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  1. Roddie Toney's Avatar
    Hi Roddie,

    Just because you're switching to a different platform doesn't mean you have to leave.

    Mobile Nations is a community of all mobile platforms. Your account here includes Passport, which gives you access to all of our sister sites. So if you're getting an Android, please check out Android Central, or if you're getting an iPhone, please check out iMore.

    We want you to stay around, no matter what platform you choose, and we're friendly on all sites. Many of us are active on multiple sites, including some of the moderators such as me, since we use multiple platforms.

    I hope this helps.
    Will do. Probably have lots of questions until I get used to android.
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    10-05-2016 12:39 PM
  2. Queen Kong1's Avatar
    I just want word flow keyboard on my android, bloody IOS get it that's cuz what' his name has one. Garage team need to pull finger out, and bring it to Android also as promised. It's all i want damn it.........It's the only reason i really went to wp anyhow. If i had it on android id be happy, personally i think the IOS Version is better anyhow than the 10 one. Why let that die with it?, it's good and well you can get loads of other msoft apps over at Googz
    10-06-2016 06:03 AM
  3. KimRM's Avatar
    I haven't done that myself, but if I can ask, why the s7? It's a nice phone but there are lots of other choices that are also nice as well, and you get more bang for your buck.
    Actually went and got one yesterday. But I got the S7 Edge instead.
    I wanted something that could compete with the camera on the 950. All the reviews say that the S7 had the best camera. So after a day with testing I can honestly say, no. The camera is not as good as the 950. But it's close. Sound quality(speaker and through aux/headsets) is also not as good as with the 950.

    BUT, Android on Samsungs has come a long way since last time I tried it. It's really fast and nice, with an insanely amount of features. It's a real consumers paradise, compared to Windows 10 Mobile. The phone has also only used around 10% battery in the 5 hours I have been at work, where my 950 would have used probably at least 3 times as much.

    So far I'm happy with it.
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    10-06-2016 07:12 AM
  4. libra89's Avatar
    Actually went and got one yesterday. But I got the S7 Edge instead.
    I wanted something that could compete with the camera on the 950. All the reviews say that the S7 had the best camera. So after a day with testing I can honestly say, no. The camera is not as good as the 950. But it's close. Sound quality(speaker and through aux/headsets) is also not as good as with the 950.

    BUT, Android on Samsungs has come a long way since last time I tried it. It's really fast and nice, with an insanely amount of features. It's a real consumers paradise, compared to Windows 10 Mobile. The phone has also only used around 10% battery in the 5 hours I have been at work, where my 950 would have used probably at least 3 times as much.

    So far I'm happy with it.
    Ooh okay, I see. You chose well. Enjoy! What color did you get?
    10-06-2016 07:15 AM
  5. KimRM's Avatar
    Ooh okay, I see. You chose well. Enjoy! What color did you get?
    Got the black one. Looks shiny and nice. Almost afraid of picking it up. Need to get a case :P
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    10-06-2016 07:19 AM
  6. tgp's Avatar
    Actually went and got one yesterday. But I got the S7 Edge instead.
    I wanted something that could compete with the camera on the 950. All the reviews say that the S7 had the best camera. So after a day with testing I can honestly say, no. The camera is not as good as the 950. But it's close. Sound quality(speaker and through aux/headsets) is also not as good as with the 950.

    BUT, Android on Samsungs has come a long way since last time I tried it. It's really fast and nice, with an insanely amount of features. It's a real consumers paradise, compared to Windows 10 Mobile. The phone has also only used around 10% battery in the 5 hours I have been at work, where my 950 would have used probably at least 3 times as much.

    So far I'm happy with it.
    My wife has an S6 Edge. My personal opinion is that the Edge feature is a bit of a gimmick. It adds a few cool touches, but overall I'm not sure it's worth the extra cost. It could be for some people though. What I like about Edge is how it looks. Somehow it looks premium, for example when you scroll sideways, it appears that the screen is rolling around the edge of the phone. Pretty neat looking!

