Archive | April, 2014

Devil Is In The Details

22 Apr

There have already been plenty of reviews of Windows Phone 8.1. This is obviously not a review. Just a list of details, major or minor, only doable by someone who regularly uses the OS.

Good:

  • Keyboard now suggests/offers emoticons!
  • Updated boot animation is good.
  • Updated icon for outlook account and exchange.
  • Parallax implementation is good.
  • Does call grouping in call history.
  • Map nicely integrates POI from Foursquare. More important stuff appears first when zooming in.
  • More tiles across the device spectrum.
  • Manual checking of app  updates.

Bad:

  • Xbox music sucks. SLOW.
  • Slower performance.
  • Podcast app has no browsing.
  • Outlook account is still called Hotmail.
  • Office apps not updates one bit.
  • Still no contact picture in call history.
  • Setting still a mess. No icons.
  • Transit direction is not using the transports’ (either of bus and train) names to denote them (NYC), only the direction.
  • No need to give that pop-up when I check for app updates.

Neutral and Time Needed:

  • Cortana sports integration is woefully incomplete.
  • Worsened battery performance.
  • Worsened memory management. IE is unloading tabs too frequently.

I want to see:

  • Cortana to have batch operations. (Turn off all alarms, Move all alarm forward by 3 hours, )
  • More options for Action Center quick actions.

These all may seem pretty small time stuff to a lot of people, but a lot of these small stuff can get in the way of a great experience. So here’s hoping someone is paying attention somewhere.

Chrome Sucks

21 Apr

Or probably WebKit.

I have always felt weird while using the beloved Chrome browser, but could never put a finger on it why. The closest I got was there is something in it’s mouse behavior that’s off. And today I discovered it is indeed a mouse behavior, and I have pinned what it is.

As you’d guess, I am a mouse user. I scoff at people who boasts Apple machine’s “superior” trackpads. For all subjective and objective reasons I can muster, mouse >>> trackpad. So, if mouse doesn’t feel right, nothing feels right.

On to the point. You know how every mouse (that’s made in this millennium) has a scroll wheel, and how scrolling that wheel takes you a bit up or down in a webpage, when I scroll one “notch”, all browser goes from point A to point B, as they should. My issue with Chrome is with how it handles this particular action. Both Internet Explorer and Firefox goes from point A to B in a smooth manner, you can almost follow the movement. But, Chrome and Opera, both now WebKit based, goes from point A to B in an instant. This creates a very jarring effects. More so if you do a lot of reading like I do. I could not test Safari for the reason of it no longer being available for Windows.

I have always maintained that how a browser feels to use is way more important than how “fast” it is. And this is just one of those. The ironic part is, this makes Internet Explorer my secondary browser over Chrome.