The Symbian Users wish list for Windows Phone – How does Windows 8 do?

So when Nokia announced the switch to windows 8 there were many people making lists of all the things Symbian could do that windows Phone couldn’t.  This was not about the software as such, but that the hardware simply would not be able to do it. Windows Phone 8 was announced yesterday and while there are still lots of features we don’t know about and we haven’t been given a UI/End user overview as much as a platform overview, it’s worth a look to see how it scores against Symbian users wish lists.

Symbian Feature Supported in Windows 8
Swappable Micro SD Yes
USB on the go No
Use phone as USB drive No
HDMI/Tv-Out Possibly (looking for clarification, but present in Windows 8 on Microsoft Surface)
Bluetooth File Transfer Probably (looking for clarification, but likely after NFC touch to share demo)

So it’s better certainly, though not completely there yet, and hopefully as we hear more about it we will find some of these other pieces filled in. If I’ve missed things off, please let me know.


About bluechrism

I am a software developer with most professional experience in the Windows .Net realm and I'm currently a WPF developer with Starkey Labs. However, I have wanted for some time to start the mobile developer journey properly and being an N900 owner, this was to be in the realm of QT. Job hunting, moving to Minnesota and changing jobs put my plans on hold 6-12 months but things are starting to settle now, just as I'm getting sorted to start some things, Microsoft and Nokia merge. This blog is about my novice mobile development experiences and hopefully will end up complete with links to download some apps on various platforms, but obviously by the name, Sybian, Maemo/Meego and Windows Mobile. In other stuff, I am English, I support Everton FC, I have visited Glastonbury music festival 5 times and recommend it to anyone. I am married and my wife and i have a dog called Friday.
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