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  1. DavidinCT's Avatar
    Hey all,

    I am stepping back from Windows Phone for 1 week. I scored a Verizon LG G3 in white for $45 that was not working and I just got it back because it was under warranty(fixed like brand new) and the phone is in flawless shape. :)

    I've always been a WIndows guy, starting from HPC 1.0 and through PocketPC to Windows Mobile, directly to Windows Phone, so never really played seriously with Android.

    This is still a top of the line phone, still going for close to $200 on ebay and side by side very comparable in performance spec wise to my ICON. Even the few test pictures with the laser focus system was pretty impressive. Slick phone, beautiful 5.5" display, it should fit.

    So I sit here and complain about Apps on Windows Phone, so now I will have all the apps I could dream of, plus all the issues with Android. Let's see how much I miss Windows Phone.

    My plan was to sell the phone (nice profit and move on) but, I think I will be living with the phone for 1 week, live in the Android world, have Native Pebble support, get the apps like BOA that is missing from WP and see if it's really as bad as everyone HERE says.

    So far after about 4-5 hours using it, I am so-so with it, I think it's a mess. I do need to give it time though, Animated wall paper is pretty freaking cool tho... :)

    Does anyone want me to pass back reports of my feelings on it, or just wait till I am done for the week ?
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    09-26-2015 04:26 PM
  2. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    Please see my thread here on AndroidCentral. http://forums.androidcentral.com/sho...d.php?t=508231
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    09-26-2015 04:29 PM
  3. ven07's Avatar
    Does anyone want me to pass back reports of my feelings on it, or just wait till I am done for the week ?
    Hell yea :D
    09-26-2015 04:29 PM
  4. DavidinCT's Avatar
    Thanks for that, again I am a total noob, dabbled in past phones (I have had 6 Android phones), I keep buying broken phones and fixing them, plan to play for a while, end up getting a broken phone for around $40, $45 in parts to fix and find out they are worth $175-200, and I just cant turn down a good profit so , I play with them for about 1 hour and they go up for sale.... and I have done very well at it too. No way in the world I can turn down FREE MONEY :)

    This one is a slick phone, almost the same shape as a G4 (for some reason, I really like the LG Android devices), and seems like a solid phone. Reviews are pretty good on this model over all.

    Thanks for your review, I knew Microsoft "sold out" to Android but, now as a user, I didn't know how deep it goes. After a few hours of playing with the Inbox app for email on Android, I just downloaded Outlook and cant wait to get setup. It really looks like exactly what I am looking for (word, Excel, Onenote, onedrive, downloaded as well).

    With day one passing, I got my Pebble setup, It's nice to have an official app, can get everything directly now, faces, apps, and they ALL WORK with no hacks. Bank of America offers check deposit like we had before (even the Android apps on WP didn't offer that one option). And finally, I get my Dish ANywhere app for my sling box, so now I can stream live TV from home... It will be nice tomorrow as I have to do some thigns while the football game is on...now I can bring it with me...EPIC...

    The OS seems dynamic, a lot more than WP, as you have more places to store apps but, it kind of seems all over the place. Looking over it, I think WP is easier for someone to pick up and get going than Android. It really feels like a mess compared to WP.

    Just kind of learned the basics of them, how to sort apps and move them to different "screens", it sucks that I cant remove some apps... and I have no plans on "rooting" this device.

    Battery life has been questionable but, I started with 45%, charged about 70% and been playing with it most of the day, so my battery just hit 14%, and charging it again... Those animated wallpaper were very cool but, I actually watched the battery drop by 10% after using it for 2 hours... so much for that.... :(

    More to come as I start my work week, This will have 4 email accounts and texts about 40-50 times a day, never mind all the meetings and personal events... It will be interesting to see how it holds up to my busy life... Windows Phone did a epic job at that.

    and I get to really compare "google now" to "Cortana" so far, I like Cortana better....
    09-26-2015 08:43 PM
  5. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    I don't use the animated wallpapers either. I tried them just to see what they look like, but they were a battery draining gimmick to me.

