recently wrote about how now is the prefect time for Microsoft to strike with its own Surface phone. He made a few excellent points here, but there are a few areas where I’d like to offer up a slightly different opinion. As a disclaimer of my own, I work primarily as a writer in the Android community these days, though I’ve owned Windows Mobile 6.x devices in the past and have an iPad 2 that I use on occasion. I also have a Playbook (RIM) and two Android tablets. I enjoy having a wide exposure to different operating systems and can appreciate the positive and negatives in all the different platforms out there- even RIM. I like Android, but I also like Windows, Windows Phone, Linux and many other operating systems. Freedom of choice is a good thing. That being said, I’m not even the slightest bit interested in the iPhone 5. I used to want an iPhone, long ago, but at the time my carrier didn’t offer it. By the time they did, I was already happily rocking a Samsung Galaxy S2. With the iPhone 5, I am less ecstatic about iOS and Apple’s direction. From its Map drama to the thousands of complaints from users that are having WIFI troubles with iOS 6, and the scuffs coming from new iPhones- I’m just not excited. On the other hand, when my contract expires I’m really thinking hard about a few different headsets to replace my aging S2. One of these is the S3, but I’m starting to truly turn my attention towards the Lumia 920 and would love to take it for a spin and get a closer look when the time draws near. Onuora pointed out that the 920 isn’t as sleek, slim and light as the iPhone or many other Android devices. Still, I find the overall design very sexy. There is something about its design that sticks out and is truly different from the iPhone and most of the Android devices on the market. The idea of wireless charging built-in is also appealing. That being said, the Lumia 920 isn’t going to lure iPhone users. Instead I argue it seems more aimed at competing against Android 4.5-to-5-inch devices. Android is the big dog in the phone world, and iPhone plays second fiddle as this point. If Microsoft wants to do well, they need to find ways to reach out to both Android and iPhone users. This means a large variety of phones that are distinctly different.