- 12-16-2012, 12:03 AM #1
Wife and I went out tonight, and for the first time ever multiple people had windows phones. It was an odd experience. I had complete strangers coming up to me and asking for advice on their phones. Everyone loved their Lumia 920's (6 people) and were moving from android and ios. All said their new (lumia) was the best phone they've ever had, however, finding the right apps seems to be a problem for them. sidebar: This damn istagram is A HUGE PROBLEM for window phone. It was the number one complaint! Anyway...it was nice to see others sporting the phone. I hope it continues.
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12-16-2012, 12:15 AM #3
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haha that's great! I doubt that kind of encounter will happen for me here in Canada any time soon, though I do have 2 students' parent (both dads) are windows phone users, with one also own the Surface. And they both said that they will get a WP8 device, one was quite jealous when I showed him my L920 today ;)
12-16-2012, 12:17 AM #4
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- 12-16-2012, 12:35 AM #5
To be honest...I knew one of the new owners pretty well. He saw my 900 and my 920 but told him to buy what he wants because I really don't want to be responsible for someone's smartphone happyness. I've been there...it's not worth it. Every issue they have becomes yours. But what I did tell him was to try whatever he wants, and if you're not happy happy, return it (AT&T) and try the 920. So he "tried" the HTC One-X+, said it was fun but just too much work and not "easy" (previous iPhone user). He does a lot of group text messaging and said he simply couldn't deal with android's group text (lack thereof) so he decided to try the 920. Long story short, the quote was "best phone i've ever owned...where's the instagram app?"
- 12-16-2012, 01:49 AM #8
I still haven't seen a Windows Phone 8 device out in the wild as of yet, and no strangers have asked about my device. A curse and a blessing, as yeah, I do want folks to notice my awesome handset, but I don't like anyone playing with my tech.
- 12-16-2012, 02:11 AM #10
My mom will join the WP users on Christmas :D
My friend migrated from IP4S to Lumia 920 two days ago, same story: no apps, no games, battery life so far has been disastrous.
Also, he traveled to Germany and few other countries with L920 and he said that the clock does not auto update itself and remains in same time zone, it is set to auto,
12-16-2012, 03:11 AM #11
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Thats crazy awesome. Ive seen far more windows phones in general too, but I contributed that to "a man with a hammer sees only nails".
Nicely done! No way to convert my lass though. She's so invested in Apple the reframing needed to get her pure Windows would cost about £7500.
- 12-16-2012, 04:04 AM #14
None of my many Windows Phones, including the Lumia 920, had any issues updating times and changing time zones. If you have a sim card in the phone and your cell service is working, the time should get updated. also, my 920 lasts 24 hours, NFC on and 8 email accounts constantly syncing.
12-16-2012, 04:54 AM #15
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And just another stupid question to all who have ever used instagram:
What's the point of instagram? I mean this as I say it - I don't know instagram, have never used it. I've heard is for putting filters on pictures and share it ... is that correct? And is there anything instagram can do what facebook/twitter/skydrive/flickr/MMS can't? (I don't mean this in a derogatory way, I really don't see the point of instagram ... this is coming from a person who doesn't have a facebook account, often shares pictures via MMS, occasionaly shares pictures via flickr, rarely via skydrive)
(I wonder if people will notice my lemon yellow Lumia 920 once I have it. My colleagues at work certainly will.- They're IT people and always keen to see new gadgets)
- 12-16-2012, 05:18 AM #16
- 12-16-2012, 08:25 AM #19
At the end of the day, it doesn't matter if you know about the app or not. Whether you use it or not, or whether you like it or not.
It is what is popular, and it IS where the users are.
It is what counts.
12-16-2012, 09:05 AM #20
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Ok, as I don't use it, I have only seen the instagram images on facebook which has led me to believe that it's just about the filters and then sharing on FB.
That said, of course if we have millions of people using and loving and not being able to live without it, WP needs to get it as well to really succeed.
- 12-16-2012, 10:12 AM #22
Instagram seems to be another one of those "You guys gotta have it otherwise your gonna fail apps!" I am just wondering who starts this crap? Is it Apple and Google trying to funnel a way to make people feel like they are missing out on something if they choose Microsofts products over theirs? I think they will all be here sooner or later not really worried about turning my WP8 into something it's not... Anyways I have not seen anyone other then my son and daughter using the WP8...
- 12-16-2012, 10:38 AM #24
Agreed at the end of the day it is what's popular - however - there are supporting apps that provide "like" capabilities to Instagram - (there's 1 built-in with the L920). That being said (yes they're not the "same") - with obvious growth numbers with the introduction of WP8 (and they are much more significant when compared to the launch of WP7), as well as the continued usage/sales of WP7 handsets on the cheap - I'd expect that either MS, or some other enterprising developer, come out with an application using the Instagram API in the next few months.
In either case - I think some here put way too much value on a single application, or, for that matter, an eco-system. The majority of users out there use *maybe* 10-20% of a given phone/eco-system's capabilities. Most everyone here on these forums are technical in nature or very tech-savvy. The "average" user, while vastly improved over these past 10 years or so, is not... :)
They're pretty much like my wife, father-in-law, brother, sister, etc. They want a phone that sends/receives their email/Text/SMS/MMS. They want a phone that browses the internet for quick look up of things they experience during the day. They want a phone that takes decent pictures to share via said services. They want a phone that has a few apps that add to the experience (but not necessarily all of them use the SAME apps - in certain cases - they don't use apps at all). They want a phone that they can access their financial information/accounts with.
More importantly - they want a phone that is extremely easy to use and unique to them and their daily lives. So to say that people won't buy a phone "just because it doesn't have Instagram" is pretty absurd. That's not what I hear when I go to the phone store - people are more interested in how it looks, how it feels, the size, and are typically looking for one thing: either get the "upgrade" (i.e. from iPhone 4->5), or bored with what they have and are looking for something "different".
As noted as a point of this thread - I've seen a significant amount of new users/people using WP7/8 devices out in the "wild" compared to several years ago. While it's certainly noted that WP7/8 is still a very small portion of the overall market share, businesses (i.e. where I work) are, in fact, taking notice of the dramatic increase in sales. Whereas before, many companies took a "pass" on WP7, they can no longer take a pass this time around.
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