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  1. 2007H3's Avatar
    Moved over from a Nokia Lumia 920 purchased in Nov of 2012 and got a Galaxy S6 on Friday. I moved due to BOA killing support of their native app. I have no more apps worries, but I'm not that impressed with the S6. Would rather have purchased a flagship Windows Phone with the app support - if it existed. I'll miss the hell out of Here Drive+ , the OS's raw smoothness, and live tiles... the S6 and all it's wizbangetry, still feels more clunky than my 2 1/2 year old Nokia 920.
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    04-13-2015 02:55 PM
  2. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    Moved over from a Nokia Lumia 920 purchased in Nov of 2012 and got a Galaxy S6 on Friday. I moved due to BOA killing support of their native app. I have no more apps worries, but I'm not that impressed with the S6. Would rather have purchased a flagship Windows Phone with the app support - if it existed. I'll miss the hell out of Here Drive+ , the OS's raw smoothness, and live tiles... the S6 and all it's wizbangetry, still feels more clunky than my 2 1/2 year old Nokia 920.
    Here Maps is available for Android. HERE - Android Apps on Google Play
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d....here.app.maps

    Sent from my Moto X using Tapatalk
    04-13-2015 03:04 PM
  3. Jonny702's Avatar
    5 years ago I bought a Samsung Focus. I've used Windows Phone exclusively every day since then. Yesterday I put in an order for a OnePlus One; also known as "The Flagship Killer". The purpose of this thread isn't to say "win phone sux" or some similar ignorant statement. As a matter of fact I very very much like the platform. I type this thread with the hope that someone on the Windows Phone team will see it and some changes will finally start to happen.

    The Waiting Game

    In 2010 when I got my Samsung Focus Windows Phone 7 handset I knew it was an "underdog" as smartphone platforms went. Back then you had to have faith that it would grow to rival the giants in the smartphone space, and grow it did. I remember being a part of an excited group of people who said "Just wait for Mango (windows phone 7.5)" and wait we did, when 7.5 released it was a lot better and we all said "This is good, but just wait for phone 8....". Windows Phone 8 released (at this time I was using a Lumia 900) and those of us on Windows Phone 7.5 had to buy new hardware that would support the new OS. Windows Phone 8 brought a lot of features but we were still left in the cold compared to Droid and iOS users. But we didn't worry because Windows phone 8.1 was coming, with universal apps and all kinds of cool stuff. Surely Microsoft would also take this opportunity to maybe finance the development of some more popular apps we were missing? Nope. And now we wait for windows phone 10 (and universal apps again)

    "Developers! Developers! Developers!"

    Microsoft has made a big deal about their commitment to developers, at one time something like 45 of the top 50 most used apps were available on Windows Phone. Now we deal with companies pulling their apps (If you need example, I'm sure there's some on the home page of WindowsCentral), strong arming independent 3rd party app devs for whatever odd reason (StarBucks, Snapchat) and Beta or minimal feature apps that never get updated (Lookin' at you Instagram). While the platform has some of the most dedicated and talented devs around (Rudy is awesome), it's just not enough to compete in the market. When Apple was making the iPhone, they went and got people to write apps for it. Surely their has to be a way to give incentive to making your app as full featured and beautiful on Windows Phone as it is elsewhere.

    I'm so tired of Phones built for "Emerging Markets"

    There has been some amazing hardware on Windows Phone, no question. The stuff Nokia was doing was phenomenal. 41 Megapixels?!?! Are you kidding me?!?! Awesome. Then one day Microsoft purchased Nokias device business for 7.2 billion dollars. Let me show you what that looks like with real numbers: $7,200,000,000! That's a sizable sum of money. And what has Microsoft done since they acquired this awesome smartphone building team? I dunno, not much. Budget device after Budget device... So very many phones I don't care about: 430s and 530s and 640s..... Whatever. I hate to sound snobby but I'm so sick and tired of the lack of flagships

    I could go further to talk about how where I live we didn't even get a phablet or a 930 or an Icon or... well the list goes on (no I don't live in an emerging market)

    With all that said, I will be really sad to leave Windows Phone and I hope one day I will have a reason to come back. In the meantime, I'm excited to use all of the Microsoft apps and services that are either on Android already (and in many cases more full featured than their windows phone counterparts) or coming soon. I've even found a way to make an Android phone serve that beautiful Windows phone style user experience that I have enjoyed so much these past 5 years.

    So Microsoft if you're reading this, I really like the platform, I want to support Microsoft, but at the same time, if the above doesn't get addressed, it will only result in more defectors like myself, more companies pulling their apps and the gap between Windows Phone and the other guys only getting wider.
    04-14-2015 03:54 PM
  4. ven07's Avatar
    Budget device after Budget device... So very many phones I don't care about: 430s and 530s and 640s.....
    True :) but consider this.. The budget phones that MS has pushed over the last few months have been phones with very good quality, decent build and good camera performance. Not to mention that, some if not all of them have tested w10 at one point and from what I've seen and read, have all been performing well with the new OS.

