I wonder how many people slating
Windows Phone 8 have used it enough to actually give the feedback.
When I smashed the screen on my Xperia S about a month back (doh!) I needed a new phone, and rather quickly.
I've had an iPhone, two top end Android phones and so I thought maybe it was time to dip my toes into the Windows Phone 8 water. A colleague has a Lumia 710 (WP 7.5) and loves it (except the battery life) and all the reviews seemed positive enough for the 820.
I went to the shop and spoke to the assistant (who seemed to really know her stuff for a change!) spoke to me for 20 minutes of so about the relative merits of the different phones and OS's. For what I needed (calling, corporate email and occasional surfing) she recommended the Huwai (or how it's spelt) phone as it had the same specs as the 820 but was 200 euros cheaper. Unfortunately that would have mean waiting a week for it to come back into stock. A week I didn't have!
So I plumped for the 820. And have not regretted it for a second since. Easy to use, slick interface and one of the best soft typing experiences I have had.
One niggle is the volume control - whoever thought that one setting for both ringtone and headphones was enough was definitely on drugs.
And there is not a great choice in the app store. Yet. But what is there is really great - the best IMDB experience I have had.