Before any of my readers start growling at me I would like to woof out two things: first, read the post to the end before you nip at me and second, remember the some of us like chicken, some like beef, some like big dogs, some like little dogs. This is just the opinion of me, Emma the GBGV, and how I feel about this topic.
I have to say mom is a tech person, she loves the newest, latest and greatest which is fun but also frustrating as we have to work out all the bugs with new products and mom does get pretty made at her devices when she is trying to figure them out but in the end, she gets it and then she is really happy, so we are ok with the whole thing.
I started my blog and social media presence about 15 months ago and it was all new territory for this scent hound. I had to learn all about photos, software and working on a computer which really challenged me as a dog. If they had scented software it would make things so much easier! Hello, Microsoft…hint, hint, hint… I have had a lot of issues with the keyboard and my paws which prompted mom to get us an ipad about a year ago. I liked our Windows 7 phone and with the ipad, the touch screen and icons my clumsy paws were much happier but with the ipad in the house we were also frustrated. I guess the ipad was like a zebra in a field with horses, similar but did not quite fit in and could not do everything expected of it. We longed for a better solution but for the time being it was an acceptable solution.
In November, the new Windows 8 phone came out, so guess who raced out and got one, yep mom. She brought our new phone home and we both loved our phone for the first time. It is so fast, has a hot spot so we can use other devices when we are not home, and it has adjustable tile sizes so I can have big tiles for my stuff and my clumsy paws. One other great feature – mom realized she can use the phone with her heavy gloves on, a major plus in Minnesota in the winter! Sure Windows phones don’t have all the apps that the iphone does but Microsoft is racing to catch up on that and how many of those iphone apps do you really use anyway? The German in me says quality, not quantity is important. We really love our Windows 8 phone and highly recommend it!
Next Windows 8 came out. Mom was afraid to make the leap but finally bought this great touchscreen ultrabook with Windows 8. Well, the first 3 days or so were not great…let’s just say I had to cover my ears a lot as there were lots of 4 letter words flying around our office and I don’t mean B-A-T-H! Once mom got over that initial speed bump she started really liking her new computer. Mom and the new pc have had their issues on and off but all in all it is working well…just a few kinks. Mom’s Outlook (which has nothing to do with Windows 8, as it is Office 2010) keeps having an issue but that is probably her own fault and I could care less as it does not affect my email account which is most important anyway! The other thing is the IE10, sorry Microsoft, but you still need some work there, quite disappointing. We installed Firefox as our main browser which works perfectly and makes us happy.
The touchscreen with the big tiles makes my work at the computer so great! It is much better than the ipad since the tiles are bigger for my paws to paw on. Now I only use the ipad if mom says my paws are dirty or if she claims she needs the computer for work. Ha! I don’t see where her work could be all that important in comparison to my online life!
My opinion is a 4 paws up for Windows 8 and dogs…we are also back out of that apple cloud thing which messed us up a lot and back to our own online storage and some skydrive. I guess we decided that if we live with bunch of oranges, an apple really doesn’t fit in too well. If MAC and apple are your thing and they work for your needs we are happy for you but we have decided to stick with Microsoft. Next I need to get some bark recognition software so I don’t have to type at all!
Uh oh…I just heard the new Office 2013 is out…mom is contemplating upgrading to it. She is a bit afraid to but knowing her, it will be in our home shortly and the frustrated version of mom will appear again for a few days 😉 I guess I will review that after I have some time to test it out!