We feel as though each one of you is special and unique as a WinPhan and we want to bring attention and gratitude to each and every one of you for all that you do for our WinPhan community! This is our attempt to give something back to each of you! This week we are offering a WinPhan salute to Justin Cohen…
Thanks for taking the time to share something about yourself to other WinPhans out there and thank you all for your continued support! ^The WinPhan
Before your answer the questions below…
· Can you start by introducing yourself (be sure to include your Twitter handle) and telling the WinPhan community something about you?
Hi my name is Justin, I very recently got married to my beautiful wife and have three gorgeous children. Two girls and a little monkey boy.
I work for one of Australia’s largest CE chains. You can find me on Twitter @ivabiggun71
1. Are you an accidental WinPhan or was it a conscious choice? When did you fall in love and what was it that made you realize you had been swept up in the WinPhandemonium?
I was always intrigued by Windows Phone, as to me, it was the final frontier. It was the only OS I hadn’t tried yet. I fell in love when I first heard the rumours of the Nokia Lumia 920 and saw pictures on the net. When I actually got one in December 2012, after months of waiting, was when I knew I had made the right decision. Have never looked back and love showing what it can do to people.
2. What Windows Phones have you owned thus far? Aside from your current device, which others have captured your attention and why? Are you smitten with a particular OEM? What do you hope to see from Windows Phone in the near future?
My first device was the HTC HD7. Since then, I have owned and kept the Lumia 920 1520 610 and the Lumia 800. As you can see, I have a preference for Nokia’s. They make the best hardware and I am genuinely hopeful that Microsoft, with all of Nokia’s staff can continue making the world’s most beautiful handsets. I hope that in the next few years, that Windowsphone will be the number 1 OS in the world.
3. Have you fully bought into Microsoft’s ecosystem or are you still reliant upon other services like Google? Do you think Microsoft is headed in the right direction? More importantly, do you feel as though they value you as Windows Phone owner, why or why not?
I am 95% into the ecosystem. The only thing holding me back is YouTube haha. I have made a few crappy videos, but it is really there for my daughter’s. With everything seeming to converge, as in Xbox, Windows 8 and RT and of course WindowsPhone all working together, and more so in the future, you will see what the big plan is and be happy they have made them. I think Nokia, which has always had good relations with their fans, have done wonders for Windows Phone, and that in the future, Microsoft will be handed that baton and run with it.
4. With the ever increasing quality of the cameras onboard our Windows Phones, has it turned you into a picture taking fiend? What advice do you have to taking better pics and editing them in your WinPhan experience? If it wasn’t the camera, what feature about your WP changed the way view or think about technology?
I am definitely not a camera person, but with Nokia Cam, I love taking pictures now and experimenting with different settings. Besides the Nokia camera suite of apps, I sometimes use photolens which has a few handy tools to enhance and edit photos. If you look on Twitter there are quite a few Lumiaographers out there, who are much better at taking pictures than me.
5. As a WinPhan we’re all busy trying to bring recognition to WP. tell us about one of the times you got through and made a convert story of your own! What do you think is the best way to market WP? How do you pitch it to your Android and iPhone owning friends?
As I work in a shop that sells mobile phones amongst other things, it gives me plenty of chances to sell Windows Phone. I would love to say I have a 100% strike rate, but I understand it is not for everybody. My favourite conversion was with 3 young people in their early twenties, who all had iPhones. Only one of them needed a new phone, but after I showed them some of the features, like the camera and apps like Nokia MixRadio and Here Drive+, they all got Lumia 925’s that day. It made very happy. I have one disappointment though, I have tried many times, but I can’t get my wife to switch from her iPhone haha.
Final thoughts about Windows Phone: Please add your final thoughts about Windows Phone, the direction you think it is taking, its ability to succeed in what most people think is a two hose race. Will it stay or become more competitive as time goes on or is it a niche market for WinPhans?
I think that even though, without Nokia Windows Phone would probably be dying a slow death. But with the acquisition, it will accelerate growth in ways that will surprise people. Microsoft, with a lot more resources than Nokia, as a hardware vendor will push a lot harder and advertise a lot more than has been done in the past. You will find companies, like Sony finally coming into the fold and the return of an old one like LG. I give it 5 years, and it will be KOS that will be a distant third and Android and Windows Phone on an equal basis. I am very optimistic about the future, and I am glad that I came along for the ride at a relatively early stage in its development.
Cheers, and thanks for sharing your thoughts with us Justin!