Yes, I did it. And it seems to be a pretty popular thing nowadays, switching OSes. You've seen these posts pop up everywhere. 'Why I got an iPhone' or 'Why I switched from Android to an iPhone'. I guess we see it as groundbreaking when a person decides that Android or iOS just isn't right for them. 'You don't like Android? But you can customize it so much!' I hear that a lot when I complain that I've grown tired of the OS. The truth is, I needed to try something new, so I got a Windows Phone 7 device. What made me make the switch after using Android for a year? Well, let me explain myself before you go and slaughter me in the comments. (As a note, I reserve the right to be biased in this article. After all, this was a choice I made based on my personal preferences.)

Put simply, I just got tired of the Android UI. I've used stock Android, Sense, Blur, TouchWiz and several other random UI's and launchers in between. (I do cell phone reviews, after all.) With Android, you can go from simple to colorful to crazy and animated. The problem is, it all looks the same. At the end of the day, it's a grid of icons with a few widgets thrown in for good measure.

I understand that with Android, the customization options are endless. I realized, though, that the only reason I spend hours customizing the look of my device and trying out different launchers is because I don't like the way it looks. It's a simple concept, I know, but I missed the point for a while. If I don't like the way Android looks, why am I still using it?

Some people point out the widget options. That's great, it really is. And I'm sure that it's a useful feature for a lot of people, but not for me. I used a clock widget, a weather widget, and a Slacker Radio widget that I didn't actually use, I simply used it as a shortcut to open the app. The idea always captivated me, but when I really thought about it, I realized that I just don't use them very much.

It seemed like no matter what I did to customize my device, it still looked ugly, cluttered, and like a beta OS. Yes, beta. Windows Phone on the other hand is simple, elegant, and minimalistic - my three favorite design qualities. I know the tile thing is incredibly simple. I love that. And they're live tiles. So you know that whole thing with widgets? Windows Phone has its own version. I have live tiles for Twitter, e-mail, messaging, a direct contact, and my calendar. Not only that, but it's clean, neat, and organized; not a jumbled mess of widgets designed by different people in different sizes and colors.

Also, I love the Metro font. I always have. Honestly, the font alone is probably 40% of why I bought the phone. That sounds ridiculous, but I'm a designer at heart. My first job was as a graphics designer and as unreasonable as it sounds, the font is deeply important to me. That's one reason I could never get a Nokia device. The font is terrible. Not only is the Metro font beautiful, but the transitions are as well. Again, remember I'm a designer at heart so transitions are a big deal for me. The whole swooping thing that happens with every page is amazing and smooth. Android has transitions, I know. But you don't know when they're going to happen or how it will look. (Part of the reason performance is so great with Windows Phone is because it doesn't yet have multi-tasking. We'll see if the upcoming Mango update affects the performance.)

Uniformity is a big feature in Windows Phone. The UI carries all the way into the apps. Not just the Microsoft apps, but every app designed for Windows Phone follows the Metro UI. This didn't actually play a part in making the switch, but it's definitely an aspect of the OS that I like. The uniformity of Windows Phone even affects the hardware. Because of Microsoft's stringent requirements, I can be sure that there are no underperforming Windows Phone devices out there. True, some have a few extra features, but at least none of them ship with a 600 MHz processor and a 3-megapixel camera.

There's also a few things about Windows Phone that are not as bad as Android loyalists say. For example, notifications. All core apps have push notifications and the notification system is similar to the one for Android. Along with the notification bar at the top of the screen, each live tile will also notify me of alerts. Now, this system is not quite as refined as the one on Android. The notification bar doesn't actually pull down so the notification goes away after a few seconds. However, it remains on the live tile if you have one for that app pinned to your Start screen. Also, not all third-party apps have push notifications. I went through three Twitter apps before I found one that did. That being said, I can live with the current system, trust that it will get better, and appreciate that it's not as bad as I thought it would be.

The Marketplace selection is not that bad either. Granted, I never really used that many apps. That was one reason why Android lost its hold on me. I realize that the Android Market has literally hundreds of thousands more apps that the Windows Marketplace, but I'm not a big app person. Every app that I used on Android is available on Windows Phone. The exact same app too, not a second-rate replacement made by some lesser-known developer. So, the Marketplace is smaller than the Android Market, yes, but it's not as bad as they say.

