Hi Guys, I realise the relatively silly title for a new thread but bear with me and I'll try and explain what I am after. I decided to ask this question here because as a past iOS & current Mac user, I feel they will understand what I am looking for. Around three months ago, my iphone 4s was stolen from my bag while I was working. I decided first that I Was going to get a new iphone, but quite frankly, I think they're not really priced that well & I am looking to move away from iOS for a few reasons. After living with & using top tier phones, I can honestly say I'm exhausted. I'm quite sick of all the latest & greatest smart phones, I don't need these incredible super computers to accomplish anything in my job, nor in my personal life. What I want, is a reliable, smart, easy to use, simple and durable communication device. At first my first thought was buy a dumb phone, but I don't want to give up everything on a smartphone, I still enjoy using a few simple apps, I enjoy the touch screen, I enjoy the bigger sizes ( not much bigger than the iPhone ) and they're incredibly cheap so why not. Recently I've undertaken an apprenticeship, and I find I have less and less time and interest in keeping up with the latest smart phones and I could now care less about tinkering with my phone, rooting it, custom roms etc.. I just want a good quality simple smartphone. I'm not comfortable with getting an iphone 5, I have a few reasons but simply, I just don't want one. I'm looking for people who can help me out because I'm utterly lost, I'm tired & I don't know what phone is good or bad. I really want to check out windows phone 8, but overall I just want a good quality phone that will be easy to use. I'll go back to iOS if I have to, but I want to use this device as a phone first & foremost, all the cool smart phone stuff is great, but It sort of gets put on the back burner. I don't need it for my job and in a sort of recently liberating discovery, I found I don't need half of the technology in my life either. I do love iOS and Apple, however I'm not necessarily comfortable with their premiums and I think the new iphone 5 has too many issues I;ve seen, not that I know much about it. If anyone here has experience with windows phone 8 ( in real world scenarios, not extensive benchmarks that don't mean much to me ) in terms of using it as a communication device with few apps etc.. please help me out here.