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Switching from Android to Windows Phone Finale: Review and roundup

0. phoneArena 02 Jun 2012, 14:09 posted on

It's only been a month, but it's been an interesting journey reviewing Windows Phone 7.5, the features, apps, functionality, design, and possibilities that one can expect if you were to decide to switch from Android...

This is a discussion for a news. To read the whole news, click here

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 14:19 3

2. irvinkeith (Posts: 57; Member since: 27 Jan 2010)

correct sir

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 14:26 8

6. Credo (Posts: 748; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)

Fandroids, i know you want an 'open source OS', me to actually :) but try using Windows Phone, even if it is a 'prison', Windows Phone don't need to be open, couse its already how i want it, and a lot of other people think the same ...

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 15:52 12

22. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)

I would say the market doesn't agree with you... Not hating on wp7 but for the moment the os is more limited than ios... Hopefully wp8 changes things as I am a huge fan of nokia(the only real reason I got one eye on wp)

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 16:08 3

25. SleepingOz (unregistered)

Let's hope so..

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 16:58 2

27. Credo (Posts: 748; Member since: 19 Apr 2012)

most of them did not tryed out Windows Phone, in the beginning even i did not understand why Nokia has chosen Windows Phone over MeeGo, i only wanted a MeeGo powered device, (N9), and i have spend a little time to work with an Windows Phone powered device, and it was even a better experience than MeeGo, i think thats the problem of a lott off people, they want the same OS, (iOS & Android), but i think if they try out Windows Phone they will realize how good it is, even if it is more limited than iOS ... :)

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 18:40 2

34. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)

Technically it isn't as limited as ios, just that there aren't as many apps for it to make up for ios' shortcomings. WP comes with more capabilities out of the box, except perhaps on the Tango models, but those only are inferior on relation to the 4 and 4S.

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 16:05 5

24. SleepingOz (unregistered)

Right, it's how YOU wanted it to be but everyone has different needs and preferences.
I've played with my friend's white Lumia 900. Beautiful device indeed, but I'll never trade my GSII for one.

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 17:17 4

30. thedarkside (Posts: 652; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)

not a fan of WP7, im just not. i even messed around with the lumnia 900 for an hour or so and i couldnt nor wouldnt bring myself to buy one. i like both iOS and android. just not WP7... or blackberry. lol

posted on 07 Jun 2012, 18:50

66. denied911 (banned) (Posts: 361; Member since: 31 May 2012)

I just don't wanna pay 5-15$ for os if I don't have to

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 14:50 4

11. demarmj (Posts: 17; Member since: 03 May 2012)

Good Review. Well balanced

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 14:56 4

12. sorcio46 (Posts: 435; Member since: 27 Jul 2011)

Nice articole, but why someone needs to leave Android for WP?

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 15:37 2

17. demarmj (Posts: 17; Member since: 03 May 2012)

I did it. I don't think this article is trying to pursuade people to make the change. I think it's just a worth while look at the differences. Now a days with how advanced hardware is (compared to the old days when phones were running of 500 mhz processors), any phone choice is solid.

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 21:41 3

43. android_sucks (Posts: 111; Member since: 28 Jul 2011)

Except android because no matter how great the processor is it will still lag on android.

posted on 03 Jun 2012, 11:23

59. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2703; Member since: 26 May 2011)

I'm pretty sure I laid out the reasons why someone would want to switch in the article...

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 15:06 3

14. kslaughter32296 (Posts: 11; Member since: 12 Aug 2011)

Okay, wp7 and iOS are no where near as good as android- point blank! On android the paid apps are much cheaper, and there are a whole lot of free apps to choose from also. Though my favorite is easymp3 downloader where all I have to do is search for a song, preview it, and download it all for FREE. I haven't paid a penny for mp3s in a long time. First I started with limewire, then went to frost wire, then when frost wire got sucky I went to a YouTube converter, and now that I found out how much easier this is, I use it. And the only ones iOS carries are ones that u have to go to a million websites to get to work, and which sometimes still won't work because no sites offer totally free download of the newest and hottest songs, and wp7 I'm afraid has no such thing for free music downloads.

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 17:18 2

31. thedarkside (Posts: 652; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)

new is not always better.

posted on 20 Sep 2012, 10:36

70. AliNSiddiqui (Posts: 382; Member since: 19 Sep 2012)

New is always better - Barney Stinson

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 17:20 11

32. jellmoo (Posts: 1589; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)

So, let me get this straight... Android is better because it's easier to illegally download and/or pirate music with it than with iOS or WP7?

Wow... just wow...

posted on 06 Jun 2012, 10:12

63. nosybummer (Posts: 17; Member since: 05 Mar 2012)

@ jellmoo ..wake up almost everybody downloads pirated music..
but pointing it as an disadvantage..wow
i think you work for the billion dollar studios of hollywood
and pushing for sopa implementation

posted on 07 Jun 2012, 10:40

65. jellmoo (Posts: 1589; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)

Who pointed it as a disadvantage??? I just said that stating a platform is better strictly because it's easier to pirate music is extremely questionable at best. If somebody wants to argue that Android is the best platform, there are plenty of strong arguments to be made that aren't tied into illegal activity.

