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Switching from Android to Windows Phone Part 1: initial impressions and missing features

0. phoneArena 10 May 2012, 09:20 posted on

Making a change or choosing a new mobile platform can be a big step. Our mobile devices are more and more important in our daily lives, so the choice we make for our hardware and software dictates a lot of how we interact on a daily basis...

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posted on 10 May 2012, 15:45 3

165. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

good, that means people will get a very powerful device and save money.

I really dont get how your little brain comprehends that as a bad thing and paying huge premiums for a brand logo is a good thing.

posted on 10 May 2012, 15:20

155. iWallE (Posts: 48; Member since: 10 Oct 2011)

And you look outside the US and the large carrier subsidies. In most countries iPhone has less than 10% share of the smartphone market.
I completely agree that given a choice, many people choose Apple. But, that's largely thanks to marketing. A lot of people don't know what other choices are out there.
Apple's push for quality is admirable, but their prices are almost offensive. Most people reading this site are well aware how much a phone costs to produce and what margins Apple works with. And what for? If they used those massive profits to invent some more breakthrough products, I'd deeply respect them for that. But as of now they're sitting on their pile of cash like a dragon from a fairytale, completely against the philosophy of one great man, who used to say "Being the richest man in the cemetary doesn't matter to me"

posted on 10 May 2012, 15:27 1

160. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)

iPhone's are in the same range price wise as other smartphones at retail price.

Apple has introduced the last two groundbreaking products in mobile. It can't be done every year.

posted on 10 May 2012, 15:37 1

163. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)

So, retail price wise, a lot of the Android phones aren't cheap either. You pretty much just slapped yourself in the face for saying Android phones are cheap.

Your claims of groundbreaking is just pathetic.

posted on 10 May 2012, 16:00

171. iWallE (Posts: 48; Member since: 10 Oct 2011)

No, outside the US they are not. Cheapest iPhone4S costs about $100 more than most high-end droids, which have more expensive components (larger screens, bigger batteries, etc.) and at least $250 more than phones with comparable hardware, regardless of the OS they are running.
Still, I can't figure out why you don't accept that iOS is best for you, rather than best for all. You have what you think is best, good for you. Just smile and move on. I don't understand endless arguing over things that are mostly matter of opinion.

posted on 10 May 2012, 16:02 3

173. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

because he's locked in a basement with nothing else to do?

posted on 10 May 2012, 19:37

194. TROLL.ISAHA (banned) (Posts: 535; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)

True said.

posted on 10 May 2012, 16:04

174. snowgator (Posts: 3583; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)

Ummmmm...... Errrrr.......

Wasn't this a Windows Phone article?

At what point did we lose control here?

(Extra trivia points if anyone knows the movie that line was from. Hint: The characters loved pizza and beating up bad guys....)

posted on 10 May 2012, 16:08 2

175. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


and it was derailed when the sites least favorite troll jumped in and started his normal BS... like always.

posted on 10 May 2012, 16:14

178. snowgator (Posts: 3583; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)

Dude!!!! My freaking HERO!!!

And if ya'll get bored, I can rehearse being a pick fight, and someone other than Taco can get pummeled....

Your geek merit badge for movie trivia is in the mail, by the way....

posted on 10 May 2012, 16:17

179. iWallE (Posts: 48; Member since: 10 Oct 2011)

Somewhere around the moment taco stepped in the conversation. Still, everyone who feeds fire into a pointless argument is equally guilty, me included. I'm sorry and I'm leaving the discussion. If the next articles on this topic get the same level of interest, I have to make sure I have enough popcorn.

posted on 10 May 2012, 17:13 1

189. kingpet13 (Posts: 139; Member since: 02 Feb 2012)

So Taco, my 300 dollar galaxy nexus is cheaper than the iPhone 3gs I could have gotten free on contract. As remix said you completely disregard all facts. And just incase you failed your first grade math, $300>$0.

