One year with a Windows Phone - no more!

November 2011 - I was at a T-Mobile store and thought to myself, even though I love Google, I wanted a change. I was using a Samsung Galaxy S 4G. I rooted it, played with it, fondled it and it was a good ride but I wanted peace. Peace from all of my options. If I was an AT&T customer, I would just get an iPhone and be swallowed up into the Apple ecosystem.

Luckily, T-Mobile doesn't have an iPhone. I looked around the store and my eye caught the HTC Radar 4G. It stood out from the other Windows Phone in the store, the Nokia 710, because of its front facing camera, its F/2.2 camera lens and its white/aluminum shell. I also had an opportunity to get a $25 Windows Phone card so I can purchase Windows Phone apps for my new Windows Phone or so I thought:

I took the plunge. I left the efficiency of Android for the simplicity of a Windows Phone. I wanted to use my $25 gift card right away so I registered online and tried to buy apps with it - no luck! I called Microsoft, I created an account at the Citi Windows Phone Pre-Paid Card website but I still had no luck. They both gave me the run around. Citi told me to contact Microsoft and Microsoft told me to contact Citi. I can clearly see that there is $25 in the Citi card but why can't I use that money to buy Windows Phone apps.

I would like to echo the Verge editors comments - Microsoft can't complete a project. Is their modus operandi, get a product out the door and we can install patches later?

So, what's my take on my 1 year experience been with the HTC Radar 4G and Windows Phone 7.5, in a word - saddening. I tried to love the tiles but I don't want all of the change up in my face. If there any notifications on my smartphone, I would like a "notification center". Don't get me started on the fact that I won't get Windows Phone 8 but a top-secret patch called Windows Phone 7.8. Does anyone know the full feature set of Windows Phone 7.8? I could go on and on. We can talk about maps - Bing Maps vs. HTC Locations vs. Nokia Maps - they are all terrible.

Microsoft tried to create simplicity but instead created complexity. As I saw others using their Samsung Galaxy S 2 to pay for coffee and cake at Starbucks via NFC, I knew I had made the wrong decision. Android phones had dual-cores and I was just stuck with one-core. I was behind the curve. Microsoft had placed me behind the curve. Enough is enough.

November 2012 - I am going to order my Google Nexus 4 online through the Play Store. I love you Google. Goodbye Microsoft!