So, I took my mom's Nokia 521, and seeing as she is liking the idea of personal assistants such as siri, after seeing several videos of Cortana and what it can do, I figured, why not get her WINDOWS PHONE 8.1 even though it may not have Cortana, she'll preview the polished os that is WINDOWS PHONE 8.1 and perhaps upgrade to one of the higher end Lumias. So sure enough, I open the phone up as a developer device, drop in the new os and to my surprise, an app shows up uninvited, !CORTANA! on the bottom of the rung Lumia.
Much to my surprise, despite the device only having 512MB of onboard memory, a few further surprises.
1. GPS Location (Asking Where am I? ) I will admit that sadly, it smokes my IPHONE 5C's time and time again.
2. There is Zero, and I mean zero lag, stuttering or any hint that Cortana is struggling to run on this barebones device.
3. Searches come up very quickly and are spot on.
More follow ups to come as I spend more time with this Reborn device.
One Lumia 521, + Windows Phone 8.1 = One awesome Android Killer. Not to mention whooping my iPhone on location awareness.