On September 9 I upgraded from my Windows Phone 7 HTC Surround device to a 950XL + a Dock for Continuum.
The day before I posted in this forum about my year long break from the Internet. This new phone is making it hard to keep away.
Originally I went to the Burnaby Metrotown Mall to buy a Kobo Aura One ebook reader to help me in my studies as it is a dedicated device which doesn't lose my place in pdf books that I am studying. I had a similar device for quite a while that I used for studying but one hot summer day it got fried when it got to hot inside my backpack along side my coffee mug.
So I ride my bicycle for 3 hours to the Chapters book store at that mall having checked on the internet for stock and outside access from the mall so that I could keep an eye on my bike.
Once I arrived there I discovered that their in-store kiosk shows them as out of stock. So I resign myself to holding to my original plan to keep a certain level of cash in my finances and I settle in at their Starbucks inside their store with my bike in view from where I sat. I am using my Surface tablet to map out my route home having settled on taking a tour of the north and west edges of Central park in Burnaby as I have never been there before or if I had it would have been some 30 years ago. Then I would head north to East Hastings and east from there, around Burnaby Mountains North side and the rest of the way home. I try to avoid the massive hills between me and eastern cities but it adds an extra hour in time to my rides.
Anyway, as I get ready to go I see before my eyes that my bike has vanished. This is very upsetting because that was my means of getting home. I was glad that I hadn't fixed the front derailer or the slow leak in the back tire or the wobbly back wheel which caused me to disable the back brakes, as well as the handle grips that constantly slip down the handle bars.
So a new opportunity opened up. Here I was at the mall that has a Microsoft Store and I could browse the mall and that store without worrying about my bike...
I had planned to visit the store after my somewhat local sky train had started operations in about 3 months, (originally supposed to be working this summer but then got pushed to early next year).
So I am ready to buy the phone but I am having trouble with my debit card. I am declined. Now it just so happens that almost exactly 3 years earlier I had the same problem when I was buying my Surface Pro tablet. But I can't remember the details. Just days earlier I had found my debit card amongst my unfiled correspondence that had been sent to me the previous summer. So I was able to use my bank account again. Anyways, I had to leave the store and see if I could withdraw cash from an ATM.
Where oh where is there a Royal Bank ATM in this neck of the woods that I havent been to for many years. So half an hour later I am back at the Microsoft Store having discovered that I should have selected "Chequing" instead of "Savings" account. I was almost going to select that during my first visit but was somehow talked out of it from the Microsoft employee at the store.
So I have my phone, love the new experience and am using continuum right now with a Logitech keyboard and mouse (which surprised me that it works) to type this too long post.
I decided to join the fast ring for WM10.
I am happy that I can now get my UWP app development easily onto a mobile device. I lost the ability to do so with my previous phone. To bad it wasn't this easy from the start of WM. I switched to WM 4 years ago (from pocket pc)
This continuum : I can see where Microsoft might be heading with WM. Switching to x86 processor and just using the desktop version of the OS once Intel gets a CPU that works well for such a device. That would be awesome if I could use Visual Studio on my phone. Yeah I know that we are a few years away from this possibility. Meanwhile I am going to get a lot of use out of my new 950XL, and I am going to save up for the Surface Phone launch :)
Ok, that is all until next year, > 2017 May 18, 8pm when my year off from the Internet is over.
PS, besides MSDN magazine and the Microsoft Store web sites, I am also allowing Channel 9 content (podcast app on my new phone) through my self imposed internet wall.
PPS I forgot to mention I walked home from the mall. A 5 hour walk.