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The VAIO Phone Biz Is a Sleek Windows Phone That Nobody Needs

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As all around it realize that Windows phones might be on the way out, the Sony off-shoot VAIO has proudly unveiled a new handset that runs Windows 10.

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Announced today in Japan, the Phone Biz—what a name!—is certainly more stylish than the middle-of-the-road black slab that constituted VAIO’s first stab at a smartphone. Beneath the sleek silver aluminum frame it’s a fairly standard mid-range affair, though: a 5.5-inch 1080p LCD, 13 megapixel camera, Snapdragon 617 chip and 3GB of RAM. It supports the Windows Continuum mode too, allowing you to use it with a desktop display.

Illustration for article titled The VAIO Phone Biz Is a Sleek Windows Phone That Nobody Needs
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But the fact remains that it’s a Windows phone in a world where Windows phones are, seemingly, dying. Launching in Japan at a cost of ¥50,000, which is about $400, there’s no word on if or when it will become available further afield. Which, to be honest, may be just as well.

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[The Verge]

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DISCUSSION

I really wanted a Windows Phone. I really do. I even defended them online. I loved the idea of continuum, and the UI for windows phone are buttery smooth. I was willing to forgive the lackluster app ecosystem since I don’t install app that much and those i want are already there, kinda.

But when i was shopping for a phone recently, I had a choice of:

1. a cheaper mid-range Samsung a5 2016 that comes with a free 32gb sd card and a 10k mAh portable battery, or

2. a more expensive high-end Lumia 950 that comes with a sports headset, 10k mAh portable battery, 64GB SD card, and a 3d2n hotel voucher.

a week before the purchase, I tested 2 different units on 2 differet shops, and they froze and stuck at the lockscreen. noticing that had happened on my win10 pc as well (especially when just woken up from sleep), I’m guessing it’s not the hardware, but most probably windows.

add that to the fact that the Office apps on Continuum is no better than on an Android tablet, and the button placement is not conducive for keyboard and mouse. The Xbox app on microsoft, does not stream games from Xbox One like it does on a full Windows 10, despite Sony phones being able to do that on Xperia phones.

So despite the hard sell for the 950, I went with the mid range a5 purely because of the fact that mid range can cater to my needs now and it looks sexy as heck.