Is Windows Phone the ONE?

Is Windows Phone a reasonable choice for you? It depends . . .

I am in the market for a new phone. Three things caused me to take my first serious look at Windows Phone. First is the phone with the amazing, game changing camera, the Nokia Lumia 1020. Second is the announcement that Delta is handing out 19,000 phones to its flight attendants. Third is the continued passion from Paul Thurrott about the platform.

You may want to consider Windows Phone. The big apps are already there and you will not find any camera that is even close to the one on the Lumia. You can leave your point and shoot at home. On the other hand, you will want to take a look in the Windows Phone Store and see if the apps you use are there. Yes there are over 170,000 apps there but there may be some apps you use on your iPhone or Android device that aren’t there.

I found good news and bad news in the store. So I picked up my current phone (Android) and looked at the apps on my two main screens. Other than the built-in in apps (which have Window 7 alternatives), I came up with 16 apps. About half of the 16 had either native Windows Phone apps or good solid alternatives. BUT there were 3 apps that I don’t want to live without that are not yet available (complete list). Two of them are that are for a narrow market but one is my banking app. I love Ally Bank and the ability to deposit checks from my phone is something I don’t want to live without.

If Windows Phone has the apps you can’t live without, consider it. From what I have heard, Windows Phone offers a compelling if not competition beating user experience. But before you buy one, make sure it runs ALL the apps you don’t want to live without.

For me, my next phone will likely be the next Nexus. If I can hold out until it is released, I plan to buy the unlocked Nexus 5 directly from Google. This gives me the market leading platform (Android) with quick updates direct from Google. AND I get to drop my bill to $45 with the Unlimited Plan from Straight Talk. Bye, bye Verizon!

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