Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 25th Jul 2014 11:37 UTC

I'm lucky. My financial situation allows me to buy several phones and tablets every year to keep up with the goings-on of all the major - and some of the minor - platforms currently competing for prime real estate in your precious pockets. It also means that I am lucky from a psychological point of view - by being able to buy several devices every year, I never fall into the all-too-common trap of choice-supportive bias. I don't have to rationalise my device purchases after the fact, so I won't have to employ all sorts of mental gymnastics to solve any states of cognitive dissonance caused by hardware and software flaws - the number one cause of irrational fanboyism.

And so, I try to rotate my phone of choice around as much as possible. I enjoy jumping from Android to my N9, then onwards to Sailfish, back to Android, and then have some fun with Symbian on my E7 - and beyond. I've got a long list of platforms I want to add to the collection - one white BlackBerry Passport please - but in general, I'm pretty well-rounded.

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The biggest complaint I have with Windows Phone is the decision that the wifi is not "on" when in stand by. That means if I turn the phone on, unlock, and open an app quickly, I have to sit and wait for the sliding dots on the screen to show that it had (a) turned on radios, (b) connected to network, (c) finally connected to the service I was trying to connect to, and (d) get the data needed to update the display.

I, too, jump around environments quite a bit. I've come to the point where I end up using an HTC One (M7) for a phone (though I'm thinking about the LG G3 now) and an iPad Mini for a tablet. I have several phones and tablets, but these are the two I find I really like using the most.

I have had a couple of windows phones, and I really liked several things in Windows Phone 7 and 8. For one, in the car with bluetooth connected to the car's stereo, Windows Phone has had the best hands-free AND eyes-free integration. Get a text message and it opens audio to the car and you can have it read the message, you can reply to the message, etc. All via voice. And it works better than the comparable features I've used o other devices. The HTC One's car mode gets -close-, but the feature only works on media integration, not phone headset, so if you're listening to the radio it doesn't work, and the voice recognition isn't as accurate in a noisy car (in my experience).

If only it weren't for that lagged network connection. That's the death knell on Windows Phone for me, and why I can't stick with it for more than a couple of days when i switch back.

So, does WP 8.1 fix -that- problem? I'd be willing to take another hard look if they did.

Edited 2014-07-25 17:45 UTC

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