Lastly, the keyboard is impressive. I am extremely picky when it comes to keyboards so when I decided to make the switch, the keyboard played a big role. So far, it's actually pretty good. I've used better, but I've used worse. The autocorrect function isn't the best, but I'm satisfied with it. And that's saying something.

In several ways, at least in my opinion, Windows Phone is better than Android. In some ways, it's just as good. In a few ways, Android is better. I do miss multi-tasking, but that's no big problem because it's coming to Windows Phone this fall. All in all, I'm happy with my Windows Phone device. I have 14 days to decide if I want to keep it or not so you may come back in a few weeks and see an article entitled "Why I switched back to Android". Honestly, I really hope I like Windows Phone because I just don't want to go back to Android and my only other option is BlackBerry at the moment. (The carrier I chose does not yet have the iPhone or a webOS device.) We'll see.

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Cassidy Spice
Cassidy Spice def not!
Talon Meyer
Talon Meyer yes
Rob Lyons
Rob Lyons Andriod is affordable. If WP7 had a cheaper or prepaid phone available than more people would have a chance to sample it. Apple turns off people because it's not affordable.
Colvin DShawn Fields
Colvin DShawn Fields Android ftw t-_-t
Colvin DShawn Fields
Colvin DShawn Fields Arvydas or whatever saying things like you "Alexis, you suck" automatically invalidates your rebuttal try a different approach.
Dre Moseley
Dre Moseley No one should use WinBlows
Arvydas Gr
Arvydas Gr Alexis, you suck, not WP7. It has the most beautiful UI, it is super fast and smooth.
Alexis Carbajal
Alexis Carbajal Wp7 is retarded its UI sucks and not customizable like Android
Arvydas Gr
Arvydas Gr WP7 is the best OS. Everyone, who says that it's not, they haven't used it.
Jose Mojica
Jose Mojica I can see Android dieing before IOS does for the simple reason that soon manufacturers will focus on mango because they dont wanna get sued anymore.
Jose Mojica
Jose Mojica New technology and that isnt gonna change. I personally dont like Android and I can understand why someone said it feels like a beta os. Its an unreliable and inefficient operating system. To many manufacturers are getting sued for Android.
Jose Mojica
Jose Mojica But we will get the new Samsung galaxy s 2 variant for windows phone and Nokia is also steeping up to make some good phone which will hopefully have a qhd resolution. The os is to simply isn't a downfall, its the future. Things get easier and better with
Jose Mojica
Jose Mojica why is everyone fighting over this. Windows phone 7 is an amazing operating system. No one has come up with a good reason on why its not. The best thing I heard is that it needs stronger hardware. Which I agree.
Robert Kr
Robert Kr If you work whit microsoft producs a lot,yes switch,if you wanna just call and have internet stay on android
Israel Leiva
Israel Leiva Microsoft is a dead horse.
Colvin DShawn Fields
Colvin DShawn Fields Shove the HTC Inspire 4g in her mouth cuz its a great phone on Android
Jade Hart
Jade Hart android is great but it gets to cluttered...I Love WP7!
Adam Ray Thompson
Adam Ray Thompson NO. WIN7 IS BULL SHIT.
Rob Lyons
Rob Lyons I wish I had the HTC Arrive. I just need opera browser. I don't need 1000 apps on my phone.
Dom McDonald
Dom McDonald what model f HTC is it?
Dre Ill
Dre Ill WP7 is definitely a up and coming OS, but to say Android feels "beta"? Really????????????
John Zanatta
John Zanatta I'm stoked she switched over. WP7 is fantastic and it's only going to get better. I use both WP7 and Android. My opinion is fairly unbiased. They each have their ups and downs. WP7 moves up by leaps and bounds with each update.
Alvaro Astudillo
Alvaro Astudillo All phones are good, competition is a good think. Wp7 is a kickass OS
Nyle Ahmed
Nyle Ahmed Only switch to windows phone if you don't care about alot of apps, but the windows phone is really good if you know how to use it
Julian Dupree King
Julian Dupree King Love the metro ui.. still a Droid fan for now. Hoping ice cream sandwich UI rocks. If not I will get a tablet with windows 8 or whatever its called
JJ Flynn
