I love my iPhone 5. In fact, I’ve loved every iPhone I’ve ever owned, and lusted after the few I didn’t. But while I’m well aware that Apple makes great products, I know it’s not the only company capable of making great hardware. For example, I mostly prefer my Roku (and TiVo) to my Apple TV; I use a Logitech keyboard and trackpad; and I have a third-party case on my iPad.
And despite my affection for iOS, I also have a few complaints. Microsoft’s release of Windows Phone 7, and then Windows Phone 8, piqued my interest about what was going on over on that side of the smartphone aisle. So when Microsoft offered to send me a Nokia Lumia 920, I jumped at the chance.
My plan is to stick with the Lumia 920 for no fewer than 30 days. I popped out my iPhone 5’s nano-SIM, and used an adapter to fit it into the Windows Phone. My iPhone remains off throughout the month, with the rare exception of when I need to test iPhone-related accessories or software for Macworld. But it’s never in my pocket; the Lumia 920 is now the phone I take with me.
I’ll post updates about my experience over the next several weeks. Which brings us to the first week of my Windows Phone experience, and the perhaps surprising headline: There’s an awful lot to like.