A day with Windows Phone 8.1

Windows Phone 8.1 is live now! Head over here to learn how to update to 8.1 today. Also, head past the break to read more about our first impression of WP 8.1.

Various new features have been added in this update, such as the long awaited Action Centre, and Cortana. All these little features add up to firmly establish Windows Phone as a solid mobile OS, one that can legitimately compete with Android and iOS, apart from the relatively limited selection of applications of course.

In my day of using it, I wasn’t thoroughly impressed by it though. Sure there’s the ever useful Action Centre, but nothing out of the ordinary. If I had no knowledge of other mobile OSes, I’d be pretty impressed by it. But all these are just standard fare in Android and iOS, even the extremely hyped up Cortana. I guess what I should be saying is that all these should have been in Windows Phone 8, but that’s a story for another time.

What I like so far about the update are instead all the little features Microsoft added in, such as the ability to customise your Start screen background, cramming more tiles into the start screen, and also Word Flow (think Swype). These goes to show that Microsoft is indeed listening to what consumers want.

Ultimately, these are only my first impressions. Yes, there certainly are flaws in the update, such as the Quick Actions found in the Action Centre, and I do hope that Microsoft will get around fixing it. Meanwhile, I’ll be enjoying my phone with the spanking new update.

Stay tuned for our full review of Windows Phone 8.1!

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