According to various tech websites about the place, Windows Phone 7 isn’t doing all that well.
I struggle to understand why.
I made the switch from Android to WP7 about a month ago, and (aside from the original phone being DOA), I have been enormously impressed with the experience.
My weapon of choice is the Nokia Lumia 800.
Nokia have always made great hardware, and this device is no exception.
The Lumia 800 is not only a very attractive piece of hardware aesthetically, it is also very attractive functionally.
I am not sure whether it is WP7 or hardware of the Lumia 800, but mine boots in less than five seconds, even with the carrier logo display popping up for about three of those seconds.
Either way, after coming from a succession of 30s-1m boot time Android devices, I am highly impressed.
The touch screen is responsive and functions exceptionally well in any kind of light, but the highlight for me has been the quality of the photographs that this thing takes.
The Nokia Lumia 800 is only sporting an 8mp camera, though it does have Carl Zeiss Tessar written on the back of it; whatever that means, however the pictures that I am taking with it are better than those some associates are getting out of their dedicated digital cameras.
The colours are brilliant – have a look at the couple of example below; and click on it to see the glorious colour and definition in full resolution.
Probably the most magnificent aspect of this camera though, is the macro mode.
I’ve never had a camera or a phone with a macro mode setting, so I was quite excited to learn what it was.
I’ve only taken one photo with the macro setting on.
I don’t want to take any more, this one turned out perfectly and I want to stop whilst I am at the top of my game!
Click on it and look at it in full resolution – check out that detail, it is unlike anything I have seen taken with a phone before.
If you haven’t experienced the Windows Phone 7 platform, or the Nokia Lumia 800 hardware, I urge you to make a diversion into your local telco shop the next time you walk past it; and have a quick fiddle with one.
If you appreciate performance, aesthetics, and a completely intuitive user interface, you’ll no doubt walk out with one; or walk away and then come back the next day (as I did) to snaffle one of these cracking devices.
Sadly though, just because a device is technologically superior, doesn’t mean that it will prosper.
VHS and Betamax taught us this.
Here is hoping that slavish consumerism and the herd mentality don’t defeat what is, for mine, undoubtably the best mobile device and OS available on the market today.