The Great phone debate?

Windows Phone 8 Preview’s are out, and they are tempting! Tempting to what you may ask? The temptation is to wait. Nokia is expected to release the Lumia 900 as the crown jewel of  the Lumia range  (possibly sooner than expected) running Windows Phone 7.5.

Windows Phone 8, however, sharing a platform with Windows 8 tablets and Windows 8 PC’s, well, that’s a really big deal if you’re into Windows phones.

Windows phone is playing catch-up to Apple and Android, with Android at minimum leading the hardware specification race, with quad processors and over 1 GB or RAM expected in handsets and tablets later this year.

Specifications and horsepower though, don’t automatically equate to a great user experience.

The answer it quite simple – what do you need or want in a phone? User experience, integration – and integration to what, apps, etc, etc. The lack of one or the presence of the other makes the great phone debate much simpler, as BlackBerry have found out over the last little while (what appstore ?)

I’d love to know, how do YOU chose a phone – is it form over function, a must have brand, or is there more?

Nicolas Blank

Nicolas is an Architect, author, and speaker focused on all things Exchange and Cloud at NBConsult. With over 16 years of experience on Exchange, Nicolas consults to customers globally on cloud based and on-premises Exchange as well as ISVs building Exchange focused products. Nicolas has extensive experience using Azure to create public and private Azure based offerings leveraging cloud based principles and common sense. Nicolas currently holds status of MCM Exchange 2010, Office 365 (Microsoft Certified Master), MCSM Exchange 2013, and has been awarded Microsoft MVP (Most Valuable Professional) for Microsoft Exchange since March 2007. Nicolas has co-authored "Microsoft Exchange Server 2013: Design, Deploy and Deliver an Enterprise Messaging Solution," published by Sybex. Nicolas blogs regularly on Exchange and messaging topics at, tweets at @nicolasblank, and is the founder of and a contributor to IT Pro Africa and @itproafrica

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