- 07-04-2013, 04:25 AM #1
So I'm currently on VZW with a Galaxy Nexus. I've been enjoying the Android ecosystem since early 2010 with the original Motorola Droid and now a Samsung Galaxy Nexus 32GB with Verizon's unlimited LTE. However, I've been a long time Zune user, and WP has intrigued me (I also was heavily tempted by the last version of Windows Mobile before settling on Android). Now I'm considering switching to T-Mobile (well, I AM going to switch) for their new contractless services. Because of my Zune experiences (the device AND the subscription service) I have been thinking I will get a Lumia 925 and jump to the "dark side" from Android :) Most/all of the apps I really care about seem to be on WP finally so that's good, even if games like the Angry Birds series seem to be a bit behind. I like the OS in general as far as look & feel from a few sessions of playing with it in the stores.
I guess I just want to make sure I'm doing the right thing. I realize of course that this is a WP forum but that's ok. I should mention the other part of my plan as well. I don't plan to totally abandon Android as I plan on picking up the 2nd generation Nexus 7 tablet when it arrives so I will still have full access to the apps/etc. that I have bought from Google. I guess I'm just looking for validation that one of my main reasons (Zune, now Xbox Music) is a good enough reason to be the primary reason to switch phone systems.
- 07-04-2013, 04:35 AM #3
I switched from the Droid to the Trophy back in 2011 and have no regrets. I still have a lingering desire to monitor my battery percentage, but that is about the only remaining symptom. I just finally upgraded to the 928 and am pleased (and loving the upgrade from something along the lines of the original Droid Incredible era hardware).
Have you considered getting a 928 and staying with Verizon? It might be a good idea (if you can afford it) to try T-Mo while you still have VZW as well just to make sure coverage works for you.
- 07-04-2013, 04:39 AM #4
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- 07-04-2013, 05:46 AM #8
The one thing that should be pointed out is understanding that WP is nothing like Android. If you're expecting any access at all to a file system you're going to the wrong platform. Also the Zune software doesn't work with WP8, you need to use the Win7 software for WP8. If you use Win8 there's a WP8 app that installs automatically. There are also a couple of little things that may drive you a bit batty, like anything to do with Google and one of the things I tell anyone who picks up a WP is don't think of it like any other smartphone. You need to approach it as WP and accept it the way it is otherwise you'll be disappointed.
If you're just picking up a WP for xbox music why not just pick up a cheap WP8 then?
- 07-04-2013, 06:22 AM #10
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- 07-04-2013, 08:02 AM #13
I just did the exact same thing you are talking about other than switching to t-mo. I had a galaxy nexus and I just picked up an HTC 8x last week. I've still got my nexus 7 to use all my android apps and scratch the android itch (although I haven't flashed a rom for quite a while). I also used an HTC Trophy for a few months about a year and a half ago. Back then I just couldn't get over certain things about wp7. I have to say that so far I am much more pleased with wp8. I'm not way into apps so I have found everything I need in the windows phone store. The only thing really lacking is games but I do most of my gaming on my nexus 7 anyway.
There are a few things that bother me (and a lot of people) about windows phone. I don't like that there is no notification center. The lock screen does show you missed messages and things, and you can pin live tiles that will update on your start screen, but it doesn't work as well as in android. For example, when a calendar notification goes off, I don't always want to address it right away, but I also don't want to forget. On android I could just leave it sitting in the notification tray so every time I turned on my phone I would be reminded that I need to take care of it. On windows phone, you have to either snooze it and the alarm will keep going off every 5 minutes, or you have to dismiss it and you won't see it again. You can't unlock the phone until you choose one of these 2 options.
There are also no separate profiles for volume. If you turn up your volume using headphones to listen to music, the next time your phone rings it will be just as loud. There is also no easy way to toggle between vibrate/silent/ring/ring&vibrate. You have to go into the settings to change it. You can choose if you want to toggle between vibrate and ring or silent and ring. I for one just like to toggle between silent and vibrate. You have to go all the way into settings to do this on windows phone.
