I chose Windows Phone
0. phoneArena 15 Jul 2013, 06:46 posted on
We've all been there. That glorious time when we're out on the market, looking for a flashy, new smartphone to replace our hugely outdated device. It's a time of joy, excitement and discovery! But even in a saturated and booming market, such as the smartphone one, it's quite surprising how finding what's best for you may prove to be so difficult. My personal experience from a few weeks ago was particularly challenging...
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232. buccob (Posts: 1303; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)
The problem is that he knew himself to be a light user, and he went straight to the most powerful android in sight...
He should have gone to the Sony Xperia ZL or even a midranger device...
252. Sonjoy (Posts: 4; Member since: 22 Jul 2013)
If the most powerful Android could not perform up to the standards of a "LIGHT USER" what will a midranger device do ??
254. buccob (Posts: 1303; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)
Yes the most powerful Android can perform to the standards... but it requires more time from the user to be customize and get used to all the features...
Instead he should have gone to a Sony Xperia or maybe a LG phone with less features that can sometimes be overwhealming to new users....
255. Sonjoy (Posts: 4; Member since: 22 Jul 2013)
Occasional lagging with Octa-Core, really realistic. Most powerful device has less battery life, most powerful device still stutters occasionally , core functions not fully developed, the OS of most powerful device (Android) houses 92 percent of the total mobile malware in the world.
No wonder he shifted to 720 where at least his security was not compromised and the OS didn't lag with a dual core
256. buccob (Posts: 1303; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)
Alright dude I wasnt trying to be one sided... it is just my opinion...
If the author likes its 720 then great... enjoy it...
For me, I wouldn't trade my full-featured Android device for all the smoothness in the world...
There are people that prefer shinny smooth interfaces with low capabilities... and there are other people (the vast majority it seems) that rather have a powerful OS even inside a midrange device....
I haven't got a single security issue with all of my current and past Android devices... BUT I have always found the app I needed when I look it up in the Play Store... even when it comes to specific random apps I look up just out of curiosity.
And at the end I have the device I want in the hardware I want... A dual core, 4.3" screen, waterproof, with USB OTG and microHDMI port, with microSD slot, and 12MP camera that's actually pretty good... And it is smoother and faster than iPhone 4S in almost every situation.
Make a Nokia with similar or better specs and Android... and I will buy it...
92. haseebzahid (Posts: 1800; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)
honestly i too cant use moblie for gaming for watching movies although i am a hardcore gamer and i watch lot of movies but moblies simply not good enough if i have 19"+ LCD and a gaming system why should i comprimoze my entertainment of 5" screen and games that are comparable to 2005 of PC or consoles. Moblie for these stuff only good when i am treveling which is not much.
99. sorcio46 (Posts: 394; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)
I totally agree with this guy, I will never recommend to switch from iOS direct to a SGS4, an HTC One or the Nexus 4 would have been a better choice.
146. MuditSharma (Posts: 2; Member since: 18 Sep 2012)
i very much agree... had he been unbiased he would've pointed out that aside for the fact camera ... other specs are comparable to Galaxy s3 with a smaller screen... and MS itself is going to support Full HD and quad core CPUs by the end of the year.... so paying premium price of just camera would be as personal a choice as buying Galaxy S4...hence he wanting Nokia should not have compared it to Galaxy s4 in the first place
Which brings to the point he being a reviewer should know what Android stands for..FREEDOM, just for example my setup:- ATOM Launcher, XPERIA Z Live WALLPAPER, exDialler and Contacts, floating Notifications and you dont even need to root.the most awesome looking phone ever
If he wants a fixed experience out of the box why to shift from Iphone from first place...
Why would a reviewer show Android in bad light just because he is wants personalized experience and does not even want to work for it.
81. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)
'You're doing it wrong if you encountered technical issues with Android'
First of all, this type of excuse is for iOS, remember? Never ever use it for android.
Secondly, android, of all mobile OSes, is one of the most complicated OS. You need time to learn and the few basic tasks. Heck, most of my friends that came from older OSes didnt even know that there's multitask and can easily kill running apps in thr background.
Third, I think this article is not paid or sponsored. Doesnt mean that if you support something, you're being paid to support it.
