I’ve been using a Windows Phone since Windows Phone 7 shipped, and for many years before that (with the exception on 1 year on the iPhone 3GS) I used Windows Mobile. Indeed my history with Microsoft’s mobile offerings goes back to the original Handheld PC followed by a number of Pocket PCs. So for the last few years, with the occasional complaint , I’ve worked around Windows Phone’s so-called App Gap. It hasn’t been pleasant. And now I have hit an app requirement that doesn’t appear to have a workaround. One that might drive me to Android, if not back to an iPhone.
There is no Windows Phone application for the Honeywell Total Connect 2.0 security system. There is one for the iPhone, Android, and (get this) Blackberry. The website requires Apple QuickTime, so that isn’t an answer. In fact if you go to the website with WP8.1 it thinks you are on a Blackberry and tells you to download the Blackberry app!
There is a third party app. Many users report trouble getting it to work, and even those who rate it highly say it has very limited function. Basically you can arm or disarm. But that isn’t the only reason I need to access my system, so the app (even if it works) is inadequate. Further, it costs $2.99 and there is no trial. Ordinarily I wouldn’t have bothered downloading it, but I wanted to see for myself. So now I’m down $2.99. The app works, but won’t do what I need. So I’m S O L.
Of course moving off Windows Phone would bring other benefits, like being able to control my SONOS (another case of inadequate third-party apps not really filling the gap) or sync my Fitbit without using my wife’s iPhone. Or actually get a smartwatch. Or run a dozen or more other apps where I’ve resigned myself to struggling with a website for the last few years.
Of course some of these things are coming to Windows Phone. Eventually. Maybe. I mean, Uber finally made it this week. Finally. Are the other things imminent? Who knows. They could appear next month, or I could get someone pregnant and see my child graduate high school first. Someone said that to me recently and I thought they were joking, now I’m not so sure.
So I’ve finally fallen into the app gap. And as long as I stay on Windows Phone it seems I can’t get up. I’m done fighting, tomorrow I’ll probably get a Samsung Galaxy S 5. Lemming seems like a fine label to wear right now.