Luke Boeche writes:
I’m at my sister’s cheerleading competition and her coach has a Nokia Lumia 920; here’s the part that got me: she liked it better than her iPhone. Why do you think this is?
Well Luke, it all comes down to personal preference. Phones are a very personal thing for many people, and a preference for a particular device or operating system is similar to a preference to a particular type of painting. Some people see the beauty in impressionist art, while others may prefer abstract paintings. Believe it or not, some people actually love the Windows Phone experience.
This diversity is a good thing, and there’s really nothing about Windows Phone 8 that would necessarily send someone running to the hills, unless they just happen to have a distaste for the general experience. Microsoft has made the decision to head in a more cloud-managed direction than Android or iOS (which are both still somewhat integrated with the cloud). This works in the favor of users who prefer this type of operation, even though others might find having to log in to their account to launch an app that is pre-installed on the phone a bit inconvenient.
The camera on the Nokia Lumia 920 is exceptional. It may be better or worse than the iPhone 5′s camera (depending on who you ask), but again, it’s certainly not a crap camera by any sensible measurement. The exterior is sleek and the live tile interface is incredibly intuitive. You’ve probably seen the countless promotional bits done by Microsoft claiming that Windows Phone makes performing routine tasks faster than alternative mobile operating environments. This may be true for many people, and that’s just another reason someone might prefer it.
With Windows 8 blurring the lines between a mobile and desktop operating system even further, many of its users can find solace in knowing that their experience on their Windows phone will be roughly the same as their experience on a Windows tablet or laptop, with some variances.
Windows Phone 8 is designed to cater to someone who doesn’t want to spend extended amounts of time staring at their phone. It’s made to be glanced at and put back into the user’s pocket. This is a big advantage to the live tiles you really don’t see with either Android or iOS. This seemingly minor difference matters a lot to some users.
Whether you’re into the open experience of Android, the controlled and consistent iOS environment, or the unique experience of a Windows Phone 8 device, the choice is entirely yours to make. For the coach who prefers Windows Phone 8, it just happens to be the experience that works best for her, and that’s a very good thing.