    My wife uses a bumper case with a clear plastic back. It retains the premium appearance of the device while doing a fine job of protecting the edges. The back of the S6 Edge is glass, which makes it slippery. The case takes care of that problem too.
    10-06-2016 08:02 AM
  7. KimRM's Avatar
    My wife has an S6 Edge. My personal opinion is that the Edge feature is a bit of a gimmick. It adds a few cool touches, but overall I'm not sure it's worth the extra cost. It could be for some people though. What I like about Edge is how it looks. Somehow it looks premium, for example when you scroll sideways, it appears that the screen is rolling around the edge of the phone. Pretty neat looking!

    My wife uses a bumper case with a clear plastic back. It retains the premium appearance of the device while doing a fine job of protecting the edges. The back of the S6 Edge is glass, which makes it slippery. The case takes care of that problem too.
    It's absolutely a gimmick! I doubt I will use it much, but it looks sexy as hell with it.
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    10-06-2016 08:23 AM
  8. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    I just want word flow keyboard on my android, bloody IOS get it that's cuz what' his name has one. Garage team need to pull finger out, and bring it to Android also as promised. It's all i want damn it.........It's the only reason i really went to wp anyhow. If i had it on android id be happy, personally i think the IOS Version is better anyhow than the 10 one. Why let that die with it?, it's good and well you can get loads of other msoft apps over at Googz
    Try SwiftKey. It's just as good on Android as WordFlow, and it's owned by Microsoft.
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    10-06-2016 09:57 AM
  9. tgp's Avatar
    It's absolutely a gimmick! I doubt I will use it much, but it looks sexy as hell with it.
    Yup pretty much our conclusion! One thing my wife really likes about Edge though is that she can see the clock while it's on the nightstand basically at eye level. That is one non-gimmicky feature.
    10-06-2016 10:18 AM
  10. Queen Kong1's Avatar
    Try SwiftKey. It's just as good on Android as WordFlow, and it's owned by Microsoft.
    I did but it was giving me some weird predictions in the top bar?. Id type Mark and get March. was annoying had to keep backspacing to delete. From memory i didn't get that with word flow .
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    10-07-2016 08:23 AM
  11. Doohickie's Avatar
    So I'm back to WinPhone, at least temporarily. My LG G4 bricked. It's a known issue with a connector so LG is supposedly fixing my 16-month-old phone for free (we'll see if that's what comes to pass).

    When I had to send my Android off, I took my SIM card, plugged it into the old HTC 8X, turned it on and.... it didn't accept the SIM. I shut it off, took the SIM out, rebooted, *then* plugged the SIM in and it is working okay now.

    My transition to Android wasn't too rough. I like a lot of things about it- the flexible interface and the wealth of apps being among my favorite features.

    But going back to WinPhone reminds me how much I like its interface. It is just so smooth and pretty. The default fonts are perfect: Easy to read by my ageing eyes. It seems like even when I choose a larger font on the Android, it doesn't propagate through all the apps. Some of the apps have small enough fonts that I have trouble reading them even with my glasses. I also like Live Tiles. My Android has similar icons, but they just don't update like WP did, so I think I have updated info from the icon indicator, but when I get into the app I find out the icon display was showing old data.

    When I get my Android back I may try to find a skin/launcher that emulates WindowsPhone. They are out there apparently, but I can't tell how much I might like them until I get my phone back.

    So when my phone is due for replacement in a year or so, what do I have to look forward to with Windows? Looking around the forums here, they seem to be talking about similar issues (delayed development, lack of apps) that I read about a year and a half ago. Is WP or Windows Mobile or whatever it's called, making any headway?
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    10-10-2016 12:49 PM
  12. libra89's Avatar
    So when my phone is due for replacement in a year or so, what do I have to look forward to with Windows? Looking around the forums here, they seem to be talking about similar issues (delayed development, lack of apps) that I read about a year and a half ago. Is WP or Windows Mobile or whatever it's called, making any headway?
    I think it is making headway with some apps, and general performance. The OS seems to be updated at least once a month.
    10-10-2016 02:49 PM
  13. Doohickie's Avatar
    I think it is making headway with some apps, and general performance. The OS seems to be updated at least once a month.
    Wow. I think I got about 3 pushes in two years on my 8X. And after being shut off for over a year, there was no update available.

