My Windows Phone 8 is still in daily use and I've found several areas where the phone outperforms competitors - namely automatically downloading podcasts, integration of messaging (albeit with limitations), smart tiles and an overal easier interface to navigate.
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In short, if you're looking for a first smartphone - or are suffering from app fatigue and find that you don't really need to have copies of all the latest and greatest apps - then Windows Phone 8 will be ideal for you. If you absolutely require a phone that has all the latest apps - I'd recommend waiting at least another release cycle before jumping into Windows Phone 8.
Wayne Schulz is the founder of Schulz Consulting. He began his career working for two professional service organizations and managing their consulting divisions. He has been active not only with the implementation of Sage 100 ERP software(formerly MAS 90 and MAS 200), but often is engaged to help clients design or evaluate their current accounting procedures.