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Anandtech: Windows Phone 8.1 Review
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A HUGE push in the right direction. Looking really good for current and future windows 8 phone users.

Just thought it'd be worth a look in case you were planning on sinking your teeth into any of the recent Android phones.
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Give me a dual boot phone to get the best of both worlds biggrin.gif
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Shouldn't the title be Windows Phone 8.1 Reviews? Windows Mobile was discontinued at version 6.5
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MFW 8.1 isn't even close to finished and everyone's going ape over it. This is the preview and it lacks a list of huge features that will be a part of the final 8.1. And there may be things we don't even know about yet still coming.
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My biggest problem with WP after the update is the list format for all the apps when you swipe from the right. I'd love it if there was some way to display icons instead. Its the norm on the desktop and iOS and Android have similar implementations. Its such a pain to scroll trough so much to find what you need.
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The biggest problem with Windows Phone was never out of the box. It's the fact that you cannot get any apps to really customize your experience.
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I have a Nokia Lumia 920. Can I use this? and if so how?
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I have a Nokia Lumia 920. Can I use this? and if so how?

Join the Developer program to get it via Preview.

http://dev.windowsphone.com/en-us

I have this on my 920 and I love it. The only thing I'm finding irritating is the new XBOX Music app, it worked fine the way it used to be. The new version is really slow.
 
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Join the Developer program to get it via Preview.

http://dev.windowsphone.com/en-us

I have this on my 920 and I love it. The only thing I'm finding irritating is the new XBOX Music app, it worked fine the way it used to be. The new version is really slow.

Will the consumer version make me redownload some other stuff?

I remember with Windows 8 (PC version of course) the preview had an expiration date and we had to make a fresh install of Win 8. I wonder if it is the same for Windows Phone too.
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Will the consumer version make me redownload some other stuff?

I remember with Windows 8 (PC version of course) the preview had an expiration date and we had to make a fresh install of Win 8. I wonder if it is the same for Windows Phone too.

No - just note that you cannot downgrade to older versions.
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