Im an android user. Currently using my note 2 here. I think WP is a great OS. Just let the marketplace mature and it will completely battle other OSes.
STop all the hate.
130. yowanvista (Posts: 287; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)
Android being technical, I hope that it's a joke because that's not what it is, at least not the most recent versions. If old people can use it flawlessly I don't see how the average joe considers it as being too technical, unless of course the user is a total idiot.
131. UrbanPhantom (Posts: 949; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)
Too bad it was recently discovered that Android has a master key that works as a backdoor trojan capable of compromising any device running the OS...
Why choose WP8? Because I don't want to share my banking data with illegitimate sources, via Android!
145. neutralguy (Posts: 1152; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)
Compared to iOS and WP? It's actually, more complicated. Well, not that complicated to get an average user lost like what bb10 does.
ALso, there are things that can't be done or be discovered by an average user without someone explaining it, like clearing the RAM and even switching from one launcher to another.
153. saiki4116 (Posts: 324; Member since: 31 Mar 2011)
most of times clearing RAM does bad than good. Lite users need not bother about it actually
205. scottae316 (Posts: 10; Member since: 30 Sep 2009)
Yeah, BB10 is so hard swipe up, or to the right. How can anyone handle it?
128. yowanvista (Posts: 287; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)
Funny how I got a warning as the author of this article apparently can't seem to figure out the difference between a troll comment and a reader response. Oh well, fanboy authors, can't complain much about that.
6. AliNSiddiqui (Posts: 356; Member since: 19 Sep 2012)
I really hope to use Windows Phone someday, but as of right now, it is missing some glaringly basic features like screen orientation lock, tabs/favourites sync, ability to close apps from multitasking menu without having to go into each app and start backing out, etc.
40. lovefist (unregistered)
Some customization would be nice. I don't want just live tiles on my phone. But i do love their keyboard.
44. AliNSiddiqui (Posts: 356; Member since: 19 Sep 2012)
In my opinion, this much customization is enough... I don't want another Android.. WP strikes a nice balance with live tiles.
117. juandante (Posts: 232; Member since: 23 Apr 2013)
And no background image. It's not absence of customization anymore, it's nonsense.
191. -box- (Posts: 3707; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
If people liked customization THAT much, Symbian would have never fallen out of first place.
7. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5042; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
There's nothing wrong with Ray choosing Windows Phone / Nokia, it's his decision. We should respect his decision.
I will change to Windows Phone as well, when the WP Store is packed with a bunch of apps and games.
20. Dorothy69 (banned) (Posts: 498; Member since: 21 May 2013)
Okay, me too. Hope I'm still alive in 2042!!
26. darkkjedii (Posts: 10071; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Good post Xperia. It's his choice, hope he enjoys his purchase. My fiancé has the HTC 8X, and its actually very nice and smooth to use. Needs a more mature App Store, but other than that it's really not lacking. It also never lags either.
45. Dorothy69 (banned) (Posts: 498; Member since: 21 May 2013)
Did I give you permission to speak? NO, iDiDn't!!
Truth is, pigs will fly before Microsoft catches up with Android or you'll probably have a better chance of losing your water weight and baby fat faster, thereby, having some true lean muscle, Mr FlipFlab. Besides, I already told you, when you address me, remember you are addressing a true lady so please don't confuse me with your life partner/fiancée!!
96. yeahone (Posts: 5; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)
Lol you are funny. He was not talking to u loser! Good posy xperia. I will change later to wp8! Nokia keep it up
147. darkkjedii (Posts: 10071; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Thanx for clarifying that yeahone. Doyle69 tries his best to get under my skin, by insulting my fiancé. It doesn't work in the least, but its cool to poke and prod him just to see what he comes up with. He fronts like he's a lady, but let the cat out the bag a few days ago on a Nokia article. How many women do you know that frequents tech sites insulting other women? Lol dudes pathetic man. +1 man
122. solomonsteve (Posts: 73; Member since: 19 Dec 2012)
he wasnt talking to u Dorothy69...grow up
139. tech2 (Posts: 1749; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)
OMG, although I don't support people insulting each other. I've to say that was funny as hell .....XD .......... U r one mean girl ......LOL
154. Dorothy69 (banned) (Posts: 498; Member since: 21 May 2013)
He wasn't talkin' to you, stop being a 'Bugaboo' pop - I'm gonna 'tell AOL make my email stop'! Cuz' you' a Bugaboo, a bugaboo!!
