12-05-2015 04:12 AM
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  1. crystal_planet's Avatar
    I've running with an LG G4 (previously a 1020) for a couple of weeks and here are my findings:
    - Android has got the apps and strength in numbers thing. It's all about choice, choice and choice. I love the fact I can now run apps that specifically deal with my line of work.
    - The G4 is a flagship, so that means 29736 processor cores and 20 billionty gb of ram - it's all about specs in Android land. That's kind of scary when you think about it.
    - No lag as of yet - but I run lean and mean. BTW - it's not "fixed" with the latest o/s - plenty of people complain of it on the board.
    - My battery life on my G4 far outpaces anything I've ever owned before, (aside from maybe my old BB Curve 8350). Weird.
    - The saying "there's an app for that" is totally a trueism. The flip side is, that's because you need apps for the simplest tasks. Nothing is baked in like Windows Phone. On a foundational level, WP's o/s kicks the living crap out of Android all day every day.
    - I actually had to get apps and tweak the o/s to get unread counts for my email. Even then, the counts are wildly inaccurate - it says I have 7 unread messages when in actuality I have 2. That's an example of Android and I've learned to accept the little flaws and foibles of the platform - like every other Android user.
    - The G4 itself is simply a gorgeous piece of hardware - Nokias are tough as nails - but really utilitarian in aesthetics. This phone reminds me of a beautiful watch that gets used on only special occasions.

    I may return after my two year cycle finishes, or maybe not - depends on how Nadella handles WP10 in the future. We need WP to stay and grow, if only to keep the other two on their toes.
    rhapdog and James8561 like this.
    07-15-2015 06:54 AM
  2. rhapdog's Avatar
    I've running with an LG G4 (previously a 1020) for a couple of weeks and here are my findings:
    Thanks for an honest and unbiased review.
    07-15-2015 11:57 AM
  3. Euell Gibbons's Avatar
    Another thing I discovered that WP8 kicks Androids *** in: Car bluetooth integration. When I get a text on my WP8, my car stereo offers to read and respond to the text, all via voice commands. It then asks me to confirm the response, and I can change it if necessary. It works beautifully, and intuitively. I'm still searching for a solution in Android that will off the same functionality. Right now texts aren't available though the car stereo at all.

    And this worked straight out of the box, without any intervention from me at all.
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    07-15-2015 01:59 PM
  4. Steve Adams's Avatar
    I have been on the fence this past couple of weeks, after finding the asus zenfone 2 and zenwatch2. I am so disappointed in MS for not allowing some freedom when it comes to wearables, and in all reality the app gap is there and real. I can get a brand new zf2 for 280 dollars, and the watch for 180.

    My 1020 is an awesome phone, however, since I cracked and replaced my screen, its' beginning to let go from the body again. I can see it when I am taking off my case etc. Its last me almost a year now. That's pretty good. I usually go through a phone every 6 months or so, because I get bored. MS is taking to long to get with the program so to speak. No apps, no wearables, etc. With new vehicles coming out with android car installed, Its only a matter of time. Unless MS tactics of getting the app dev's in the game, WP is dead in the water. There will be a few holding on, but WP needs growth now, In North America, or its not going to survive here.
    07-19-2015 11:13 AM
  5. sinime's Avatar
    I'm doing an experiment with Android as well and got one the other day...

    Things I don't like:
    1) Settings menu is not laid out well (granted, the order of settings in WP8 is not great - Win 10 should at least help the organization)
    2) In my car, Bluetooth SMS is garbage... I can get it to read aloud the last text message, but have to hit a button and say "read message", it then won't let me verbally respond, I have to jack with buttons and scroll through available canned responses on the radio screen (not a good thing to do while driving). My WP lets me verbally say read it or ignore, and lets me do voice to text to reply.
    3) scrolling left and right within apps drives me crazy, like the settings app you swipe left or right and the screen starts to go and snaps back to the same screen you were on... seems the sensitivity is too low as you have to swipe almost all the way across the screen to get it to work at times.
    4) Scrolling up and down in apps seems to be too slow and too fast... to slow for normal scrolling and too fast when you try to scroll up/down quickly... seems to be all or nothing.
    5) Apps seem to overly rely on taps to the top of the screen. I don't seem to have to adjust my hand to reach the top as much on WP.
    6) FB app sucks and without the Twitter/FB People app, I wind up not paying attention to twitter at all... To be fair, the WP FB app is bad too, but the People app seems to suit my needs well.
    7) Apps list seems hard to find apps at times, a single in-line list is much better.
    8) Widgets are great in theory, but they look like they don't belong when they are put together... just looks like a jumbled mess.

    Things I like:
    1) projecting videos to my TV at the touch of a button. (WP is supposed to have this feature, but either my TV doesn't like my WP or the other way around)
    2) IR port on top to use phone as a remote for my TV and satellite box (although it doesn't seem to work for Xbox One - Although you can use the separate smart glass app)
    3) More apps - especially Fallout Shelter and the Fallout 4 companion app that are coming soon.

