Why I swapped my iPhone for Windows

My favourite native feature is the 'Explore' tile, which allows you to point your phone in any given direction and see what restaurants, hotels, sights and transport options are available to you.

I'm in the middle of nowhere, I point and click, and it gives me walking directions or the nearest public transport route in seconds. It's simply gorgeous.

The downside

The biggest hurdle to jump was finding podcasts and syncing music. This could be a deal-breaker for some, although after finding some decent third-party apps to supply those niche podcasts I was looking for, I eventually got used to an extra step in the syncing process.

Protected content didn't transfer, but the majority of my music could be synced through Windows Media Player as easily as through iTunes.

Still, the iPhone trumps the Lumia on music playback and accessibility — the Nokia playback tool is exceptionally finicky and I still can't find a fast-forward button without the screen being locked.

However, the trade-off for me is the fun of interacting with Nokia's music features. It goes beyond just a library of your own music; it offers a multitude of free streaming radio stations and celebrity-created playlists, and even tells you which gigs are happening in your area.

The big upside

I loved my iPhone because it was simple and because I put in the effort to make it work over time. I've had to purchase apps in order to display PowerPoint presentations and support Office documents, so the notable difference really is the Lumia's superior out-of-the-box functionality.

In a PC-driven corporate environment it's a joy to get full native access to all my folders and the ability to edit and create all the day-to-day documents I need, while at the same time fully personalising the interface.

It's taken a device this good for me to trust in complete functionality on a single device, especially one with such precise touch typing that I finally let go of my trusty BlackBerry keypad.

Don't get me wrong, I am still an iPhone fan and appreciate the workability you can ultimately achieve on iOS devices, but the Lumia 920 is a surprisingly perfect fit for people like me. It's a strong, simple business tool with a richer personal interface than the iPhone.