    Wasn't there some talk about a common standard for apps between Windows and Android that would allow Windows phones to run Android apps?
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    10-10-2016 03:24 PM
  14. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    Wow. I think I got about 3 pushes in two years on my 8X. And after being shut off for over a year, there was no update available.

    Wasn't there some talk about a common standard for apps between Windows and Android that would allow Windows phones to run Android apps?
    That was Project Astoria, which Microsoft killed.
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    10-10-2016 03:29 PM
  15. libra89's Avatar
    Wow. I think I got about 3 pushes in two years on my 8X. And after being shut off for over a year, there was no update available.

    Wasn't there some talk about a common standard for apps between Windows and Android that would allow Windows phones to run Android apps?
    Yeah, things have changed on that front. I like that. Never mind the Fast and Slow rings for Windows 10 Mobile. These updates just go for Windows 10 Mobile. The HTC 8X is not eligible for Windows 10 Mobile, so you are at the end there.
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    10-10-2016 03:32 PM
  16. ravi.tandon's Avatar
    More than any one, any place or setting, this is one place I feel I need to pour my heart out in a bittersweet good bye.

    I am writing all of this as a customer and user of Windows Mobile since Windows Mobile 5.0.
    It used to feel awesome more than 10 years ago that I could play Chess or Solitaire on a phone using Stylus.

    Being able to use outlook on phone was awesome as I could stay up with work and those nicely integrated calendars that showed me exactly where I had to be for a meeting.

    Over the years, I kept getting cheap or free Windows Phones of each iteration and was always looking forward to next iteration.
    The best phone upgrade for me back in the day was Lumia 920. It had made me happy.

    Last year, I was switching back from TMO to ATT due to service issues and Lumia 640XL felt like good device (temporarily) as I wanted to stay in WP and 950 series had not launched yet. Soon I realized how the 8GB memory is the worst configuration for a mobile in this day and age. Every time, I had to rock a new W10 build, I had to move around my apps to free up space despite having a high-end 64GB microSD.

    All the world was celebrating/enjoying their devices. ATT only carried Lumia 950. I wanted to get Lumia 950 XL but the dying platform and early build challenges kept me off.

    This year when I am eligible for an upgrade, I have nothing to upgrade to.
    I did not care about other apps leaving as I could manage without or around them, but the app that disappointed me the most on leaving the store was Amazon.

    I am a Amazon Prime customer and I love that service. Whom should I blame for how I feel not having the ability to scan an item from my phone and check its reviews on Amazon?

    Whom should I blame that I still can't forget my wallet at home.

    I started researching about different Android phones and IPhones, on what can I get that will give me live tiles back or fill the gaps I needed, while not breaking the bank.

    While Android commands great market share, its pitiful to see each flagship line laced with their own issues, the Note 7 fiasco, LG boot loops, Google killing its own Nexus line and switching manufacturer 3rd time now. And each of these priced higher than what I would like to pay.

    I don't want to praise the other platforms as each have their own good or bad things, what I am here to say is, I did not want to leave but have no option but to leave.

    It has been nice being part of this community, Windows 10 has so much promise, but after 10 years of being here, I need a change, I owe myself an issue free/seamless experience, no matter how much it is going to cost me. I am going to try that and see if the grass is indeed greener on other side.

    I am a medium to heavy phone user, and I thought to myself, if I am going to use my device for this long every day, it better be something that I cherish and not feel that I am adjusting with it.

