- 12-07-2012, 03:05 PM #1
So I have an upgrade due next month on Verizon, and for the life of me cannot decide between these two phones. I'm looking at these two mainly for their size and form factor. I have a Galaxy Nexus, and the screen is just far too large for my tastes, and the battery life is abysmal. But anyways...
I've owned an iPod since about '06, so my iTunes library is rather large. I also have an iPod Touch, so I have a fair amount of games for iOS as well, but the OS is just becoming so boring to me.
I love the look and feel of the HTC, as well as WP8, but there are some things worrying me, namely the discoloration on the back and sides of the phone, and the rebooting, missed call tone going off when silenced, and other things. I also have heard many say that the iPhone 5 overall has a better camera, and picture quality is very important to me in a phone. Also, the lack of navigation (although the iPhone's isn't that fantastic anyways) kind of irks me.
Pretty much I'm just asking for a comparison here. What exactly can this phone and WP8 offer me that iOS cant and vice versa? I'm having such a hard time here :(
Last edited by Vgameman2012; 12-07-2012 at 04:48 PM.
- 12-07-2012, 03:10 PM #2
Make a statement, get the 8X!
You know there is nothing original about the thing anymore when parents and grandparents start having em! :D
But I can't give you a very sophisticated answer except that I love the Lumia 920 and wouldn't consider any other phone at this time myself.
I wouldn't worry about the camera, the iPhone 5 might be a tad better (which itself isn't much either) but the 8X is definitely not a bad camera to be a phone. The way I see it, the only thing really holding you back would probably be the ecosystem and having lots of songs and games on iTunes. That said, I understand you worrying about reboots, I'm not sure how widespread the issue really is. Since you live in the US, don't you pretty much have the "Bring it back within 2 weeks for whatever reason" kinda thing? So perhaps start off with the 8X and see if you can "live with" the features and possible flaws.
12-07-2012, 08:03 PM #5
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IMO, the iPhone 5 can't hold a candle to my Lumia 920. I haven't had much time to play with the HTC 8X, but I know that the OS is better than iOS. I had some hang ups the first day I had my phone, but since then (about two weeks) everything has been fine. As far as picture quality goes, any of these phones will be great for a camera phone. There's a pretty good comparison on cnet if you wanna take a look. If you're looking the change things up, Windows phone is the way to go.
- 12-07-2012, 08:18 PM #6
Try to take this decision a bit rationally. I know people will make terrific sounding statements that make the iPhone look like crap in front of windows phone but try to take this decision a bit cool headedly. I suggest you look at what you are going to do most with your device and what you will actually use the device for?
When I asked myself that I said I need a very solid instant messaging system that will work with people who are on other platforms. Unfortunately as one of my recent topics discusses, there is NO solid, reliable instant messaging system on wp8.
The iPhone on the other hand has iMessage (which given iOS and Mac's popularity, a lot of people use) and also whatsapp.
Sure windows phone looks flashy, stable and fresh but the real question is will it serve you or bog you down. Fortunately I stopped myself before I could jump ship and switch to windows phone. I'm going to wait until at least whatsapp comes out if it does and I may possibly consider blackberry 10 especially since here in Canada and elsewhere in the world it is still somewhat popular and bb10 has features (like BBM Voice) and solid multitasking that will actually make my life easier.
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- 12-07-2012, 08:36 PM #7
My phone is my only camera pretty much. I also use Facebook quite a lot. I've heard you can Facebook message people in the regular Messaging app on WP8? The notification center is also something I'd miss though, considering sometimes I'm at work and would just like a quick view of who called me and who texted me and whatnot. I also use my phone for music purposes, and I know this phone has the Beats Audio that kicks in when using headphones. Idk, I love the look of WP8 and the fact that's its so different than the other OS's... But at the same thing I need something functional.
- 12-07-2012, 08:40 PM #8
Facebook chat's reliability is questionable. Everyone seems to say that the Facebook app is horrible. The camera is no doubt excellent on the Lumia 920 but the 8X and iPhone 5 camera would be about the same. You could use the live tiles as your notification centre. You could go for an iPhone now and then easily sell it later on once you have more confidence in the windows phone ecosystem.
