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  1. eusty's Avatar
    I've gone the other way! One of the issues I never switched to WP a few years ago was the lack of apps, but after checking which ones I *actually* used on Android I found most of them if not an alternative on WP.

    There are some which you can't get (my banking app) but I can live with that.
    After years with Android and it's issues I've found WP to be a joy. That said I've only used it a free days... But I'm impressed, hopefully with Cortina (or whatever her name is!) it will get even better.
    06-02-2014 07:15 AM
  2. aitt's Avatar
    Yea there is no doubt there are more apps and the quality is better in the other two ...android and apple world. I think there might be some hope in the near future now that Microsoft has opened the gates(no charger for the OS) for other companies to make windows phones. If there is an app you must have then maybe you have to leave , but you got to admit the OS on windows phone is the sweetest out of the three.
    And I'll come back to wp. But I forgot about having Isis and Google wallet. Now have access to my insurance. It's nice to have the profiles show for Netflix. I can still have pictures auto update to OneDrive. I still have office which is actually better on Android. Still have OneNote. I mean I'm not missing anything and gaining more for Microsoft app. Iono. We'll see how this plays out. But man this phone is very nice. The dot screen cover is pretty innovative.

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    06-02-2014 07:23 AM
  3. aitt's Avatar
    If there is an app you must have then maybe you have to leave , but you got to admit the OS on windows phone is the sweetest out of the three.
    I'm not leaving per se. Just reopening my option and not locked down in one environment. And yes hands down wp is the better. With that being said I'm liking this phone a lot. The build is what WP need for a flagship line up. When screen is off you can flip the screen in landscape mode hit volume button to activate the camera. Win. The smart screen had gesture features that is cool. Swipe down to voice call someone. Double tap to view time. I hope the rumored WP phone us this M8.

    And for the apps people can say what you want. But I will say this. When I went to the ATT store. The promo table for the window phones made sure to have a display for apps... That tells you something about the WP mentality people have. The rep was still talking about WP7 and I had to check her and told her that WP is better than Android and she looked dumbfounded. But I'm also a realistic person. When I went through my app list I was like damn.

    I can say though is the app gap is much improved, but they gotta get these app improved cause people coming from Android or iOS to WP for the most part will be disappointed.

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    06-02-2014 08:29 AM
  4. Nogitsune Micah's Avatar
    I can't ever go back to android. Idc how good the apps are, the ui and experience still Sucks with Android.

    I prefer a better first party experience vs top of the line 3rd party apps.

    I played with my friends m8 and the phone is attractive but other than that the camera sucks and android is just....meh to me.

    But to each their own lol.I'd go ios before I go android.
    06-02-2014 08:33 AM
  5. A895's Avatar
    Glad you are enjoying your device. I hope that the app problem is fixed soon on Windows Phone so people on other platforms who may be eyeing it won't be disappointed.
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    06-02-2014 08:40 AM
  6. aitt's Avatar
    I can't ever go back to android. Idc how good the apps are, the ui and experience still Sucks with Android.

    I prefer a better first party experience vs top of the line 3rd party apps.

    I played with my friends m8 and the phone is attractive but other than that the camera sucks and android is just....meh to me.

    But to each their own lol.I'd go ios before I go android.
    I don't do iOS. That's probably the only thing I ever been biased about. iOS never impressed me at all. I've used Android for over 4 years since 2008. I still like the OS. I don't love it like I used. But I can see that Kit Kat has improved the experience and the M8 is very limited on features. Blinkfeed is okay. Kinda cluttered. I don't have an quarrels with the camera. It's not 1520 but I'm not a camera junkie, or I would had pulled the trigger on the 1020. The Live Tiles is what I'm missing the most right now and the Notification on WP is by far way better than on Android.

    Having Google Voice is a big plus right now, even though AT&T Visual Voicemail is quite good. But I missed using my Google Voice for certain communication for people who I didn't want to give my real number to.