    What impresses me about Android is the seemingly limitless ways to share. Look at how I can share from the Tapatalk app.



    Sent from my rooted Nexus 7 (2013) using Tapatalk
    09-26-2015 08:55 PM
  6. DavidinCT's Avatar
    Laura, quick one for you, I have been searching but, with out luck, I installed Outlook, got my Exchange server and Hotmail account setup. I disabled the accounts on the default email program on google (why have mail syncing 2 times on one device ?)

    So, now, I see that my contacts on my phone are gone, as I use my person contacts on the Exchange server. When I go and setup the contacts in the phone program, It does not list outlook or exchange as an option. I see all my contacts file in outlook.

    Now do I get my contacts in Outlook (exchange) to populate the phone so I can use them for dialing etc ?

    Or do I need to use the default email program and just sync contacts (kind of pointless but, ok) ?
    09-27-2015 11:34 AM
  7. TechFreak1's Avatar
    Subscribed intrigued to see how this unfolds as your not thoughtlessly randomly ranting away as some start to do lol.
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    09-28-2015 02:58 AM
  8. Joshwin's Avatar
    Look at how I can share from the Tapatalk app
    But this list of apps to share are the apps that you have installed on the phone aren't they? which is the same on WPs right?
    09-28-2015 03:47 AM
  9. Joshwin's Avatar
    Your post on android central makes me want to switch to android.lol. WP is sufficient for what i do though. and I haven't tried W10m yet. I hope universal apps and MS services will be better on W10M than on android once the W10M is released. and that is my final hope. lets see how it turns out.
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    09-28-2015 04:01 AM
  10. realwarder's Avatar
    But this list of apps to share are the apps that you have installed on the phone aren't they? which is the same on WPs right?
    Yes. And how confusing is that list! I guess you remove apps for a simpler list.
    09-28-2015 08:58 AM
  11. DavidinCT's Avatar
    OK, Day 2, first day of work with it, over all very busy day so I didn't use the phone too much, maybe checked email 10-15 times, about 8-10 texts and checked a few other things a few times. Battery was at 100% when pulled off the charger (5:50am), it's 8.10pm, battery is at 59%. Not too bad on this aspect.

    I thought the Verizon LG G3 came with wireless charging (I have an ICON and wireless chargers all around) but, No that is another $40(new back cover)...WTF ? So eBay, you can replace the NFC sticker on the back cover, $7.95, ordered from a local seller should have in a day or so. THANK GOD FOR THIS.

    Over the weekend, I took a bunch of pictures, of the kids and places we were going (wife and kids), the camera is pretty impressive over all. Picture quality is as good as the ICON in most cases(13mp camera) and the focus is VERY fast, as it uses a laser focus. Almost as fast as my wife's iPhone 5c but, worlds better in quality.

    Using the OS, seems like an unfinished OS, what I mean, with all the screens around the OS, there is so many places where you can move apps, and even on your home page (that shows time, weather and your main apps), you can only put so many icons and need to swipe to see more, with no "live tiles" and if you have something in one of the apps, you just see the number on the ICON. This is a LG G3, so their front end is different I assume than say, Samsung.

    There is a lot of aspects of Android, I don't understand, like Widgets (WTF are they?) and on the 2nd screen it's got Amazon, although I don't mind shopping there time to time, How do I get rid of that and put something useful there ?

    Microsoft Outlook for Android is a MAJOR disappointment, I was expecting more from it. Outlook as always been known as one of the best PIM (personal information manager) applications ever and even on the PC, there really is not much that comes close to it, in layout and features.

    On a phone, I expected it to REPLACE the built in Mail/Contacts/calendar that is all made by google (OS default apps). Although it's a nice email manager. If you have contacts in outlook, they do not populate the phone, so no contacts in your phone book for dialing numbers (WTF ?). And I did get notifications for emails on the phone but, With the official Pebble app (my Pebble steel that I live by), it does not get email notifications from Outlook but, they did from the default app (is there a setting for this ?). So as we all thought of Microsoft selling out, maybe it's just the fact that they limited the features on this, so if you want the FULL outlook experience, you need a Windows Phone ?

