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Confessions of a Windows Phone User

Nokia Lumia 920
Nokia Lumia 920Photograph by Ole Spata/EPA via Corbis

Hello. My name is Ashlee Vance, and I have a Windows phone.

To own a Windows smartphone in Silicon Valley is to invite ridicule and pity. Every day I pull out the bright yellow Nokia Lumia 920, and every day iPhone and Android types look at me with dismay. Why, they wonder, would I subject myself to an app wasteland? Why would anyone take the risk of a Blue Screen of Death interrupting their phone call? Why would anybody opt for the platonic ideal of unhip?