So, I take it you’re happy with this... How’s the performance, sound quality, reception, battery life, etc.?
The WP8 phones are really the 3rd generation of Windows Phones to come out. The first was 2 years ago. This 3rd generation now has dual-core processors. Even with the single core processor of my Samsung Focus (Generation 1), it was fast. Buttery smooth now.
The sound quality is good. The speakerphone is loud, especially if you place the speakers (located on the bottom end) a couple of inches away from an hard object so you get some bounce back.
No problems noted with reception.
Battery life is fair, not great. It has a large battery (2000 mAh). Some complaints about battery life on the forums, with rumors of tweeks by Nokia in the next OS upgrade to improve battery life.
The phone is also equipped with "wireless charging," which is basically a small pad the phone lays on to recharge. You can also plug it into a standard micro-USB charger. The wireless charge is an accessory that costs $50, but is temporarily free from AT&T. Get them while they last . . .
The display is great . . . 4.5" diagonal screen, with 768x1280 pixels, making it slightly more pixel dense than the iPhone's "retina display."
And it comes standard with 32GB of RAM on-board (about 28 usable). And your new Microsoft account (required) includes a free 7GB Skydrive (cloud storage) account.
Inputting contacts and calendar events into the phone is a breeze, because I can enter them (1) directly on the phone, or (2) Outlook 2012 (the Microsoft account is linked), or (3) go online to Outlook.com and enter them there. The info is sync'ed in all three locations, without having to do anything at all.
The entire Microsoft Office Suite is included on the phone so you can view and edit anything the office e-mails you. Wouldn't want to create entire Word, Excel, or PowerPoint slide shows this way, but it is handy to view and do minor edits.
One neat thing is SkyDrive and OneNote (similar to Evernote). I have a shopping list on SkyDrive, complete with checkboxes next to each item. If I had a wife, she could add items to that list and it would show up automatically when I went shopping. If a husband and wife were both out Christmas Shopping, they could just check items off their one list and the other could instantly see what was left to purchase.
Microsoft has outdone themselves in designing a new phone operating system from the ground up. I'm surprised it hasn't taken off more. I convinced two coworkers to get WP phones last year. Both are non-technical types and love them.
My favorite use is in the truck. It pairs to an inexpensive bluetooth add-on in my truck (2001 model audio antique). And I listen to an extensive MP3 collection, a 3rd party Pandora client, podcasts, audiobooks, Overdrive books obtained from the county library, my favorite local AM talk radio station no matter how far I travel (through an internet radio app), etc.
Highly recommended. Just ask if you have any more questions.