    I'm giving it a couple more days, but at the rate it's going, it will be in a card board box and back at the store before the return time is up.
    07-24-2015 11:52 PM
  6. Euell Gibbons's Avatar
    Settings are a mess on all of the platforms, Android, iOS and WP. In Windows 10 the new settings app is good, but not all of the settings have been added yet, you still need the Control Panel for some.
    07-28-2015 11:06 AM
  7. Euell Gibbons's Avatar
    A couple of weeks in have to say that Android is still a cluttered mess, WP8.1 is far superior in that regard. The app situation is still a problem in WP, but not the huge deal some have made it out to be.

    The constant lag/freeze/restarts present in earlier devices does seem to be gone now with the LG G2. I still sometimes need to restart, but not very often.

    I do, however, now see a much bigger problem for WP. Cheap flagship hardware for Android is now becoming available. The new OnePlus 2 phone has just been announced at a $329 price point. Other mfgs are following suit. My G2 still has flagship specs (Snapdragon 800, 2 GB Ram, 5" Full HD display, great camera), and I bought it new for $230. Right now WP has nothing that can compete with that.
    07-28-2015 11:54 AM
  8. Steve Adams's Avatar
    I beg to differ on the app gap. There are many many apps on android that I want on WP. And they are not fart apps or games. I do NOT game on a phone. But stuff I do use on android is NOT available on WP. I am guessing I have close to 20 apps that are not available or are dumbed down versions that the dev's made just to shut up people complaining about no apps for windows phone.

    I HOPE I am making the right decision by buying the new 950xl when its released. If not, Im gone to the asus side of life.
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    08-05-2015 04:53 AM
  9. Euell Gibbons's Avatar
    Well, I've had the phone long enough now to say that it is plenty stable, and free of lags/freezing. I'm a little surprised by this, actually. However, one thing that keeps popping up is battery life. Android is highly sensitive to "naughty" apps, apps that keep the phone from going into deep sleep. Yesterday, doing almost nothing on my phone at all, I was down 50% in battery by lunch. Other days I'm still left with 30% at bedtime. Android requires you to basically keep tabs on all of your apps, making sure to uninstall the bad ones. That sucks.
    rhapdog, fatclue_98, 2uiam and 1 others like this.
    08-06-2015 12:26 PM
  10. fatclue_98's Avatar
    Settings are a mess on all of the platforms, Android, iOS and WP.
    You left out BB OS10. In terms of market share, they're very close to WP so inclusion in the conversation is not out of the question. Settings and notifications are one area where the "big three" could use some serious work and since webOS is dead and buried, they should take a peek at OS 10.

    As for the lag, I've had the G2 and currently have a G3. Give it 6 months before reaching a conclusion, that's usually about the time all heck breaks loose and you start pulling your hair looking for answers. It doesn't matter if it's a factory ROM or a custom XDA special, the end result is usually the same. Hardware-wise, I do think LG is making the best Android handsets around but that's just my $.02. It's a shame that such fine hardware is straddled to an OS that can cheapen the brand so much.
    Laura Knotek likes this.
    08-08-2015 02:01 PM
  11. Euell Gibbons's Avatar
    I hope you're wrong about the 6 month thing, but I guess we'll see. In the past it took at most a couple of weeks before the lag/freezes started, so I'm hopeful.
    Laura Knotek likes this.
    08-10-2015 11:01 AM
  12. Steve Adams's Avatar
    I have yet to use an XDA developed ROM that is stable. NONE I have used were stable. The Factory ROMs on my android devices I used were stable but were just not smooth, and did not update after one go round. I wish phone companies would provide continued support.
    08-11-2015 04:38 AM
  13. fatclue_98's Avatar
    I have yet to use an XDA developed ROM that is stable. NONE I have used were stable. The Factory ROMs on my android devices I used were stable but were just not smooth, and did not update after one go round. I wish phone companies would provide continued support.
    ROMs on XDA, and others like them, are not stable because the chefs take bits and pieces from different versions to create their own "vision" for what the OEM should've been. They're not optimized for your particular device on your carrier. Not too many people stay on one ROM for very long and move on. That's fine when you're a kid with no responsibilities and all the time in the world. I'd like to think that WP is the grown-up's OS and it should just WORK with no muss, no fuss.

