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

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116. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

yeaaap.. and he just completely proved my point about saying the same thing over and over and over again regardless of accuracy or validity. Taco is still arguing against android 1.6 vs iOS5 I dont think he realized we are now on 4.0.4. The game has changed, get a clue.

117. jimjam unregistered

or at least 5% of you are on 4.04

119. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Haha just what I was about to say. 6 months later 5% have been blessed with 4.0.

122. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

Thats about to change considerably in the next 3 months as major ICS phones are starting to drop and a lot of updates are also about to drop for older phones. Besides, almost every problem Taco is dreaming about went away in 2.2. 2.3 is pretty flawless on its own. And those 2 versions of android make up almost the entire android market. So his point is still completely invalid.

130. jimjam unregistered

by the time ICS gets on 50% of the phones jelly bean (or whatever) will be here and even the next.

125. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Force closes? 1) are you really going to claim that those happen often enough on a good Android phone to be a problem? 2) Are you really going to claim that nothing ever crashes on iOS? Lag? Are you really going to claim that on a good Android device lag is ever bad enough to cause issues? Are you really going to claim that iOS never lags? I have some brand new 3GSes sitting in my drawer at work that would speak otherwise. Also, I've seen even 4 and 4Ses lag. Ugly UI? By whose standard? Not saying that Android 2.3 stock and below was stellar, but "ugly" is an entirely subjective standard. I can say the iPhone's UI is ugly. And you know what? Some people will agree with me. Lack of support? Because having to pay for a 1 year warranty that EVERY OTHER OEM GIVES FOR FREE is so much more supportive of Apple, right? Inaccurate touch screens? What the hell? Even my Cliq is accurate. What, do you assume that Android phones all have resistive touchscreens or some bulls**t? Please, name more. I could go all day. If you ask for a smackdown, you get a smackdown.

129. jimjam unregistered

Just being google is enough and if it isn't it really is ugly to a lot of people but you are right it is all in the eye of the beholder. I would add slow to get updated to the latest as can been seen by the current ICS users. Lack of any kind of care for lower or even mid range handsets That low range handsets even exist give android a bad name I personally find that the ease to get cracked apps onto android is disturbing but then again its pretty easy on IOS. Really only WP7 is tight enough right now for the majority of users. But that is unlikely to last. I know you can change them but when motorola puts on motoblur or other manufacturers it really puts me off. I believe some even are difficult to remove. I can't be bothered going on.

144. iWallE

Posts: 48; Member since: Oct 10, 2011

"That low range handsets even exist give android a bad name" So, Mr. elitist, you believe that in order to keep their image, everyone should make $500+ phones only? And what about those parts of the world where $500 is the monthly wage. Of the successful people. Should they stay on feature phones or deter from having mobile phones at all. Trying to bring at least some of the expensive features of high-end phones into a more affordable package is one of Android's main strengths. And it's in line with Google's overall image. They try to play the good guy, flawed at times, but still smiling and endlessly trying to change the world.

126. gwuhua1984

Posts: 1237; Member since: Mar 06, 2012

You pretty much described my whole experience with iOS there. Except it's different: it freezes, lag, and lack of an actual UI to make to stand out to others.

135. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

You mean the UI android copied?

142. gwuhua1984

Posts: 1237; Member since: Mar 06, 2012

UI copied? Oh please, iOS UI is just an app drawer.

146. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Said that android would copy an app drawer

150. gwuhua1984

Posts: 1237; Member since: Mar 06, 2012

Maybe it's time for Apple to copy back and give some good sense to it's users. Altho that still wouldn't help you make any sense.

151. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Sad that Apple copied Blackberry and Palm's app drawers.

110. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

121. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

did you REALLY just link to a survey that is OVER A YEAR OLD as proof of current conditions? Did you READ the article you linked to? Like normal, I bet not. The article calls into question a few things on the survey as peculiar. But one thing is funny, the iphone came in last on actual battery use for heavy users. Taco, you just keep proving my points about you.. over and over and over again..

136. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Nothing has changed from last year. Android is still mostly half baked.

143. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

as always, im arguing with a wall with a dunce cap and the word "taco50" spray painted on it.

166. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

Oh, are we judging current version OS's properties by old iterations??? Ok, let me try one then...if Android is still laggy and half-baked, then iOS still doesn't do mms, custom ringtones, no centralized notifications, or OTA updates! :) Sounds rediculous right? That how you sound to us.

132. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

That's not abysmal, Taco. 1 star is abysmal. So do we add star ratings to the list of things you can't comprehend? For instance, let's take HTC. Overall satisfaction: 2 notches below the iPhone Ease of operation: 2 notches below Operating system: 2 notches below Physical design: 1 notch below Handset features: the same Battery life: same as iPhone. And now Motorola: Overall: 2 notches below Ease: same OS: 1 notch below Physical Design: 2 stars (still not abysmal) Handset features: 1 notch below Battery: HIGHER than the iPhone. Even Samsung, the worst of the big 3, isn't abysmal. Not good, but not abysmal.

92. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

you just keep thinking that taco. if there was a poll out to prove it, I'd bet money that most WP7 users are first time smartphone users, symbian converts, iOS converts, and android converts.. in that specific order. iOS is much closer to WP7 than android is so for OS converting its much easier.

96. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

How can anything you post be taken seriously when you show an utter disregard for facts and logic.

97. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

there ya go talking to yourself again taco. you know, you really need to get some therapy or something. Maybe with a side of antipsychotic.

128. iWallE

Posts: 48; Member since: Oct 10, 2011

Such a poll would really be interesting, unfortunately noone would research a platform with 2 % market share. I'd put Symbian converts before first time users, since in Europe and parts of Asia many people still buy Nokia because they are familiar with the brand, regardless of the OS the phone is running. The philosophy behind Android and WP is so fundamentally different, I think very few people who chose the green robot willingly would seriously consider switching. I can see two types of users making such a move: 1) light users who only need several basic features present on any platform and who choose their phones based on design and price, rather than features; 2) tech lovers who are excited to try something different. But the first group rarely grow loyalty to an OS and the second one usually leans towards Android because of the customization.

133. jimjam unregistered

Some good points. Nokia is more than just a brand though. Quality... eg call quality is always top notch. Nokia phones last. Well except when they ditch the OS!

141. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Only problem is most people don't choose android willingly. It's just the cheaper option or in some cases the only option since the carrier doesn't have an iPhone. Look at AT&T, Sprint and VZW. iPhone was about 60% of ALL smartphone sales. Look at the tablet market. iPad sold about 70% of ALL tablets. When people have a choice they'll go with quality, Apple. The only reason for the average user to get android is its cheaper. Some tech geeks may actually prefer it though.

145. jimjam unregistered

Enough people have an iphone ... it gets boring ... really boring

148. gwuhua1984

Posts: 1237; Member since: Mar 06, 2012

No, they don't choose Apple willingly, they choose blindly. Well, maybe in your case willingly. People who doesn't get iPhone but gets cheaper option willingly. Not to mention you keep forgetting, newer models of Android isn't cheap. Go take a look at how much is the iPhone being offer on AT&T and compare it to the HTC One X. taco taco... just stick to making some bomb carne asada tacos and leave the commenting alone.

152. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

One X will be down to sub $100 in a couple of months

157. gwuhua1984

Posts: 1237; Member since: Mar 06, 2012

Yeah, and a SGS3 will take it's place. So even a cheaper contracted phone has higher specs than an iPhone? No wonder people say Apple rips off consumers.

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