JJ Flynn ya cause iOS is fun..... I can make a never ending grid of app icons too.. lol iOS is going to lose the battle just wait a few more years, Android and Windows Phone are going to win this OS fight. They both bring so much more to the table.
Patrick Do
Patrick Do I think windows phone are great but not very interactive as android phone.
Skye Villanueva
Skye Villanueva Ill have an iPhone before I own a windows phone.... I've tried it on my hd2....such a boring os
JJ Flynn
JJ Flynn Youll be happy. Its awesome!
Ryan Nusbaum
Ryan Nusbaum If she likes it better, yes. I tried out android, didn't really like it and went back to iOS. It's a personal preference.
Ernesto Moreno
Ernesto Moreno no, windows phone 7 is so simple it's boring.
Anonymous What the fuck? That wasn't even an editorial. That was the sum of every WP7's fanboy's rants about Android in a page. I swear to God, it sounds like you were paid by Microsoft, Sydney. There's no problem with you switching to WP7, but the article doesn't sound authentic. "Android feels like a beta OS"? Come on. That sounds like something Microsoft would pay you to say.
Joseph Alan Richardson
Joseph Alan Richardson Instead of getting everyones BIAS! opinion. She should deicide what she likes.
Henry Murillo
Henry Murillo Hells yah!! I have sensation 4g and its sooo laggy... It blows ass! Played wit HD7 and its sooo fast!! I'm gonna trade
William Hall
William Hall Glad to see some good PR on WP7......once a more powerful phone hits the market, I may consider.
Zaben Hashish
Zaben Hashish Android all the way, just wait and see what's in store for us in the next several months
Jamil Oquendo
Jamil Oquendo Best move she ever made. She made a good point on why she used to customize her Android so much.
Jordan Mosley
Jordan Mosley I was thinking about switching. WP7 looks cool, but ill wait till some more powerful devices come out and they support 4G.
Thad Thomas
Thad Thomas It doesnt matter. Both r great, options makes better competition for phones and services
Derick Williams
Derick Williams @Tim Smith. If that was not directed at me, stop reading now. If that was directed at me, I hate when douchebags feel the need to stress out over names pointlessly. If I were programming, sure, naming the method would be important and it could screw up my entire program getting it wrong. However, in general conversation it is completely irrelevant. Also, I'm interested in knowing just what your qualifications are to get on such a high horse.
Jesse James Castro
Jesse James Castro WP7 is going to get big...a flagship phone that is atleast in the top 3 category will definitely get them noticed more
Jose Calderon
Jose Calderon Hell no
Marti Ruiz
Marti Ruiz What t t hell is sydney ? Australia? Lol . I love android but wp7 mango _ look awesome
Jeremy Rothgeb
Jeremy Rothgeb I would like to just say that I have posted several questions and responses on this phonedog facebook and have not received any type of opinion, advice, or reply at all! One of the questions I posted involved a $350 phone that I bought and was told I could take it to another company in the future and then found out they lied to me! Needless to say I may stop relying on phonedog for the reviews they post which anytime I had a question or wanted to compare phonedog's reviews with Noah would hit dead on. I know I am only one person but wide-of-mouth advertising is the best advertising!
Jose Pablo Islas
Jose Pablo Islas Is this a real question? Of course not
Hansel Starley
Hansel Starley Someone get her the Mango beta Assap!!!
Tim Smith
Tim Smith There is no such thing as "win mo 7". Windows Mobile is dead. I hate it when people pretend to be experts but can't even get names right.
Stuart Luther
Stuart Luther Suzzanne I think you are the only person in the universe that liked Windows 6.5. That OS WAS GARBAGE!
Derick Williams