    Sent from my LG G3 via Tapatalk
    08-11-2015 11:25 AM
  14. Steve Adams's Avatar
    exactly agree. That is why I use wp. I have complained that android is laggy, etc. Everyone said use XDA and load a rom from there. So.....I did, guess what. They were almost unuseable. Work great for 15 min, then freeze and lock up. I do hope W10 mobile will be a good upgrade over 8.1 and get us the apps we want.
    08-11-2015 04:34 PM
  15. Euell Gibbons's Avatar
    There are some good ROMs out there, such as Cyanogen. The real problem with custom ROM's is the same problem with the stock ROMs; the developer stops working on it the minute a new version of Android becomes available. So there are never any bug fixes made past a certain point.
    08-12-2015 09:36 AM
  16. Steve Adams's Avatar
    Yeah, I tried a load on my two devices and constant freeze ups, locks etc are all I get. I have been doing some reading, and what not. I am going to dive back into the googlesphere for a bit I think, A new chormebook, zenfone2 and zenpad to try out. I am very intrigued by the chormebook os. I am going to try one of the 13" chormebooks maybe the Toshiba with HD screen.
    08-13-2015 12:25 PM
  17. etad putta's Avatar
    There are some good ROMs out there, such as Cyanogen. The real problem with custom ROM's is the same problem with the stock ROMs; the developer stops working on it the minute a new version of Android becomes available. So there are never any bug fixes made past a certain point.
    Good read....Cyanogen now has more users than Windows Mobile and BlackBerry combined | Android Central
    08-13-2015 01:14 PM
  18. Steve Adams's Avatar
    I have used some cyanogenmod baked roms. Still not stable.
    08-13-2015 05:48 PM
  19. pavvento's Avatar
    I bought an S6 Edge today after 3 years with windows phone. There are a lot of things I love, but enough things that drive me crazy and I will return it tomorrow.

    A few highlights:

    Love:

    Email or username is remembered for selection through different apps.

    Apps are plentiful and work better (uber driver icon was accurate and offered spotify tie in)

    Select text is a lot easier to use.

    Office programs blew away the ones on Windows phone. I know that is changing with windows 10, but it is absurd how much better it is.

    Hardware: Maybe the M8 is near, but no Windows phone feels as good in the hand as this one.

    Ugly:

    Keyboard is awful, even when using swype.

    Notifications: Maybe it is a problem with my band but I get notifications for EVERYTHING. When the phone is charging my band alerts me every 1% increase.

    No live tiles: self explanatory

    Text messaging: no deliniation between read and unread messages.

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    08-14-2015 12:11 AM
  20. Euell Gibbons's Avatar
    I agree with most of your sentiments, I really miss the WP keyboard. And every freaking app sends notifications. Did you install a fart app? Well then, you can expect the fart app to send notifications of breaking wind-related news.

    The whole experience reaks of constant spam.

    Another huge annoyance; with WP you get complete control over the ringtone and content of all notifications. You can choose which apps can display in the status bar, and which will just vibrate. You can assign a certain ringtone to an app or group of apps. With Android, the notification sound you get is whatever sound the app would make if it were open. Some of those sounds are awful.
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    08-14-2015 11:25 AM
  21. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    I agree with most of your sentiments, I really miss the WP keyboard. And every freaking app sends notifications. Did you install a fart app? Well then, you can expect the fart app to send notifications of breaking wind-related news.

    The whole experience reaks of constant spam.

    Another huge annoyance; with WP you get complete control over the ringtone and content of all notifications. You can choose which apps can display in the status bar, and which will just vibrate. You can assign a certain ringtone to an app or group of apps. With Android, the notification sound you get is whatever sound the app would make if it were open. Some of those sounds are awful.
    It is possible to disable notifications for Android apps.


    It is also possible to change notification sounds from the default to whatever sound one wants.

    Sent from my rooted Nexus 7 (2013) using Tapatalk
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    08-14-2015 11:39 AM
  22. Euell Gibbons's Avatar
    Good luck finding those settings, since every version of Android is different, and every flavor of Android has different settings layouts.
    08-14-2015 11:44 AM
  23. davidofmidnight's Avatar
    Good luck finding those settings, since every version of Android is different, and every flavor of Android has different settings layouts.
    On my ZenFone 2 (running Android 5.0) I went to Setting / Sound & Notifications / App notifications.

    Google's actually made this easier to find.
    Laura Knotek likes this.
    08-14-2015 12:15 PM
  24. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    On my ZenFone 2 (running Android 5.0) I went to Setting / Sound & Notifications / App notifications.

    Google's actually made this easier to find.
    That's exactly the same on my Nexus 7 and Moto X which run stock Android.

    Sent from my rooted Nexus 7 (2013) using Tapatalk
    08-14-2015 12:16 PM
  25. davidofmidnight's Avatar
    That's exactly the same on my Nexus 7 and Moto X which run stock Android.

    Sent from my rooted Nexus 7 (2013) using Tapatalk
    I just pulled out an old 4.4 phone and I would agree that it's hard to find how to disable/enable notifications easily. That may be on an app by app basis. But newer phones do make it pretty easy.
    Laura Knotek likes this.
    08-14-2015 12:22 PM
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