What It’s Really Like to Use a Windows Phone

What It’s Really Like to Use a Windows Phone

What is it like to use a Microsoft Windows Phone?

Statistically speaking, most people never have. Windows Phones make up less than 3 percent of the global market for smartphones. Even in emerging markets, Google Android has been eating Microsoft’s lunch.

Just yesterday, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced that the company would be cutting 7,800 jobs and restructuring its phone division, after having just spent more than $7 billion last year to acquire Nokia’s handset business.

At this point, all of us are armchair quarterbacks for Windows Phone — except, of course, for the people who have been making decisions around Microsoft’s mobile strategy over the past couple years.

Given this week’s events, I thought it might be a good time to describe what it’s like using a Windows Phone. I’ve been trying out a new model for the past week, ditching (or trying to ditch) my everyday smartphone in exchange for a Lumia 640 XL, which is running Windows Phone 8.1.