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 Linley Meslier…
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
Can you start by introducing yourself (be sure to include your Twitter handle) and telling the WinPhan community something about you?
My name is Linley Meslier, editor of the site http://windowsphonemu.blogspot.com. I have been a long time fan of Microsoft mobile devices since the Pocket PC 2002 days. However I started blogging about the platform when I purchased my first Smartphone 2003 device, a Sagem MyS7. At the time updates were not free. I remember paying $50 on Expansys for the upgrade CD to Smartphone 2003SE. I’m also a 4 year Microsoft Windows Phone Consumer MVP and a moderator on Microsoft Windows Phone Community Forums.
My Twitter handle is @LinleyMeslier and my Facebook is facebook.com/linley.meslier. I won’t share my Google’s accounts as I’m slowly getting away from those.
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 a Microsoft technology fan and becoming a WinPhan was inevitable, natural. I encountered the Casio Cassiopeia at my workplace and was amazed to see Windows working on such a compact device. Of course, I had to learn more about the technology, fiddling with the PDA and thought it would be nice to make calls with it. And a Microsoft employee showed me the Orange SPV and the amazement and excitement was such that I never looked at any other phones/OS. Humans call that Love at first sight.
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?
Sagem MyS7, Eten M500, HTC S620, T-Mobile Dash, HTC 8125, Dell Axim X5, HTC Advantage Xv7510, HTC Touch Pro 2, HTC Mozart, HTC Titan II, HTC 8X and Nokia Lumia 920.
I would love to get my hands on the Samsung Ativ S. The device is not as attractive as the 8X or the Lumia, it’s just for the screen size. I can’t explain it, but I’m sold on big screens. Hopefully, Nokia and HTC will offer a close-to 5inch screen device.
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?
My digital life is all Microsoft. Sure, I do have a Google account that I use as a spam account. As I said already, I’m slowly moving away from it and will definitely cut the cord when my Android phone dies.
Microsoft is doing a great job strengthening their ecosystem. Providing SkyDrive for free as well as revamping Hotmail with the metro interface will help stream line the use of their services/technologies. It’s fantastic how the teams are receptive to feedbacks via social networks.
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?
The camera on the Lumia is awesome. The pictures are of great quality. I’m no photo expert and do not want to become one. All I want is to press a button to snap pictures of my daughters. The Lumia does that to perfection. I don’t have to worry about white balance, iso etc. Since I got the Lumia 920, I’ve been taking a lot of pictures and I’m loving it. And no, I still do not want to dig into the camera settings and let my creativity loose. Why? Simple, I deliberately killed my creativity years ago when my art teacher confirmed what I already knew; I don’t have any artistic genes.
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 made so many converts already through public demos I did for Microsoft, HTC and Orange. I remember when Microsoft offered that I do a demo for the Tech Days 2010. I had a Samsung Taylor in my pocket. This device was a prototype and while the hardware was ugly, people were amazed by Windows Phone 7. I did one more demo for Orange and that we sold out all the HTC Mozart we had plus we had a lot of pre-orders for the next batch. I did not keep a record of how many was sold that day, but man I was excited and proud. I also trained Orange staff, showing them the social networks integration, the live tiles , the office integration, the various hubs that makes Windows Phone beautiful and different.
Final thoughts about Windows Phone:
Once you start using it, you just cannot stop. It’s hard to go back to platforms that still put forward the dull array of grids. Windows Phone screen transitions are fluid, colorful.
Microsoft needs to go more towards the public to show off the gem that is Windows Phone. Sure Windows Phone is slowly getting market share and now is the time to ramp up things and be more aggressive.
Thanks Linley for sharing your experience with us