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Switching from Android to Windows Phone Part 2: Oddities and Stock Apps

0. phoneArena 23 May 2012, 15:20 posted on

We've already covered the overall impressions of what you may experience should you decide to make the switch from Android to Windows Phone, and now it's time to deal with the meat of the smartphone experience: the apps, including the stock apps, the Marketplace, and Google services you may not want to leave behind...

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posted on 23 May 2012, 15:38 3

5. eman99 (Posts: 384; Member since: 03 Aug 2010)


with a login name like that, totally

posted on 23 May 2012, 16:23 6

18. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2705; Member since: 26 May 2011)


If you want to reply to a comment, you need to click the reply button on that comment. Don't just type in the standard reply box, because that's for new comments.

posted on 24 May 2012, 09:20 1

78. shy2papa (Posts: 318; Member since: 23 Jan 2010)


I rather switch back to Symbian than WP7 if i had no choice

posted on 23 May 2012, 15:42 3

7. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1237; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)


I agree the browser could use some work but it works pretty good for me.

posted on 23 May 2012, 15:50 4

9. remixfa (Posts: 14263; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


Good write up Michael. Looking forward to part 3. Honestly though, im surprised you didnt break up XBL into both 2 and 3. The app itself and its functionality as a stock app for pt2 and the actual game/app selection for pt3. But hey, writers choice.. lol. :)

posted on 23 May 2012, 16:09 3

12. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2705; Member since: 26 May 2011)


I considered that, but I like to keep things together and whole rather than split it up.

posted on 23 May 2012, 16:12 2

13. Gcombs (Posts: 133; Member since: 22 Aug 2011)


I've found WP to be great Os. If your totally into customization and apps than no it's not for you but your missing out on a very fluid Os. Very easy to use, social networks are intergrated well into the Os and your not fumbling through all the bloatware that Android has. WP is a clean Os and I will be going back to WP once W8 comes to Verizon. I'm not feeling this Droid Razr.

posted on 23 May 2012, 16:36 1

27. KingShango (Posts: 89; Member since: 16 May 2012)


Thanks for the solid article. My contract is up this summer and I'm thinking about switching up. I like android (currently 2.3) but don't think its anything special. Looking forward to part 3.

PS - Does anyone know where to find a similar deep comparision between Android and iOS thats somewhat unbiased.

posted on 23 May 2012, 16:41 6

30. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2705; Member since: 26 May 2011)


I'd say definitely check out Android 4.0, because it is a huge change from 2.3. I don't know that you'd want to go to WP in the summer since WP8 is coming in the fall, but maybe you could stretch your upgrade a bit.

posted on 23 May 2012, 16:52 3

35. KingShango (Posts: 89; Member since: 16 May 2012)


Thanks for the heads up. I planned on waiting until after all the upcoming conferences were over to see where all the OS's were heading. I'd be pissed to get Lumia 900 and not have it upgrade in fall.

posted on 23 May 2012, 16:49 7

34. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


I don't know if you saw this, so:

Android Vs iOS The Truth about Apple and Google's OS

Part 1:http://youtu.be/NMiY1kSTHZw
Part 2:http://youtu.be/Ayx4XsBaJBI
Part 3:http://youtu.be/fsGQ_xts_Gw
Part 4:http://youtu.be/jlPKVWv1WxU
Part 5:http://youtu.be/q5A4k1bDV0s

**BONUS FAQ Video**
http://youtu.be/vJRoGfvztaw

P.S.
I don't know if author of those videos was biased or not, but he is talking about the facts.

posted on 23 May 2012, 17:03 4

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


One of my favorite arguments is when he compares how difficult it is to find the back button! rofl :-P

posted on 23 May 2012, 17:45 5

39. KingShango (Posts: 89; Member since: 16 May 2012)


Thanks for the videos. Definitely worth watching.

posted on 23 May 2012, 16:45 3

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


How about a fresh new comment? :
I just came from the Aria to the Nokia Lumia 900...I agree with just about everything in this article....love the UI and how third party apps follow that UI system...it's seen the best on the FB and Twitter apps. Nokia Maps has worked great so far...although I never used too many "labs" settings on my aria. I love the web browser simply because i was coming from a 3.2 inch screen with htc flash light...so even if it has limited html 5 technology, i'm just happy that it's smooth. I laughed about the search button issue because i've caught myself doing that many times. Multitasking satisfies me; it's just something you have to get used to on WP7. Lastly, the one things that's frustrating is not necessarily Open Source...but the fact that there are some limited applications that could use some WP open source and my main example is the battery...there's no application that indicates battery percentage so you have to go to settings, find battery etc etc it becomes very tedious. I'm assuming there's no app because the phone doesn't display that information openly...Besides that...i have to say that I'm really enjoying WP 7 much better than Android 2.3 or even 4.0 that I had running on my aria...just imho. Great article.