Those are just a few things that have bothered me so far. Other than that I have not regretted my choice. The OS is much smoother and fluid. It also has a lot more functionality built right in to the OS which means you don't need as many apps. It is just a much more pleasant experience overall.
07-04-2013, 09:23 AM #14
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I didn't hear a lot of music on my WP but there's a lot of people here complaining about a lot of issues, better is to wait for WP8.1 or WP9 to change.
07-04-2013, 09:24 AM #15
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I've used Android before and I immediately disliked it. I actually made the switch to the lumia 900 from the iPhone 4 and got the 920 at launch. Since November, the improvement from WP7.5 to 8 has been enormous. Lots more apps, everything works well etc. There's still a few little niche things Microsoft could do, but overall, you will be very happy with your phone if you get one.
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- 07-04-2013, 10:30 AM #19
I moved 6 months ago and in that time I was missing some apps but not anymore because they came in the last 6 months (at least fully functional 3rd party apps), and I was using hotmail/outlook accounts and skydrive (25Gb) before I move so it was easy for me, but I think is more easy to move now than few months ago... you just need to understand the WP OS, because notifications, sharing, etcetera, could be different and Android users wants to bring their android experiences here
- 07-04-2013, 11:43 AM #20
No, you are not nuts. This is a bad ****, easy breathing, simply to adjust, streamlined, seamlessly running, ever improving, fun to own, unique to carry, well supported by Nokia, and just what all the really really Kool kids want OS.
XBOX music is fine. The cloud based service is not as simple as the old Zune, but it is the wave of the future, is a great bargin, and has a huge library.
Nokia Drive, as those posters smarter then me have pointed out, is a strength of Nokia. It will be very close to Google in mapping soon. Symbian owners loved it.
XBOX games.... well, okay I still have hopes it will become what it always should have been. I am not a huge gamer, but I see the short fall for all those who are.
It is a good system. If you are comfortable, give it a 14 day trial.
07-04-2013, 11:44 AM #21
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Well one thing I will point out is the L925 has 16gb and non expandable where as the L928 has 32gb also non expandable. More over the O/S takes 1.94gb currently and you don't necessarily get 32gb (we get 29gb on L920) or 16gb (so it would be like 14-15gbish minus 1.94gb) for the L925.
So if storage is not an issue then you do have two options :) or rather three if you don't mind having little to no support then pick up the Samsung as that has expandable storage. However most will suggest stay with a nokia windows phone and I personally agree.
Last point I will mention - Sorry to be blunt to those rocking their HTC's but DO NOT by any means get a HTC Windows Phone.. you will be totally buggered..unless HTC clean up their act.
- 07-04-2013, 02:52 PM #23
tmobile has been on a EOL role lately with Windows Phone..so be careful..
Been with tmobile for years and I actually really like them..but possibly not seeing future updates (on an OS that desperately needs the) because tmobile decided to EOL it early kinda sucks
so if i was you, i'd just stick to verizon and get the 928
- 07-04-2013, 03:03 PM #24
Oh, and yeah I'll definitely go Nokia if I do this because one of the reason I'm looking at these phones is actually the camera. I don't always want to lug around my DSLR, but I don't have a good point & shoot either and my previous cell cameras have pretty much been garbage. If I stuck with Android I'd end up with the "Nexus Experience" HTC One also on t-mobile but then I'm probably stuck on the camera again because the samples I've seen on it are really nothing special even though HTC is pushing their "megapixel" camera on it as the best thing ever (only 4MP but larger pixels for more light).
- 07-04-2013, 03:05 PM #25
Yeah that is for sure one concern I have to think about. I definitely do like the 928 as well too I was just trying to get out from under the Verizon contract thing I guess. Anyway thanks for all the feedback everyone. Definitely gives me a lot of things to think about and keep in mind.
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