I know, I know. Most of you are thinking “When will she just give up on that iPhone and move on to something else?” It’s not that easy! The devices I want always have something wrong with it, or aren’t available on my network – like a Windows Phone 8 device. For whatever reason, Sprint has decided that Android and iPhone are the way to go and to completely leave out Windows Phone 8, and I for one think it would just be downright dandy if they would change their mind.
I’m always bouncing back and forth between new devices I’d like to try out, but after giving it some good thought I’ve decided that Windows Phone 8 deserves a chance. I am still very intrigued by both the Samsung Galaxy S III and the Samsung Galaxy Note II, but Android is old news to me and I’ve already had a slice of the Android pie. It’s been a long time since I’ve had anything by Microsoft. Although the last time I had a Windows (Mobile) device the software was full of glitches, and I skipped over Windows Phone 7. However, with some of the tweaks and new customization options that Windows Phone 8 offers I’m very tempted to get my hands on one.
As Aaron mentioned in his video about the Windows 8X device for AT&T, the hardware is beautiful. I’ve noticed this with the Nokia Lumia 920 and the Nokia Lumia 822 as well. I like that Microsoft has broken away from the standard black and white color scheme that most devices offer now and offering some bright and bold colors instead. They’re also offering different sizes so that even people like me, who don’t necessarily want a huge phone, will be comfortable holding one in the hand.
Aside from the hardware, the platform itself has changed a bit so that you can get a little more customizable. Still not exactly on the same wavelength as Android, but to me it seems more than an iPhone. You can change the tile size of your LiveTiles and make them fit however you want. The lockscreen is also probably one of the most customizable I’ve seen, being able to change not only wallpapers but what notifications appear, the weather, etc. The transition between landscape and portrait mode seems extremely smooth – almost flawless.
I guess it’s kind of like when you poke a bear with a stick too many times, it will probably eat you. Well, Windows Phone 8 has poked this bear with a stick too many times and, although I probably won’t eat it, I really want to buy it. That was actually a terrible analogy, but I’m going to keep it in there because I can’t come up with a better one. The point is, I’ve seen enough of Windows Phone 8 in videos and have had enough tinkering with them in stores that I would really like to see what it’s like to own one for a while. To actually get a feel for it and have more knowledge about the device than I do now. I’ve experienced BlackBerry, Android, and now iOS, so it’s time for Windows Phone to get its chance.
How do you feel about Windows Phone 8? Do you think it has enough improvements for you to want to try it? Have you ever been tempted to try it and just decided you’d rather have a different platform for your mobile device? Let me know what you think in the comments!
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