192. -box- (Posts: 3707; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
Dumbothy, apple users said the same thing about Android in 2009-2010. Loom at the current state of the industry. Windows Mobile and Blackberry fans said the same thong about apple in 2008. Palm fans said the same about blackberry in the early 2000s. Tastes change, users and systems evolve, there is no one perfect solution, but each newer iteration with genuine improvements (like jelly bean or WP8, not ios7) brings us closer to better and better matches to general acceptance and functionality. Is WP the end-all of mobile OSes? Absolutely not. It'll likely be in a duopoly with android over the next few years until android is replaced with mobile Chrome OS, which will either make or break it, until something else captures the majority's favor.
258. -box- (Posts: 3707; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
Not rude, just accurate. If the truth hurts...
31. yahoo29 (Posts: 71; Member since: 15 Sep 2012)
Yah the only matter that stop me from buying WP8 is because of their immature app store and I think 1 day we can even install our PC apps to our WP8 Phones.
33. tech2 (Posts: 1749; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)
No one is disrespecting his decision.
But the reasons given by him are absolutely bollocks. Instead of saying I like the phone because of my favouritism or my preference (which by no means is wrong) he cites absolutely incoherent arguments. You don't lie about battery life on a tech site and expect to get away with it (Read my post 24).
BTW, its easier said then done jumping from Android to Windows. Even if Windows would have had apps. Their lack of customization will really hinder if you've grown fond customising your phone. Specially if you aggressively use Google apps. Maps, Docs, even instagram etc.
75. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5042; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
There are many people disrespecting his decision.
The battery life depends on how you use it, and did you know that most Android smartphones drain the battery because there are many widgets, apps running? Unlike Windows Phone, Windows Phone only use live tiles, and since the Windows Phone is lacking a bunch of apps and games, Windows Phone users will only download a few of them, so it won't drain the battery.
And who says that Windows Phone is lacking of customization? Yes, Windows Phone don't have many customizations like Android, but you still can customize it.
80. Dorothy69 (banned) (Posts: 498; Member since: 21 May 2013)
So what you're really saying is that, 'with limited use comes limited drainage'; that's just how I want my $700 smartphone - LiMiTeD??!!
83. tech2 (Posts: 1749; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)
Exactly !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! what a rubbish explanation. I even didn't bother replying. XD
85. xperiaDROID (Posts: 5042; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)
But you are replying, below me. Lmao!
I'm not good at explaining, but I was trying my best to explain to you, and you're acting like a kid, I have wasted my 5 minutes for that explanation. Why I'm so stupid? (sigh) Smh.
90. Dorothy69 (banned) (Posts: 498; Member since: 21 May 2013)
You're not stupid, Auntie Em', don't feel that way.
You want to give Windows the benefit, I get that. I held on to Windows hopes and dreams from 2006 to 2010 and look where it got me????? Galaxy Note 2: Everything Windows Mobile phones should have been .... sigh in sadness ...
Now, I hold my head up high and walk proud on my little red heels.
134. UrbanPhantom (Posts: 949; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)
WP does lack apps compared to Android, and it doesn't have the extreme customization. However, it was recently discovered that Android has a master key that works as a backdoor trojan, and is potentially capable of compromising any device running the OS...
Why choose WP8 instead of Android? Because I don't want to share my personal info and banking data with illegitimate sources! Sometimes a little peace of mind is worth making due with less ;o)
166. jackhammeR (Posts: 1548; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)
you're a kid. You think that everyone needs tons of customization. people want a phone which works, is simple yet effective, reliable and looks good. Life doesn't consist of playing games or downloading gazzilions of apps.
194. -box- (Posts: 3707; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
@jackhammeR, I knoww English isn't your first language. Perhaps thesaurus.com or similar might help you explain your points better?
