What Happens When 3 Die-hard Fans Switch to Windows Phone?


Windows Phone is a superbly fluid experience that most people seem to love when they try it, but the problem is getting them off their current smartphone addiction. Laptop Magazine (www.laptopmag.com) was interested in seeing what people would say when they made the switch, so they asked three of their staffers who are die-hard users of Android, iOS, and BlackBerry to make the switch for a week. Some of their comments are pretty interesting.

Sherri Smith, a staff writer for the site, switched to the HTC Radar 4G from Android and became an immediate fan of the live tiles feature of Windows Phone.

I was an immediate fan of Windows Phone 7.5’s Live Tile user interface. Instead of the static app icons seen on Android phones, many of the homescreen tiles had real-time updates and animations that made for a visually engaging experience. The ability to move the tiles around let me customize the device.

Perhaps the most damning indication of someone supremely more happy with their Windows Phone device was from Oliver Renick, an intern who switched from BlackBerry to an HTC Titan.

The Windows Phone operating system is about as far from BlackBerry OS as you can get. My Berry is a giant keyboard; my Windows is a giant, beautiful screen. Windows Phone works like a computer. BlackBerry works like a rusty lever-pull apparatus.

Davey Alba, who switched to a Samsung Focus S from her iPhone had less than stellar things to say about the device, but not because of the operating system or how it functions, but rather the lack of availability for many apps that smartphone users can’t seem to live without. It’s a legitimate complaint and one we won’t hold against Alba in the least.

The initial impression whenever I fire it up is always the same: “Whoa. Cool.” It’s the reaction you’ll get, too, when you show it off. The user interface looks fresh and friendly. Colorful tiles flip and bounce, short of sparkling and winking at you. The hardware was solid, too. “Play with me!” the Focus S practically screamed. And that I did, as soon as I got my Windows Phone, until 3 a.m.

But like a bubbly new pop song that you initially enjoyed, then thought was okay, then after the 500th airing on the radio made you want to throw the hunk of metal across the room, Windows Phone’s gloss wore off.

Unfortunately, my enthusiasm for the Samsung Focus S started to blur, because of the apps. It’s not that the platform doesn’t have any. The OS just doesn’t have enough—especially for an iPhone gal like me.

Overall, I think the experiment conducted by Laptop Mag is a pretty valid one. People seem to love Windows Phone when they finally give it a try and the only real complaint against the OS is the lack of apps, which again, is a very legit complaint. If you’d like to read the rest of what each person said, you can check out the rest of the article here.

  • Anonymous

    I’m sick of that tired, lame response: “It doesn’t have enough apps”. I demand to know from these mental midgets EXACTLY what apps they can’t live without. Pew Research showed some interesting facts about the MYTH that people demand apps. It turns out that most hardly every touch apps even IF they have some installed. So, “iPhone Gal”, what flippin’ apps are you so stuck on that you’d make such a statement?

  • Most people tend to get married to a certain app that performs a certain function, so when they find out that the specific app is not available on the platform they’ve switched to, they’re disappointed.

    For example, I really love feedly for Android and how it operates to display my RSS feeds, but it’s not available on Windows Phone despite other RSS readers being available. There’s a void there. Consider it brand loyalty to an app.