| By Chris Murray |
Katherine Murray wrote about her frustrating experience with Windows Phone 7 in the June 2 issue of Windows Secrets.
This week, her son Chris sings the praises of that very same phone.
Happy inheritor of a Windows Phone 7 smartphone
My take on Windows Phone 7 is decidedly different from my mom’s (as described in her Hot Tips story, “WP7: Are flash and function too much to ask for?”), and this is largely because of differences in what we want from our phones. My approach is that of a researching “aficionado,” as she puts it, while hers is simply the desire for a functional phone that comes with minimal bells and whistles.
The first touch-screen phone I used was the Android OS-based Samsung Behold II, which I thought was a failure from every angle. It required a fair amount of hacking to make it tolerable until something better came along. In spite of its more-than-capable hardware, the phone was never well supported, and Samsung scuttled it soon after its launch.
I’d been using the Behold II for about a year and a half when my mom began having her WP7 woes. An anti-Apple, pro-Android fanboy for years, I was curious about WP7. So when I heard her threaten to throw the phone out the window, I wanted to know more and offered to try it myself.
I’ve been using WP7 for about a month now, and although I still like Android for its wider breadth of capabilities, I don’t think I’ll be going back. Why? WP7 is just so darned pretty! Specifically, I like the following features: