If you read my Nokia Lumia 920 review, you know I walked away impressed. My only big negative was the confusing new set of options for PC Sync that now exist on Windows Phone 8. I wrote that while I appreciate the new ways to sync your phone to your computer (Mount as a drive being the best new addition), it confused even me at first, and I am a power user. After resetting my Lumia 900 and plugging it back into my PC to sync with the Zune client, I now am convinced that Microsoft made the wrong move abandoning Zune. Listen on…
I would love to know other Windows Phone users think. Like I say in the audio, the Lumia 900/Zune combo gives me functionality that I simply do not get from Windows Phone 8. Namely, combining Xbox Music Pass songs with ones I already own in playlists, and WiFi sync (why oh why does this not exist in Windows Phone 8?) What I don’t even mention is how in the process they killed PC based podcast support. Well they didn’t kill it, but it’s not exactly easy to do. Being that the focus of Phone 8 is the cloud, OTA support is there, but certainly not when it comes to how it was on Zune client. Winsupersite.com lays it out in full detail.
I don’t think the decision to abandon the Zune client was a wise one. They really should have carried it over and rebrand the client if they wanted to kill off the Zune name. What they gave Windows Phone 8 to replace it was less than ideal. Where does that leave me? Using yet another device for music only. The upside is my 900 gets a new lease on life.
This speaks to a bigger theme, the constant compromises we make with today’s tech. I’ll save that for a future post