A few weeks ago, I wrote an article on my impressions of the windows phone experience. To fully understand this article, I would recommend having some basic knowledge of how windows phone works. It’s all about the live tiles. Giving me the option to get as much information as I want as fast as I can get get it, without needing to get into the specific application. With that being said, let’s get into my phone!
Dialer – this is pretty self explanatory. This is where I place my calls
Messaging – I get my text messages from this, as well as Facebook messenger, if I choose to. That’s right I can bring up your name and choose to send you a text or a Facebook message, and likewise this is where I get my Facebook messages.
Internet explorer – I don’t use this at home, I use chrome. There may be better browser ps out there, but this works fine, so I stick with it.
Email – this is a built in service and can access any email account, so I use this to get my gmail
App marketplace – I’m always looking for new programs so I keep this close to home
Me – this is my hub. From here I can post to Facebook and Twitter with the same post, as well as see what my newest posts are, and see my notifications from both social sites
Amazon Kindle books – the next two apps are books from my kindle app. That’s right, I can pin individual books to my start screen. I find this very helpful when reading more than one book
Bing news – I chose to have this app as one of the large tiles, so I can see headlines pop up. It’s an easy way to get headline news at a glance. I’ve tried other news services like BBC but I wasn’t a fan of their windows phone interface.
My wife – one of the things I like about windows phone is the ability to pin the people I care about to my start screen. This medium tile tells me if I have new notification, emails, or messages from her. I have instant access to her Facebook, and twitter updates with a tile dedicated to her so I won’t miss a thing
Facebook Twitter, foursquare, Instagram – I put all my social programs next. I don’t use any unofficial apps, as I’m a little paranoid giving info to any non-affiliated companies or programmers.
Next I have my media programs hulu plus, Flixster(I can watch my ultra violet collection here), Netflix, and Beats music (Matt wrote an article that grabbed my interest and made me try it….AMAZING).
People – this is basically just my contacts, the live tile scrolls through profile pictures of everyone. I can also hamlet rooms with others. This allows me to chat, share a Calendar, and share photos with others of my choosing.
Games – this is where my games are. I could pin them to my start screen but I choose to use the game Hub. This also ties to my xbox live account and I get achievement points by playing certain games!
Bing weather – this phone came with the weather channel app built in, and on other devices that’s what I use, but I find it’s live tile clunky so I chose to go with bing weather. This shows me my current positions weather as well as a three day forecast
Here maps and here drive – these are Nokia made apps, and do what Google and Apple maps do, unfortunately not in one program.
Nokia mix radio – this was the radio program I was using before I tries beats. You put in three favorite artists and it gives you songs based on those likes. Not very intricate but I thought it had better quality than slacker and I’ve never been a big fan of pandora.
Camera – built in camera app.
Music and videos – built in player, store, and podcast market.
Calendar – built in calendar app, shows my my next appointment on the live tile
Photos – this is where I can access not only my camera roll, but my one drive photos, shared albums and Facebook albums. The live tile does a slide show
Office – probably one of the coolest built in apps. I can do word and excel and watch power point and it’s all saves to my one drive
Utilities – I’m grouping my calculator, alarm, and settings in one category because it’s all self explanatory
battle.net authenticator – if you play any Blizzard games you know what it is. This is so I can have extra security on my account