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  1. libra89's Avatar
    After posting and reading your replies, further reading through other posts here turned up a variety of discussions on this. Thanks for your actual reply even if you said it elsewhere already.

    Reading those various threads confirmed the value of the Nine - Email & Calendar app.

    With a 2 week free trial, I gave it a shot. Less than 10 seconds after installing it, I had full access to my Outlook contacts via my native Android dialer, Messages app, etc. And, with a slightly better UI than the Outlook for Android app (at least IMO). My initial reaction is very favorable!

    Everything is working well within the phone and syncing fine from phone to PC. I'm waiting to see a PC side contacts addition be updated on the phone. Not sure why that hasn't appeared as quickly as the other way around.

    Assuming that gets resolved, Nine appears to be a great solution for those invested in Outlook, even at the $15 price point.
    Yep, Nine is the best. I used to add my Outlook as an exchange account but I stopped wasting my time with that. Additionally, if you have any calendar events, it also syncs back to Outlook, along with connecting to your phone calendar. It also has dark theme too!
    10-12-2017 11:57 PM
  2. Sunil Kumar Swain's Avatar
    Trust me it is not that easy. Looking for a good hardware first and then after the purchase looking to still get it to look like a windows phone trying a number of skins and then settling back to the basic Android skin having no choice. Windows phone failed because of the lack of apps and that is the only thing that is good in Android. Own an Xperia z5 premium but seems disappointing from the start. Good hardware but still not satisfied. After all always a windows phone fan.
    10-16-2017 02:56 AM
  3. G4Grandad's Avatar
    Trust me it is not that easy. Looking for a good hardware first and then after the purchase looking to still get it to look like a windows phone trying a number of skins and then settling back to the basic Android skin having no choice. Windows phone failed because of the lack of apps and that is the only thing that is good in Android. Own an Xperia z5 premium but seems disappointing from the start. Good hardware but still not satisfied. After all always a windows phone fan.
    First World Problems!
    10-19-2017 11:27 AM
  4. Adventurer64's Avatar
    SquareHome2 launcher does a fairly good job. It takes some aspects of live tiles to the next level, but also lacks certain features that are probably OS related. I just switched to android and tried the stock V20 launcher and MS Launcher. I just prefer tiles and vertical scrolling since it's much more efficient, so I'm using SH2. It does slow down as you load it up with widgets, so I've prioritized.
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    10-19-2017 10:24 PM
  5. stephanejap's Avatar
    SquareHome2 launcher does a fairly good job. It takes some aspects of live tiles to the next level, but also lacks certain features that are probably OS related. I just switched to android and tried the stock V20 launcher and MS Launcher. I just prefer tiles and vertical scrolling since it's much more efficient, so I'm using SH2. It does slow down as you load it up with widgets, so I've prioritized.
    You should give Launcher 10 a try. It works just like Windows Phone 10 UI... You can even have the live tile functionality with the paid version. I haven't noticed any system slow downs yet either. Love and absolutely recommend it to anyone switching to Android who misses the tiles look.
    10-22-2017 08:08 PM
  6. identity-x's Avatar
    I swear by SquareHome2. It isn't flawless, but dare I say that I PREFER it to W10 Mobile in a number of ways!

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    10-29-2017 03:41 PM
  7. jeffchapik's Avatar
    I tried Squarehome, but preferred Launcher 10.
    10-30-2017 12:27 PM
  8. Ryujingt3's Avatar
    So I switched from 950XL to Huawei P8 lite 2017 (low cost to try it out).

    First, Outlook is fairly poor on Android. Does the job (just) but has lots missing e.g. some contact fields like anniversary. It also doesn't integrate to the phones contacts so you need to make sure the phone has some sort of sync to update the phone's contact manager with Outlook (the Huawei one did luckily).

    The Good: Lots of apps. The Huawei has an SD card, 1080p screen, a fingerprint sensor and NFC for Android Pay. I do like Android Pay.

    The Bad: Camera is flaky. Andoid itself needs a lot of TLC. I quite regularly have to bin all the in-memory apps, or you can do one at a time, to get other apps running. About 1 sec to do but a pain. There are also apps that clean up the cache etc - stuff you just don't think about on Windows mobile.

    There are no updates. My last Nougat update was Feb 2017 (it's now October) and there are lots of updates released, but the vendor doesn't include them.

    IMO - the Microsoft apps on Android as no where near as good as on Windows 10 mobile, especially, Outlook. The camera is a bit rubbish too - which I would have expected for the price point ($200).

    So - all in all - Android is not ideal, I'm not paying for iOS so will just have to put up with it for a while or maybe think about spending more for a OnePlus class phone. I'm still keeping my 950XL for holidays though (for the camera).
    When I briefly tried Android with a Samsung Galaxy Note 4 I had a similar experience (obviously you could not get Outlook at that time, but I didn't like the bloat, the UI or the messy notification system). I ended up selling the Note 4 for a 1520 and that was that. I have tried all phone OSes, and Windows Mobile is the best for me, even in its current comatose state.

    Trust me it is not that easy. Looking for a good hardware first and then after the purchase looking to still get it to look like a windows phone trying a number of skins and then settling back to the basic Android skin having no choice. Windows phone failed because of the lack of apps and that is the only thing that is good in Android. Own an Xperia z5 premium but seems disappointing from the start. Good hardware but still not satisfied. After all always a windows phone fan.
    I also don't want to mess around skinning the OS with themes and such either. I didn't like any of them. For me, if I have to change how the OS looks or I cannot do something without some sort of customization then the OS has already failed. At least with iOS they give you what you need that near enough works (from when I had an iPhone 4). It is really hit and miss with Android depending on what device and manufacturer you pick.
    01-05-2018 07:44 AM
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