Thursday, September 29, 2011

Windows Phone: You should be overjoyed about Microsoft’s latest entry in the smartphone derby. - Slate Magazine

Concluding paragraphs of a net-positive Windows Phone review

If Windows Phone is so great, then why has it been such a bust? I suspect that part of the reason is its awful name. Windows, as a brand, evokes everything we hate about computers. Windows Phone looks nothing like Windows on your Dell, but folks who’ve never seen the phone are likely to picture a desktop, a Start Menu, and My Computer—and then head to the Apple Store for relief. Then there’s Microsoft’s timing. Windows Phone is competing against two juggernauts that have been in the market for years and that have gained a great deal of exposure over that time. If you want a new smartphone, you can always look at a friend’s iPhone or Android to see if it will work for you. You can’t do that with a Windows Phone.

Let me urge you to give it a chance. If you have your heart set on the new iPhone or an Android, go to a store and try out a Windows Phone first. You’ll find a lot to like.

Windows Phone: You should be overjoyed about Microsoft’s latest entry in the smartphone derby. - Slate Magazine

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