A story about my smartphone…


For many years I was the kind of dude that had an iPhone. No matter what anyone said, I had no interest in leaving the warm and loving arms of apple’s awesome phone. But one day I was in the middle of a game of Angry Birds and couldn’t get out of it. My home button had stopped working. I didn’t know what to do. I hit it over and over until it finally registered. I took it into the apple store but the phone was long out of warranty and the price to fix it was way more than I was willing or able to part with. So it would seem, the search was on for a new phone.

A new iPhone would have been hundreds and hundreds of dollars (I don’t sign contracts with cell phone companies but that’s a story for another day…) so that was out of the question.

First I tried out a friends Android phone and while there were lots and lots of apps in the Google play store, I didn’t like the look or feel of the OS itself. Then I tried a Blackberry but the app store was a ghost town and the OS was the same as it had been when I had a Blackberry back in the day and felt like it was for an old rich business man that wanted a smartphone but didn’t actually know how to use a smartphone.

For a while I even thought about buying one of those weird GooPhones from China that looks and operates just like an iPhone but actually runs Android, but I just couldn’t bring myself to do it.

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Just when all seemed lost and I was going to have to either continue to use a broken phone or switch to a phone I had no interest in using, I happened to walk past the Microsoft store in the mall. I went in to look at Xbox games and something caught my eye. It was a Nokia Lumia 520. It wasn’t the biggest or most powerful phone in the store but it was $50 and it came with a free case. I spent the next twenty minutes navigating the system and looking around the app store. They had just installed Windows 8.1 on the phone and everything about it was awesome!

The Live Tiles, which are the icons on the home screen can be adjusted to different sizes and put in any order you want. They also flip to show different things like news or high scores in games. And Cortana blows Siri out of the water in coolness. She sounds like a real persons and gives awesome answers to questions. She will also tell jokes, sing songs and tell you how much she loves Halo.

The app store isn’t as big or robust as my iphone was but they keep adding apps and games everyday and the apps it does have are actually better in a lot of cases. Most games have Xbox support and will even give you gamer points and achievements on your Xbox profile. Plus Netflix lets you search with Cortana and the Live Tile displays all your recent views. It may not seem like a big deal but its those cool little features that make Windows an awesome OS for phones.

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Its been a while since I made the switch and I have upgraded myself to a Lumia 630 and also gotten my kids Windows Phones.

Now I just have to wait for my iPad to die so I can get a Surface tablet…

 

– Keith White Jr.

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