Microsoft Windows Phone 8

Verge Review

By Dieter Bohn and Chris Ziegler “This is Windows Phone. No, for real this time.” That’s what I thought when I started hearing about Windows Phone 8 a few months ago. Just like Windows Phone 7, it represents yet another clean break for Microsoft’s mobile ambitions — but unlike 7, now it’s got the hardware to match. The truth is a little more complicated: this clean break isn’t as nearly as obvious as Windows Phone 7’s split from Windows Mobile was back in 2010. A quick glance at Windows...

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Basic Specs

Software type Operating system
Version 8.0

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Release

Software type Operating system
Version 8.0
8.8

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    Reviewed by lpwalsh (Currently owns)

    Greatest Mobile OS?
    Windows Phone is very different from the likes of IOS and Android. With an beautiful design and fast performance on any device, Microsoft has finally brought to the table an OS that has the chance to compete with IOS and Android. While the ecosystem still lacks some big apps, that number is shrinking very fast with many big names, such as Instagram for example, recently announcing their app will be coming to Windows Phone in the near future. Windows Phone certainly has its flaws, but the more users it has the more flaws will be fixed and the more apps there will be. While I certainly never see Windows Phone being as big as Android, it will certainly but up a fight for the #2 spot as more and more people discover the greatness that is WP8.

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    Reviewed by finnthehuman (Currently owns)

    The most solid, fast and beatiful mobile OS, frecuently improved with updates. It is able to seem fluid with only 512 MB of RAM, and has great web browsing performance. It is fully integrated into MSFT ecosystem (office, Xbox, Windows,skype...), plus incredible Nokia features (maps, music...). Great variety of devices an future integration with Windows RT.

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    Reviewed by SamiM.Saif (Currently owns)

    Then add additional features, such as notification centre, setting toggles, wallpaper behind live tiles, file manager and so forth. Whatever else they can think of, so that it’s on par with iOS and Android in terms of usability.

    After that, I’d declare Windows Phone as a serious contender. I’m sure developers would too with a file manager giving that extra freedom; so no files have to be duplicated like iOS.

    They’re all great platforms none the less. :)

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    Reviewed by melikescheese (Currently owns)

    Been using Windows Phone since 7.5 and I've just got a Lumia 520 which is a huge improvement over my old Lumia 710, though I wish it had a flash camera.

    Anyway the new OS is much improved over the last one and the good third party apps and just those apps people have never heard of are more than enough to satisfy and iOS or Android owner to take the leap. The only warning is that it's not *quite* ready for intensive mobile gamers. Yet.

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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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    Reviewed by blegs38552 (Currently owns)

    Have a Nokia Lumia 521 and love the Win 8 system. Even though this is the low end model, performance is snappy, storage is ok (would be better if I could store my apps on the micro SD card), and apps, which numerically inferior to the competition, are sufficient for my needs (I would like to see a few, Starbucks, for example) that are available for other platforms, but for the most part, I can find anything that I need. I see no reason to move to the competition, especially given the price of this phone. Yeah, it is missing a few hardware features, flash, front facing camera, for example, but for $129.00, I can live without these.

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    Reviewed by SLENDER MAN (Currently owns)

    A beautiful and fast OS which unfortunately suffers from app-shortage. But I'm quite pleased anyway, since I'm on my third Windows Phone, the HTC 8X. I just really hope Windows Phone will get developer traction!
    I would recommend the OS to a lot of people, except for those who are in a real die-hard need of apps and games.
    Budget phones like the 620 give a price/performance ratio that no other can top!

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    Reviewed by Hae (Currently owns)

    I love my nokia lumia 920.

    It has been like jailbreaking my self, after having an iphone.
    Three reasons...

    1. win8 OS is refreshing

    2. Transfering music from my pc to the phone is extremely easy, just drag and drop the files, without the hassel of going throught a program(ie itunes)...

    3. I love onenote... and the files i generate in my pc look exactly the same in windows phone, not like in iphone or android where the info is there but the format look like plain text.

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    Reviewed by djay_434 (Currently owns)

    i have been using Windows for a long time now and seeing it to have evolved in WP8 is a very welcome change.

    All my apps whatever i mostly use are all present (atleast in the Indian marketplace)
    my only gripe with the "Ecosystem" and "performance" is the Notifications center and Multi-tasking - this needs to be sorted out immediately!

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    Reviewed by mooseIsDeaded (Currently owns)

    Severely lacking in features that iPhone and Android users take for granted. But the incredible quality of the first party apps combined with a rapidly expanding library of API's almost make up for its faults. It should be noted that most of the apps on the Store are pretty crappy.

    For example there are about 10 knock-off dropbox apps, all of them paid.

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