Windows Phone 8: Is It Worth The Switch?

Microsoft recently came up with Windows Phone 8, an operating system that is expected to change the game Microsoft’s been playing in the smartphone market for a while, according to several sources. Nokia’s come up with an elegant idea to combine all the elements of this new OS in its latest phone, the Lumia 920.

Perhaps you have a smartphone and are looking for what to buy next, or you’re probably buying a smartphone for the first time. It’s safe to assume you’ve already heard of Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android, but haven’t put much thought into what Microsoft has to offer. Today, we’ll discuss what should influence your decision regarding whether you want to get a Windows 8 phone or not.

Apps

Apps are a huge part of the decision-making process. If a phone doesn’t support your kind of app, you’re not likely to buy it. In the case of Microsoft, it’s completely overhauling its APIs and creating new pillars upon which apps will be built. Of course, this means that you’ll have to have a little bit of patience. iOS and Android are big veterans in the app market, but Windows Phone 8 is more of a newcomer, since previous versions of the OS haven’t gotten that much attention. That said, if Microsoft is to be believed, this new OS will receive a ton of attention, with an estimated 100 thousand apps coming out on February.

This is going to be rather interesting, especially considering that – in all its lifetime – Android has achieved just over 400 thousand apps. Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 might achieve this rather quickly if developers set their sights on it. The fact that so many apps will come out so quickly tells us that developers are already anticipating WP8’s new-found popularity.

Bluetooth

Many people will tell you that Windows Phone 8 and Nokia’s new Lumia 920 don’t have Bluetooth 4.0 support, which means that some devices will not be compatible with the phone. This is partially true, since Nokia didn’t plan on including Bluetooth 4.0 in its new phone. However, plans have changed in September 2012, much after the announcement of the new Lumia. You can rest assured that you’ll have the latest technology in this aspect, as Windows Phone 8 also supports Bluetooth 4.0.

Performance

As always, performance depends on hardware. If you pay only $150 for a Windows Phone 8 smartphone without a contract, you get what you paid for. It won’t perform as well as a shiny new $599 phone. The operating system has no bearing on how a phone will perform. Windows Phone 8 is a very light-weight platform that won’t overwhelm your hardware, as long as you have something that performs well on some capacity.

Price

Windows Phone 8 phones will vary in price, but they’ll almost always be certainly more expensive than an Android counterpart, yet cheaper than an iOS counterpart. Keep this in mind. The Lumia 920, for example, is expected to sell at somewhere around the $599-699 range. It’s pretty hefty, but that’s not the only Windows Phone 8 smartphone that will come out. Unlike Apple, Microsoft’s operating system can come up in other phone models, since Microsoft isn’t making the hardware. Other manufacturers might create WP8 phones that are much cheaper, and are very competitive with Android counterparts.

Overall…

All in all, Windows Phone 8 seems like a much more solid operating system than any of Microsoft’s previous versions. My money’s on this one becoming a likely competitor against Android, but it still might not sway the Apple crowd as much. If you’re getting one, don’t expect it to support every app on the planet that worked for Android and iOS. This might take a while, since people are still getting used to the idea of a competitor entering the midst of the two giants.

If you have any ideas to add to this or questions regarding this great OS, comment below!

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