Cool features of the new Windows Phone
There's been a lot of chatter about the brand new Windows Phone 8
, Microsoft's latest offering. It features a very sleek design and layout, including the new Windows 8 operating system, but still has to compete against a huge contingent of existing iOS and Android users, along with app marketplaces that are far bigger.
Time will only tell if this phone has enough to carve into the very competitive mobile phone market, but here are some of the features that pique my interest:
Kid's Corner is a self-contained
place on your phone that's easily accessible for your kids and lets you
consolidate all their apps, games, music and videos in one place. Kids
can access through their own Start Screen and won't be able to get
outside without a password. Yes, that means no more errant calls to
Ireland or photos being accidentally deleted! CMT friend Jessica Alba
was at the launch party to help announce this cool feature for parents
and we're hoping other mobile phones will start offering something
Rather than the
static look of the iPhone's icons, I do really like the "Live Apps"
feature of this phone that updates apps, news headlines, local temperature, Facebook
status updates, even Groupon deals
for the day in real-time!
the phone look super cool to have things constantly moving on the home
screen. Not to mention, it's helpful when you're quickly glancing at
your phone with one hand and feeding your kid with the other. Now you
can check the weather without even having to enter an app.
like iOS's iCloud, is the phone's syncing and back-up platform that
makes sure that everything on your phone is also on your desktop. All
the important stuff on your phone including those cute kid photos,
videos and documents are automatically transferred across the devices.
Plus, they give you a nice chunk of storage for free - 7 GB, which is 2
GB more than Amazon CloudDrive or iCloud.
has the time to keep track of usage and minutes? Windows Phone 8's Data
Sense feature acts as your digital money manager and compresses Web
images, searches for WiFi when possible and adjusts usage the closer you
get to hitting your max. It also sends you notifications when you're
close to going over to remind you to pare back on the countless texts
about your kid's adorable hair cut. -Jeana
Windows Phones will go on sale this weekend and can be purchased through Verizon, ATT and T-Mobile. Check out Windows Phone for more information on the different models and visit the Windows Phone app store for an increasing number of options.
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