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After understanding the differences between all the different windows 8 platforms in my last thread, and therefore cancelling windows rt preorder and waiting on surface pro I'm still undecided on windows phone 8. I've had an iPhone for years and this year have been using a nexus alongside the nexus 7 tablet so i'm quite experienced with both platforms. But I'm in a situation where I need a new phone to switch carriers and the iPhone 5 and the Nexus 4 just aren't all that exciting. As such, I've been looking at windows phone 8 and in particular the Lumia 920 and also paying attention to the 8x and lumia 820.
I know the whole app store situation in windows phone 8 but besides that there doesn't really seem to be any big downsides to the platform. And i've heard from multiple websites that due to the new kernel, getting the metro apps to work on all three platforms will be very easy and as such due to the large windows 8 consumer base (or soon to be), the phone will benefit from that and a lot more developers and apps can be expected. I've gone through the store and they are missing a bunch of apps i use on a daily basis. Standing at 120,000 apps right now over the course of two years and missing many big names, seems like developers were not very interested. Would it be reasonable to expect a huge surge in apps due to this compatiability?
Also, as someone who doesn't particularly dislike ios or android but is looking for something different is windows phone 8 a viable alternative? If someone has owned/extensively used one I would like to know your opinion. I have read many reviews on my own and overall the os comes highly praised and points seem to get docked for some minor annoyances and the app store. With most reviews being optimistic on the growth of the platform.