Why would you buy a Windows® Phone? – Some great reasons
If you are the one stuck with making a choice for the right smartphone and all you can hear is the frenzy that goes with iPhones, it is time to consider the new Windows Phone – an equal match available even for a budget consumer.
If there is one relatively underrated name under the wings of otherwise well-established Microsoft products, it is the Windows Phone. The primary reason behind this is the popular image that Microsoft has as a PC software brand; and the marketing policies it follows to maintain that reputation to the fore. However, this business strategy seems to change of late, as in recent times Microsoft has been throwing enough efforts to expand its market domain to accumulate more and diverse interests of the consumers. Smartphone market appears to be one significant market for it on this note. The release of the advanced Windows Phone 7.5 can just be a new beginning.
The latest Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango) offers great features, innovative user interface and a range of applications and games. Besides, the debut of Windows 8 would bring much to the smartphone as well, since the Microsoft BUILD event (few months back) revealed that the upcoming OS is going to be an all device platform. Sounds like envy to those who have been more or less lured by the iPhone rage.
Let us take a glance at the features of Windows Phone. The first thing you would notice is the immaculate user interface. The neat Start display with the innovative Live Tiles feature makes an immediate impression. People Hub lets you connect to your social circles quickly and stay tuned to anything new. Using the Groups feature, you can create specific categories for friends and family. If you ‘pin’ such a group to the Start screen, you would receive all the updates from the people included in it, even their status updates from Facebook, LinkedIn, etc. You can pin features most relevant to you on the Start screen and it would frequently update the information. Switch between texting and IM whenever you require, using Threads. Use the Outlook Mobile feature to get instant updates for unread, flagged, or urgent messages. You can also take pictures and share it online via the Picture Hub application. It also lets you know about the latest picture feeds from your friends. Moreover, get visual voicemail, do multitasking, share videos, and tag pictures as well.
With the Windows Phone, you can download a world of apps from Marketplace to suit to your different purposes, such as cooking, shopping, workouts, fashion, travel, etc. App Connect helps you decide which apps would be the best for you. You can also shop at the Marketplace for popular games, movies, and music videos. For specific and precisely relevant contents, there are features such as the Games Hub (with XBOX Live service) and Music Videos Hub. Similarly, the Office Hub enables you to work with Excel, OneNote, PowerPoint, and Word in the mobile format. Work as well as synchronize the files to SkyDrive and access them anytime, anywhere you are. You can also work on files shared with colleagues through SharePoint Workspace Mobile feature or avail the Office 360 for your business. Windows Phone offers the familiar Internet Explorer Mobile with multiple tabs for faster browsing. The enhanced Bing engine powers the web search in your Windows device. You can check out the Local Scout feature for any information and timings on nearby restaurants, shopping destinations, outing spots, city events, and much more.
The features list is endless and there are no reasons why would you think that an Android or iOS device would be better than a Windows Phone. If you were awed by the Voice Control feature (Siri) of the iPhone 4S, take a bite. Windows Phone has been already offering the feature for a year now, known as Speech. Just press and hold the 'Start' button and start talking! To know more about the voice commands on your Windows Phone, visit the official webpage here.
While Windows Phone 7.5 is here to make your smartphone experience just better, it might be the right time to think beyond iPhones.