WHY I CHANGED PHONES TWICE IN SIX WEEKS
Six months ago, I had a brilliant idea. I was really bored with iOS and my iPhone. I hadn't seen any real changes to the platform or functionality as a user for many years nor was I impressed with the announcements behind iOS7. Again, I was bored, plain and simple. So, based on a lot of research and hearing great things, I decided I wanted to make the switch to Windows Phone 8.
Again, I was fully bought into this idea. I loved the live tiles. I loved the cross-functional integration. I loved the fresh feel. I loved the idea of not having the same phone as everyone else. I checked the app store and found all the apps I used regularly.
And so, I pulled the trigger. I traded in my iPhone 5 for a Nokia Lumia 928 from Verizon. It was bliss! I loved the big crisp screen. I loved the live tiles. I loved the integration. I loved getting asked "what phone is that? Looks beautiful!". It was really great.
And then...the honeymoon ended. I had multiple device issues that required visiting the Microsoft Store and getting the device exchanged for a new, albeit refurbished phone. My battery life PLUMMETED (I could barely get through half a day)! I found the screen scratched WAY too easily (and I'm not an abusive user). I found that the apps bothered me more than I thought they would. While all my main apps are available for Windows Phone, NOTHING new or updated is released for Windows Phone simultaneously with other platforms and it is unknown whether some apps even make it. Not to mention, I found that many apps, even from original developers, offered more limited functionality than their iPhone and Android partners. And I found that I was having to restart my phone at least once a week (flashback to Blackberry days).
And so, thanks to an AWESOME deal from Best Buy, I've switched back to an iPhone 5c. Yes, it is still a little boring but it is comfortable, it is clean, and it is seamless. I'm happy to be back and don't expect to make a change again.