iPhone and Android users gathered at the lovely Gramercy Terrace last week, and all agreed- The Windows Phone 8 is awesome! “It’s sharp, colorful, clean, and simple, but also hip and a bit exuberant.” I have to admit in the past I had old preconceived notions about the Windows phone before previewing the new gadget, and I was blown away.

The Windows Phone 8 has what is described as an “obsessive” focus on real people and what they really want to do on their phones. Windows Phone 8 is truly the smartphone reinvented around you. After testing the software myself, I’m absolutely convinced you’ll love the new Start screen with resizable Live Tiles, and the seamless integration with SkyDrive, Skype, and other Microsoft services.

Windows Phone is the only phone with Live Tiles that come alive with the information that’s important to you. Pin what matters most and arrange your Start screen to create a phone that’s unmistakably yours. The Photos Hub brings your camera roll, Facebook and SkyDrive albums into one place. It’s like a live photo album that updates with the latest photos of your friends and family in real-time.

Only Windows Phone allows you to create Rooms, an intimate virtual space where you can easily chat and share photos, messages, calendars and notes with a hand-selected group of people.

In addition the the excellent picture quality, which I tested against both the iPhone and Android, the phone has “Word Flow”. Word Flow helps make the keyboard the most intelligent on any phone, and the new personalized recommendations you’ll find in Local Scout and the Windows Phone Store. But really the best way to appreciate Windows Phone 8 is to see it in action.

For more info or demos visit windowsphone.com