Derick Williams Considering it boils down to personal preference.. I think people are making *way* to big of a deal out of it either way. I'll be the first to say that I think iOS is overly complimented and that a lot of people will go with "whats cool" over what would really be a better option. None of that is really important though, because I"m not the one stuck with iOS or Win Mo 7. I have a Rooted, Cyanogen mod 7 Captivate on gingerbread 2.3.4 and love it. Most gorgeous OS I've ever seen for a phone. Hope Sydney likes her Win mo 7 phone, but really think everyone is making too big of a deal out of it to begin with. If the quality of non smartphones hadn't gone to shit as a ploy to get more users on smartphones.. I don't think we would be having these giant conversations on "which moble os do you use" Hell for that matter, I think half the people out there don't even really know the difference between iOS, Android and Win7 Mobile.. They just know some phones come with one or the other, and they like one or the other.
Chiago Tordolino
Chiago Tordolino Wp7 is awesome. Welcome to the club. In the words of Mrs Hill, Dear Android "you might win some, but you just lost one" #NoHating
Cesario Brito Jr.
Cesario Brito Jr. Windows is ok but its no Android.
Alan Jae-Hun Yi
Alan Jae-Hun Yi No because of the Galaxy S2 but...if Samsung makes a WP7 Galaxy S2, then sure make the switch!
Hansel Starley
Hansel Starley Welcome to sex.
Morgan Hill
Morgan Hill If it would wrap the text to fit the screen and play flash I would get a windows phone.
Tim Smith
Tim Smith What functionality is it missing? As someone that has used Android and Windows Phone I can tell you that you're very wrong.
Suzanne Shanks
Suzanne Shanks I've used WP for years and love 6.5 - not 100% on WP7 yet. Android is running a close second. Having both OS' makes it really fun. Switching was good.
Osama Hamdan
Osama Hamdan Excellent!!
Jesus Ramos
Jesus Ramos I changed today too
Jerry Stephens
Jerry Stephens Windows phone is awesome, especially with Mango. Its a good choice.
Wasim Mazahreh
Wasim Mazahreh No windows phone is nice and pretty with its transition but its missing a lot of functionality android hhas. She will run back to android.
John Cantu
John Cantu Good article. Makes me want to explore more then just android for my next upgrade.
Lee Grip Gresham
Lee Grip Gresham WP7 is good Android is good IOS is good etc... Nike Reebok Adidas...
Nando Moreno
Nando Moreno Wp7..smooth Os,clean uncluttered,responsive, great phone with mango will be awesome..
Aaron León
Aaron León At least she didn't get an iphone
Jorge Acosta
Jorge Acosta fuck no android is the shit
Noe Brito
Noe Brito Absolutely!
Douglas J Kmiotek
Douglas J Kmiotek I'm on iOS 4 atm, but I'm switching to WP7 soon. And yes, I did Android as well. Me & the Mrs LUV WP7!!!
Fonzy Paniagua
Fonzy Paniagua They're both great operating systems but as if right now android rules wp7 just wait till mango is released then wp7 will be a heavy competitor
Dhruba Dasgupta
Dhruba Dasgupta I love my android. Wp7 is simple but android offers more
Adriel D. Mingo
Adriel D. Mingo Windows Phone 7 is the awesomest thing ever! Best switch ever!
Zulfi Rasool
Zulfi Rasool Who gives a damn?? U guys r nt celebs..
Tim Smith
Tim Smith I think Windows Phone is awesome. Especially with Mango. But all that really matters is what she thinks and she said this "After all, this was a choice I made based on my personal preferences." So in my opinion she made the right choice because it was the choice she wanted to make. The little douche fanboys will want to argue and troll but in the end it's her decision to make.
Ramon Quintero
Ramon Quintero Yeap good thing she switched
Roberto Villatoro
Roberto Villatoro Get a iPhone insted
Brent Hewett
Brent Hewett no.
Roberto Villatoro
Roberto Villatoro Hell no Windows sucks dick
David Harness
David Harness Yes. Android wasn't for her, so it makes sense. Windows Phone 7 provides all she needs, and that's why it's good. Some people might argue "but Android is able to be customized way better than Windows Phone!" but the problem with that is she can't even customize Android to look nice for her, it's opinion and her's is that Android isn't for her.\
Gabriel Fernandez
Gabriel Fernandez Yeah.. Windows Phone is great. Android is too.
Abraham Musalem
Abraham Musalem Nooooo, android till I die. Wait for ice cream sandwich!
Arnulfo Barajas
Arnulfo Barajas i think wp7 is awesome!!!...
Nathan Wright
Nathan Wright Yep. I did and i couldn't be happier. Welcome Sydney to WP7!
Chevy Trucks
Chevy Trucks Depends upon what you need & want.
Chris Bailey
Chris Bailey Whos sydney?
Aaron Sussurus Rowe
Aaron Sussurus Rowe HELL YEAH
Zaben Hashish
Zaben Hashish Windows is retarded

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