    This is a bit more impressive when you consider that they're low-end. Just imagine what MS will provide once they go at the high-end and they will, but not before they are ready. This statement has been made by top officials within MS :)

    Nonetheless I wish you the best of luck
    04-14-2015 04:04 PM
  5. steve_w_7's Avatar
    Just imagine what MS will provide...
    Lol. We've been asked to imagine for 5 years now. Many of us have left the fantasy land that Windows Phone has become and gone to iPhone or Android where reality exists.
    04-14-2015 04:10 PM
  6. ven07's Avatar
    Lol. We've been asked to imagine for 5 years now. Many of us have left the fantasy land that Windows Phone has become and gone to iPhone or Android where reality exists.
    Lol I haven't been waiting that long :) I can do the things I want on my phone, so I'm not complaining. When this situation changes then I will consider leaving
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    04-14-2015 04:20 PM
  7. Marconis4's Avatar
    In February I switched to an iPhone 6 after owning an HTC 8X, a Lumia 928, and an Icon. Since I can't get all technical, I'll simply say that the iPhone 6 just feels better in so many ways. Everything, just...works. Windows Phone felt so cheap, honestly. While I still do love Microsoft, I'll be waiting for a better phone to come along. But I think once a jailbreak is released for 8.3, I probably won't look back.

    Also, Chase dropping WP support was a HUGE deal-breaker for me. I never thought I would be so turned off by the loss of one app, but damn was that bad.
    04-14-2015 09:01 PM
  8. hotphil's Avatar
    It all "just works" yet you feel the need to jailbreak it? Hmmmm.
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    04-14-2015 09:04 PM
  9. Marconis4's Avatar
    It all "just works" yet you feel the need to jailbreak it? Hmmmm.
    Yes, I'm a real stickler for themes and even Windows Phone couldn't deliver what I wanted in terms of minimalism. Winterboard themes are the solution to that.
    04-14-2015 09:10 PM
  10. ven07's Avatar
    I switched to an iPhone 6
    Happy you found a device that works for you :) Hope you'll be able to help some users over on imore
    04-14-2015 11:58 PM
  11. Jonny702's Avatar
    Well so much for the chance of MS seeing my post and making some changes now that it's in the 47 page thread.......
    *sigh*
    I really hope they give me a reason to come back one day
    04-15-2015 09:45 AM
  12. highgear56's Avatar
    I used a Lumia 710 for a couple years, then decided to try out Android. I got myself a Moto G LTE and after comparing it to a Lumia 635, the Moto G blows it away. It's way faster, browses so much better it's not even a contest, flawless Youtube playback, especially with embedded links, and most webpages on Chrome load as they would on my desktop. The browsing is extremely quick too.

    But I'm still holding out for Windows Phone 10. If some shortcomings are fixed and the web compatibility is much improved, I'll be eye'ing a new Windows Phone 10 flagship.
    Laura Knotek and prasath1234 like this.
    04-16-2015 05:12 PM
  13. broar94's Avatar
    ^ Cause IE is alot slower than Chrome. Wish we would get alternative browsers. Good luck with your Droid :-)
    Jack Janik likes this.
    04-17-2015 04:32 AM
  14. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    ^ Cause IE is alot slower than Chrome. Wish we would get alternative browsers. Good luck with your Droid :-)
    I actually like Firefox better than Chrome on Android. It offers ad-block without root.

    Sent from my Nexus 7 using Tapatalk
    04-17-2015 10:10 AM
  15. Blacklac's Avatar
    I actually like Firefox better than Chrome on Android. It offers ad-block without root.

