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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216 Comments

165. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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.

155. iWallE

Posts: 48; Member since: Oct 10, 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"

160. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 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.

163. gwuhua1984

Posts: 1237; Member since: Mar 06, 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.

171. iWallE

Posts: 48; Member since: Oct 10, 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.

173. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

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

194. TROLL.ISAHA

Posts: 535; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

True said.

174. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 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....)

175. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

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

178. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 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....

179. iWallE

Posts: 48; Member since: Oct 10, 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.

189. kingpet13

Posts: 139; Member since: Feb 02, 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.

195. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

meant to thumb you up! my bad! xD

88. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

Sniggly, you know how TACO rolls....

93. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

rolls like a dozen trolls.

108. theruleslawyer

Posts: 108; Member since: Apr 23, 2012

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

131. iWallE

Posts: 48; Member since: Oct 10, 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.

147. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

Frustrated android users

159. I.P.H.O.N.E

Posts: 33; Member since: May 09, 2012

And U are brainwashed .

206. theruleslawyer

Posts: 108; Member since: Apr 23, 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.

176. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 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.....

180. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 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.

183. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 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.

184. sgman

Posts: 1; Member since: May 10, 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.

186. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

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

191. iguano

Posts: 101; Member since: May 10, 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

192. xtian1103

Posts: 364; Member since: Feb 11, 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...

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.

216. profperez1

Posts: 76; Member since: May 08, 2012

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

196. TROLL.ISAHA

Posts: 535; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

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

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