And just because I don't believe in piracy doesn't make me a supporter of SOPA or some kind of Hollywood stooge. I just don't believe that the excuse "well everyone does it!" is valid.

posted on 07 Jun 2012, 04:58

64. webOSlove (unregistered)

@kslaughter32296 Not everyone will want a phone for music. I have webOS & if i had to switch , id choose windows phone because well, it mocks webOS better than Android. Yes android copied swipeable notifications & card multitasking, but it still feels extremely unintuitve. WebOS had potential (well still does with Open webOS) & Windows Phone is in my opinion, more attractive than Android

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 21:05

35. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)

@Michael H.: you mentioned using Pandora on the Windows Phone; what app did you use, and how did it work? I'm curious because of the current lack of an official app for it

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 21:08

38. android_sucks (Posts: 111; Member since: 28 Jul 2011)


posted on 03 Jun 2012, 03:46

48. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)

I'll check that one out. I've downloaded Pindora (notice the I, not an A), but am hesitant to use a third party for login info that can lead to financial info (I paid for the no-ads version)

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 21:11 4

39. android_sucks (Posts: 111; Member since: 28 Jul 2011)

When you talk about Android, the Drones come out fighting!!! LOL!!! And they say that iOS has sheep!!!

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 21:20 3

40. android_sucks (Posts: 111; Member since: 28 Jul 2011)

I have used so many android devices and they ALL LAGGED!!!!!! They suck!!!

posted on 03 Jun 2012, 10:02 2

53. parkwaydr (Posts: 572; Member since: 07 Sep 2011)

Grow up bro.

posted on 03 Jun 2012, 10:49 2

58. SleepingOz (unregistered)

cool story..

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 21:27 4

41. Mube1 (Posts: 153; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)

I think u all forget that 101 reasons not to buy a windows phone 7.5

posted on 03 Jun 2012, 03:48 2

49. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)

You should read the rebuttals and comments about those 101 reasons. A significant number of them were wrong, irrelevant, or out of date, and it came down mostly to subjective perception, not objective realism.
That being said, I must applaud Michael H for trying to be open-minded about the switch in these articles

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 22:16 4

44. bobfreking55 (Posts: 866; Member since: 15 Jul 2011)

I've made my decision. I'll wait for Windows Phone Apollo. Thanks Michael!

posted on 02 Jun 2012, 22:52 4

45. eman99 (Posts: 365; Member since: 03 Aug 2010)

windows is barely in its early stages no way to compare its like going from android to a 1990s phone, march on green army march on

posted on 03 Jun 2012, 04:05 5

50. -box- (Posts: 3991; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)

Try an Android phone pre-FroYo (2.2). It's not great. You see the seeds of the excellence that comes in later versions, but Donut and Eclair were far from pleasant to use. Try Blackberry (even the current OS versions). It's not exactly intuitive, but it gets the job done, albeit clumsily and eventually. Try Windows Mobile, or Palm OS, or pre-s^3 versions of Symbian. Try iOS (still the same boring app-launcher) They're all inelegant, choppy, and a little bass-ackwards in places, if we're honest. No OS is perfect. The point I'm making is that those were/are OSes that were in their initial stages of development, and eventually got better or died out, or remained unchanged due to stubborness or heavy investment (ios, Blackberry). In terms of OS evolution and development, WindowsPhone blows all those out of the water, and is arguably the most innovative and easy-to-use mobile OS (possibly even electronic screened-gadget OS) yet, and it's still being improved and developed. Yes, it doesn't have all the capabilities of Android (yet), and it won't have all the same options one would have with Android or Symbian (ROMs, complete OS modification, user-viewable file folders, etc), but for most smartphone users, those that want the phone to be a bit more than a phone but a bit less than a computer, it'll be great, and already is good. Intuitive, straight-forward, uncluttered. Nothing to mess up or break, nothing that will cause the system to go haywire by accidentally enabling or disabling it. A highly polished app ecosystem and UI/UX for ease of use and understanding, which, while small, is still growing at record-breaking rates.

