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Over the last few months my iPhone had been falling apart. I couldn’t really put it to sleep anymore. My battery was becoming just shy of useless. I needed a new phone. I’ve been feeling pretty burned out on Smart phones all around. I wasn’t sure they were really doing that much for me, so I was even questioning getting a smart phone all around. I decided to see what Android was offering though, figuring that I would be going that way, if I got another smart phone at all. Then a friend suggested I take a look at the new Windows Phone 7 (WP7). I figured why not, while at the store checking out whatever the latest android offerings were I asked to check out whatever they had for Windows Phones.
I have to be honest, it took me less than a minute with an Android phone in one hand and the Windows Phone in the other to realize if I got a smart phone it was going to be Windows based. It’s not the popular thing to like Windows. Especially coming off of an iPhone, but to be honest, the UI is gorgeous. It’s just a pleasure. It made my iPhone UI feel like the old gal at the bar. You know the one, she’s sitting off in the corner with too much make up and dark lighting that hides her wrinkles. The Windows Phone made Android feel like Linux did 15 years ago, unpolished and a little cumbersome. The Metro UI is right up my alley. Lots of Type faces as design, minimalism. They opted for clean and simple where everyone else is being flashier. I love it.
This was a strange revelation to me. I had almost completely decided that I wanted Android if I had another smart phone. The only competition to that I could see was going to be one of the Palm devices. WebOS gets nothing but praise even if the hardware isn’t the best. I’ve used it and it’s great to use. There’s little doubt to me that, as an OS purely, it’s better than iOS, Android and probably WP7. Too bad the hardware sucks, there’s not much as far as apps and it’s under HP’s hand now. Anyway, as I sat there using this WP7 I was loving it more and more and then realized that Microsoft must be subsidizing it big time because the phones were cheap. For a comparable device I was looking at paying around 50% less for WP7.
So I went for it. My geek cred on the line, I decided to take the dive with a Windows Phone and see where it took me.android, ios, iphone, phone, samsung focus, windows