Windows phone 8 – is it worth switching to?
Windows Phone 8 is the highly anticipated operating system from tech giant Microsoft. Windows 8 is widely seen as Microsoft’s last chance to gain a foothold in the highly competitive smartphone operating system market. The previous Microsoft operating system offered a unique user interface, but suffered because of the lack of multi core processing and a a healthy community of app developers. The Windows 8 operating system addresses all these problems and now appears to be a viable OS for smartphone users. So the question is: Should you switch to Windows 8 Mobile?
Windows Phone 8 handsets
As Windows Phone 8 was announced, so was a host of different flagship handsets. The most notable has to be Nokia’s flagship Lumia 920 – boasting dual core processor, wireless charging, 8.7MP camera and 32GB of internal memory. The Lumia 920 represents the cutting edge of camera technology, with a number of innovative functions that are yet to ever be seen on a camera phone. This alone is one major reason to consider switching.
Other noticeable handsets include the HTC Windows Phone 8X, which comes with a massive 4.3-inch screen and Beats Audio speakers.
Windows Phone 8 apps
The windows Phone user base has been steadily growing, as well as the number of developers releasing apps on the marketplace. Having recently announced the release of the 100,000th app, most of the apps you have on the Apple or Android marketplace are now available on Windows 8 Mobile. That being said, there are still many functions that are not supported: namely the great NNC iPlayer App. If apps are a major priority, don’t sell stuff online for free to fund the purchasing of a Windows Mobile 8 phone just yet.
Windows Phone 8 interface
The Windows Phone 8 interface has been improved, now offering tiles that go across the entire screen, without the annoying arrow telling you to swipe to the next available screen.
The interface design definitely takes some getting used to but provides a unique and fun experience that many people will find refreshing. The great thing about tile view is that you can really see a lot of information without having to enter the app itself.
Owners of Windows 7 Phones will be massively rewarded by upgrading to Windows Phone 8. Those familiar with Apple or Android operating systems will no doubt be tempted to switch but until the user base increases, it may seem like an unnecessary gamble. If you own an old Nokia handset or Blackberry, it is most definitely worth switching to, so if you’re looking to sell nokia e72 handsets, now’s the time.