My brother's Focus Flash is actually a pretty cool phone

So my brother got himself a Samsung Focus Flash free with a 2-year contract on AT&T. And he said he loves it.

He is not tech-savy at all and barely knows how to operate a web browser. Yet, he can appreciate the advantages of a smartphone over a dumb/feature phone.

The phone has a 3.7 inch screen and feels great in the hand. Of corse, the Samsung AMOLED screens look nice and vibrant. And the Windows Phone OS runs fast on the phone as expected. He loves taking pictures on it and showing of his kids. He was able to pin a picture of his wife on the home screen. He's love texting now on it's capacitive touch screen versus how agonizing it was to use on the numeric keypad of his previous phone. He now wants to download music and game apps from the Windows marketplace.

I can't overemphasize how little he knows about computers and yet he is navigating around the Windows Phone OS like a pro. This just says so much about what a remarkable product Windows Phone is.

He even said he likes the size of his phone and would choose it over my gigantic by comparison, Galaxy S III. He probably does not care that my GS3 has a 720p super AMOLED screen, 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S4 processor and has LTE. It only matters that the phone works and performs well which the Flash does.

My point in all this is that so many people would probably be better served by a Windows Phone over Android or iPhone. It really is a shame that the Windows phone never really caught on. It is even baffling considering the quality of the OS.

Had he asked for my opinion, I would have told him to go for an iPhone or Android. But if he wanted a free iPhone he would have to settle for the now ancient 3GS. Performance-wise the Focus Flash is miles ahead of it. And it arguably runs better than the iPhone 4 on the most recent version of iOS.

My brother is not losing sleep over the fact that the phone won't be upgraded to Windows Phone 8. While that fact would irk me to no end. Funny how the smartphone landscape looks from a different perspective. All this makes me wonder why the Windows Phone did not do better than it did.