posted on 10 May 2012, 19:37

195. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

meant to thumb you up! my bad! xD

posted on 10 May 2012, 13:39 2

88. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)

Sniggly, you know how TACO rolls....

posted on 10 May 2012, 13:49

93. remixfa (Posts: 14255; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

rolls like a dozen trolls.

posted on 10 May 2012, 14:24 3

108. theruleslawyer (Posts: 108; Member since: 23 Apr 2012)

I would say that windows phone was never designed for anyone who visits sites like this. It was designed for the other 99%

posted on 10 May 2012, 14:45

131. iWallE (Posts: 48; Member since: 10 Oct 2011)

I thought the same, but the amount of positive comments on WP seems to be quite significant. The platform turns out to have more fans on PA than I expected.

posted on 10 May 2012, 15:11 1

147. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)

Frustrated android users

posted on 10 May 2012, 15:26 4

159. I.P.H.O.N.E (banned) (Posts: 33; Member since: 09 May 2012)

And U are brainwashed .

posted on 11 May 2012, 10:22

206. theruleslawyer (Posts: 108; Member since: 23 Apr 2012)

Oh, I don't doubt that. Sometimes I look at WP and think it would be nice to have a phone that just works. Its fast and slick. iOS is looking tired compared to it and android. However its design and marketing is clearly towards the non-techie.

posted on 10 May 2012, 16:11 1

176. snowgator (Posts: 3583; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)

I respect your opinions and your desire to do your job right, Mr. Heller. As one of the self appointed WP defenders, I am not even offended by part 1. I will look forward to part 2, and see how you wrap up the series before I attack like the fan boy I am. :-)

Actually, so far it is all accurate. And you paid it some compliments.

You might make this "fan boy rage" thingy harder than I thought.....

posted on 10 May 2012, 16:24

180. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

i did a similar experiment a month or so ago involving me switching from a Droid Razr (2.3.6) to an HTC Trophy (7.5) and got some interesting results. the OS may be generally smooth, fluid and even pretty nice to use however being that the hardware is just not there yet things such as graphical animations and opening apps were pretty slow in comparison to phones like the Razr with beefier hardware. even running Spotify in the background was pretty intensive for the Trophy. i do like the good quality apps and the service integration into native apps and how you can uninstall nearly anything you don't want but that lacking app availability is a big downer on WP7.5 after coming from Android. it's a hard sell coming from something like the Razr ESPECIALLY after running ICS on it. ICS actually added some of the important things i liked in my time with WP7.5 to Android. now if the question is do i recommend it? yes and no. i would advise anyone looking into a smartphone for the first time to really check out the new high end crop of WP devices i.e. the Lumia 900 or the Titan II because WP does enough really well for people that haven't been exposed to loads of added functionality from third parties which leads me to why i wouldn't recommend WP and this is to all of you other Platform Veterans namely from the Android Side. there is just not enough App Availability on WP7.5 in my opinion to justify the trade off for the few things WP7.5 does better than Android 2.3-4.0, especially if you're already using ICS.

posted on 10 May 2012, 16:30

183. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

oh and while i was scrolling through the comments i was reminded of something else. you have access to more free things with Android than you do with WP. getting up a decent gaming collection on WP would be pretty pricey.

posted on 10 May 2012, 16:31

184. sgman (Posts: 1; Member since: 10 May 2012)

Just made the switch from a Galaxy Note (international version) to a Lumia 900. The big driver for me was the change in eco-system for my company. We are now using Office 365 and setting it up with the Windows Phone has been a breeze, as it ties in beautifully with the Office app. I was never a big gamer, so I'm not missing those types of apps. But I do miss the larger "mini-tablet" screen of the Note. The lower resolution of the fonts is noticeable, but everything else about it is solid. Snappy, responsive, great keyboard, great camera and great integration with Skydrive. The People app is excellent, as is the Messaging. I really like the integration with Facebook and bypassing international texts right from the same app. Great review, and I look forward to the next part.

