted me to do some googling on the preview build. As I've written almost a year ago I wasn't too pleased with the earlier builds and had to do a restore.

Anyway in my googling I found out that my Lumia 535 had a Windows 10 upgrade but the funny thing is you had to download another app (very similar to the desktop version of the OS) to get the upgrade. My question is why not just push the upgrade via the regular phone update built in to Windows phone 8.1 like what Android or iOS?

I did a hard reset (and wiped my SD card too) before updating using the Windows 10 Upgrade Advisor App (available on the Microsoft App Store, search for it on your phone) it took about an hour plus to update and get to the start screen (not including download time). YMMV.

After updating I immediately checked Phone update and low and behold there's another one... Now why upgrade people to an old build? Oh Microsoft...

So I updated to the latest build. I've only had one (1) unexpected reboot. And this was early on when I was poking around with the settings. So far build 10.0.10586.164 (same as my laptop by the way) has been quite stable.

Of course my 535 is a bit long in the tooth so a bit of sluggishness is to be expected. Keeping that in mind, I do enjoy the little touches like being able to reply to the text or fb right at the notification or action center (yes it's late to the game but still appreciated).

Speaking of the Action Center & Notification Center. I really like it. It's one of those changes that makes the device easier to use. The settings screen will look familiar to Windows 10 desktop users as well. The Start screen with live tiles and the lock screen is basically the same.

Most of the built in apps get a refresh. I especially like the email, calendar, and Office apps refresh.

You also get the new Microsoft Edge browser.

The app situation on Windows 10 Mobile is more of the same... YMMV. It really depends on what apps you are using. In my case I am happy with the selection (although this is my secondary phone)

I've customized Cortana on the phone and the settings have synced to my laptop. Sweet.

Press & hold the back button to go into Task Manger

Press & hold the start button to enter one-handed mode (a reachability clone)

So far, I'm really liking Windows 10 Mobile on my Microsoft Lumia 535. The sluggishness makes me wish I had a higher end device to really enjoy the experience but all in all this is an update I would recommend to Windows Phone fans.

12 August 2015

Per, Brother and Friend...

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I will miss your advice, your kindness, your laugh, your smile, your friendship, teasing you, and most specially your version of Hong Kong Engrish.

Thank you for touching our lives.

Rest in Peace my brother. Until we meet again.

Kenneth Christian T. Yap II

6/12/80 ~ 8/12/15


06 August 2015

Upgraded to Windows 10

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Dateline: July 31st 2015

I have been harping on social media that I would wait a couple of weeks before upgrading the work laptop from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10. 

I could not hold on any longer and decided to update it even though I was out in the field. 

So I just I installed Windows 10 Single Language on my work machine an ASUS X450L notebook, didn't time the preparation cause I was working. I pressed install 2:24PM, welcome screen by 3:42PM. Not a bad upgrade experience at all. YMMV of course. 

Live to serve, Aim to please

Vincent Benedict P. Castro

Do or Do Not, There is No Try.