5 types of smartphones that can't be found in the Windows Phone universe (but Android has them)

5 types of smartphones that can't be found in the Windows Phone universe (but Android has them)
For a top 3 smartphone OS that benefits from the support of lots of manufacturers (not to mention Microsoft itself), Windows Phone is kind of lacking when it comes to offering a great diversity of devices. More exactly, we found that there are 5 types of handsets that you can buy if you’re an Android user, but not if you want Windows Phone to be your smartphone OS. Obviously, there are also some types of Windows Phone devices that can’t be found in the Android universe - but we’ll leave that for later. Right now, let’s take a look at what Windows Phone does not have, hardware-wise. 

Feel free to let us know if you think there are other things that Windows Phone doesn’t offer, or if you consider that the points we’re making below aren’t of great importance.

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1. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Not bad. Now do the same for iPhones.

2. Florin.T

Posts: 315; Member since: Dec 16, 2013

That's totally not the same thing. Only Apple can make iOS phones, but pretty much any company can make Android and Windows Phone handsets (as of this year).

6. buccob

Posts: 2963; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

And only Apple refuses to include: - Water Resistance - Higher specs (even if they are not needed, still nice to have) like >1GB RAM, QHD, >8MP, etc... - Open connectivity. Bluetooth File Transfer, NFC, FM Radio - An entry level device. - Expandable Storage. Apple is actually being more and more open to changes than when Jobs was in charge... but they still have a loooong way to go. I am not a blind hater... this December I recommended my best friend to get the iPhone 5s or the iPhone 6, according to his needs... then I recommened another friend to get the Moto G 4G because he needed an inexpensive device... and I recommended an uncle to get the Nexus 6 because he likes phablets, dislike Samsung and doesn't mind the price tag... As for me I decided to get the Xperia Z3 Compact since it is the one that suits my needs better... BUT I do realize that apple is still pretty much closed minded about their designs, specs, prices and offerings. However this still works for a lot of people...

28. maherk

Posts: 6767; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

The only bump in specs that Apple needs to go with, is the Ram and their camera's megapixels. Not that they are bad, but a true multitasking would be great for iOS users, and although the iPhone 6's camera(along with the Note 4's one) is one of the best in the market, a bigger megapixel count would be beneficial for those who like to crop and edit their photos. The rest of the specs are great for what iOS offers, they don't need to go crazy on specs like android manufacturers do.

66. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Just to let u know buccob. Apple have to PATENT EVERYTHING and wait for something to be more popular like THE SAMSUNG GALAXY S PEN. Apple just recently patented for a PEN few days ago. Which I say it's irrelevant. Becaues the technology is already out there U DON'T NEED to PATENT and own something that already EXISTED.

68. buccob

Posts: 2963; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

I am aware of the patent... they have a lot of patents that are still unused like: - Motion Controls... (Sony used it on Xperia Sola, Samsung has Air gestures, Google has Flutter, Leap Motion is out there... etc) - Remote Control (2010)... when IR blaster have been around since ages, and even without one, there are apps that control smart TVs via WiFi... Sony has a poor one. - Apple Car............ Earlier this year I purchased a Sony XSP-N1BT Car Stereo that essentially turns your phone screen into the Car Stereo screen (using Sony's App Remote)... This is a fantastic concept for me and it works extremely well... the only downside is the so-so App Remote and the voice controls are not Google Now... but as a Car Stereo its awesome. And yet Apple has this patent since 2009 and still have absolutely nothing like it to show. - Detachable MacBook Screen..... ASUS anyone... they are the kings on hybrid tablets/laptops/smartphones with their Transformer series, PadFones... Maybe not king on sales but definitely innovators. Talk is cheap Apple... and while you keep "talking" (making patents) everyone else is actually DOING, CREATING, INNOVATING... Anyway InspectorGadget80, I don't know what was the purpose of your comment (complementing my post?) but I agree with you fully as you see... HAPPY NEW YEAR PHONEARENA READERS btw.

59. krulll

Posts: 13; Member since: Nov 21, 2012

What? Is "not the saem thing"? GO Home kid, internet is not a kindergarden

63. arenanew

Posts: 286; Member since: Dec 30, 2013

andriod phone have no update under this price segment and fake spec can we open xiomi and check so shut ur mouth phone arena site rum by ameture

84. shayan

Posts: 159; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

As much as I hate apple, I must agree with Florin.T here. It is not the same thing. Apple is one company, producing 2 phones a year. You don't see any Android manufacturer with 2 phone in this list either.

4. juandante

Posts: 679; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

Windows Phone is Failing.

8. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Apples Iphones must be failing as well as it doesn't have those hardware features. Articles like these intentionally or not usually brings ignorance out if the wood work.

14. juandante

Posts: 679; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

There is not enough place for two Apples.

26. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

More like Apples and oranges, Majority of users hardly care about these hardware features, WP offers a consistent experience across devices something Android one has been doing and something Google tried to do with Android Silver. Very few Android smartphones have the above features they are not implemented across the vast majority of Android devices. Of the billions of Android phones available how many have waterproof technology, Quad HD technology, very thin smartphone, Luxury smartphones, what something like 0.001%. Most of those points are not even really practical ill say personally waterproof is the only useful feature there. But again only very few Android smartphones have those features One can say how many Smartphones have 41 megapixels lens, cheap 512 mb smartphones that runs efficiently, rich recording etc etc etc . Do us a favor Florin show us features that only Windows Phones hardware has. Besides features comes to smartphones all the time there was a time when only WP has features like Optical image stabalization. To me personally this is one of those lets see who has the biggest #ock articles when its really about who knows how to use it better.