posted on 10 May 2012, 16:42

186. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

a WP device sounds great for your needs. you should really be able to enjoy that. o:

posted on 10 May 2012, 17:31

191. iguano (Posts: 101; Member since: 10 May 2012)

this article appear to me like if some super android fanboy user wrote it

Not having as robust of a Share menu??? are you kidding me?

wp phone HAVE a robust share menu and have A BETTER integration with the MOST USED social network

comparing a device with 3.7 inch screen with other who have 4.7? are you serious? why you just compare a galaxy ace with titan 2 or nokia limia 900 and you gona see some diference in favor to wp dude...

why you just go to ANY online vendor and see what think the people who are buying the phones... you are gona see 5 starts phones every where if the have wp on it. diferent history if you look the reviews of the android phones.

i dont know who is paying this articles but it start to annoy me

posted on 10 May 2012, 18:52

192. xtian1103 (Posts: 363; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)

“Developers will finally start focusing on Android first instead of iOS in the next half a year, Google chairman Eric Schmidt said in his presentation at the Le Web conference Dec, 2011
5 months and 5% of ics on android later...

posted on 10 May 2012, 19:15

193. InspectorGadget80 (unregistered)

I would love buy a Windows Phone NOKIA LUMINA 900. The only reason I won't buy it is their ZUNE LIKE UI. I used to have a ZUNE HD mp3 player. The only reason I don't like ZUNE any more is the vidoes takes too long to load in their juke box plus you can't drop or drag your song file on the playlist you have to send it to the play list you create. Since the ZUNE is similar to the WINDOWS PHONE I know how the UI works. But I'll pass for now. And stick with Android.

posted on 29 May 2012, 11:43

216. profperez1 (Posts: 69; Member since: 08 May 2012)

Not going to disagree---put the Zune pass is amazing! For $100 basically any song or album. Thats good money for me.

posted on 10 May 2012, 19:42

196. TROLL.ISAHA (banned) (Posts: 535; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)

Windows apps are expensive than ios apps. Let alone its cheap
On android, sometimes free..

posted on 10 May 2012, 23:46

200. wp74ver (banned) (Posts: 62; Member since: 10 May 2012)

Trust me ppl just hate on things they know r good just wait for windows phone 8 to be release they all gonna be like omg I'm stuck with this android s**t plus I don't know what u all talking about anything Microsoft does u all have a window PC and and Xbox why cuz I all know Microsoft does good s**t that's why they r siting on 58 billions cash .

posted on 11 May 2012, 00:03 1

201. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5711; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

just because they do gaming consoles and computers right doesn't necessarily mean that they're automatically going to be better at phones too. i do have a PC and an Xbox 360 which i like very much, i wish i also liked WP more so i could have that unified experience across all of my devices but alas i don't.

posted on 12 May 2012, 03:20

208. Mittal (Posts: 493; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)

Well i'm really glad this article has been brought up! ive been thinking a lot of trying the Windows OS after spending an year with my lovable Optimus 1 Android handest.
But the extreme options of customisations have spoilt me and it seems the transition could almost be a demotion...frankly i have the same opinion about transitioning from Android to iOS.
I'm greatly attracted towards Windows Phone OS's clean and classy looks, but i have a feeling that i will get bored with it very soon.
Missing out on some very basic features like bluetooth file transfer, having a file manager, not having to load in media using dedicated softwares (iTunes, Zune) seems almost scary....
But what i'm glad about is this series u guys have started, really liked it and found it really helpful...
Keep it up!

posted on 28 May 2012, 10:53

214. shanay (Posts: 4; Member since: 28 May 2012)

Honestly I really prefer windows metro OS to android. It feels a lot more stable and the tiles are less annoying, CPU using and battery killing then those annoying glitchy widgets. To be honest customization shouldn't be a problem if you like the OS and windows phone definitely has the ability to be a serious competitor to iOS and android as soon as they get more apps.

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