    Time Warner TWC TV
    Run Keeper
    Better Red Box
    WAY better Slacker
    Better PayPal
    Better MyFitnessPal
    Local News. I used KVUE for WP and that app was so trashed, it don't even pull news feeds anymore. It's a dead app that MS won't remove no matter how many times I've complained it's a broken app
    Better Groupon . The WP app is a joke.
    Isis Wallet
    Assurant ( my health insurance )
    Amazon MP3
    Capital One

    I haven't even finished grabbing the rest of apps I use frequently. And of course we can say there's this app and that app that will replace this app and that. We can list all the 3rd party apps. But that's the biggest issue for me. We have to make sacrifices in order to be content. Look at the fiasco with WhatsApp. Things like this are bad for the better built ecosystem and will not get people to come on board.

    It will be there, and I will still be around for it, but for now, I might just enjoy the little perks that Android has. I will say though it will make it harder for convincing people to switch OS when MS keeps add all their apps to Android and iOS. I can vouch for that from my own personal experience right now. At least now I can have both OS and view side by side. The app drawer is boring. I may have to look into other launchers, but I didn't realize how lackluster the screen were after being with Live Tiles for so long.
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    06-02-2014 08:51 AM
  7. sejgiul's Avatar
    Each to their own really...

    I was in two minds whether to get a Moto G or a Lumia 630 (coming from a 620). I stuck with WP because I believe it can only get better. As for Android, how will that improve in the years to come? Or Apples? I can't stand the interfaces on either of those operating systems. Rows upon rows of static icons or useless widgets don't attract me. Regular updates from Microsoft are also a very nice extra. At least they don't drop support for older devices (excepting the case of WP7).

    The reason I considered a Moto G was due to apps. Yes, we don't have all the apps like Android and iOS, most of the apps we do have are crap, but again, it can only get better. I can't see WP becoming worse and with the recent additions in WP8.1, making the os free to developers and more, there is hope. More and more official apps are arriving on the platform, and I believe WP is finally gaining traction.

    I for one am very happy with WP8, but I can see why someone would move to Android. Moving to iOS from WP would just be silly though.
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    06-02-2014 09:36 AM
  8. Jazmac's Avatar
    On that HTC M8 Aitt, I ain't mad at cha. I think you made a good choice.
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    06-02-2014 09:52 AM
  9. aitt's Avatar
    Yeah I don't like the app drawer. As for widgets they no different than live tiles in a sense depending on how they are arranged. Blink feed is ok but cluttered. Not sure I'll get used to that. Use allot of flat widgets. Wizz had always been good for what I need. WP is better organized in showing the app list.

    It's nice to compare the two though. Gives me a refresh between the two. I've already had apps crashing on me. Lol. Go figure.

    Settings is way better organized on Android. I still have double tap. Cover gives me a glance type feel. Have do not disturb mode, drive mode and everything else I'm used to on the 1520. Might look into other launchers. I know Nova is pretty good.

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    06-02-2014 10:49 AM
  10. jlzimmerman's Avatar
    I'll be interested to see how your Android holds up after the one year mark. My two Androids couldn't get out of their own way after a while.....it was constant battery pulls and reboots to get things to work.
    06-02-2014 11:06 AM
  11. Beijendorf's Avatar
    The HTC One M8 seems to be a brilliant phone. Beautiful design and build quality, great Android skin (Sense 6.0) and I can see how the applications on Android offer more, both in terms of quality and quantity considering it's the worlds most used mobile OS.

    The only thing that didn't make me jump ship and go with the M8 was the camera. It seems to be a good all-rounder but the resolution isn't meaningful enough to take the kind of quality images other flagships can, least of all Nokia's.
    It's great if you just want to upload the images to Facebook/Twitter/Instagram though, which is what HTC intended it for. Great images, regardless of lighting conditions, for social media consumption.
    06-02-2014 11:20 AM
  12. aitt's Avatar
    I'll be interested to see how your Android holds up after the one year mark. My two Androids couldn't get out of their own way after a while.....it was constant battery pulls and reboots to get things to work.
    Agreed. All too familiar with my Nexus 7 doing that. And that's the basic of the OS. This Sense 6 seems to be very light on the OS. I still can pull up my HTC One X though and it still works the day I got it. No lag. WP needs a premium build like this. ICON has it but lack if carriers sucks.

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    06-02-2014 11:20 AM
  13. neo158's Avatar
    Function over form, in my opinion.

