I recently was eligible for a cell phone upgrade and I decided to do something drastic—leave my iPhone for a Nokia Lumia 920 running Windows Phone 8. And I thought others might benefit from my experience.
Let me start by saying that I am an Apple user. I’ve used Macs for more than 9 years. We have an iPad at home and my wife has an iPhone 5. I am also an IT manager at work and I work in both the Windows and OS X world.
All that to say, I really like my Apple experience for the most part, but I’m not a fan boy by any means. I understand every platform has their advantages.
Why I Decided To Leave iOS
After 5 years since I got my first iPod Touch and almost two years with my iPhone 4, I was a little bored with iOS. To be honest, that was a big reason for my switch. I didn’t really want to pay $199 for just a little bigger and (a lot) faster phone. I wanted something new and different.
The interface for iOS is fine, but it was kinda stale. In my opinion, iOS hadn’t had any significant innovations in it’s user interface. Apple had solved lots of problems and refined experience (Folders, Notification Center, etc.), but the UX hadn’t remained much the same since 2007.
What I Considered Before Switching
There were several things that I was worried about when switching platforms and a few things that I had to have in a new phone.
- Apps: One of the things I worried about were the apps that I had accumulated in the iOS ecosystem. Over there years I had downloaded hundreds of apps. But after looking at what I had used on a semi-regular basis, there were very few that I used all the time and maybe one or two that I paid for.On an Android phone, I new I could easily match all the apps I used. In the Windows ecosystem, I thought most of the apps would be relatively easy to replace, there were quite a few a doubted would be available.
- Camera: With a 2.5 year old, there are a ton of special moments all the time. So I needed a phone that could capture those quickly and with great quality.
- Hardware: One of my requirements for a new phone was that it had to be fast and one of the top-tier phones, like Samsung Galaxy phone. I wasn’t going to settle for a half-baked experience. I wanted speed.
Why I Decided On The Nokia Lumia 920
When looking at my considerations you might think an Android phone like the Samsung Galaxy S III or IV would be the best choice. However, I had been really impressed with what Microsoft was doing with their Windows Surface tablets and Windows 8 and thought it might be worth looking into their Windows Phone 8 devices.
I then stumbled upon Engadget’s Readers Choice Awards and the Nokia Lumia 920 was the smartphone of the year. And then when looking into the best smartphone cameras, Gizmodo rated it the best overall out of the current crop of cameras in February 2013. Obviously, others thought the hardware and the camera of the Lumia 920 were top of the line.
I went to the Microsoft Store at the local mall and played with the Lumia. It was quick and it’s user interface was a nice change from iOS. After playing, I knew I would be happy risking an underdeveloped app ecosystem for the nice hardware, camera, and user interface. It would only be less than two years until I could upgrade again if I hated it.
The Switching Experience
I’ll tell you this: I’m really happy with the Nokia Lumia 920. In the coming weeks I’ll post a few more articles about the experience, including what I love, what I miss about iOS, some great WP8 (Windows Phone 8) apps, and what I hope Microsoft does to make Windows Phone a real player in the smartphone market.