Choosing a smartphone is complicated, not only because there is a whole bunch of parameters to look out for but also because once you’ve made your choice,you’ve made a commitment to the particular OS as well. Unlike computers which for the most part, allow you to install whichever operating system you want or even install several and switch between them whenever you want the latest generation of smartphones is built to run one OS in particular.
This is apparent every time you hear the words “Android phone” or “Windows phone”, indicating that the device in question will only work with that particular OS. Although Android is by far the most popular OS as far mobile devices are concerned, Windows Phone 8 is hanging in there, with the number of new users and new apps steadily growing. For those considering to switch to Windows Phone, here are some bits of advice.
Why You Should Choose Windows Phone 8:
As opposed to Android, Windows Phone 8 user experience doesn’t vary depending on the device, or third-party accessories and device. Microsoft makes sure from the get-go that there are no compatibility issues and that everything works as it should, which makes Windows Phone experience more similar to that of iOS. This is evident on Nokia Lumia phones, where both hardware and software are made by Microsoft, which is the ideal approach. Also, speaking of Lumia, you get a lot of phone for the money, no matter which model you decide to get.
As for security issues, there are virtually none. While you may have to consider getting some sort of security app if you are an Android user, with Windows Phone, you can set your mind at ease. For business-oriented users, a Windows Phone device is an absolute dream when it comes to security. For example, your company’s admin can monitor a number of Windows Phones from the servers room and makes that there are no security issues whatsoever. This is good to know, since most companies often exchange confidential and valuable data.
Why You Should Not Choose Windows Phone 8:
The first issue does not apply Windows Phone 8. At least not yet. We’re talking about the issue regarding the updating of Windows Phone devices. Those users which are using Windows Phone 7.8 will not be able to keep their phones up to date, which means no support or compatibility with all the new apps that will come out eventually. If course, like we pointed out, this doesn’t concern you, since you will be getting a Windows Phone 8 device, and Microsoft promised that it would keep those up to date. The question is: until when? One day they may decide to pull the plug on it, and you will find yourself in a position we’ve just described.
The most glaring downside of having a Windows Phone 8 device is the relatively small number of apps for you to choose from. Although Microsoft says that all the essential apps are out there, that is highly unlikely, since each one of us has their own idea of an essential app. Yes, most apps are available, but they failed to mention that a large number of those is made by third-party developers. Last, but not least, even though Windows Phone users swear by it, they rarely mention that this OS takes some time getting used to.
Now you have some more information you can make a decision about which phone and OS is right for you.