With Android and iOS ruling the market, you probably only heard a little about the Windows Phone (WP) platform, which is humbly seated in the third place. But did you know that it packs a number of unique features and functionalities exclusively in its system?
If you’ve been using a Windows-powered laptop, the functions of the mobile edition is not that different. In fact, according to Verizon’s consumer page for Windows Phone, there is nothing to learn, for your phone looks more like your PC and vice versa. Apart from its easy-to-use user interface, we’ll give you the top reasons why you should consider getting a WP soon.
Microsoft Office Mobile Edition
Take advantage of the phone’s built-in Office Hub. From there, you can access the following MS Office programs: Word, Excel, Power Point and OneNote. You can create, open, and edit documents with this productivity app, giving you the flexibility to work while on-the-go. The OneNote also allows you to record audio, add a picture and include active hyperlink. You can also set up your Outlook Mail in the hub, giving you the convenience of porting your work-related files.
Social Media Integration
Windows Phone syncs your social networks in the system without needing a third-party application. The People Hub, for instance, which contains all your contacts automatically including Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn connections and their social feeds. Within it, you can access their pages and interact with them.
In the Pictures Hub, aside from your camera roll and image folders, your Facebook and Twitter photos are also displayed in a dedicated album. It will also also displays a timeline of your friends’ newly shared images.
Customizable and Dynamic Live Tiles
Just like the PC version, the smartphone is equipped with customizable Live Tiles on the home screen. This is the counterpart of the notification center in the other mobile platforms. These tiles give you a quick access to your apps or favorite contacts. By default, you will have the basics: dialer, email, calendar, pictures, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Office, Windows Marketplace, and the People Hub.
These tiles are animated, showing you real-time notifications or images. For instance, if there’s a new message, it will display the number of unopened texts. You can even change its size. A full sized messaging tile will even give you a one-liner preview of your incoming SMS.
Being fully customizable, you can even set the color of the tiles in the settings menu.
One of the unique features of this gadget is the inclusion of Kid’s Corner. This is Windows approach to the increasing number of children using mobile devices. It comes with a parental lock to ensure they’re safely browsing and fiddling on your smartphone.
Unlike in other platforms, the phone only suggests applications that are compatible with its specification. For example, Android users are still allowed to purchase an app even if it is not compatible with the handset.
If you have an Xbox console, your account is integrated with the Gaming Hub, showing your stats as well as your friend’s achievements. There are mobile versions of your favorite Xbox LIVE games which you can install and play in your Windows Phone. You can even set your own avatar and chat with your friends within the hub.
These are some of the reasons why we think the WPs are unique on the market. As you can see, even if it's not the most popular mobile platform, it boasts of functionalities that will help improve your productivity and user experience. If you want to try this gadget, consider browsing on our list of smartphones. Are you thinking of moving to the Windows platform? Share us your thoughts.
About the author:
David Thompson is always interested in phones, social media, mobile handsets and fashion and design. Aside from blogging he is a fan of playing computer games and he also regularly contributes to a newly-launched tech blog Techiedoodlers.com.