Microsoft Windows Phone 8

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Reviewed by TzCzar (Currently owns)

There is no better contact lister than the People Hub. Or a better Message Hub. The calendar – meh. A better Hotmail client doesn’t exist. SkyDrive, Office and XBox are best of breed. It’s social integration crushes any competitor’s.

It’s a technical triumph, smooth and fast on single cores with 512K. The UI design philosophy has won over the whole industry. Even iOS is going 'flat and digitally authentic'.

It never, ever crashes. It never lags.

WP is, in many ways, the best. iOS and Android maybe better for other reasons but the basics were nailed better in WP than anywhere else. And the overall design is better. It's really simple.

The only real downside are the apps (or ecosystem as The Verge like to call it). Microsoft are badgering and bribing the top 100 to create an official app and they're nearly there. However, for the UK, that still means no BBC app yet (though it's coming) and only RBS/NatWest have a banking app (though theirs is brilliant).

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