- 11-01-2012, 05:23 PM #1
Hi everyone, I am thinking of leaving the Apple walled gardens and venture to greener pastures. I do not have anyone around me that has a Windows phone for me to figure this out so I was hoping you guys can help me with a couple of questions.
1. Is Windows phone 8 walled in like iOS or more open like Android?
2. Let's say I download a different map app, can I choose which app to be my default app (like on android) or am I stuck with the stock map app (like iOS)
3. It is possible to install things like NES emulators?
4. Does it have a file system like android? or not, like iOS?
- 11-01-2012, 05:36 PM #3
- 11-01-2012, 07:25 PM #6
Android is the OS for you based on your needs, however that puts you in a difficult spot because you don't like Android. You'll enjoy Windows Phone as long as you adjust your expectations towards what it currently delivers.
- 11-02-2012, 04:40 AM #10
The stock maps is what things will open in everytime. But Nokia has the best mapping system ever + free turn by turn navigation, so I don't think this will be an issue.
There is an emulator that I used once. I had no problems with it. I don't think there's many, though.
As far as I know there isn't a file system on the phone itself, but in WP8 they made it to where you could browse the files like a file system on your PC.
Come on in, join us :)
11-02-2012, 07:46 AM #11
- 19 Posts
I won't re-answer your questions but here is my take... WP has always has the best browsing experience. Also there are more choices for phones to fit your needs.
What I like about Apple:
- There is an apple store near me if I ever have any problems.
- Apps! Hands down the best quality apps are on iPhone.
What I like about Apple and MS:
- The OS is simple.
- You don't have to worry about downloading mobile security becuase they actually control their marketplace. Where some people see an open market like android a plus I see it as a HUGE con.
What I like about MS:
- Best Browser.
- Best touch-screen keyboard.
- Best built in email app for syncing multiple accounts.
- Mobile office!
- Sky drive is in my opinion the best cloud service.
- You can sync ALL media back and fourth from the phone to PC without hassle.
- 11-02-2012, 06:08 PM #13
11-02-2012, 06:50 PM #14
- 433 Posts
well, looks like most ppl already answered ur question, just thought id still throw in my 2c
1. I see it as a middle ground between iOS and Android (hey, u can get different hardware :P )
2. as far as i know, no you can't change defaults, but i'd rather get my hands on wp8 before i say it for certain (thought i saw something about that some where...), but ya Nokia map is going to be on all wp8 devices and it is one of the best mapping solutions around, so i don't think it will be an issue
3. yes, there are a few different ones for most consoles i think, i haven't used any so... u will have to try them out to see how they are
4. USB will get you a file system for some stuff, just not everything, this is so that malware can't get into it easily (another reason why i said it's middle ground)
i think you will be delighted to use wp :]
- 11-02-2012, 07:09 PM #15
"when I look at the deluge of smartphones flooding my desk, the only one I care to pick up and play with today is the Windows Phone 8X. Not the new iPhone, not the quad-core Galaxy Note... not even Nokia's Lumia 920, which is almost trying too hard with its laundry list of extras and enhancements."
11-02-2012, 09:10 PM #16
- 82 Posts
But, to the OP, by all means you should check out the HTC 8X as well. It's also a very high quality flagship phone that's just as good as any modern smartphone in terms of hardware.
And that's why I like WP8. A quality, stable OS like Apple and hardware choices like Android's (minus the crap options like Pantech). Add in the UI that is completely unique and you have a recipe that I can't wait to get my hands on.
- 11-10-2012, 08:58 PM #17
- 11-11-2012, 10:07 AM #20
Many seem to define "walled garden" simply as "unsupportive of the wild-west type openness of Android". With that definition, any OS somewhat more controlled than Android is a "walled garden", but I strongly disagree with this, IMHO, naive point of view.
I've attempted to offer a slightly more nuanced explanation of the differences than "not like Android" in this post.
Hope it helps you with your decision.
- 11-11-2012, 03:55 PM #22
I'm not a huge fan of The Verge's reviews on WP. Most of their reviews say "this 8X would be GREAT if it ran Android." Ugh.
I'm doing a comparo of the 920 and 8X when I get an 8X next week. I'll share my thoughts. So far my 920 is growing on me.