    I may come back, but that is all up to what comes next and how my experience on other side is.

    Given that Windows Central app is on other platforms, I will keep checking in every now and then. Will miss the editors and writers here, but I believe your peers in other sections of Mobile Nations are equally good and it will good to follow them for a while.

    Until our paths cross again.

    Cheers
    Ravi

    PS: I specifically chose not to reveal what I am switching to.
    10-10-2016 06:21 PM
  17. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    More than any one, any place or setting, this is one place I feel I need to pour my heart out in a bittersweet good bye.

    I am writing all of this as a customer and user of Windows Mobile since Windows Mobile 5.0.
    It used to feel awesome more than 10 years ago that I could play Chess or Solitaire on a phone using Stylus.

    Being able to use outlook on phone was awesome as I could stay up with work and those nicely integrated calendars that showed me exactly where I had to be for a meeting.

    Over the years, I kept getting cheap or free Windows Phones of each iteration and was always looking forward to next iteration.
    The best phone upgrade for me back in the day was Lumia 920. It had made me happy.

    Last year, I was switching back from TMO to ATT due to service issues and Lumia 640XL felt like good device (temporarily) as I wanted to stay in WP and 950 series had not launched yet. Soon I realized how the 8GB memory is the worst configuration for a mobile in this day and age. Every time, I had to rock a new W10 build, I had to move around my apps to free up space despite having a high-end 64GB microSD.

    All the world was celebrating/enjoying their devices. ATT only carried Lumia 950. I wanted to get Lumia 950 XL but the dying platform and early build challenges kept me off.

    This year when I am eligible for an upgrade, I have nothing to upgrade to.
    I did not care about other apps leaving as I could manage without or around them, but the app that disappointed me the most on leaving the store was Amazon.

    I am a Amazon Prime customer and I love that service. Whom should I blame for how I feel not having the ability to scan an item from my phone and check its reviews on Amazon?

    Whom should I blame that I still can't forget my wallet at home.

    I started researching about different Android phones and IPhones, on what can I get that will give me live tiles back or fill the gaps I needed, while not breaking the bank.

    While Android commands great market share, its pitiful to see each flagship line laced with their own issues, the Note 7 fiasco, LG boot loops, Google killing its own Nexus line and switching manufacturer 3rd time now. And each of these priced higher than what I would like to pay.

    I don't want to praise the other platforms as each have their own good or bad things, what I am here to say is, I did not want to leave but have no option but to leave.

    It has been nice being part of this community, Windows 10 has so much promise, but after 10 years of being here, I need a change, I owe myself an issue free/seamless experience, no matter how much it is going to cost me. I am going to try that and see if the grass is indeed greener on other side.

    I am a medium to heavy phone user, and I thought to myself, if I am going to use my device for this long every day, it better be something that I cherish and not feel that I am adjusting with it.

    I may come back, but that is all up to what comes next and how my experience on other side is.

    Given that Windows Central app is on other platforms, I will keep checking in every now and then. Will miss the editors and writers here, but I believe your peers in other sections of Mobile Nations are equally good and it will good to follow them for a while.

    Until our paths cross again.

    Cheers
    Ravi

    PS: I specifically chose not to reveal what I am switching to.
    Good luck with your new device.

    Since you are a member here, your Passport allows you to also be part of AndroidCentral and iMore. Please check out those communities. You'll recognize a lot of folks who are members there as well, including several mods.
    10-10-2016 09:41 PM
  18. libra89's Avatar
    I bought the 550, thanks to that super promo from B&H and I got it yesterday. I'm planning to have it replace my Lumia 640, because I am so tired of performance issues and dumb glitches that come with updates. I feel like you can't break in a new phone without a SIM, so I'll give it a day or two. I love the size of it, oh how I missed this size. We'll see how this goes.
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    10-11-2016 09:12 AM
  19. dgr_874's Avatar

