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An iPhone fan's month with Windows Phone: Week four

Lex Friedman | March 26, 2013
My month with Windows Phone has drawn to a close, and the decision is before me: Do I stick with the Lumia 920, or return to my iPhone 5? There is perhaps no better description of my answer than that provided by the inimitable Peaches and Herb.

My month with Windows Phone has drawn to a close, and the decision is before me: Do I stick with the Lumia 920, or return to my iPhone 5? There is perhaps no better description of my answer than that provided by the inimitable Peaches and Herb.

To recap: One week in, I found plenty to like about Windows Phone--more, perhaps, than I'd anticipated. After two weeks, the lack of a Notification Center substitute, systemwide Siri equivalent, and effective autocorrect had me feeling frustrated with the platform. And by week three, the Lumia 920's disappointing battery life, the weaknesses endemic to many Windows Phone apps, and the lousy native email client had pushed me past mere frustration and into out-and-out irritation.

So now, after a month with it as my go-to phone, I've powered down the Lumia 920 and returned my SIM card to its rightful place in my iPhone 5. That's right: I'm back on the iOS-exclusive train, and I don't regret my decision a bit. But I also don't regret my choice to give Windows Phone a chance. I think it's a promising mobile operating system, and I sincerely hope Microsoft keeps lavishing it with the attention it deserves. It'd be a shame for Microsoft to throw in the towel on Windows Phone, given how bright its future could be.

It feels so good

The first thing I noticed upon picking up my iPhone again was its size. The iPhone 5 may be the tallest iPhone ever, but it still feels shockingly small and incredibly light in my hands. I'm sure I'll grow accustomed to it again quickly, but wow: There's no doubt in my mind that the iPhone has literal room to grow, and that Apple will embrace the larger phone trend in the next few years.

But while I miss the Lumia 920's taller, wider screen, I'm thrilled to be reunited with the iPhone. Notification Center, Siri, and autocorrect are a big part of that, but there may be no reason more significant than the third-party apps I use.

I love Mailbox, Reeder, Tweetbot, Instapaper, Fantastical, and Google Maps. I deposit checks with my iPhone using the USAA app, and monitor my accounts with Personal Capital. I use the Fitbit and Jawbone Up apps daily.

There are certainly good Windows Phone apps out there, but even the best of them can't hold a virtual candle to the best iPhone apps--they're miles apart. And overall there are simply far more great iPhone apps than there are great Windows Phone apps.

I miss you much

That said, there are elements of the Windows Phone that I will continue to lust after up until Apple implements them in some way. I can envision a sort of Frankenphone that I'd like to see--my ideal melding of Windows Phone and iOS, culling the best features from each.

 

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