56. tiara6918 (Posts: 1322; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)
I agree,this is what's holding me down to get a wp. no apps and games in the market,it is also restricted but other than that I would have considered wp as one of the best os out there. I even prefer using my launcher 8 than any other. Simply because wp gives me an experience that is very easy to use and can make the user at comfort when using the phone
8. piyath (Posts: 150; Member since: 23 Mar 2012)
you Mr.... If you love android and Samsung no matter what, You have already got your plus points to defend your platform and brand any day. The thing is we have to comparatively select our daily driver. As a android user for years, I also see some good points to jump the ship to ios or windows OS. But I do not cuz of several reasons. First I don't have enough money to jump the ship once a month. Second I have the good habit called PATIENCE.We all know android and Samsung are the fastest innovators in the recent past and they will surely continue to do so. Summary is we should't change our things due to minor hypes. We should consider the core value of what we are using right now. The most advanced yet user friendly OS is the Android. So we must see it's value and give it the room and courage for the innovation.
102. yeahone (Posts: 5; Member since: 11 Jul 2013)
Advance in what ram and cpu/gpu? Do u use the full potential of your cpu/gpu?stutters and lags cannot hide the fact that android is still buggy. And don't tell me its user friendly. My gf is having a hard time playing with her s3. Advanced processor/gpu is all u can mutter
118. piyath (Posts: 150; Member since: 23 Mar 2012)
stutters and lags ......? where? when? I am using a S3 and it's silky smooth always. And my gf uses my S3 a lot when she is bored with her iPhone 4S, Anyhow you cannot deny the fact that Android is the most customizable, most advanced, most feature rich, most easy to use and most versatile product in the digital market. Android stood up within couple of years and look it's epidemiology... Look at it's spread.
123. Pedro0x (Posts: 271; Member since: 19 Oct 2012)
I agree, SGS3 with jelly bean is more smooth than WP phones. WP lags and everyone who says otherwise is blind. Android is better than WP in every single thing, WP is the most non-userfriendly because it is so simple, for simple people good but not for me. And you can't customize a thing, even IOS is better in this (jailbrake). Can you set you own sound when turning off screen in WP?
182. papss (unregistered)
False... WP never lags... Did you even believe what you said? Android is better at everything compared to WP? WP is not user friendly because its so simple? It's the complete opposite of that.. You sir have lost you mind.
253. Sonjoy (Posts: 4; Member since: 22 Jul 2013)
you forgot to include that its the most compromised OS, with bunch of malware apps in the market,,, and supporting 92 % of the total malware infections
193. -box- (Posts: 3707; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
I have to totally agree with the lagginess of the S3. My wife is frequently noting that and other problems. She would have gone for the Nexus 4 but needed a better camera.
12. m01ses (Posts: 3; Member since: 05 Jul 2013)
well I am in the same boat as you are. I bought myself a Nokia Lumia 720 next week because I was kind of tired from my previous phone HTC Sensation. I am really liking this phone a lot, it has a good price tag for my country, a good OS (although it needs improvement in many areas) and it has everything I need. I am tired of Android experience and I needed something total fresh and new; however I am not saying android is not good, it is excellent.... but not for my daily usage.
196. -box- (Posts: 3707; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)
Ooof, I feel your pain. My wife was using my Sensation after I switched to my Lumia 900 (before she shattered the screen and used that as an excuse to get a new Android and chose the S3, which has been problematic from the get-go). I recently tried using it again; even with jelly bean on it it's pretty depressingly bad.
13. abcdefgh (banned) (Posts: 471; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)
i already chose one.i bet you wont regret it
15. kushki (Posts: 49; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)
Good stuff... I too got tired of the UI experience on Android. It is good but not satisfying. Leaves one wanting more. Personally I don't give a damn about open source as at the end of the day it does not do me any good. It does not make android phone any cheaper, the third party editions like CM10 are just waste of time as they never completely work and you end up updating your phone every week. The user experience is also very poor on android, it is so full of crapware that does not matter what third party app one opens, the ads always pop up out of no where and requires so many extra taps to perform a single task. And don't even talk about stuttering and lagginess... When you buy a $500-600 smartphone, the last thing you want to see is performance issues with factory installed software, unfotunately when you buy an android it is implied that you will get stuttering and you are okay with it, well I wasn't. Android is great and has many features that I need and also many I don't need. But even WP has all the features that I need on regular basis. So I decided to switch to WP as it offers no compromise performance for the features that if offers versus features full of performance issues on Android.