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The Windows Smart Phone Is Here!

I bought one. Yep! I bought the Nokia Lumia 900 smart phone, one of the first new Windows Phones from Nokia.

Picture of the Noki Lumia 900 Windows Phone
Nokia Lumia 900 Windows Phone

You remember Nokia, don’ t you ? At one time Nokia had the very best cell phones on the market. Their fall from smart phone grace had to do with bad management decisions, and staying with the Symbian cell phone operating system, which never took hold in the US. Nokia’s new CEO, Stephen Elop , a former Microsoft Executive, decided to pitch Nokia’s future with the new Microsoft Windows Phone system. It looks like it may work.

The Nokia Lumia 900 is a great phone. I decided to replace my iPhone 4 with the new Windows phone because I didn’t see any real progress from Apple in their product. Nokia has done their normal great design job with the phone with the buttons in the right places.

In my opinion the Lumia 900 is easier to learn to use than the Apple iPhone. The Windows phone uses tiles to run an application instead of icons. The system is reliable, and the screen is fantastic, using a technology called AMOLED, active-matrix organic light emitting diode. The screen resolution is not as much as some other phones, but AMOLED gives you a bright, colorful, and easy to read display. The Lumia 900 has a large 4.3 inch diagonal screen as opposed to Apple’s 3.5 inch screen.

The smart phone world is light years ahead of last year at this time. Apple is fading on sales of the iPhone in the market, while Android phone sales are really heating up. And, they should. Pretty much all the Android phones have larger screens than the current iPhone, and you are not held hostage by Apple’s iTunes.

There aren’t as many apps for the Windows Phones as for iPhone and Android. That will change. There is one app I really like for the iPhone and Android phones, and that is the Audible.com book application. There is not one in the Windows Phone library, but one is under development at the present. Applications are being added to the Microsoft Windows Phone library at a high rate.

I could have bought an Android phone, and there were lots of great Android phones on the market. But, I wanted to take the chance to try something  new. So far, I do not regret my decision.

iPhone – MyPhone

Who invented the iPhone? If you said Steve Jobs, you would be partially correct. Actually, neither Jobs nor Apple have invented much of anything. Job’s genius was in packaging technology to appeal to an audience of people he understood. He did it with the Apple computer, the McIntosh, the iMac, the iPad, and the iPhone.

There were lots of MP3 music players on the market prior to the iPad, but Apple made it smaller and sexier. The appeal is in the presentation, as any good chef will know. Jobs was an extraordinarily good cook.

The iPhone is basically a wireless communications device, such as that used in Star Trek by the intrepid  Captain Kirk aboard the Starship Enterprise. The writers of Star Trek doubtless got their inspiration from the cartoon, Dick Tracy, whose 2-Way Wrist Radio was the dream of every school age kid in the 1940’s and 1950’s. It was later upgraded to a Wrist-TV in the 1960’s. This kind of sounds like an iPhone, only sexier.

What inventors have done is to follow their dreams. These dreams were spoon fed to these guys by fiction writers in the 60’s and 70’s. These authors got their inspiration from earlier writers. The point is that some ideas have been around for a long time, just waiting for technology to catch up to imagination.

Science fiction has spawned lots of ideas, including a partial list as follows:

  • Artificial joints.
  • Artificial limbs.
  • Artificial hearts.
  • Organ transplants.
  • Space travel.
  • Communications devices.
  • Space based telescopes (The Hubble).
  • Travel to the moon.
  • Travel to the planets.
  • Brain implants.

Brain implants? Yep, they are real and they are here. Well, they are in the labs being developed.

There was a recent television show on one of the cable channels showing the latest achievements in cyber-aids for victims of accidents who had lost their limbs or eyesight. They all involved direct connectons to the human body, and in the case of a sight aid, directly to a blind person’s brain.

Scientists in studying the functioning of the human body and its nervous system are trying to harness current current technologies to augment the human body. We just hope that they can be the kind of imaginative chef Jobs was.