I borrowed a Windows Phone off my friend for several weeks as my only phone, and here’s my usage review of it. I’d be focusing on the software because there’s just too much variation with hardware to make any review meaningful.
A short preface
First off, let me just say that I am an Apple fanboy, of sorts. I started off not with the first iPhone, but rather an iPod Touch with a Sony Ericsson K680i , then an iPhone 3GS a year later. Towards the end of 2011, a colleague of mine showed me his Samsung Omnia 7 running Windows Phone 7 and I immediately fell in love with the Metro UI. To the uninitiated, the Metro UI (User Interface) is Microsoft’s alternative to a graphical layout pretty much dominated by Apple’s app-icons-in-a-grid approach. What they did was to use cards/grids which were dynamic (though not all) and could convey more information than just the icon itself.
Since I was writing for this tech webcolumn, I thought it might be a convenient excuse to test out the phone (let’s call it WP) for a while and share with you readers my experience. Continue reading