30. juandante

Posts: 679; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

To resume, you are butt hurt.

32. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

My butt isn't hurting so no.

34. npaladin2000

Posts: 165; Member since: Nov 06, 2011

What you fail to understand is that "consistent experience across devices" is code-talk for "Making it difficult for OEMs to differentiate from their competitors." There's a reason why Samsung, Sony, Motorola, and LG are not making Windows Phone devices. If you want a "consistent experience" then it doesn't matter if the phone is made by Samsung, Motorola, Xiaomi, or Famous Maker Brand Chinese Knockoff Ltd.

45. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

I do understand what you are saying, OEMs can have one consistent experience across software but hardware will be different. It has its advantages, for eg, updates, security etc. Both models one experience vs a Skinned experience has their advantages and disadvantages i rather the one experience and my guess is that Google saw the advantages that's why they tried to get Android Silver aka Pure Android at highend, Android One again Pure Android is at low end, then you'll probably see Android something for Mid range devices, at basically WP one experience from low to highend. http://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2014/09/googles-rumored-android-silver-program-is-reportedly-dead/ However OEMs like you stated did not go for it, its like they are doing a 360 from what Android originally stood for. Windows on the other hand has always stood for one experience and with Windows 10 it will only get closer, Google see the future that one experience is easier, however OEMs won't let them change what Android stood for and rightly so.

52. npaladin2000

Posts: 165; Member since: Nov 06, 2011

Won't matter unless you can get the OEMs on-board. And it's pretty clear where they stand at this point, isn't it?

56. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Windows have over 20 OEMs mobile wise especially since the Licensing fees were dropped couple that with Windows 10 being just one platform its looking good for the OS.

64. arenanew

Posts: 286; Member since: Dec 30, 2013

this 5 feature android phone face and still Google is sleeping 1- proper sync between pc and mobile 2- no update 3- android phone known for prostitute 4-poor messaging all time u have need facebook or twiter 5-hanging ha ha

76. corporateJP

Posts: 2458; Member since: Nov 28, 2009

What country are you in that "Android phone known for prostitute"? Is your mom using one?

67. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

It's not failing. It's because manufactures like LG SONY SAMSUNG HTC top companies doesn't make enough or don't want to make enough hardware for WINDOWS. And companies don't see profit for WINDOWS which is kinda sad.

33. brrunopt

Posts: 742; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

but even the acticle above is WRONG 1 - Micromax Canvas Win W121 - 110$ in india Xolo Win Q900s - 100$ 2- Panasonic FZ-E1 (and if i'm not mistaken theres at least 1 other) 3- yes 4- 7.2 mm is not ultra thin ?? 5- yes..

42. Florin.T

Posts: 315; Member since: Dec 16, 2013

1: I don't see the Xolo Win Q900s being available for less than 6,750 INR in India (since that's the only place where it's been launched), and this means more than $100. Also, both the Xolo Win Q900s and Micromax Canvas Win W121 have Snapdragon 200 processors. My point still stands: no sub-$100 Windows Phone handsets with nice mid-range features. The Redmi 1S costs 5,999 INR ($94) in India. 2: The Panasonic FZ-E1 runs Windows Embedded 8.1 - it's not made for consumers, but for businesses. 4: No, not compared to 4.75 mm.

46. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

Agreed.But what should also be mentioned is that even the cheapest Windows Phones gets all the latest updates (officially). Personally,i really like all the great mid rangers android has.Much better specs than WP for their price. But WP is just my type.

58. brrunopt

Posts: 742; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

The difference is minimal between a S200 and S400 as for the price i saw somewhere it was at 6250 , must have been some christmas discount ... also the Xolo is a quite recent device (less 2/3 months) ; the Redmi 1S is around 7-8 months old (has taken a bigger price cut) In a few months current devices will be cheaper , as simples as that.. ------ And BTW, here in Portugal a Prestigio 8500 or a Yezz Billy 4.7 are cheaper than the Redmi 1S

3. balu25int

Posts: 10; Member since: Dec 11, 2014

1,2,4 make sense. 3 cannot be experienced in small screen and for 5, ...

5. Anterv

Posts: 178; Member since: Jul 09, 2014

I feel like it's useless comparison. Android is wor more popular OS, and it's logical thing that it will have more variety.

20. Yaldabaoth

Posts: 42; Member since: Jun 06, 2012

I disagree, but only a little. Compare the variety of form factors that Windows Mobile had versus what Windows Phone currently has. (I concede the point that Windows Mobile had higher smartphone market share than Windows Phone does now, which is why I only disagree a little.) I think this article illustrates the "soup sandwich" nature that the Windows Phone ecosystem is stuck in right now. Microsoft wanted the hardware configuration and OS control of the Apple ecosystem and the app, carrier, and OEM expansiveness of the Android ecosystem. What they got was little buy-in from hardware makers, app developers, and consequently consumers. In most markets, if you don't like The Big Camera Lumia, The High End Lumia, or The Low End Lumias (flavors 1, 2, or 3 depending on price point), your choices approach zero. Such a shame. Windows Phone isn't terrible (anymore) and hopefully Microsoft and hardware OEMs can get more consumer choice into the marketplace. An Aside: #6: Phones with a physical keyboard. yes, I'm a bitter HTC Touch Pro2 user. [Smile]

7. EC112987

Posts: 1214; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

LMAOO I love this. After arguing with some WOS fanboys earlier I love how PA keeps Sh*ting on Windows

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