I bought my Windows Phone last November after reviewing the options. My old Window Mobile 6.1 was at the end of its life and ready to be retired.
1 – iOS iPhone. Great phone. I’m not enamored with Apple’s stranglehold on their iTunes store. I watched Google Voice be denied from entry at Apple’s seeming whim.
2 – Android. It looked chaotic to me. Anything goes. Worse, each carrier manipulated the operating system to their benefit, leading to bloatware that could not be uninstallaed. I hate bloatware.
3 – Blackberry. Hahaha.
4 – Windows Phone. Design looked great. It has the benefit of a single marketplace like Apple, but Microsoft was bound to be more flexible due to past antimonopoly suits. No bloatware, either. Carriers can add their own programs, but they’re easily uninstalled.
And since the Mango update, I’m even more happy I went to Windows Phone.
Dwight over at the Houston Chronicle has come to the same conclusion, though he’s still an Apple fan. That’s fine, but I can tell you I enjoy my Windows Phone more than my wife enjoys her iPhone. I have last year’s Samsung Focus, and it’s lightweight with a great screen. When I finally upgrade next year, the only thing I’d like to add isn’t available yet. I expect Skype to be added by Microsoft as an integral feature (no app needed), so I’ll need a front facing camera then.
And beside, it makes my buddy Sean envious. That’s always fun.