Thursday, December 1, 2011

Never played with Windows Phone? Now you can, on your current smartphone

Windows Phone has managed to garner something of a positive rap in the last few months. That’s to say that people no longer dismiss it out of hand; it’s a decent platform, and people are now treating it as it deserves.

The fact remains, however, that most people haven’t seen a Windows Phone handset in the wild, let alone scored some hands-on time with one. I can personally attest to this, as I have had my Windows Phone handset manhandled more often than an Olympic Wrestler shooting for gold. Even the most hardened iOS fan wants to get her digits on the phone, even if just out of curiosity.

Good news world of non-Windows Phone users (which is roughly 99.99% of you lot) you can now play with Windows Phone, on your phone. Yes, just get on your mobile, point your browser here, and you are off to the races. Now, in testing, TNW found the demo to be (surprise) not as fast as a native WP7 experience, but it is passable. Also, you can’t customize the demo, which is a bit stifling.

It is, however, a fun way to get your fingers dirty with Windows Phone. I recommend giving it a test, even if you are dedicated to your current platform, as knowing the full landscape of the smartphone market is hardly a bad idea.

As a final note, I’ll quote our own Sherilynn Macale, who said the following directly after her trial run: “It’s interesting that it’s not very “Graphic” as compared to iOS and Android. It’s basically all large and readable text. It almost feels basic. [It] definitely feels different. It’s like a “get shit done” phone, versus putting games etc in the forefront.” Given that that was her first lick at the Windows Phone sucker, we think that she got it mostly right.

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