    As for the hardware, I like the phone a lot, it's slick, sexy and 5.5" display is awesome. In just ease of use, layout, I think Windows Phone has it.

    I like what this phone offers and most of the things is the LIMITS of Windows Phone, Tap to pay, Apps, Native hardware support (smartwatches and other devices) and Apps (yes, I said it 2 times because this is HUGE all the apps that I am dreaming of on WP, are ALL AVAILABLE on Android).

    At this point, I still like Windows Phone's experience much better but, it's only been a few days now...

    To Android experts, Is there a good site or set of videos someplace that will show all the features and how to use them on Android ? Just so I can give this a fair test ?
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    09-28-2015 07:32 PM
  12. realwarder's Avatar
    Thanks for the update - am subscribed to your journey. WM10 may get more apps due to Android app support. Maybe payment solution too. Not long to find out. Odd that Outlook is so poor on Android. Mail was one thing that I found excellent on WP8 but I had heard such good things about other mobile mail platforms. Of course WM10 Outlook is quite featured now so perhaps it's ahead of the other platforms again.
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    09-28-2015 07:38 PM
  13. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    OK, Day 2, first day of work with it, over all very busy day so I didn't use the phone too much, maybe checked email 10-15 times, about 8-10 texts and checked a few other things a few times. Battery was at 100% when pulled off the charger (5:50am), it's 8.10pm, battery is at 59%. Not too bad on this aspect.

    I thought the Verizon LG G3 came with wireless charging (I have an ICON and wireless chargers all around) but, No that is another $40(new back cover)...WTF ? So eBay, you can replace the NFC sticker on the back cover, $7.95, ordered from a local seller should have in a day or so. THANK GOD FOR THIS.

    Over the weekend, I took a bunch of pictures, of the kids and places we were going (wife and kids), the camera is pretty impressive over all. Picture quality is as good as the ICON in most cases(13mp camera) and the focus is VERY fast, as it uses a laser focus. Almost as fast as my wife's iPhone 5c but, worlds better in quality.

    Using the OS, seems like an unfinished OS, what I mean, with all the screens around the OS, there is so many places where you can move apps, and even on your home page (that shows time, weather and your main apps), you can only put so many icons and need to swipe to see more, with no "live tiles" and if you have something in one of the apps, you just see the number on the ICON. This is a LG G3, so their front end is different I assume than say, Samsung.

    There is a lot of aspects of Android, I don't understand, like Widgets (WTF are they?) and on the 2nd screen it's got Amazon, although I don't mind shopping there time to time, How do I get rid of that and put something useful there ?

    Microsoft Outlook for Android is a MAJOR disappointment, I was expecting more from it. Outlook as always been known as one of the best PIM (personal information manager) applications ever and even on the PC, there really is not much that comes close to it, in layout and features.

    On a phone, I expected it to REPLACE the built in Mail/Contacts/calendar that is all made by google (OS default apps). Although it's a nice email manager. If you have contacts in outlook, they do not populate the phone, so no contacts in your phone book for dialing numbers (WTF ?). And I did get notifications for emails on the phone but, With the official Pebble app (my Pebble steel that I live by), it does not get email notifications from Outlook but, they did from the default app (is there a setting for this ?). So as we all thought of Microsoft selling out, maybe it's just the fact that they limited the features on this, so if you want the FULL outlook experience, you need a Windows Phone ?

    As for the hardware, I like the phone a lot, it's slick, sexy and 5.5" display is awesome. In just ease of use, layout, I think Windows Phone has it.

    I like what this phone offers and most of the things is the LIMITS of Windows Phone, Tap to pay, Apps, Native hardware support (smartwatches and other devices) and Apps (yes, I said it 2 times because this is HUGE all the apps that I am dreaming of on WP, are ALL AVAILABLE on Android).

    At this point, I still like Windows Phone's experience much better but, it's only been a few days now...