    If it works for you, I say keep it. I'd normally tell you to come back if you encounter any sort of problem, but the One M8 is just a beautiful phone...

    Speaking of which, I'd love to have it run WP some time. *stares at HTC*

    By the way, we can always pester those devs, and if we can't convince them, we have the great Rudy Huyn and all the other devs on the platform ;)
    Strangely enough the HTC W8 is supposed to be the M8 running Windows Phone 8.1 and it'll also have the dual rear cameras of the M8 as well.
    06-02-2014 11:24 AM
  14. aitt's Avatar
    Strangely enough the HTC W8 is supposed to be the M8 running Windows Phone 8.1 and it'll also have the dual rear cameras of the M8 as well.
    There's a great deal of advantage if this makes way. Also the way that HTC has created the Volume button to turn on the camera is genius. I don't know if any other OEM does this as I'm not as Android savvy as used to be, but this could be a great implementation for the WP since dedicated camera button is no longer needed. This would be a great alternative.
    06-02-2014 11:37 AM
  15. Pierre Blackwell's Avatar
    I've always admired HTC's enginuity. My first smartphone and WP were both HTC designs. What WP were you using? I only ask because the M8 is considered a top grade phone. Unless you're using a 1520 or 1020 you're really not using a comparable WP. The 1520 is purely a work of art in my opinion.
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    06-02-2014 11:48 AM
  16. aitt's Avatar
    I've always admired HTC's enginuity. My first smartphone and WP were both HTC designs. What WP were you using? I only ask because the M8 is considered a top grade phone. Unless you're using a 1520 or 1020 you're really not using a comparable WP. The 1520 is purely a work of art in my opinion.
    I have both the 1520 and the 920. The build is great for the 1520 but it's hard to say it's anything near the M8 when holding in your hand. I'm not trying to down play the 1520 but at the end of the day it's premium plastic. Like if the M8 was the W8 I'd get it no questions over the 1520. I guess my wording of premium is not a good choice of words but Nokia design language needs a refresh

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    06-02-2014 12:22 PM
  17. fatclue_98's Avatar
    Forget about higher end phones for a minute. WP has made its strides with the bottom rung 52x series, there's no denying this. I was at a local Brands Mart (Best Buy on steroids) this weekend getting ink for my printer and I went by the phone area just for some sh!ts and giggles. I saw these Android phablets with quad-core cpus, 2 gigs of RAM and running JB & KitKat for $150. I had never heard of Blu and it turns out they're a local (Miami) company pumping out Chinese handsets. For anybody who doesn't know any better, they see a 5-1/2" screen, dual sims, 4G and a flash camera and they're going to think twice about a L52x. The home screen transitions were smooth, the layout was like any other Android - in fact, they look like any Samsung out there. I'm just wondering if it's worth a half-day's salary to squash my curiosity.
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    06-02-2014 12:58 PM
  18. mary beth hale's Avatar
    @OP...thanks for sharing. Have been on the fence between the Samsung SE and the HTC ONE m8 for a month. Currently using the Ativ S and have been on WP for 3 years. I love my Ativ but to be honest, seems like improvements in the OS are always a case of "hurry up and wait". Just don't know. Thanks again.
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    06-02-2014 01:00 PM
  19. etad putta's Avatar
    Forget about higher end phones for a minute. WP has made its strides with the bottom rung 52x series, there's no denying this. I was at a local Brands Mart (Best Buy on steroids) this weekend getting ink for my printer and I went by the phone area just for some sh!ts and giggles. I saw these Android phablets with quad-core cpus, 2 gigs of RAM and running JB & KitKat for $150. I had never heard of Blu and it turns out they're a local (Miami) company pumping out Chinese handsets. For anybody who doesn't know any better, they see a 5-1/2" screen, dual sims, 4G and a flash camera and they're going to think twice about a L52x. The home screen transitions were smooth, the layout was like any other Android - in fact, they look like any Samsung out there. I'm just wondering if it's worth a half-day's salary to squash my curiosity.
    Apps and updates are the problems with some of these. Even though they may have access to google play, trying to get them to use these apps properly are an issue. For me trying to get a simple ESPN app to stream Monday night football was a joke on anything but a Nexus tablet or an ipad. One has to be ready for some concessions when you buy a cheapo.
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    06-02-2014 01:36 PM
  20. aitt's Avatar
    @OP...thanks for sharing. Have been on the fence between the Samsung SE and the HTC ONE m8 for a month. Currently using the Ativ S and have been on WP for 3 years. I love my Ativ but to be honest, seems like improvements in the OS are always a case of "hurry up and wait". Just don't know. Thanks again.
    I have nothing against Samsung, but seeing the S5 design against the M8 was a joke. That back really is awfully ugly more in person. The sad thing is we were looking for a phone for my wife, but she's stubborn still stuck on the Atrix 2 that hardly ever works. She didn't want one yet so I said ok, well, I'm gonna check out the M8 and use the money for that.

