I've been using the Samsung Focus 2 Windows Phone for a little over a week now. The experience has been interesting to say the least.
This is the first time I've ever used a Windows Phone for more than 10 minutes.
So I know you're wondering, just how is it?
The experience pleasantly surprised me. The interface was zippy. I liked the grid layout.
The Focus 2 isn't the best all-around phone out on the market. I was actually okay with that, because certain specific features made it attractive to me.
Number one, it can access AT&T's faster LTE network, which made surfing the Web, social networking, and downloading new books awesome. The screen also impressed me.
Those are the kind of things you skip over in a superficial test, but that matter increasingly the more time you spend with a device.
Read my full review of the Focus 2 for all the details on this new device—or keep reading to get a glimpse into what it's really like to live with a Windows Phone for a week.
Day 1: The screen is amazing
This feels different. I'm very used to swiping left and right when using my iPhone. With Windows Phone, everything is vertical. This isn't a bad thing. It just takes a little getting used to.
The layout is cool. I like the live boxes and how they update when new information is available.
I can't take my eyes off the screen. It's bright, and has three different settings—low, medium, high—making everything easy to see.
Samsung really is the king of screens. (Unlike many other phone makers, it actually manufacturers its own screens.) This may not be a "retina" display, but it's still amazingly sharp even on the lowest brightness setting.
I'm really starting to like this device.
Day 2: I wish the app store had more apps ...
I'm searching and searching for all my favorite apps and not even a handful of them are available.
Apps are what really make these phones personalized and the selection in the Windows Marketplace is subpar.
A lack of popular apps is really crippling Windows Phone.
Day 3: I love reading on the 4-inch screen.
Reading on my iPhone screen really annoys me. It's not that big and despite it being bright and having a retina screen, it's always felt scrunched.
The Windows Phone is different. I found myself zipping through books on the Kindle app while commuting to and from work. I really liked it.