    To Android experts, Is there a good site or set of videos someplace that will show all the features and how to use them on Android ? Just so I can give this a fair test ?
    Here's a good article about customizing the homescreens. How to edit the homescreens on the LG G4 http://www.androidcentral.com/how-ed...escreens-lg-g4
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    09-28-2015 07:52 PM
  14. DavidinCT's Avatar
    One other cool thing I wanted to bring up, is using a Pebble on a phone that has native support...This is freaking cool. So I get a text and a little icon shows up on the center of the right side(with showing the content of the text), if I push the center button on the watch, it gives me an option "Open on Phone" or "dismiss". If I select "Open on Phone" when I unlock the phone, the app is open and brings me right to the notification I got, works on texts, emails and Facebook posts....very cool.

    Not something we got with the Pebble Notifications app for Windows Phone... another disappointment :(
    Last edited by DavidinCT; 09-28-2015 at 08:12 PM.
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    09-28-2015 07:54 PM
  15. ven07's Avatar
    Lol for some reason I always had an issue with the many screens available for placing apps as well :D but that's mostly because some people have no organization skills :/ apps everywhere...
    09-29-2015 05:11 PM
  16. tgp's Avatar
    Lol for some reason I always had an issue with the many screens available for placing apps as well :D
    Although I'm used to it, I understand what you mean. But in reality, the concept is not much different than WP. Think of it as scrolling horizontally rather than vertically.

    Sent from whatever device I happen to be using today using Tapatalk
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    09-30-2015 01:22 AM
  17. DavidinCT's Avatar
    OK, Day 4. So far, I miss Cortana, as when I am driving my texts are not read to me, and I get some crap for not replying to my wife when she texts me (one of those...can you stop at the store on the way home from work?).

    Applications, the versions that are on both WP and Android, the android versions of everything I have tried is better, quality, updated and features. This includes the big ones, like Facebook and Twitter. Never mind little apps.

    Another example, Tune in radio, I use to stream a local station, where I am working now (just started a new job a 2 weeks ago) I lose the station 1/2 way to work (and I like the morning show), The Windows Phone version seems like it was updated 5 years ago compared to the Android version and the WP version sometimes stops after 5-10 min, requiring you to restart the app or just hit play to play it again, the Android version, used it 3 times this week and over an hour each time with 0 stops and it seems to buffer better, I know there is some spotty areas on the way to work and I do not lose the station once(it handles it better than the WP version does).

    Games, as I am a Xbox player, I miss that. There is a lot of cool games for it.

    As I use it more and more, the OS is ok, I guess, it's almost an iPhone clone in some aspects (screens full of icons), I got my 3 email accounts I setup into 3 icons( gave up on Outlook, not using it any more), that show the email as a number, day to day, so far, it's doing the job. Still trying to understand some features of it, I don't know the whole thing.

    I still like Windows Phone's layout better and the look over the OS more.

    I just wish Microsoft had more apps.... :(
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    09-30-2015 07:48 PM
  18. realwarder's Avatar
    An updated Windows 10 version of Tune In is coming.

    Apps apps apps. It's always about the apps ;)
    09-30-2015 09:11 PM
  19. DavidinCT's Avatar
    An updated Windows 10 version of Tune In is coming.

    Apps apps apps. It's always about the apps ;)
    But, that is what it IS about....Talk to anyone with an iPhone, or Android, it's all about the apps. It's also the reason why I am giving Android a test to see if it's actually better on the other side. And Microsoft knows this...

    We used to have some of the apps that I wanted but, they got pulled at one point or another but, If they are giving us a updated Tune in on WIndows 10....when is the next time it's updated when WIndows 11 comes out (and we know that is NOT coming anytime soon)?

    After all, on Tune in, I think it's the same app that we got back on Windows phone 7 (there is a LOT of apps like that, in the marketplace and NEVER updated)
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    09-30-2015 10:06 PM
  20. tgp's Avatar
    OK, Day 4. So far, I miss Cortana, as when I am driving my texts are not read to me, and I get some crap for not replying to my wife when she texts me (one of those...can you stop at the store on the way home from work?).
    This is one area where WP easily beats Android. Android does have a built in function that will read texts to you and allow hands free operation. It is in Settings > Accessibility > TalkBack. The caveat is that TalkBack is designed for the vision impaired, and it will say aloud everything that happens, such as taps. However, I believe it will do what you want.

