- 01-03-2013, 02:42 PM #1
Hello guys! I'm new to the Windows Phone ecosystem and this forum. I just recently bought the Nokia Lumia 820 and after a few days of working out the kinks I really like it. My Smartphone progression has been the Blackberry Curve 8310 - IPhone 3GS - Motorola Atrix 4g - and now Lumia 820 so you can see I'm searching for the right combination of hardware and OS. So far I love the OS and the hardware seems to be top notch for the price. I will say the only problem I have so far is probably the same problem everyone else has, the apps. Not only are they more limited in functionality in WP as opposed to IOS or Android but those same apps that would be free elsewhere actually cost in the Windows store. Throw in the fact that the Facebook app is even worse than the one on android (which everyone complained about but has gotten better), no Pandora, and Google is doing everything they can to not support Windows Phone and I'm kind of discouraged. There are good things, I love the browser (except for lack of flash but its leaving Android too) and the OS is easily the best looking OS out there. All that said I plan on hanging around here if you don't mind and you can call me Jason or Dude Guru. Hopefully I can, with your help, find apps to flesh out the experience better so I'll be lurking in here a bit. Thanks!
01-03-2013, 02:47 PM #2
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Welcome! It really is an amazing OS experience and there are new apps coming all the time (even pandora is coming to WP soon with 1 year ad-free experience!)
If you ever need anything, there are MORE than enough people here ready to help with anything :) Enjoy your new 820!
- 01-03-2013, 03:04 PM #4
Welcome aboard. I think once you give WP its fair due, you will see the differences in the os'. There are some things WP can't do and some things other os' can't do. I try and maximize the things this os does and not worry about what it can't. I'm not a user of Pandora, Spotify, Instagram, etc. so those not being on the platform now, don't bother me. Let me know if I can help.
- 01-03-2013, 03:08 PM #5
Thanks! That's great news about Pandora. I did some searching and it found the only indication is "early 2013". Hopefully it's soon. Couple of questions, is there any other reason besides market share that WP is slow to get apps? Is it harder to code for WP8? Any reason that normally free apps elsewhere cost in the windows store, even if it is just $ .99? The other thing and it may just be the way the Lumia measures it but coming from the Atrix the Lumia seems to have a weaker cell signal even when it's only on 3G or 4G. Anyone have any radio expertise know if its actually weaker?
- 01-03-2013, 10:02 PM #7
Supposedly, the new kernel for WP8/W8 makes it easier to dev for the platform. I'm not a developer, so I don't know if this is true or not.
I would guess, it is the developers decision on whether or not to charge for their app on WP. I've been pretty sheltered in my smartphone usage. Started with a Palm Treo -> Blackberry -> Palm Pre+ -> Windows Phone. Never used Android or iOS, so I can't compare apps from those os' to WP. When I read reviews of apps I'm interested in installing, there are lots of comments "Not as good as "X" or "X". If developers looked at WP as a first-class platform, they would take the time to produce as good quality app as they do on the other platforms. It is up to us as users to encourage and demand quality apps from those developers.
- 01-04-2013, 08:00 PM #9
I really wouldn't worry too much about the apps. The difference between MS's Marketplace and Google play and the apps store is that marketplace has much more quality apps, not much junk on marketplace, besides which the amount of apps on marketplace is only going to rise, its just a matter of time. I doubt google play had as many apps at 2 years old. Another thing as this is quite a new thread I just wanted to point out that satisfyingly I have seen a fair amount of facebook posts over Christmas saying "posted via windows phone". It seams that more people and teens have got windows phones this Christmas instead of blackberrys and andoids. All the ones ive spoken to say they are now converted ^_^
- 01-05-2013, 01:24 PM #10
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- 01-07-2013, 02:52 PM #12
i love my lumia 920 but it does seem windows store is slow to get customers from other os to switch
and it does have alot to do with the windows apps the reason people wont switch to windows
hence devs not wanting to build apps for us . we want pandora not FANDORA.
third party apps work but there just that third party not official.
i get were starting from scratch but when new car companies want to start making cars they dont start with a horse n buggy
they build a car that has to better than the rest...... i......we want the best!!
- 01-12-2013, 08:20 PM #13
Yeah, the kinks should be worked out in time. Welcome aboard anyway.
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