"U get exactly what you pay for, that's not a bad thing."4.0 starson by itguy79
Pros: Camera, customization, ease of use, size of phone, Nokia software
Cons: Choice of apps, choice of accessories.
Summary: This is my first windows phone and I've been eying it since Windows Phone 8 came out a few weeks back. Verizon only has 2 Windows phone at the time, HTC Windows Phone 8X and Lumia 822. I compared both, and I have to admit while the HTC has the better display, the Nokia was worth every penny. It's not a super high resolution display, but the colors are great, and video and camera shots look very clean. Actually the hardware specs beyond the display are very comparable to the high end Android phones out there.
The phone is easy to use, super fast, and no it does not have all the fancy options like iOS and Android, but than again, this is Windows Phone, not those others. The Windows OS will evolve, no question about it.
I don't see apps as being a huge issue, I have about 75% of the apps I used on a regular basis from my Android on my Windows phone.
The design of the phone is not fancy, and it would be nice if it were a little slimmer, but I don't like these huge phones that are out now, so this is smaller compared to all the others at Verizon. This phone really isn't all that big, the design is pretty deceiving, and I think the phone is pretty light.
I'm pretty impressed with the software. If you are a Windows ecosystem person, then the integration with Skydrive and office is a great feature. I still use my Gmail email, contacts and calendar that integrated no problem into the phone. I was also able to sync up with my work Exchange very easily.
Overall, the phone is just easy, no fuss. I don't think its a step backwards in technology, but a step to the side. It's just different, and some people have a hard time with change.