    Otherwise, there are apps! Motorola has Moto Assist, which is brilliant. My wife has a Moto X, and her phone does what WP does as far as reading texts and offering total hands free operation. It switches on automatically while driving. However, it is not a built in Android feature, but rather Motorola. There is at least one good app that emulates Moto Assist pretty well, called Agent. It is free in the Play Store for trial, with an IAP upgrade. And FWIW, it was last updated 3 days ago! Agent - Play Store

    If you miss Live Tiles and/or do not like the sea of icons, have you tried using widgets? In my opinion they're Live Tiles on steroids. I like them much better, since they're actionable.
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    09-30-2015 10:24 PM
  21. blackfire's Avatar
    Thanks for the updates. I'm test driving the new iPhone 6s Plus, but I'm keeping my HTC One M8 for Windows to play with Windows 10 Mobile and see how things evolve. I agree that apps really feel years ahead on iPhone or Android. Very polished experience; but I really do miss Cortana and being able to reply to texts as I receive them (as you mentioned earlier). In general, Siri is not as bad as I initially thought for when I need to initiate an action (saying "Hey Siri" has never failed so far). Also, if I can add some subjectivity, I like Cortana's voice a lot more than Siri's. :-)

    I hate that almost every picture go to Camera Roll on the iPhone. Even pictures I receive from WhatsApp. Feels pretty dumb in my opinion. OneDrive integration in Windows Phone is certainly better than on the iPhone, but at least usability is acceptable.

    But as you say... the apps... it was (and still is) a huge reality check. I was one of those who usually say "I have all apps I needed", until I started downloading apps on the iPhone and started noticing the experience is quite better than using a mobile browser. I really hope Microsoft attract more developers with their bridges for apps from other platforms. As you can see on my signature, I'm mostly a Windows guy too. I'm almost certain I'll come back later on, and hope things are even better then. For now, I think I'm keeping the iPhone 6s+ this time around.

    Good luck with your test drive, and let us know what you end up doing; if selling it as you said or changing your mind to keep it.
    10-01-2015 01:40 AM
  22. realwarder's Avatar
    But, that is what it IS about....Talk to anyone with an iPhone, or Android, it's all about the apps. It's also the reason why I am giving Android a test to see if it's actually better on the other side. And Microsoft knows this...

    We used to have some of the apps that I wanted but, they got pulled at one point or another but, If they are giving us a updated Tune in on WIndows 10....when is the next time it's updated when WIndows 11 comes out (and we know that is NOT coming anytime soon)?

    After all, on Tune in, I think it's the same app that we got back on Windows phone 7 (there is a LOT of apps like that, in the marketplace and NEVER updated)
    I know... I was saying that tongue in cheek. We all know that other platforms have more refined apps. So it's down to how you use a phone. For me the core functionality is the most important. I'm not on Facebook. I don't care if twitter is a little clunky as I can still read a news feed perfectly ok. I'm not needing Tinder. I definitely don't have a need for SnapChat. Etc. If I can take some nice photos, find a way somewhere when lost or travelling, price check and read the news and email then I'm happy. Oh, and play a few small games to waste some time. I can do all that perfectly on Windows Phone. If I was a young single person I'd want more apps. But I'm not anymore.

    So there you go. Windows phone is best for the family or older person, not for the young. So all you have to do if reading is work out which camp you're in. That is until Microsoft get some top companies to use the bridges to bring their apps (the ones I listed at minimum) to WM10.

    (Of course if you're a parent and don't want your kid on SnapChat and don't want to pay out $700 for a phone to have it broken a week later, that's another great market for a totally usable and virtually disposable $79 WP.)

