Windows Phone Underrated?

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I recently purchased a Nokia Lumia which uses the Windows Phone 8 Operating system and I have to say, I am very impressed. Having only used Android and IOS in the past WP8 is a breath of fresh air. Microsoft did miss the mark on some stuff like having a single volume control which applied everything (apps, ringer, notifications) and it was missing the action bar that I liked so much on Android but these issues and more were fixed in the 8.1 update. The virtual assistant, Cortana, seems to work better than Siri and Google Now. One Note is great and having MS Office on my phone is a huge plus because I no longer run into formatting errors like I did on the other office apps available in the App and Play stores.

Of course there are some drawbacks to consider. The Windows Store does not have nearly as many Apps as the Play and Apple App store. To me this isn’t a problem because I have everything I need and more but to somebody that likes some of the more obscure and exotic Apps available in the other major App stores a Windows phone could present a problem. I’m not a huge fan of Bing searches either. I prefer google searches and I would have to open my browser on a Windows phone do access it. Here maps seems to work just as good as any navigation device but I miss how my Android would remember searches I made on my chrome browser at home.

Anybody in the market for a new phone and particularly those who have a Windows PC should look into a Windows Phone. Take some time to get to know it and I think you could will be pleasantly surprised with how good Microsoft’s mobile OS is.

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Peter Bruno

Technology enthusiast and aspiring self taught programmer. Currently working with Java developing basic applications.

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  1. Vivek Prajapati June 29, 2014 at 10:00 am

    I own a Lumia 720 and I have no problems with it. I particularly like the tiled style of Windows Phone which is easy to work with. Only one Start screen to worry about seems less fuss of managing content to me as I am a minimalistic fellow. HERE Maps, in many cases, beats Google Maps, atleast in India where I live.
    And about apps, the Windows Phone ecosystem is growing steadily and might bring itself upto the level of Android or iOS in near future.

  2. Martin Lehner June 29, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    I was using a Samsung ATIV S last year, which is a Windows 8 phone. As far as I’m concerned, Windows 8 is the BEST mobile operating system out there right now. It is so easy and intuitive to use. I actually dislike Android, I find there’s so little organization within the OS and everything is mish-mashed (for example, there isn’t one single settings menu that has all the settings in it). Unfortunately, I had to switch to Android because of app availability, for work as well as personal (BBM, for example). Hopefully developers will continue to support and augment Windows Phone, and they can grow their marketshare.

  3. Jake Gardner June 30, 2014 at 5:26 am

    I used to have a Samsung omnia 7 and it was wonderful. I have moved to android now though because of lack of app availability.

  4. Nilesh Prajapati June 30, 2014 at 8:50 am

    I bought a Lumia 520 back in August 2013. Till now, I would say it is best mobile OS. Microsoft has done great (though WP7 was a mess). The WP8.1 which is to come soon will surely revolutionize the Windows Phone OS.

  5. John July 3, 2014 at 1:17 am

    So the best thing about windows phone is office seems to be the jist of your argument.

    Now that office is available for iOS what does windows mobile have as a usp now?

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