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I've had this phone for over a year now, and I have to say, I'm not over the moon with it.
Firstly, and for me, most importantly, the windows software installed on the phone does not match up to what the adverts lead it on to be, and I feel that it is miles behind the likes of Android and IOS found on the other popular mobile phones found on the buzzing market. One flaw with this system is the applications, rather than having the mainstream apps, for example Snapchat, you have to use Windows own apps, which are no where near as good as the apps found on their competitors software. You find yourself missing out on many applications, and have to find other ways around it.
Secondly, the camera isn't great, it does the job, but to get any decent photo, you have to make sure you are in a bright area, as the flash on the phone does not help the cause at all, and any slight movement of the phone during the taking of the photo causes a horrendous image to form.
Thirdly, when trying to send texts, I often write my message, get to the bottom and find that the send button is grey, and unable to press, meaning i would have to exit the messaging program, and then re-enter, and have to type my message again. This just wastes time and can be quite frustrating when it keeps occuring.
It's not all bad though, its good for its price, but not up there with the likes of the IPhone. The system runs smoothly and has yet to stick, or freeze for me. The size and shape of the phone is nice on the hands, and is at a comfortable size where you can grip the phone and type easily. They keys on the keyboard are quite small, and this can lead to a lot of re-typing words.
Having owned this phone for approximately 8 months now I have a fair bit of experience with the pros and cons of using it.
Windows seem to be the minor of the choices out there for Mobile phone software (Android, Apple etc), which reflects heavily on the apps available for this platform, being not many but steadily increasing.
I moved from a basic HTC Desire to this phone and although there was a distinct lack of apps. I was pleasantly surprised with the speed of internet browsing and navigating through the phone. It seems smoother than the older version of android that i had previous to this, the extra oomph from the processor is really what contributes towards this.
Because I mainly internet surf, my battery lasts about a day and a half, so i just charge at the end of every day, but this is pretty much the same experience Ive had with all my phones so far.
The sliding tiles seems uniformed and easy to get the hang of, but i can't help thinking there was a bit more freedom in what you could do with your 'desktop' so to speak, it seems very restricted and as though you can't do much apart from move the tiles around and change the size of them.
Personally I think I would prefer a bigger screen than the 3.8" this offers, but at the cost of the phone, there have to be compromises, swiftly moving on to the camera.
The camera seems good quality, not great, its good if your subject is still and easy to focus on, but anything that moves - forget it, it will end up blurry and you will wish you hadn;t bothered.