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A week with Windows Phone 8

-dotMobi CTO Ronan Cremin spends some time with the Lumia 1020, the current Nokia flagship device.-

Part of my job is to know what is going on in the mobile space. With this in mind, I swop phones constantly—from low-end feature phones to the flagship devices for each smartphone OS.

It’s been a while since I tried a Windows Phone (most recently a Lumia 510) so I decided it was high time to look again. Having experienced the lower end of this platform this time I tried out a Lumia 1020, the current Nokia flagship.

General OS Comments

The most impactful aspect of the Windows Phone experience is the new design language introduced by Microsoft. This was quite fairly praised at the time by the press and blogosphere as being a fresh new approach. While I wholeheartedly agree with this and believe that Microsoft deserves huge praise for taking a new approach to a phone UI, in daily use the aesthetics of the OS are somewhat uncomfortable.

First of all, from a purely visual point of view, the design is almost ascetic in taking flat design to its logical conclusion. It feels too rational, too austere, to the point that it is hard to warm to the device. It ends up feeling a bit like an ultra-modern designer house replete with chrome and leather, designed to the last detail, but not a place you want to flop down in an couch in and call home. Perfection can be taken too far.

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