I think in terms of a phone OS, MS has a better one than Android. A friend went from a Droid Razer Max HD to a WP8 and he said it is much smoother and faster. It might be a bit better CPU but it is still a dual core with 1GB RAM.that's big. Altough msft lagged behind in the software department, that gap has now been reduced. Hardware sales aren't that bad either. it's certainly not a bad feature to have imho.
Agreed. I'm about to upgrade from my ancient Galaxy Nexus to the sexy new Nokia Lumia Icon myself. Have to pay full price to keep my unlimited data though, but thankfully it is a few hundred cheaper than similarly spec'ed smart phones.I switched to Windows from Android... I never really missed anything App wise, but then again, I'm not a teenager anymore and I have a computer for running applications and I mostly use my phone for communications.On the other hand, WP is a breath of fresh air compared to the "free" apps you get on Android... I like the try/buy approach a lot better than the ad supported wild west that (I am convinced) is killing Android.
You do know that MS has been in the phone OS business longer than both Android and Apple combined?I'm not sure why Windows Phone even needs to exist. Microsoft should focus on creating excellent software and services for the platforms that exist. If it wants to sell phones, just use a Skinned version of Android to begin with. It can't possibly think it's going to make any money off Windows Phone licensing fees.