Put all your other mobile devices away for a couple weeks, try a Windows Phone for that time, and you might be surprised at just what it really can do. I'm a long-time Symbian user myself, and I've used 2 Android phones for quite a while, and recently acquired a Nokia Lumia 900, and honestly, the ONLY things I miss from the prior ecosystems are the physical call/disconnect and menu multi-use buttons from the Symbian/Nokia phones (great for using the phone as an alarm clock, don't have to look at the screen, just go by feel!), being able to set my own ringtones/alarms/notifications (though there are ways around that, just more convoluted than Android or Symbian), and that the game manufacturers don't yet have their full portfolio on Windows Phone (Zynga most noticeably, as Electonic Arts, Glu, and GameLoft are pretty well represented). That's it. Yes, I don't have the ability to put on a custom ROM and fiddle with the phone more. Yes, I don't have any wallpaper behind my LiveTiles. Yes, I don't have a super HD screen. But honestly, that's OK. The phone works, it doesn't beg for any tinkering. Having a background image would mess up what the LiveTiles do, especially the People Hub, Music Hub, and XBox Live tile. HD screens look great, but use up processing and battery power, and I haven't yet missed the differences.

posted on 03 Jun 2012, 14:47 2

60. jroc74 (Posts: 6005; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

Windows is barely in its early stages....and yet MS has been doing mobile OS's looong before Apple and Google.

WP7 has been out since late 2010. In that same length of time....Android has soared in popularity.

Did we all forget that once upon a time Win Mo was 1 or 2 in market share? Or are most of yall 2 young to know or remember...

Thats says alot about Android...and MS, WIn Mo, WP7....

posted on 03 Jun 2012, 03:25 2

47. JSern (Posts: 282; Member since: 22 May 2011)

Android is now sheep

posted on 03 Jun 2012, 07:23 3

51. Mozarrt (Posts: 301; Member since: 08 Oct 2011)

I'm a huge fan of Windows Phone at the moment, I prefer it's smoothness and slickness to what you can find on Android and Symbian (used the Xperia S and E7), I know it does miss some apps but the quality of many of the apps does beat what I can find on the other platforms. It has won me over, but if I find something I prefer more I'll just try that.

Android users complain about "iSheep", but at the moment some of them are sucking up to Google's Opensource OS more than most "iSheep".

posted on 03 Jun 2012, 08:05 1

52. MartyK (Posts: 816; Member since: 11 Apr 2012)


It not that we are sucking up, it's just with every release of Android things gets better and better. It's like every release is a birthday gift for people who loves to push and tinker with technology. Android was a gift from the Technology Gods. what I mean is this, you can get the same phone from the same carrier and they will be different (UI wise), I have the sprint version of the GS2 and even tho it's GS2, it's 100% different from other Sprint GS2 (UI); Android is only limited ( UI) by your imagination, you can add items from different Android phones (Moto-HTC-Samsung) to your android phone, and this is the beauty of Android, no two android phone will look like each other no matter of the Manuf.

Now, Android user we do argue/tease each other over Carrier/Manuf/Roms and stuff like that, but it's out of love and fun..this is why the Green Army will always March on!.. :0

Verizon suck btw...lol

posted on 15 Jun 2012, 10:15

69. android_sucks (Posts: 111; Member since: 28 Jul 2011)

Thumbs up for the Verizon comment!!! Lol!!!

posted on 03 Jun 2012, 10:06 2

54. parkwaydr (Posts: 572; Member since: 07 Sep 2011)

Good article Michael, PA really needs more writers like you.

posted on 03 Jun 2012, 18:32 4

61. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2703; Member since: 26 May 2011)


posted on 03 Jun 2012, 10:14 2

55. Mohamed_Abdulkareem (Posts: 45; Member since: 15 May 2012)

Its really hard to switch from droid to WP. may b after 3 years from now. WP is grwoing slowly but healthily. it still a child but it will be a strong man after. Droid is now the strong youngman with IOS.

posted on 03 Jun 2012, 10:16

56. ryq24 (Posts: 722; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

android will beat apple simply because its an open system. Except for nokia and apple, of course, (duh!) all major and small phonemaker uses android. But the ability of apple to influence how smartphone are made is something that cannot be ignored like design of unit(samsung galaxy s2) to non-inclusion of micro sd card and non-removable beattery and use of micro-sim card were all started by apple.

posted on 03 Jun 2012, 10:19 1

57. mercorp (Posts: 1027; Member since: 28 Jan 2012)

f**k these trolls.

posted on 07 Jun 2012, 19:12

67. denied911 (banned) (Posts: 361; Member since: 31 May 2012)

"According to information provided by Microsoft and Nokia, due to hardware limitations WP7 phones like the Nokia Lumia 800 and 900 will not be upgradeable to Windows Phone 8, which is expected to be released in late 2012. Instead, Microsoft might be providing a feature upgrade to mimic features introduced with WP8 on WP7 phones."

posted on 07 Jun 2012, 19:54

68. androidornothing (Posts: 143; Member since: 26 Apr 2012)

I love Nokia that's probably the only reason I would get wp7. But if Nokia makes Android that would be sickk

posted on 14 Nov 2012, 03:33

71. Stevey (Posts: 1; Member since: 14 Nov 2012)

I like both phones actually. I like different functionalities in the phones, but everything is great for what I use them :)
I found a really informative article on Ozeki Phone System Xe's page, I think it can help if you need to choose.

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