Today was a big day for Windows Phone. They finally got the much awaited Instagram and Waze, with more big apps launching every week (Vine debuted last week). So what does the majority of the internet do? Mock the platform for the lack of video recording and not being able to shoot a photo within the app itself. Had this been Android, there’d be nothing but praise and gloating.
I’ve been a Windows Phone user since August now. One of the problems I have with my Nokia Lumia 520 is that I can’t fit all the amazing apps I have downloaded so far. But that’s really the only thing. Which when you consider the fact that I was using an iPhone since the first generation to the iPhone 4, and Androids for the past two years, is pretty crazy. I feel that it’s only getting better every week, especially now that Oggl is now compatible with 512MB devices and I got loads upon loads of new lenses and borders to play with. ProShot, another Windows Phone camera app, even allows you to CREATE your own now. I could write pages upon pages about all the apps I have and use now.
Most of the reviews that came out today focused on aesthetics, how “lacking” it apparently is, and the fact that it’s “too” late, even though Android only gained support last year. I’ve been using Instagram since 2010 on and off, it felt like it was too late for Android then – They didn’t even bother to make the interface blend in with the rest of the OS and just did an iPhone port. The Windows Phone version is more like a native WP8 app.
I’ve only been onboard for a few months now, but I’m already sick with the journalism that gives no respect to the platform. I would really like to ask the guys over at TechCrunch when was the last time they actually saw someone take a picture within the actual Instagram app itself? Because by 2011, people were abusing the camera roll uploads and pushing out DSLR shots.