No Chase app, but life goes on
Regarding this “app-pocalypse” with Windows Phone. Yes, I was very annoyed to hear about Chase ditching the platform, especially seeing as they already had a decent app in place. It seems to me to be a dumb, head-in-the-sand kind of move from a company with more money than God, but, c’est la vie, they are free to do what they want, no matter how narrow-minded it might be. But with Bank of America ditching us as well, it seemed like the tech media began to signal the end of Windows Phone as an ecosystem. It wasn’t all doom-and-gloom though as NPR Radio arrived on the platform which is a new (and awesome) addition.
Here’s the thing with Chase (and yes, I am a customer), the app wasn’t amazing. It was ok. And I would only really use it to upload the odd check I received, because that photo-upload system is very useful. Apart from that, we’re not really missing much else. The mobile browser version will still let me check my balance and my recent transactions, and if I get another check, well I pass plenty of physical Chase branches, it’s really no big deal to deposit them in the ATM, which I actually think is still a useful thing to be able to do. So yeah, sure, not having the Chase app is a slight slap on the face but it’s hardly a painful kick in the nadgers.
I will still love my Lumia 1520, I will still revel in the Windows Phone ecosystem with the live tiles, the amazing camera, the ability to upload photos from the gallery straight to Instagram (ooh! iPhone burn!) and I will still, above all, relish the feeling of carrying around something that is pretty unique in the ever-expanding ocean of sameness that are the iPhone-soaked streets of New York. Plus it’s bright red, which I think is bloody fantastic. So yeah, no Chase app, no Bank of America app but I shrug my shoulders. They’re banks. They’re supposed to act like knob-heads, and they are continuing to do so, so the world keeps turning, people. The world keeps turning. Cheers!