    I would like to see the G3 and the Z2. I really wanted the Z2 but Sony sucks in the US getting phones out In timely matter. I also didn't think I would ever want a smaller screen than the 1520, but the 5 inch is very suffice. However, the 1520 and any Nokia phone with screen polarization kills everything in the daylight.

    I like comparing the two phones and two OS. I can tell that Android needs a refresh with their OS. I guess that's what Silver is suppose to offer? I don't know but one thing for sure is that the M8 and the flat design and clearly abundant of Metro in this phone.
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    06-02-2014 01:49 PM
  21. mary beth hale's Avatar
    I have nothing against Samsung, but seeing the S5 design against the M8 was a joke. That back really is awfully ugly more in person. The sad thing is we were looking for a phone for my wife, but she's stubborn still stuck on the Atrix 2 that hardly ever works. She didn't want one yet so I said ok, well, I'm gonna check out the M8 and use the money for that.

    I would like to see the G3 and the Z2. I really wanted the Z2 but Sony sucks in the US getting phones out In timely matter. I also didn't think I would ever want a smaller screen than the 1520, but the 5 inch is very suffice. However, the 1520 and any Nokia phone with screen polarization kills everything in the daylight.

    I like comparing the two phones and two OS. I can tell that Android needs a refresh with their OS. I guess that's what Silver is suppose to offer? I don't know but one thing for sure is that the M8 and the flat design and clearly abundant of Metro in this phone.
    Edit...I meant I was trying to decide between the m8 and Samsung Ativ Se
    06-02-2014 01:54 PM
  22. fatclue_98's Avatar
    Apps and updates are the problems with some of these. Even though they may have access to google play, trying to get them to use these apps properly are an issue. For me trying to get a simple ESPN app to stream Monday night football was a joke on anything but a Nexus tablet or an ipad. One has to be ready for some concessions when you buy a cheapo.
    You think people who buy these things care about updates? Those of us who know will simply root (very easy from what I've read) and install either custom ROMS (the Android way of life) or sideload APKs. Either way, they'll be $50 on eBay within 2 months of ownership just like the first wave of Chinese tablets a couple of years ago.
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    06-02-2014 01:55 PM
  23. Miska Hietala's Avatar
    For me it is the small things that makes me like the wp/lumia approach more. For instance I live in a country which has mostly dark days and freezing winter. For that, the sensitive screen my phone has which allows me to use the phone with gloves on is deal breaker. The camera this phone has allows me to take great pics in low light, which again is a must in country which has mostly low light days.
    Then there is color. Got bored while I was in Ios and android world of always black/silver/white. Now I can have phone with brilliant yellow without any cover!
    And then there is lag-free OS.
    Ok other platforms has more apps, but for me it turned against me after honeymoon. The fact that you can install 30 different keyboards, video players, launchers etc. is mostly tiresome.
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    06-02-2014 02:13 PM
  24. aitt's Avatar
    I agree with allot you say. At the same time that explained why so many like Android. Choice. The fact you have options for launchers keyboard and whatnot is what to me make Android great. But I can understand tiresome. But the same could be said about wp until they allowed static wallpapers.

    Thing is there's no "perfect" OS. I like WP and can appreciate Android. I just can't tie myself to one. I wanted to with WP. But that just restricts me.

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    06-02-2014 02:39 PM
  25. Tony_Offends_U's Avatar
    I'll never understand choosing a platform because of the apps it offers.
    Just don't understand the app junkies.
    What do you understand?
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    06-02-2014 02:43 PM
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