windows phone

A 10-post collection

Activating the Nokia Lumia 900 Windows Phone

I received my Nokia Lumia 900 today and was very excited to open it. I had 3 goals for today: 1) activate it 2) make sure my unlimited data plan was still in place 3) get my apps to the new phone I accomplished 1 and 2 and I am currently working on 3. I’ll be doing an unboxing post shortly after this here. Disclaimer: this review is purely about the ordering, activation and setup process. So this is entirely on ATT … I’ll be reviewing the phone and the OS in a later hands on post. Don’t forget the Micro SIM Make sure you have a micro sim card before activating. If you...


Nokia Lumia 900 Windows Phone Unboxing

I just activated my Nokia Lumia 900 running the latest Windows Phone OS. I purchased the cyan colored Lumia … or blue to me I’ll post a thorough review later after I get more hands on time with it, but this post is all about first impressions. In short … WOW! Tip: Click on the photos for the full size versions. If you want to see my activation process experience, you can check it out here. It arrived on time, as promised from ATT Wireless, via FedEx. Here is the phone inside the box and then a closeup of the box itself (with my number blocked out).     When I opened the Lumia box, I found a...


3 Challenges for Windows Phone

I like my Windows Phone. The UI is awesome and I’m itching to get the Lumia 900 when it comes out. The iPhone interface feels a bit dated to me. But the lack of good apps is killing me right now. I have faith in the Windows Phone team though that 2012 will be a big year and they’ll continue to rise. Here is an article I wrote for VS Magazine that states what I deem as the 3 challenges WP faces today. The key is to forget the developers who write code for it and go talk to users … real people. Most hardly know what it is. Sigh. http://visualstudiomagazine.com/articles/2012/01/...


Silverlight TV 81: Four Great Windows Phone UX Tips

Dave Crawford and Tom Eddings visit from the UK to contribute to the Design Tips miniseries. Dave and Tom have tremendous amounts of experience helping to create great UX for Windows Phone 7 applications in the marketplace.  Topics they cover include tips on: how, when, and where to use (and not use) a Panorama control avoiding specific types of buttons and associations best practices for the Web Browser control, RichText, and the IE Web Browser itself how to make your brand shine through Relevant links: John's blog and on Twitter (@john_papa) Dave on Twitter (@ThatUXGuy) Windows Phone Photoshop design templates UX Design and Interaction Guide for Windows Phone 7 Panorama design tips from the WP7 Team...


Silverlight TV 78: Designing Tiles and Splash Screens for Windows Phone (Design Tips Mini Series)

In Silverlight TV #78, Corrina continues the Design Tips miniseries by sharing her insights on how to create tiles and splash screens for Windows Phone applications. She walks through the process of creating an icon in Expression Design and how to make tiles look good and quickly mesh with Metro. Corrina then shows how to create a splash screen and gives some good tips on how to make the splash screen provide a better user experience. Finally, she walks through some tips to help with working with gradients. This video is packed with tips from Corrina, including some great keyboard shortcuts she uses when working with Expression Design.   The main topics Corrina covers are: Importing photos and using them...