It’s not the first time you will find a journalist or editor post on how they, surprisingly, ended up falling in love with a Windows Phone being an Android, iPhone or Blackberry user. This time, CNET UK editor Rich Trenholm wrote an article on why he doesn’t want an iPhone anymore after using a Windows Phone.
Trenholm begins his short yet defined opinion piece by comparing the release of the iPhone to that of going from black and white to color, but he never would’ve imagined that a few years later he wouldn’t want one anymore. He no longer wants an iPhone after using a Windows Phone for the first time, specifically the Nokia Lumia 800.
I loved the iPhone. It was pretty, it was fun, it did everything I wanted it to. Which makes it all the more weird that just a few short years later, I wouldn’t be seen dead with one.
He continues, detailing what makes Apple devices and the Android so unique from each other. At this rate however he has grown bored of the Apple operating system, on all devices. He fears that Apple’s future will consist of looking at the same screen on anything, no matter what device you are using. iOS 5 looks the same as iOS 4 and with new features only showing up after Android and even Windows Phone already introduced then. Sure, some users claim Apple always copies things, but just does it better. That’s not always the case folks, but that’s not what this article is about. As far as Android devices go, sure they introduced a new interface different from Apple’s, and they also introduce the flexibility to customize anything on your device, and for some people that’s just too much to do.
Trenholm closes his opinion piece with his short yet impactful impression on the Windows Phone, and again, why he will never go back to the iPhone.
Windows Phone strikes the perfect middle ground between the two. The slick, instantly recognisable and totally intuitive live tile interface is playful without being toylike, knocking Apple’s once-revolutionary front end into a cocked hat. And on the other hand, widgets and dynamic live tiles give you the flexibility that marks Android.
It’s utterly compelling, and that’s why I won’t be swapping my Nokia Lumia 800 for an iPhone any time soon.
Nope, Apple will have to do more than nick Android’s notification system to tempt me back to that dated interface. No widgets? Pssh. Delving into the menus for simple tasks like killing the Wi-Fi? Whatevs. iTunes? See ya, most definitively would not wanna be ya.
Of course, I’m not saying Windows Phone is perfect. The pool of apps is more like a muddy puddle. It’s only the arrival of Spotify in the Marketplace that has triggered this damascene conversion in your humble correspondent, as that’s the first app I download on any new phone. And I still haven’t got used to how when you zoom right in to a map it switches to satellite view.
But I love it how the directions tell you if you reach a certain road, you’ve gone too far. I love how if there’s a problem with a text message, the smiley face messages icon turns to a frowny face. And I bloomin’ love those big colourful tiles. Because, lest we forget, when you look at a gadget a hundred times a day it should make you smile every time, not want to kick it against a wall (the fate of my last iPhone).
My God. We’re through the looking glass here, people. I’m a Windows fan now.
If you so happen to be an Apple, Blackberry or Android user reading this article, we don’t want you to take it in a negative manner and simply gloat about how your device is the best regardless. Reading an article like this should inspire you to simply take a peek at the Windows Phone platform and see just how different it is. The Windows Phone is definitely unique. Sometimes simplicity is the best way and Windows Phone brings that to you, and when you open an application it completely immerses you edge-to-edge of the screen with everything you need from it.