    Sorry, getting OT although this is kind of foundational as you say. It sounds like Cortana is a strength of WP. I find her incredibly useful and getting more powerful by the month. Good to hear that despite the apps being weak, that other core functionality like Outlook and Cortana really are better on Windows.
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    10-01-2015 07:38 AM
  23. DavidinCT's Avatar
    This is one area where WP easily beats Android. Android does have a built in function that will read texts to you and allow hands free operation. It is in Settings > Accessibility > TalkBack. The caveat is that TalkBack is designed for the vision impaired, and it will say aloud everything that happens, such as taps. However, I believe it will do what you want..
    Wow that lasted about 20 seconds before I disabled that. I can see the use for blind people but, for people that are not blind, its the most ANNOYING feature I have ever seen. Just touching any thing it would say what your doing (as you said), I would not even be able to use my phone in public with that feature on !!!!

    Otherwise, there are apps! Motorola has Moto Assist, which is brilliant. My wife has a Moto X, and her phone does what WP does as far as reading texts and offering total hands free operation. It switches on automatically while driving. However, it is not a built in Android feature, but rather Motorola. There is at least one good app that emulates Moto Assist pretty well, called Agent. It is free in the Play Store for trial, with an IAP upgrade. And FWIW, it was last updated 3 days ago! Agent - Play Store

    If you miss Live Tiles and/or do not like the sea of icons, have you tried using widgets? In my opinion they're Live Tiles on steroids. I like them much better, since they're actionable.
    Edit: Checked out agent in the store, I installed it right away(looks like it will do what I want, thanks!) at work but, maybe I will play with it tonight.

    I will check it out, thanks ! Reading and replying to texts via voice is something I really could use. After having Cortana for so long, it's an EXPECTED feature. I guess sometimes the grass is not always greener on the other side.

    Apps, Apps, Apps is one of the reasons I have been using the phone this long, It's really shocking how poor Windows Phone is on this aspect in a lot of areas. Even the facebook app is worlds better, the WP version just got updated, after years and I dont think it's even close to the Android or iOS version (my wife has an iPhone so I play time to time as she shows me a lot on her facebook profile) and this is just 1 example out of the 20 or so apps I installed on my LG G3.

    There are + and - to each of them. Tomorrow is my 1 week. I will give a report later tonight but, I think there is more I need to try to play with.
    10-02-2015 08:26 AM
  24. DavidinCT's Avatar
    OK, after a little more than a week with Android and My LG G3 phone, I think I am going back to Windows Phone...

    The Hardware Verizon LG G3 in White.
    The Phone itself, as I said before, spec wise is a really nice phone, hardware is nice, display is pretty awesome and the camera does a great job, close to what the Icon can do. It's thinner than the ICON and a little sexier in some aspects. WITH this being said, I am putting this in hardware, not software (but it could be), Charging sucks on it, With a standard charger (about a year or 2 old, USB based charger), it slow charges, no way around it, what I mean is, when I put my phone on the charger when I go to bed with 14% left, I wake up 7 hours later with the phone on the charger every moment, it's at 28%...WTF ? Using a Quick Charge 2.0 car charger, on the way to work (a hair over a hour ride), it will take the 20% (after a little use in the morning) and bring it to 85ish %... With the ICON and a standard charger, it would be 100% over night.

    Phone calls seemed good but, quality from people I called, not as good as my ICON, people complained they could not hear me, unless my mouth was right on the phone. One night I dropped my SIM back into my ICON just to make a few calls, then swapped it back.

    The software.
    Now, this is OUT OF THE BOX, no mods, no rooting, No 3rd party interfaces on it. I honestly think Android is a mess. What I mean, it just seems like the OS was patched from other OS's to make it what it is (something like I remember from WM days, where HTC would put their Sense interface over it and it did more bad then good on a lesser CPU'd phone). And understanding how android is setup for each OEM, I guess my feeling here is right.

    The layout is what I mean as all over the place, different screens, different "desktops" (if that is what they are called), I have 3-4 screens by default by swiping left to right but, these have nothing in them till you go to your "ALL APPS" to move ones you want. So even on this, you have many places to find your apps and you could install 10 apps and you could totally forget about them, completely hidden from day to day view with no way to access them unless you dig in a little deeper.

