We think that 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 week we speak to Lars Klint, “Thanks for taking the time to share something about yourself to other WinPhans out there and thank you for your continued support! ^The WinPhan”
· Can you start by introducing yourself (be sure to include your Twitter handle) and telling the WinPhan community something about you?
I am Lars Klint, resident Melbournian, but originally from Denmark. I have a passion for everything Microsoft, but in particular Windows Phone. I am a Pluralsight author, having done two courses on Windows Phone with a third about to be completed. I write articles for Nokia Developer Portal, the DVLUP blog, Pluralight blog, Kiandra IT and my own blog at Klint.co. I run a small business, where I create web sites, Windows Phone apps and other small projects I find interesting. I co-organise the annual DDD Melbourne conference, where we expect to have around 350 attendees this year. I work as a consult on a daily basis for Kiandra IT in Melbourne. I am also very active on Twitter ranting about most things Windows Phones and cars under the handle @larsklint. And there are many more projects on the way…
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 remember seeing Joe Belfiore announcing the Windows Phone platform back in January 2010 and instantly fell in love with it. It was a light bulb moment, and I knew I had to get involved. I have since kept on being impressed by the quality and thought going into the platform. I still believe it is the most innovative platform for any smartphone ecosystem on the market. It will be interesting to see what is next. I now just need to get my hands on a 1520 and a 930. Mmmmmm, delicious phones…..
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?
I started out with a Samsung Omnia 7 which was a small, well designed device. I still use it as a Win Phone 7 test device. I then briefly had a HTX 8S, and a HTC 8X, mainly to test them out. I quickly moved on to the Lumia 920 though, as it just oooozed quality and that camera was to die for. Currently sporting a Nokia Lumia 1020, and I just keep on being impressed by the camera.
I have had my hands on a lot more phones than mentioned above, and I want them all!! But I would also like to eat.
I would love to see more devices from more OEMs. Currently it really is only Nokia that produces quality hardware, and hopefully the rumours of new Samsung and HTC devices are true. The more devices, the more likely there is something for everyone.
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 have only got Microsoft devices, and it hasn’t even been a goal in itself. I have acquired devices that fulfilled whatever need I had. I never got into the iPad, because it was too limiting. When the Surface came out, suddenly there was a device that did everything I wanted and I got one for commuting.
I also have an Xbox and I use OneDrive extensively. To me there is no other eco system like it, when you think of mobile, desktop, entertainment and business all in one.
Does Microsoft value me? I would like to think so, and their support is generally very good. I would like to see more smaller updates though to keep the platform fresh.
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 have always been a picture taking fiend. What has changed is that I rarely carry around my large DSLR, as the Lumia 1020 is so brilliant I don’t have to. The only thing I miss sometimes is a proper 200mm zoom, but maybe that is coming ;).
The key thing is that pictures is time and light coming together. You need to have the right light to take amazing photos, such as sunrise or sunset. The light is often golden and can give even the dullest composition real life.
Multiple features I love about Windows Phone. I have outlined them here, but the Kids Corner for one is great as a parent, and the “Glance and Go” approach is what sets it apart for the most part.
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?
I present at conferences and often on Windows Phone. At one conference in Brisbane I talked about starting out developing for Windows Phone, and by the end I had several developers keen to start building apps for WP. It probably did help I had free phones to give away.
Windows Phone needs to be marketed for what it is: a genuine alternative to both Android and iPhone, which in many cases means superior (alright, I am slightly biased here). Microsoft needs to come back and dominate the corporate landscape as well. Business users have a lot more influence than given credit for.
I have on three separate occasions brought a friend into a store where you can try out all the phones in full working glory. These three friends were between 30 and 55 and all had standard feature phones. I told them to test all phones and tell me which one they liked the best. All of them chose Windows Phone, as it was intuitive and they could use it straight away. No training required.
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?
Windows Phone is a core part of the Microsoft eco system, and is not going anywhere. The world is mobile and for Microsoft that means Windows Phone, and possibly Windows RT. It will take a long time to catch up to Android due to the sheer number of devices available, and the cheap pricing for them. But iOS is not far off. Windows Phone is already getting a great hold of market shares in major European markets, and also in developing countries, such as Brazil and Ukraine.
It still require very hard work and it isn’t a smooth road ahead, but WinPhans are in for golden times. I have no doubt.
Thanks for taking the time to share with us Lars, keep up the good work!