- 11-09-2012, 06:30 PM #1
Honestly I can only think of a few reasons.
1. Prettier apps.
2. Simplicity (doesn't matter much to me).
3. How it takes less steps to complete a task.
And that's it. I used the Note II today and it is very fluid a smooth, just like the Lumia 920 that I tried out. So I can't say the smoothness is an advantage.
Today at the mall a Sprint worker came up to me to convince me to switch, and I said that they don't have any WP8 devices. He said that WP lacks apps, the advantages don't outweigh the disadvantages, etc.
And I've been thinking a lot recently. Should I really upgrade to WP? Why?
- 11-09-2012, 09:07 PM #6
I have the 920 and plan on getting the Nexus 4 as soon as it is available for comparison. I'll return whichever I don't like as much.
My answer to your question/concern is simple. WP8 as an OS (to me) is smoother and stays that way for a lot longer than Android does. Obviously Android doesn't slow as much as it used to but still does. Android though is so far ahead app wise. While I do think that will change over time, right now it might be the reason I return the 920. Honestly, I wasn't expecting WP8 to be missing a number of WP7 apps so that turned me off a bit. It really comes down to if you need certain apps right now.
- 11-09-2012, 09:45 PM #7
If you like Android and it doesn't bother you and you see no benefit to Windows Phone, then I don't know what to tell you.
Personally I hated every Android device I tried. I've found it to be less than reliable and the interface inconsistencies between apps and general clutter are irritating. Way more features than I need or will use and it sacrifices precious simplicity to get there.
Think of Android as a bustling city downtown area. Noisy, chaotic, dirty but lots of things to do, tons of blinking lights to capture your attention. You'll never be bored or run out of new forms of stimulation, though you may get lost or mugged or have your place burgled.
Think of Windows Phone as a Zen rock garden. Simple. Peaceful. Quiet. Balanced. It quiets the noise in your head and the commotion and overstimulation in your life instead of adding to it.
You either "get it" or you don't. If you need to be convinced, it's probably not right for you.
- 11-09-2012, 10:32 PM #8
Yeah I perfectly understand. My Galaxy Nexus lags, it's what I'm gonna say. After using the Note II, it is very smooth, but I don't know whether that smoothness will still stay in 3 months. I'll definitely try out the WP ecosystem, but I'm not excited for it like I was one month ago. Weird.
The hardware of the Note II is what's really bringing me to it, but my heart is still saying WP. So that's what I'm gonna try out...
11-09-2012, 10:42 PM #9
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The whole "not as many apps" thing has been beaten like a dead horse. What excuse will they come up with when WP surpasses both Android and iPhone in apps totals? The fact of the matter is this. WP phone provides a unique form of customization that lets you personalize your device like never before. You'll have a phone that's an extension of yourself, not 100 homepages like iPhone or Android. Another thing I want to point out is that the mobile/tablet-PC future lies with Microsoft's OS and not with Android. The connectivity across all of Microsoft's products will be so smooth and seamless and that's not something to take lightly. Do your research. Go to different carriers and see how the OS works for you. Look at minute details and make your decision off of that. Don't make your decision off of what one salesperson from Sprint said.
- 11-09-2012, 10:49 PM #10
- 11-10-2012, 12:41 AM #12
One word: ecosystem.
I carry Android devices (Nexus 7, Moto Atrix HD) and Windows devices (920), and use Win8 computers, and have an XBox360. I prefer Android for the Google integration and customization, but I like Windows just because it plain works.
Best thing I can say is play with a WP8 device. Microsoft stores or corporate AT&T stores are going to have demos that are functional and let you play with them.
- 11-10-2012, 12:59 AM #13
With my Trophy, it's the same today as the day I got it after adding several apps and games. Nothing has changed in regards to speed and lag (or lack thereof).
The final point no one has hit on yet as far as the Note 2 or 920, it's $200 freaking more dollars! Not a huge amount by no stretch, but it has to account for something. :lol:
- 11-10-2012, 01:18 AM #14
The problem with Android is that the OS "rots" over time. One rogue app (often from the OEM) can cause your phone to freeze or crash multiple times per day (as my GS3 was doing). WP is smooth and super-reliable.
I've only had my WP8 phone for a few hours, but it is like a Maserati compared to my Galaxy S III Corolla. ;)
- 11-10-2012, 03:12 AM #15
That said, you will give up some control and will need to endure a smaller ecosystem. The latter problem will likely shrink as WP8 and Win8 gain traction and one can leverage the other. Still, if you are actually bound by some apps and features that you can't get, don't move. If you want to be the system administrator of your phone, don't move. If you aren't bound to the ecosystem and you just want to use your phone, consider what switching gains and costs you.
Maybe we'll see you at the pretty, easy, and efficient camp.
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- 11-10-2012, 03:29 AM #16
I think the whole "ecosystem" angle is overblown. How many apps do people actually use? Also why use an app if the phone does the same thing built in? Remember WP has deep social media integration (for example) baked in. So who cares if it has a great Facebook app when the phone does all I need to do on FB without an app?
- 11-10-2012, 04:24 AM #17
The whole reason about how Android "rots" overtime is why I always ranted on Android one month ago. But using the Note II today it is just a fluid OS, and I don't think it will "rot" overtime when it has a quad-core processor and 2GBs of RAM, IMO.
What I find weird is that my phone lags, but everyone else who I talk to who have Android have "never seen lag." Just surprises me...
- 11-10-2012, 10:24 AM #20
It's the main reason why I don't mind the semi-locked nature of WP. Those rogue apps are killing the Android experience and it seems as if Google almost encourages it with their woeful lack of policing.
11-10-2012, 01:24 PM #21
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To be honest, you may miss certain features from Android. There are still shortcomings in terms of app support that may or may not be addressed. For example, while WP8 now allows SMS backups, Whatsapp on WP as of yet does not allow saving conversations whereas Android does. It's the simple things in life.
Personally, the WP UI is nice and the app market strong enough that I have no intention of going back to Android. I much prefer Metro over iOS or Android. Really, the only shortcoming that is a bit of a bother to me is that United Airlines still hasn't made an app.
The leap may be worth it. I certainly am not looking back. Got an L920 on the way to replace the L900.
- 11-10-2012, 02:30 PM #23
My verdict is that I'll try out WP still, and then make the final choice. I'm 90% sure I'm gonna stay.
Really really interested about the ATIV Odyssey's specs, I want "bigger" specs than the 8X, just like the ATIV S has.
- 11-10-2012, 02:39 PM #25