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Windows Phone has been growing on me
A few weeks ago, Microsoft sent me a nice new Lumia Icon to play around with. My goal was to get a good overall picture of the Windows Phone 8.1 experience, so when I wrote about Android and iOS, I would also understand the Windows Phone experience. One of the commenters suggested I not write my final review until I spent a couple of weeks, at least, with the phone, and his advice was good.
Windows Phone has been growing on me.
My very first impressions were the typical “Why does Microsoft do it this brain-damaged way?” questions we’ve always asked. After a few weeks of tinkering with the phone, I’m not yet ready to pronounce my official opinion, but I’ve found some things to like. In fact, I’ve found some things I like about Windows phone that aren’t available or aren’t done the same way on the iPhone.
I need to be clear here: I am not saying Windows Phone is better than the iPhone (or the reverse). What I am saying is there are aspects of Windows Phone that are either not available for the iPhone or done better than the iPhone.
Bing-powered lock screen
To kick things off, I’ll start with something simple: Windows Phone uses Bing to present dynamic lock screen wallpaper, and it’s kind of nice. Every so often, I pick up the phone and there’s a new, interesting picture on it. The iPhone doesn’t do this. You can pick a wallpaper or even a dynamic wallpaper, but you don’t get a regularly changing image. Is this a reason to ditch your iPhone and buy a Windows Phone? Of course not. But it’s kind of nice.