|Product||Windows Phone 8||Microsoft Windows 8||Google Android 4.1 Jelly Bean||Google Chrome OS|
|Price||$54.95 to $230.58|
|CNET editors' rating||4 stars||4 stars||4 stars||3 stars|
|Average user rating||0 stars||2.5 stars||3 stars||3.5 stars|
|Release date||October 29, 2012||October 26, 2012||Info unavailable||Info unavailable|
|Bottom line|| |
Windows Phone 8 is absolutely worth using, especially if you enjoy a simpler, bolder interface. However, if you need a robust app selection now, stick with the more fully formed Android and iOS.
Microsoft makes an aggressive, forward-thinking, and bold statement for the future of PCs with Windows 8, and vast security and speed improvements more than justify the $40 upgrade price.
You won't be left too far behind without it, but Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is a worthy update that brings improved voice search, notifications, and sharing.
Chrome OS struggles with the delineation between apps and Web sites, even though they are fast growing together. Great for students and casual home use, the day is coming when it'll be competitive, but it's not yet a replacement for a more mature OS.
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