posted on 23 May 2012, 20:52 1

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


I had the Aria in June of 2010 - it is a mid-level phone - not very good with ICS 4.0.x.

posted on 23 May 2012, 22:21

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


I actually thought 4.0 worked great on it. Incredibly smooth for a 600 mhz processor. A shame the actual phone itself never got past 2.2. Great little phone though.

posted on 24 May 2012, 14:16

84. profperez1 (Posts: 70; Member since: 08 May 2012)


Help me out here. I would get the Lumia in Sept----but I have heard very little good things about AT&T. I live in SoCal and it is rated a distant 3rd.

http://www.cellreception.com/coverage/ca/los-angeles/page1.html

I'm fearful I will love the phone but have carrier problems. I can't find ANY positive articles "AT&T the best mobile carrier". Only negative news. So I feel this would be am emotional response to get a nice phone----but then be unhappy.

posted on 25 May 2012, 02:49

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


In general, At&t has a bad rep for call quality, customer service, and network availability...i've used it on the East Coast and Midwest. The network is awful in the city of Chicago, but it's good enough to get me through daily tasks. In the suburbs, it works like any other network. If the reception gets you 2 to 3 bars in your area then you should be fine.

posted on 29 May 2012, 11:41

96. profperez1 (Posts: 70; Member since: 08 May 2012)


Thanks for the 411---thinking about it

posted on 23 May 2012, 18:07 4

40. ZEUS.the.thunder.god (unregistered)


good article Michael. nice, informative and fair. looking forward to next part of the series. as an android lover i cant think of switching but its always nice to know something different. its good that WP7 is doing good from the begining. it will actually help android/google to do even better because competition is always good for tech and innovation. again very nice read.

posted on 23 May 2012, 20:57 2

55. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2705; Member since: 26 May 2011)


Thanks!

posted on 23 May 2012, 19:21 2

49. lzsbleach (Posts: 155; Member since: 20 May 2012)


Im paying very close attention to windows and I like wat I see but I feel Android is more superior and is still growing fast, but I would take a cheap windows phone over a low or mid-range Android phone any day.

posted on 23 May 2012, 20:58 2

56. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2705; Member since: 26 May 2011)


I'm very interested to see not only what the software looks like for WP8, but the hardware as well. I'd love to play with a multi-core, HD screen, WP device.

posted on 23 May 2012, 19:24 2

50. ron1niro (Posts: 54; Member since: 28 Mar 2012)


Very nice article. Doesn't overpraise the platform, nor does it underestimate it, only talks about the facts in an unbiased way. We should have more of these articles that can actually answer some questions and help an ordinary user make a choice. I just wish the fanboy madness could stop.

posted on 23 May 2012, 20:57 4

54. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2705; Member since: 26 May 2011)


The madness will never stop, because fanboys are inherently irrational and closed-minded.

It just amazes me that we have the Internet, which can be the greatest tool for discussion and sharing of knowledge, and it's ruined by people who can't do something as simple as respect someone else's opinion. It's not like these people are saying "I believe that murder is awesome." They're just saying "I prefer platform x over platform y."

Just makes me depressed sometimes.

posted on 23 May 2012, 21:04 2

57. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 15070; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


I agree with some of your points. I just think you're overreacting a tad bit. People are going to be close-minded regardless what OS it is. You have to accept the bad with the good.

posted on 23 May 2012, 21:06 1

60. remixfa (Posts: 14263; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


and this coming from you? Miz. lol

posted on 23 May 2012, 21:19 1

63. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 15070; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


You are mistaken.

posted on 23 May 2012, 22:12

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


Is that really u saying....

posted on 23 May 2012, 23:22 3

68. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2705; Member since: 26 May 2011)


Sorry, but I absolutely refuse to believe that people can't at least respect that a differing opinion, especially when that opinion has absolutely zero bearing on their life.

But of course that's the problem with fanboys and trolls. They are so damn egomaniacal and insecure as to think that their world is threatened by someone thinking differently. Only the Internet and politics allow for BS like that, and it's completely ridiculous.

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