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

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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10. bloodline

Posts: 706; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Why does phonesarena always pick on android ? why not IOS to Windows as the two are more similar than android. It always seems like phonesarena hates on android when the truth is, without android phonesarena wouldnt have very much to write about.

16. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

Please stop bringing your bias to the table. Pointing out flaws is not "hating", it's critiquing. Trying something new is not "hating", it's being open-minded. It's perfectly possible to like something, or even love it, but still admit that there are flaws, and to try something just for the sake of experiencing something new. I chose Android, because I have been using Android for the past 3 years, before that I used iOS for a year. The point isn't to discuss a transition that may be fairly easy because of similarities, the point is to discuss a transition that may be pretty difficult because the platforms are so different. The point is also to talk about going from the dominant platform to the upstart, and iOS has no place in that discussion.

25. bloodline

Posts: 706; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

well seems like a windows press release to me

28. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

Yes, I'm sure all Windows press releases go into detail about the limitations and missing features of the platform...

35. bloodline

Posts: 706; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

seems like an apple press release to me

134. iamcc

Posts: 1319; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

Are you dumb?

162. poojaroy

Posts: 52; Member since: Apr 29, 2012

in my opinion ppl should migrate frm w7 to android thats a correct article bcoz this platform is big,techy,worth and interesting and above ios or other etc.we dont have to waste money in experimenting featurless os.invest ur money in a right place and android will leave all behind so think about it

46. android_sucks

Posts: 111; Member since: Jul 28, 2011

Because Android sucks!!!!!

53. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

How original...

158. poojaroy

Posts: 52; Member since: Apr 29, 2012

i think u suck dum ass

156. poojaroy

Posts: 52; Member since: Apr 29, 2012

haaaaaaaaaaaa lol very true ,i was thinking same thing.....

11. Phaze0085

Posts: 124; Member since: Sep 22, 2011

Sense Ive already had a WP7, I can say that I like it better than android. But i am currently using the Note, But if they ever make a WP7 device the size of the note ill be on that just even faster.

41. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

HTC Titan 1 and 2 are close... 4.7" screen compared to 5.d" on the Note

15. darktranquillity

Posts: 285; Member since: Feb 28, 2012

Why would someone wanna switch to windows in the first place or is this a solicitation by phonearena?

17. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

Maybe someone has been using Hotmail and Office Live a lot and they'd like to have better integration than is available with Android. Maybe someone gets sick of the wait for software updates. Maybe someone just wants to try something different. That's the crazy thing about life. There are a lot of choices, and new things can be quite fun, even for just a short time.

78. iWallE

Posts: 48; Member since: Oct 10, 2011

Congratulations for the experiment. It could be useful for a lot of people. Change is a great driving force of people's lives. That's why "new" is sometimes perceived as "better", just because it brings a change to your life. Hopefully your articles will reveal how good WP 7 really is once the novelty wears off and whether it is fun just for a short time. Last year I was thinking of buying a WP HTC as a second phone , but back then they were too expensive for experiments and by now I'm too strongly tied with Android to consider a switch. In the comments of a recent article about Nokia's exclusive apps I tried to make a point that Android's endless choice options leave no place for a third mobile OS in the mainstream, unless it offers something revolutionary. I'm curious to know your opinion after several weeks/months with WP.

185. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

yeah, i'm actually a big Hotmail and Office user and i really appreciated it's deep integration when i was using the WP platform.

19. Veigald

Posts: 290; Member since: Jan 13, 2012

Open your mind and try a Lumia, then you'll see why some people would switch. Obviously not for everyone, but for a lot of people WP will be attractive.

22. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

I'd love to try a Lumia as I said, but I'm not switching to AT&T, and not even an unlocked international Lumia 800 can run on the T-Mo 3G. And, that was a deal killer. Maybe I'll do a follow up on this series when the Lumia 900 hits T-Mo.

39. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

other than the nicer screen, the main difference with the Nokia's is the nokia maps app suite. And its a very important part of the ecosystem that only Nokia has right now. You can easily get that through hacking though. Deja-vu with this conversation, eh? :)

40. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

dark, only half of the US has a smartphone, and way less than half of the world has a smartphone, so there are tons of people that have no bias that would love WP7. Its not always about switching to a different platform as much as its also STARTing with the platform that best suites your needs. Also, if your a light user of any OS its not a hard jump.. its only if you are heavily tied into an ecosystem that it becomes difficult to jump.

57. jimjam unregistered

Simplicity man

23. gargoyle

Posts: 14; Member since: Aug 17, 2011

i have looked at windows phone and my cousin works at a best buy mobile and got a free wp phone. between us we went over the phone and though there are nice features about it (like how quick it loads on restart or loading programs) its also very plain. My cousin already is getting ready to take his back because of it being to boring. remember most people get the phone on contract in the usa and that means ur going to have that phone for 2 years. windows phone gets really boring to look at in a months time just think of haveing it for 2 years. yes you can change the live tiles around but it still pretty much looks the same. you can't change the look or feal of the phone (personalize it, make it yours) if you have seen one windows phone you have seen them all. android you can change alot of things without doing anything like rooting or flashing. just installing launchers you can drastically change a phone so its seems new all over again. I change the way my phone looks evey couple of weeks just for the fun of it. mostly through free backgrounds from the play store, if i truelly want a change i will mess with the launcher to change other things (like the way the app draw behaves side swipe vs vertical, or four rows vs five or six rows the transition between screens can be change things like that all make the phone feel and look different). so yes android is not as fast as windows phones when loading most programs but it makes up for that in being able to keep your attention for longer and makeing the phone more enjoyable to play with (and know you don't have to be a techi to figure out how to do most things, if you can't figure it out on your own youtube has tons and tons of how to video's).

67. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

I don't disagree with the lack of personalization, but it beats iOS by a wide margin

211. joe73112

Posts: 3; Member since: May 27, 2012

boring? cuz lots of Americans want a toy rather than a tool?

32. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Great article Michael. H Android 7th vs WP 2nd version

36. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

Just wanted to point a misnomer. The HD7 was the first WP7 handset, and it was 4.3 inches, so size hasnt been an issue. :)

37. demarmj

Posts: 17; Member since: May 03, 2012

I'm on the same boat as Michael. I had the original ipod touch (not the iphone) and thought it was a bit too static and wasn't into the "lite" apps. I bought the droid eris on verizon about 3 years ago and then switched to at&t where I got the htc aria. Both were great. I rooted the aria and even managed to get 4.0 working on it. I really like Android...but I'm also feeling like I need some change. Change for the sake of change and no other reason than that. I own a mac...never use bing...and yet i'm willing to try out the Nokia Lumia because it has one thing that my aria and droid eris lacked which is a quality build. It feels strong in the hand. It doesn't feel like cheap plastic. I know it will last me 2 years (unless it doesn't get apollo :-P ). I'm glad this article is being written because I would like to know what I'm getting in to. For example, I'm sure if i'm going to miss one thing it'll be a notification bar. I know i'll catch up self swiping down from the top and saying "where is it?" But that's the fun with change. It's a whole different experience.

42. android_sucks

Posts: 111; Member since: Jul 28, 2011

Awesome!!!! I switched from Android to Windows and I love it!!!!! I do agree that there are a few things missing from Windows that Android has....namely, the constant lagging, freezing and forceclosing that is Android. BTW @MichaelHeller why would you choose an HTC Radar?!! Maybe you should try a Samsung Windows device. Just a suggestion.

49. nyamo

Posts: 274; Member since: Mar 19, 2011

i'll tell you the same thing that i told my mother in law when she was looking to upgrade from her focus. not all smart phones are created equal in android. where as ios and WP behave much the same way from phone to phone.

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