iPhone 4 to Windows Phone 8 – My 30 day review

Four years and two iPhones (3G and 4) definitely changed me for the better. Without any doubt, iPhone was the best gadget I used so far.

I’m now on a Windows Phone 8. Nokia Lumia 820.

Why did I move away from iPhone?

  • Mishap – I shattered the screen last year on a road trip and getting a replacement is expensive (authorized dealers quoted 9K). After struggling for a month with broken glass, I settled for a sub-standard off-market screen (3.2K). It was never the same. Many ask me the reason for not clicking/ sharing photographs for some time now. It’s this. I wasn’t enjoying my iPhone as much with a ‘duplicate’ display.
  • Price – The latest iPhone would be great, as a logical move, but it’s damn expensive. I don’t argue with people who say it’s worth the price. It probably is; but I can’t afford 45K for a phone. I spent 30K for the last iPhone 4 and my target was to find something in less price than that. Lumia 820 cost me 26K.
  • Comparision – I did some quick comparision on geekaphone.com (iPhone 4 and Nokia Lumia 820) and Lumia won! Wow! So, a better phone than the one I used, at less price; kool.
  • Battery change/ memory card/ back cover – Unlike many smart phones (read: iPhone), Lumia 820 allows me to open the back cover (btw, Lumia 920 doesn’t); add memory in the form of MicroSD card up to 64 GB; and change battery if needed. Good options!
  • Windows 8 – I recently upgraded my Sony VAIO to Windows 8. With an Operating System from same vendor, it HAS to be easy to exchange data, and play around with mobile on laptop in general. It’s no secret that Apple forces us to use certain ways to get content onto iPhone that are not straightforward.
  • Fresh look – I love iPhone interface; Android, not much. Windows Phone interface is different, simpler and new. Worth a try!

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Free Security Software from Microsoft

We now have the Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) available. And it’s free! Microsoft Security Essentials is the name of Microsoft’s latest Anti-Virus/Anti-Spyware software for Windows operating system. It provides real-time protection for home PCs that guards against viruses, spyware, and other malicious software.MSE replaces Windows Live OneCare, a commercial subscription-based antivirus service and Windows Defender, which only protected users from adware and spyware.

Microsoft-Security-EssentialsKey features as listed on Microsoft website:

  • Comprehensive malware protection
  • Simple, free download
  • Automatic updates
  • Easy to use

I used CA Internet Security Suite for a few years now and then moved to McAfee. I switched to MSE a week or so ago and so far so good. Microsoft Security Essentials runs quietly and efficiently in the background so that you are free to use your Windows-based PC the way you want – without interruptions or long computer wait times.

Here is a review of the product, with screenshots of the installation and GUI.

*Your PC must run genuine Windows to install Microsoft Security Essentials.