Windows Phone has been out for a while now, and while we’ll admit that the first generation of Windows Phones weren’t all that, ever since the second generation of Windows Phone devices running Mango have arrived, we have had a difficult time understanding why the platform is struggling so much. As a matter of fact, Nokia just reported that despite all their new Windows Phone devices, they reported a 73 percent fall in fourth-quarter earnings.
Granted, we fully understand that the smartphone marketplace is incredibly competitive. The market is flooded with handsets and the average consumer can hardly keep up with them all. That said, we love Windows Phone. Personally, it’s my mobile OS of choice, outside of iOS. So there I said it. Go ahead Android fanboys and girls, lay your wrath on me.
And now, here are our top 7 reasons for why Windows Phone is the best mobile OS that no one is using.
1. It’s affordable without compromises.
For $50 to $100 you can pick up a Windows Phone like the Nokia Lumia 710 (T-Mobile), HTC Radar (T-Mobile), or Samsung Focus Flash (AT&T). These phones offer 4G data speeds, and plenty of performance and features. They hardly feel like budget phones at all.
2. There are powerful handsets to choose from, just like with Android.
But besides for offering many fine budget handsets, the latest generation of Windows Phone devices like the HTC Titan II, Samsung Focus S, and Nokia Lumia 900 are all 4G (some even LTE) devices, that offer plenty of power without compromise. As a matter of fact, the Samsung Focus S offers a very similar form-factor to the popular Android powered Galaxy S II, so it’s like having the best of both worlds.
3. Windows Phone might be made by Microsoft, but it’s very Mac friendly.
The free Windows Phone Connector software for Mac makes syncing your Windows Phone with your Mac easy. The software lets you do stuff like backing up your photos and syncing the phone with iTunes playlists.
4. Windows Phone is perfect as a first smartphone.
Windows Phone’s GUI isn’t only slick, but it’s easy to use, and nearly impossible to get lost in. It also comes with all of the important features ready to go out of the box which makes it great for first time smartphone users. That includes everything from Facebook and Twitter integration to maps. This all makes it easy for first time users to get up and running without having to download any third party apps or having to get involved in configuring any complicated settings.
5. The Marketplace has all the essentials.
A year ago the Windows app Marketplace was pretty weak, but now things have really improved. While the catalog is not nearly as big as what Android and iOS is offering, pretty much all the big players are there. That includes Foursquare, Spotify, Slacker, Angry Birds and more. Many of these apps are super slick too, and a lot nicer than their counterparts on other platforms.
6. Windows 8 is coming, and it’s a lot like Windows Phone 7.5
Perhaps the reason people haven’t taken to Windows Phone is because the user interface is so different. But the upcoming Windows 8 uses the same metro U.I. that Windows Phone 7 introduced, and it’s sure to spread like wild fire on PCs. So maybe once Windows 8 is out, users will identify with Windows Phone better. In the meanwhile, Windows Phone is a great introduction to this new type of U.I., and that is a good thing because Windows 8 is already looking to be pretty sweet.
7. Live Tiles are addictive!
Speaking of the U.I., Windows Phone’s Live Tiles are awesome and addictive. These tiles,which sit on your home screen offer quick glances to data such as the latest weather or number of emails in your inbox. And now that Windows Phone 7.5 allows 3rd party apps to fully utilize Live Tiles, Live Tiles are becoming more and more dynamic and clever.
So there you have it – 7 reasons why Windows Phone is da bomb. Now if only more of you cared…