2014 was a quick year for me. It definitely went faster than any other year I can remember.
I helped Siemens Ultrasound launch a new Windows app that lets you view your photos instantly from your tablet:
I listened to Serial, and while I loved it, I was just as disappointed as everyone else at the ending.
I discovered a few new video games that I love:
- Sunset Overdrive – I wasn’t sure I’d like this, but it was amazing. As a completionist, however, I was disappointed at how long it will take me to gather all of the final collectibles.
- Hearthstone – I had no idea how much a simple game can have such complex strategy and addictive gameplay. I don’t recommend starting this one unless you’ve got some dedicated free time coming up.
I also churned through several new Windows Phones. In one year, I has my primary driver be a Lumia 920, Lumia 1520, Lumia 1020, Lumia 735, and finally, I’m currently using the unlocked Lumia 830 (Orange). Quick thoughts on each:
- Lumia 920: Perfect in nearly every way, but heavy. No removable battery, no microSD expansion.
- Lumia 1520: Just too big for me. A 6″ phone will never again be in my pocket.
- Lumia 1020: The “bump” was annoying, no matter how great the photos were. Also, it was harder to use/retrieve those hi-res photos than I would have liked.
- Lumia 735: The lightest phone I’ve ever used. Could have been perfect, but they skipped the dedicated photo button. As it turns out, that’s a dealbreaker for me.
- Lumia 830: This is great. For now. But it’s not a high-end processor, and there’s only 1GB of RAM. Not a flagship phone, but it’s perfect in my hand, and the metal frame is gorgeous.
Speaking of Windows Phones, I also discovered Microsoft Complete. Available only at the brick & mortar Microsoft Stores, it’s a warranty for your phone. For $99, you get TWO years of coverage for your phone. This is not a restrictive warranty. You could literally walk into the store, smash it with a hammer in front of them, and they’d still replace it. And they’ll replace it twice in those two years. Each replacement costs $50.
I’m sure I’ll think of more from 2014, but I’ve got to start somewhere.