    One major annoyance that I found was AS DEFAULT, a notification, is a notification, is a notification, what I mean here is, a notification sound would pop up with the same sound for EVERYTHING. So, If I get a email, I would get a Ding !, if I got a text, I got the SAME DING and if I got a Facebook post, I would get the SAME DING. SO after a while, I kind of got numb to this sound, as I get a LOT of email from work, and a FEW times, my wife would be texting me, and I would not even hear it thinking it was an email (lots of fights).

    I also found the OS, a little laggy after about 2 days, If I opened an app, it was there in the background and does not close. So I have to remember to go into it (LG has a button just for that)and close every app I open or there is a HIT on battery life. After about 2 days, some things just stopped working, after a reboot, all was good again. Tweaking things, like apps and disabling apps I didn't want (cant uninstall them) So hardware or software, or just Android, there is something really wrong in this aspect.

    Other things are normal complaints with a carrier's version of Android...like I CAN'T uninstall VZW Navigator ? Really ?

    Now Not is all bad...

    Once the layout was setup and I figured out some things, Email was where I wanted, I got a ICON with a number on it showing how many new emails for all 4 accounts, and texts would show up with all my Twitter and Facebook notifications (something I expected from ANY smartphone), the 2nd page, I got rid of Amazon and put in my Calendar and it was nice to have there. Most features were there that I expecting in a smart phone and for the most part, everything I NEEDED to do, could be done fairly quickly and with very little issues.

    There is a lot of customization options and as said above, sharing content aspect was really cool but, I found that it's nice to have all these options but, 4-5 of them is all I needed and I do have that with WP.

    The built in apps were over all pretty good and I did not find myself disappointed at all for the most point, If you expected a morning alarm, the one built in, for the most part, they all worked pretty good and same across the board , one to come to mind is the "Play Newsstand" for "news" this app was epic, the PERFECT news reader that I never tried to customize but, the default options it was great for morning news (Is there a mirrored program like this for WP ?).

    The app store, yea, no question, it BLOWS away Windows Phone on this aspect, the apps, the options, WP is a joke compared to it... WOW, I can get my bank's app (that was yanked from WP) again and DEPOSIT CHECKS using the camera again ? Oh, I can get my local TV station's app that shows weather and traffic ? Cool, and I can even get a Dish Network Sling app, so I can watch my DVR'd shows where ever I go ? Really ? The Pizza place down the road even has a Android app, WP ? LOL Oh, I have been missing so much by owing a Windows Phone device. How epic this is to have ACESS to this many apps, it's just a understatement. WP has a good selection, don't get me wrong but, when you get into the local app thing, or even specialty stuff, it cant even come close.

    If Windows Phone was to go away for good, as MS dumped it and there was no choice but to grab another phone. Android would be an option, I see why people feel they need to "ROOT" their device and tweak them. Out of the box, Android would not be the PERFECT fit for me, after browsing some of the "rom sites" and seeing the features, I could see I could spend weeks getting a rom to do what I want to do and make an Android phone what I want.

    Not sure I can BASH a Android device any more, It was not a bad week, I was able to do what I wanted and NEEDED to do. Now to go back to WP and besides the Apps, was there anything I will miss from Android...

    Feel free to comment, I was thinking about if I can find, and do this with a iOS device too...
    libra89 likes this.
    10-05-2015 08:48 PM
  25. realwarder's Avatar
    Somethings sound pretty fundamental - not charging a phone overnight. Perhaps something is wrong with that phone charger and it's using the slow 500mA charge rate?

    I'm hoping that we can get apps like your local Pizza app using the Android emulation soon... not that I need an app as I already order Papa Johns and Dominos from my WP, but some people want an app for everything in life.

    Security is my biggest issue with Android, with a billion vulnerable phones out there and few ever updated, makes me nervous.

    Now to hear how iOS compares would be interesting. That is more secure and closer to Windows. (Or perhaps Windows is closer to it.) But it has all the apps. Just quite expensive with limited choice.
    10-05-2015 10:00 PM
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