So I got a chance to check out a Windows Phone. I’m die hard Android, but I figured I’d at least see how Microsoft is doing. So it arrived and I was actually excited. I opened the box and pulled it out – man is this thing heavy! It weighs a lot compared to my Samsung Galaxy Nexus. I wasn’t so excited anymore, but I pressed on. I powered her up and I had no clue what to do! It’s such a dramatic change from what I’m used to. I will say the display on this thing is beautiful! And it’s speedy – it’s REALLY fast! Coupled with HPSA+ on AT&T, you can get a lot done quickly.
So I started signing into accounts and downloading some apps. Too bad a lot of the apps I use, aren’t available. Now, I did some research and app developers are working on getting a lot of those apps on the Windows Phones. But it really made my experience not the greatest. Now I kept telling myself, a couple of years ago, Android didn’t have the best app selection either. Time will tell if the selection gets better.
Let’s talk camera. It’s a pretty good camera – under full light. Under low light I had some not so great looking pictures. I was hoping the flash would have been a little more powerful.
I really didn’t like the “Start” screen. The ‘tiles’ seem like a good idea, but I just couldn’t get the hang of them. If you have a lot of apps, the “Start” screen could go on for a long time. It’s not for me. And speaking of the ‘tiles’ – the contacts tile was live – meaning it kept flipping through pictures of my contacts. Now it looks cool, but each time I saw someone and thought ‘oh I should message them’ I would click on them, but it would only take me to my general contacts. It was very frustrating.
Now, don’t get me wrong – it’s a nice phone. But it’s not for me. I’m Android to the core, and trying out this Windows phone just proves it. For some people, this may be a great phone and do all the things they need it to do. I am just not one of those people. So back in the box it goes. Control-Alt-Delete.
Think I’m wrong? Do you have a Windows phone and love it? Let me know! Leave a comment below or tweet me @Doctor_Droid.