    Sent from my Nexus 7 using Tapatalk
    You can still install old versions of Flash into Firefox, too. I dont find myself needing it very much anymore, but its nice to have that option.
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    04-17-2015 10:24 AM
  16. jglen_TNA's Avatar
    After long hard thought, I've decied that if Windows 10 either sucks *** (and I know some of you think that already) or basically tanks by doing nothing to the market share of Windows Phone, I'm gonna switch to Blackberry.
    Who's with me?
    04-22-2015 03:37 PM
  17. kiddori's Avatar
    I think every phone platform does something great and something awful. I'm very wishy-washy when it comes to phones and usually switch every 6 months....which is why you haven't seen me here in a while. At this point, I could use any of the high end phones on the market, but it pretty much comes down to eco-system. Unfortunately, as much as I love my own app on WP, Microsoft has the least attractive eco-system to me. Most of the people I know or work with, are hooked on Apple. And Google is extremely effective at what they do well. I know I will buy a new Windows Phone when 10 is launched, but I'm pretty sure it won't be my primary phone. I'll most likely just use it for testing....including the kiddori app. Windows will survive without me though. :-)
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    04-24-2015 06:12 PM
  18. Vorkosigan's Avatar
    After long hard thought, I've decied that if Windows 10 either sucks *** (and I know some of you think that already) or basically tanks by doing nothing to the market share of Windows Phone, I'm gonna switch to Blackberry.
    Who's with me?
    Hahaha. I'm switching from BlackBerry to Windows. That is, if Rogers ever gets my phone delivered.
    Kevin Rush likes this.
    04-25-2015 04:50 PM
  19. noersetiawan's Avatar
    I will definitely switch to Android, my question is should I stick with MS service or move to Google's? I love Windows, but unfortunately, Android is more "Windows" than Windows Phone itself, at least for me. In WP, no true multitask, resuming bug that never end, app refresh, the lack of local app support, which is because MSFT is really suck at advertising, and they can't advertise since they don't have the app, very limited app choice, can't change which app open which type of file, can't change default app, the lack of URI usage to jump between apps, the beautiful-but-too-long app animation, the Store problem, not only lack of app but it's poorly managed or monitored, duplicate apps everywhere, scam app, low quality app, lame rip-off, messed up search, I can go on..
    wbeckle and prasath1234 like this.
    04-26-2015 07:48 AM
  20. tgp's Avatar
    I will definitely switch to Android, my question is should I stick with MS service or move to Google's?
    If you're already entrenched in Microsoft's services there's not a lot of reason to switch to Google's. You may actually find an overall improvement in your ability to utilize Microsoft's services with Android.
    04-26-2015 04:51 PM
  21. socheatsok78's Avatar
    Since my device stuck in QHSUSB_DLOAD, i switch to OnePlus One. So yep bye Windows Phone. See you again later.
    04-27-2015 10:57 AM
  22. rainydaygamer's Avatar
    I am giving some serious thought to switching from my Lumia 920 to an iPhone 6. I really don't want to, I really prefer the Windows phone OS to grid after grid of iPhone icons. I'm just getting tired of the lack of apps. I had the Chase bank app until they decided to shut it down. The app for the Family Guy game was half done and broken compared to iOS and android. The worst part is the "too bad" attitude that developers have. I am waiting to see what happens with windows 10, but I have my doubts that app development will improve.
    prasath1234 and Vyenkatesh like this.
    04-28-2015 06:56 PM
  23. hotphil's Avatar
    If you're already entrenched in Microsoft's services there's not a lot of reason to switch to Google's. You may actually find an overall improvement in your ability to utilize Microsoft's services with Android.
    I've long been a fan of "all in" - when I switch platforms I switch everything. But when my G4 arrives, I may see how practical it is to keep using MS services on an Android. I really don't want to use anything Google if I can help it.
    tgp, Laura Knotek and noersetiawan like this.
    04-28-2015 07:52 PM
  24. WinU's Avatar
    I switched from my lumia 920 to a Galaxy S5 a few weeks ago now. Just thought I'd give an update. I hate to say it but I don't find myself missing anything on the 920 or windows. I switched mainly for some apps that were really important and I'm glad I did. The S5 is a nice phone. Yes I know and I'm sure I'll hear give it time it's android, it's junk, it will crash, freeze etc. I've had android before and that did happen but that was 5 years ago before I switched to windows. I think they fixed a lot of their problems. I love windows and I kept my 920 so that I can follow the progress of windows 10. I really hope they get apps back that they lost and I really hope they don't allow android apps. I don't like that move. Oh. and all the Microsoft apps on android like One drive etc are awesome.
    Last edited by WinU; 04-29-2015 at 10:43 AM.
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    04-29-2015 08:07 AM
  25. Reynaldo Sustaita's Avatar
    Hello Forums!

    In 16 days, I will be switching from a platform I love so much to a platform I have become familiar with. I will be leaving Windows Phone for an iPhone 6 Plus. Even though I am excited as this is a new platform for me to devote my time and money in, I can't help but feel sad about the switch. I have been with Windows Phone since Windows Phone 7 and the Samsung Focus (one of the first Windows Phones).

    I was there when people kept ridiculing me for having "no apps" and "it looks confusing." I have heard "oh, isn't that just Android" and "It looks ugly."

    I have been through it all.

    I can say I love the pictures taken with my Nokia Lumia 1020 and now people understand what a Windows Phone is.

    As the eve of Windows 10 for phones approaches, I have to sadly leave...for my career.

    As a Broadcast Journalism major with an emphasis on technology journalism, I need different needs going forward. I need immediate access to apps that take sometime getting to Windows Phone. Windows Phones will always have a place in my heart and I would always recommend people try Windows Phone first. With that being said though, I am also planning on leaving PCs for Macs as a complete transition to Apple's hardware. Don't get me wrong though. I pay for Office 365 and will continue to use it. I use Outlook for my emails and I use Onedrive over iCloud any day. I am not totally retreating from Microsoft, just its hardware.

    Who knows? Maybe I will buy a phone with Windows 10 and switch out using the iPhone and the device.

    But for now, I will have to be used to asking Siri instead of Cortana for help of what local pizza places deliver at 11PM on a Tuesday.

    Does anyone else have this dilemma? Any thoughts in general? I will continue reading Windows Central as I love this site.

    Sincerely,

    A (soon to be former) Windows Phone user since November 8, 2010 (when Windows Phone 7 was released to the public).
    05-07-2015 11:01 AM
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