    When I get my Android back I may try to find a skin/launcher that emulates WindowsPhone. They are out there apparently, but I can't tell how much I might like them until I get my phone back.
    Check out "Square Home 2" in the Play Store. It's got so many options that you can make it almost an exact copy of your windows phone interface. Best 4.99 I have spent in a long time.
    10-11-2016 09:44 AM
  20. tgp's Avatar
    I bought the 550, thanks to that super promo from B&H and I got it yesterday.
    I hesitated and then missed it. I would have gone for the 650 though. I wanted to try Microsoft Wallet. I am a huge tap-and-pay fan. That is why my next primary device will likely be a Samsung. (Relax everyone, I'm going for the non-exploding model!)
    10-11-2016 10:24 AM
  21. libra89's Avatar
    I hesitated and then missed it. I would have gone for the 650 though. I wanted to try Microsoft Wallet. I am a huge tap-and-pay fan. That is why my next primary device will likely be a Samsung. (Relax everyone, I'm going for the non-exploding model!)
    Aw man, that sucks that you missed it.

    I believe this, I heard a lot about Samsung Pay being awesome. (I know that my credit union does not support Microsoft Wallet though.)
    Do you mean future devices, as in what's to come next year?
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    10-11-2016 10:30 AM
  22. tgp's Avatar
    I believe this, I heard a lot about Samsung Pay being awesome.
    My wife uses an S6 Edge, and she has lots of fun with it. She'll pull it out to pay, and the cashier is like "We don't take that h... Whoa, that's cool!"

    Do you mean future devices, as in what's to come next year?
    Not sure yet. Maybe the US factory unlocked S7 Edge, or the S8 equivalent if I wait that long.
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    10-11-2016 10:58 AM
  23. libra89's Avatar
    Not sure yet. Maybe the US factory unlocked S7 Edge, or the S8 equivalent if I wait that long.
    Please post somewhere when you choose something, I'm curious because I recall how much you love(d) that Nexus 6.

    So there's a sale on a Huawei smartwatch (450 down to 190). Anyone have or use a smartwatch? I know it's mostly not there on Windows Mobile but I think it would be nice to try with my iPhone and Honor 8...which I am missing the connectivity of.
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    10-11-2016 01:57 PM
  24. tgp's Avatar
    Please post somewhere when you choose something, I'm curious because I recall how much you love(d) that Nexus 6.
    I still mourn the loss of that Nexus 6! I upgraded to the Nexus 6P, but after the fact I consider it a sidegrade at best. There are only 2 features of the 6P I like better: the fingerprint reader and voice unlocking. Looking back, I would probably keep the Nexus 6 until "the next big thing".

    I found the 6P on Craigslist at a price I couldn't refuse. Even today, 5 months later, its equivalents are going for about $75 more than what I paid for it. At least I should get my money back when I upgrade.

    So there's a sale on a Huawei smartwatch (450 down to 190). Anyone have or use a smartwatch?
    I use an LG G Watch, which was the first Android Wear smartwatch to be released and shipped. It still works very well, but it is not getting the next major version upgrade. I'm planning to upgrade sometime this winter when I upgrade my phone. I've become so accustomed to a smartwatch that I would feel naked without it. I can't see myself going without one anytime soon!
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    10-11-2016 03:08 PM
  25. Dadstar0410's Avatar
    I too am switching from Windows to Android. I'm a Verizon user, grandfathered into their new system, so our bills are pretty cheap with five smartphone lines. With Microsoft focusing on business users with their smartphones, it's about time that I switch to Android. I'm amazed by the Pixel XL and plan on buying that (although I'm debating the white or the blue. Help me out!) Although that phone is 100% Google, I'm hoping some of the features can be disabled and replaced with Cortana, like Google Assistant. But that phone is beautiful, and I want it now. too bad I must wait until Black Friday :( but I will still keep checking out WCentral for news and the latest forum banter, else I'll miss it too much.
    Laura Knotek likes this.
    10-11-2016 10:01 PM
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