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

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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5. eman99

Posts: 410; Member since: Aug 03, 2010

with a login name like that, totally

18. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 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.

78. shy2papa

Posts: 336; Member since: Jan 23, 2010

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

7. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1249; Member since: Aug 13, 2010

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

9. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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. :)

12. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

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

13. Gcombs

Posts: 136; Member since: Aug 22, 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.

27. KingShango

Posts: 89; Member since: May 16, 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.

30. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 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.

35. KingShango

Posts: 89; Member since: May 16, 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.

34. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 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.

37. demarmj

Posts: 17; Member since: May 03, 2012

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

39. KingShango

Posts: 89; Member since: May 16, 2012

Thanks for the videos. Definitely worth watching.

33. demarmj

Posts: 17; Member since: May 03, 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.

52. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

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

67. demarmj

Posts: 17; Member since: May 03, 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.

84. profperez1

Posts: 76; Member since: May 08, 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.

90. demarmj

Posts: 17; Member since: May 03, 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.

96. profperez1

Posts: 76; Member since: May 08, 2012

Thanks for the 411---thinking about it

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.

55. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

Thanks!

49. lzsbleach

Posts: 155; Member since: May 20, 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.

56. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 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.

50. ron1niro

Posts: 54; Member since: Mar 28, 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.

54. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 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.

57. Mxyzptlk unregistered

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.

60. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

and this coming from you? Miz. lol

63. Mxyzptlk unregistered

You are mistaken.

65. TROLL.ISAHA

Posts: 535; Member since: Mar 28, 2012

Is that really u saying....

68. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 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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