Although I’m an Android guy through and through, I find myself sitting here and thoroughly enjoying a Windows Phone 7 device. To make the matter even stranger, it’s an AT&T phone! So how did a Verizon-fearing Android lover like myself get caught up in this conundrum, and why am I staying in it for so long? I’m glad you asked.
Over a week ago Klout offered both entrance to a Windows Phone party as well as a Windows Phone 7 device just for being influential. I gladly took them up on the offer, and while I wasn’t up to going to the party last minute, I was definitely up for giving the phone a try.
I opened the box as soon as it arrived and never looked back. Its 4″ Super AMOLED WVGA screen caught my eye and the super-thin form factor paired with its near weightlessness captured my heart. I’m not afraid of a mobile with some mass and girth (I carry a Droid Bionic), but with a phone this smooth and powerful, there’s no need. 1 GHz worth of a Snapdragon processor and 512 MB of RAM make for a pretty powerful combination for most things you throw at it.
Windows Phone 7 is seemingly the best of all mobile OSes combined. It’s a nice middle ground between the customization factor of Android and the simple/sleek appeal of Apple’s iPhone. The stock setup of the phone covered everything I needed, but I had the option to modify, so I did. A couple of extra home screen tiles (kind of like widgets), including one dedicated to my wife and I was set. I’ve also never had such an easy time adding an exchange mail account – not even on Blackberry. Businesses that require mobile users to have email access would avoid frustration and save time during setup by utilizing Windows Phone.
This sort of integration has to be one of the best features. Windows Phone is exactly what the title says: Windows (and thus Microsoft)… on a phone. Outlook is just one example. It has the Windows start icon as a home button, which just makes sense. It has a mobile version of the Microsoft Office suite. The music/video service is powered by Zune. Bing is integrated into the search. The default browser is Internet Explorer. I can interact with Xbox Live on my device; I can check my achievements, edit my profile, send and receive messages, and even play games.
So, will I switch? Probably not. But I definitely will keep recommending it to users displeased with their various mobile phones.