Microsoft really outperformed themselves with Windows Phone 7. They took the best ingredients of both the iPhone and Android, added some of their own and created something that has a lot of potential. I’m saying potential, because until we see the actual device and feel the experience, it’s impossible to know if they succeeded or not.
I really like their attention to details/perfection in the UI for this device and the effort they put in conveying this to the developers. Windows developers are usually less UI-centeric (as opposed to Mac developers), so extra work required here.
I also love the fact that they didn’t just create another take on the iPhone experience, but created something of their own. Because when I say they took elements from the iPhone and Android, I mean just concepts – like the attention to details and one-consistent experience from the iPhone or the back button and multiple integration points from the Android. The overall experience is completely theirs and I like their concept that an application is one wide canvas, that part of it is being revealed at a time.
I’m really curious to see what affect the release of this phone is going to have on the mobile market. This phone isn’t iPhone-killer, but it certainly has the potential to be the Android killer…
Ever since I got my iPhone, there was this thing that was really frustrating for me – the time it takes to write a single tweet or compose a single email. While the Mail.app on the iPhone is quite fast, it sometimes annoys me that if I just want to send a quick email I have to go through the inbox and it checks for new mail in the process.
I guess part of the problem is the fact that I’m still using the first generation iPhone, which is slow. But considering the fact that I’m not alone with an old iPhone, I thought that a solution should be available or made. For the tweeting part of the problem I found Twii – a simple app whose all purpose is to compose tweets. It’s an OK solution, but I don’t like that it doesn’t use OAuth and my tweets appear as they were tweeted from “API” (usually a sign for spammers).
So I decided that if there’s no reasonable solution for the problem, I should create one. As I already wanted to try the iPhone SDK, so this two small apps seemed to be good candidates for a first project. I started poking around with XCode and Objective-C, but never had the time to really build this apps. Besides the lack of time issue, the fact that I needed to wait for the whole AppStore approval process was a big turn off.
And then it hit me – why should I waste my time on ObjectiveC and the AppStore, when what I want to create is so simple? I did a few experiments and realized that it is possible to create a good user experience with web apps on the iPhone (HTML 5 FTW!). So instead of poking around with XCode and Objective-C, I started poking around with jQTouch.
Today I finally had the time to wrap everything up in a reasonable package. Now after few hours of coding and mainly designing (and without waiting for the AppStore gods to approve my apps), I invite you to try out my first LiteApps – LiteTweet and LiteMail.
This is a very preliminary release of the apps, and I really look forward for your feedback and ideas on this. There’s a lot to improve – mainly I want to improve the startup time for this apps, as this is the most important feature.
Please be tolerant to bugs, security issues and other bizzare stuff. Also, please report them to me I’m available on Twitter or email.