Windows Phone 8: Smartphone reinvented

Posted on November 1, 2012

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Most phones are traditionally designed with a static grid of icons.  Place them side by side and you won’t be able to tell the difference with each other.  With Windows Phone, you can personalize your phone through the Start screen by choosing which Live Tiles to appear, changing its size, and rearranging their order.  Now, you can use Live Apps that actually change your lock screen wallpaper everyday, making Windows Phone 8 the more personal.

Windows Phone Store: 120000 apps

Windows Phone 8 was finally unveiled on October 29, 2012 in San Francisco.  Just recently, the Windows Phone Store has now reached 120000 apps, and soon, 46 of the top 50 mobile apps will be coming to Windows Phone.  Some of these apps are Temple Run, Jetpack Joyride, Angry Birds Star Wars, Angry Birds Space, Draw Something, Words with Friends, Urban Spoon, Fairway Solitaire, Asphalt 7: Heat, Living Social, Cut the Rope, and Disney’s Where’s My Water and Where’s My Perry.  Draw Something is actually already available as a Nokia Lumia exclusive.  The new Facebook for Windows Phone 8 will be able to change your lock screen wallpaper using Facebook photos.  Skype will now be integrated, so you can receive calls and messages anytime without the need for it to be open.  Pandora will be coming in early 2013, and the good news is that it will come with a free, one year ad free music subscription.

Data Sense will be useful for those who have data plans.  With Data Sense, you can tell how much data you have consumed already.  It can even tell you how much data has been used by each app, and it will alert you when you are about to reach your limit.  With data compression, you will be able to browse 45% more, so you can really make the most out of your data plan.

Windows Phone 8: Data Sense

Kid’s Corner has the parents in mind.  It introduces a separate screen for kids, where pre-selected apps, games, music and videos will be the only ones which will appear.  Now, parents can lend their phones to their kids without the worries of deleted data, accidental calls, and unapproved purchases.

Windows Phone 8: Kid's Corner

Rooms enhances the groups features by providing the group with a separate hub.  Messages, calendars, notes, photos, and locations that are shared are organized in one hub.  You could even share some of the content to non-Windows Phone users.

Windows Phone 8: Rooms

Office is still built-in in Windows Phone 8.  With SkyDrive, it is easy to work with your documents on the go, whether you are using a Windows PC, or your Windows Phone.  Like Office 2013, you could now actually go straight to the page where you last left off.  You can also use your voice to take notes for OneNote.

Windows Phone 8: Office

Xbox Music is also coming to Windows Phone 8, so you could enjoy unlimited music streaming.  You can now access your music easier, as it is synced across your Windows Phone, Windows 8 PC, and Xbox.  And with Xbox SmartGlass you could actually use your Windows Phone not only to control the music and videos in your Xbox, but also use it as a second screen to display related information to the media you are playing.

Finally, developers will now get what they have been waiting for: the Windows Phone 8 SDK.  With Windows Phone 8 SDK, it allows the developers to add new features to their apps that utilizes the new features of Windows Phone 8.

Windows Phone 8 truly represents the reinvention of the smartphone.  With Windows Phone 8, it is the most personal smartphone and the perfect companion to your Windows 8 PC and Xbox.

Images used courtesy of Microsoft New Center and Windows Phone Blog.

Video used courtesy of Skype blogs.

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