I want to use Cortana. The problem is, I’m all Google and Google refuses to make apps for Windows Phone. Admittedly, it’s not like I watch movies or even listen to music on my phone so it’s not that big of a deal when it comes to my main entertainment apps. I can even (with some DRM stripping and downloading and uploading) make the books work where ever I choose. I wouldn’t have Google+ though… That kind of stinks.
So is Cortana worth the jump to an entirely different ecosystem?
When it comes to the actual functions of Cortana vs Google Now… Cortana in Beta mode just looks cooler and has way more useful functionality. Siri you say? No, Siri is dead last in the personal assistant category. It’s not even worth taking into consideration for a comparison.
That’s the big question here? And I honestly don’t know. I may get this new Lumia entry level device ($168 or so) that is coming out, just so I can test the waters over wifi and see how it all works together. Come to think of it, that may just be the way to go. At least then I can test it out and see how much of it I can actually use and deal with. Ican even pop out the sim on my Nexus 5 and see how it feels on a full phone basis. If I like it then I can always drop the serious cash later on the McLaren release coming this winter. Or maybe Microsoft can release a phone like the mock up for a Surface phone. Now that would be sweet.
The other big thing that I’m not too keen on Android for is this new “Material Design” coming to Android “L”. I just flat out don’t like it. It looks like something from Roger Rabbit’s ToonTown. It’s so cartoon(y) and childish. The pastel colors Google is going for is just yuck… I look at the animations and just feel let down because Microsoft had better animations all the way back in WP7. I see people on Google+ going nuts for this and I’m thoroughly perplexed???!!!???
In the big picture of things I can see a way forward using a Windows Phone and still keeping my entertainment and media in Google’s ecosystem. But to take that jump into the unknown is a rather big step. On the other hand, I can also see buying into the Surface Pro 3 (which I can get to Google web products on) just because I don’t see anything mind blowing coming down the pike for Chromebooks and admittedly I’m getting tired of the lag on my Smasung Chromebook when I pull up a page that has a lot of pictures or get more than 7 tabs open. It’s a nit pick I know, but I kind of want “nice” and “high end” over just functional to a point. I’ll still use my Chromebooks but I want that “ultra” experience.
Oculus Rift is coming in 2015 and it will run smoothly on a Surface Pro (x) so PC based system is going to be needed anyway so I can take advantage of all the cool VR that is about to come to home consumers. Oculus is going to be the experience of the decade!!!
To take it even further, I’m thinking about buying an Xbox One (I was a day one buyer for the Xbox and the 360 so I’m late to the party here). Cortana is going to be coming to the Xbox One and I can see how that integration could be big too.
Microsoft is doing a lot of very cool things now and I’m excited by the technology that they are putting out there. They were once the 90 million pound gorilla and then they fell. They fell because they became stagnant and complacent. Now they are the scrappy underdog who can do nothing but turn to innovation and new thinking, especially under a very talented new CEO. Every company that reaches the top seems to go through this fall and metamorphosis. It happened to Microsoft, it happened to Apple, and it will happen to Google… I think the cracks are already starting to show after this last I/O.
So the big question comes up once again. Will I make the jump?
I guess you will have to wait and see ;)