We often get caught up in the hype of what the next flagship smartphone will be, whether its an Apple or Android device. I’m guilty, I’ll admit. Often it’s specs this, screen that, camera, resolution, etc. Working at TechnoBuffalo, I’ve been fortunate enough to test and play with almost all of the top smartphones, past and present. As a result, I’ve gotten an eclectic taste for what each company has to offer, hardware and OS-wise. But recently things have seemed dull, unexciting, too much of the same thing.
I’m not afraid to say that I’ve primarily been an iPhone user since 2007. As a whole, the hardware/software experience is one of the best on the market today, and one that has satisfied my inner geek for quite awhile. Until it started to get boring, and too small (for me). The same home screen, icons, walled garden. I’ve given Android a go as well, and love the customization it offers, but I still wanted something different. That’s when my attention started focusing in on Windows Phone. Previously, the OS was nothing to write home about, and in many ways it lacked the polish capable of competing against Android and iOS. Then Mango showed up in a 4.7-inch package.
If you read Noah’s recent HTC Titan review, my opinions largely fall in line with his. Mango really is a nice breath of fresh air, and it is that good. That’s not to say Android or iOS are bad experiences in comparison. But because those devices are so present in the tech world’s consciousness, it’s nice to see Microsoft trying to separate themselves from the competition with a different approach. Of course, Windows Phone isn’t without its own faults. At the moment, though, I love where the OS is headed and look forward to future iterations of Windows Phone.
When contemplating your next phone, throw whatever pre-conceived notions you have about Microsoft’s oft overlooked OS and play around with a device running Windows Phone. The Metro UI takes a bit of getting used to, but after awhile you’ll see why I’m such a big fan. If not, there are plenty of fantastic smartphones out there. For now, my choice is the HTC Titan.