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- 12-07-2012, 08:44 PM #10
I also find iOS very boring and even nauseating. Windows phone on the other hand is absolutely beautiful and the apps that serious developers churn out seem to be far better than their iOS or android counterparts.
I asked a friend who got the iPhone 5, what she uses it for mostly. I was kind of surprised with her answer because the stuff that most people do with their phones does not justify such an expensive device.
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12-07-2012, 08:47 PM #12
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I was really considering the iPhone 5. It's a slick device. But to me it's very boring, it's not nerdy or expressive enough for me. The big reason I went with the Lumia 920 (HD7 was my previous device) is that I have Zune Pass or Xbox Music if that's what they call it now. I enjoy Windows Phone and I hope they bring some killer features over from Windows 8. Another thing on my wish list is more integration with Windows PCs and the Xbox. Once the whole ecosystem is in effect, it will be way better than the Apple family imo.
12-08-2012, 02:17 AM #16
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HTC 8X wins for me as it looks great and feels good in the hand.
Small amount of customize somewhat between ios and android.
Covers are nice and apps will grow.
Its a phone that has all the needs i want and it looks modern to, wich i can not say about the iPhone simply because its more of the same.
I have a one x to, will take some fantastic enhancments to go back to that Android as for WP8 is a dream to have as os.
I go where the action is, so i am not a fanboy of what platform or brand.
I will see what phone is in my hand between now and 2 years.
- 12-08-2012, 03:54 AM #17
My Facebook chat has worked flawlessly and I love the integration of it. It does lack some features like groups etc, but I dont even use any other form of Facebook anymore, really, except on desktop. It has the chats and the most basic features, which is all I personally use.
WP8 also does have a Whatsapp and I've had no problems with that so far either.
- 12-08-2012, 04:05 AM #18
- 12-08-2012, 08:52 AM #20
The person you quote says the main reason he went for a 920 was Xbox music, that is available all the same on 8X, why would his experience, despite 920, be irrelevant for this thread?
- 12-08-2012, 09:20 AM #23
The most common defects are probably the rebootings. Then there have been some reports of the finish getting black/darker through use from corners etc, but this is quite a rare report. If you search through these 8X forums you get a pretty good image of the common things, but you have to remember that just cos there are a lot of threads about it doenst mean they are all defected, people are just more eager to ask about a defect than come here like "HEY MY PHONE WORKS PERFECTLY" kinda of thing :P
And also, we are probably now at least at a second batch of devices, which means that some early flaws have probably been fixed hardware wise.
12-08-2012, 10:27 AM #24
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I think this really depends on your requirements, and nothing else as you might have heard from other people already.
The 8X is a great device in my opinion, it offers something different. This phone virtually has every app I need... Even for apps like Whatsapp that is not released yet, there are better replacements such as Kik Messenger that you can use.
I also suggest that you don't worry about the reboot issues because usually some phones in the first batch of most HTC phones that are released have some kind of issue but they are always fixed in the later versions. Even if you do get a defective phone (though it's very unlikely), I am guessing that you will be able to take it back for a replacement or contact HTC about it for one.
Regarding the camera, it's true that iPhone 5 may offer a better overall performance - but what you need to look at is the effect of these things in real life.
I think that reviews are formed of deep technical opinions of some person about the phone, but in real life when you are going to take pictures the 8X won't really have that much difference to disappoint you, unless you are a professional photographer/editor or something. It still takes good enough pictures for a phone.
Lastly, I think you can use the "Windows Phone" app on the Mac App Store to sync the 8X with your iTunes library but I'm not 100% sure about it as I have never used it myself.
- 12-08-2012, 12:18 PM #25
What's this talk about no Whatsapp? I have one for a good while now? o.o I read that it temporarily disappeared from the store, but I thought it was back? And even then, it obviously is on the platform and works fine for me too.
Or is this something to do with Nokia vs. HTC and HTC not having the app?
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