10 July 2016

Losing a phone is a bummer...

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Last Thursday, my Microsoft Lumia 535 got stolen. 

As far as I can remember this is the first mobile I have ever lost in 18 years of using cellphones 

I tried to use find my phone & to ring it but alas the person who took it turned it off. Calling both numbers on the dual sim device yielded nothing. 
All my devices have passcode lock, and I've sent the Lock Command again with a message. So at least my data is safe for the time being, since it's a work phone I have minimal personal info. I've initiated the erase command and hopefully when the person who has it connects it to free wifi it will be locked and my data will be wiped from the device. 

It irks me that I no longer have a Windows Phone. I must now move to my XiaoMi RedMi 1S as my work phone, which is an ok phone but I really took a liking to Windows Mobile 10 and it's UI, and I am still uncertain if the exchange email address bug in Android has already been fixed. I loathe the thought of having to go thru all my work contacts and fix email addresses one by one. 

Losing a phone is a bummer. 

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