What’s On Roy’s Windows Phone

A few weeks ago, I wrote an article on my impressions of the windows phone experience. To fully understand this article, I would recommend having some basic knowledge of how windows phone works. It's all about the live tiles. Giving me the option to get as much information as I want as fast as I can get get it, without needing to get into the specific application. With that being said, let's get into my phone!

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Paying too much for your wireless bill?

Recently I took a hard look at my wireless bill. For two iPhones, that shared 4 GB of data and a basic phone that all had unlimited talk and text, I was paying close to $170 before taxes. This was on the Verizon Wireless network. Did I mention that this was just for 3G data as well, and a 20% discount for working for a big company that had an affiliation with Verizon? In sharp comparison that’s a lot.

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The Windows Phone Experience: A look at my first 60 days with the device

Until recently I owned an iPhone. I loved my iPhone. Alas, my phone bill was way too high, and with my wife and me expecting twins, I needed to find a way to cut costs. I went to a no contract provider called Metro PCS, and picked up the Nokia Lumia 521 Windows 8 Phone. I had toyed around with the idea of getting a windows phone for quite some time, and with switching providers, I thought it was a great chance to actually take the plunge. Let me be clear, I loved my iPhone. I don’t claim to say that Windows Phone 8 is better or worse than IOS, but it sure is different, and here are my experiences and thoughts.


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Otterbox Defender vs. Lifeproof

Both the Otterbox Defender and the Lifeproof case for iPhone 4/4S are pretty solid cases. I was a big supporter of the Otterbox Defender series cases for a long time, until one day my one year old tried to dip my phone into the cat’s bowl of water. While the Defender series gives you a very high level of protection, it still wasn’t enough for someone like me, and it may not be enough for you.

I loved that the Otterbox had solid drop protection, its two layers (plastic shell with silicone inner layer) gives you ultimate protection if the phone slips out of your hands. The silicone layer also provides great protection for the headphone and charging jacks. It acts almost like a plug. The one thing I noticed about this though, is that where the silicone meets the plastic, it’s prone to tearing as mine did. Also, if you didn’t have the plastic case and the silicone lined up just right, the charging cover wouldn’t want to close right. However, while they were working right and not tearing, they protected you against lint and debris getting into it. The case also had a screen protector built in, which was durable, more durable against scratches than the Lifeproof. With all of this, it’s pretty resistant to light rain and splashes of water but it isn’t close to waterproof. This case also comes with a belt clip, which may not be a make it or break it feature but I sure liked it.


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