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  1. SteggyDad's Avatar
    My Essential One Phone should be here this week
    11-06-2017 10:46 AM
  2. Vivio vrvly's Avatar
    Would say Note8 but note series recently got some 1/2year old hw. Sony Xperias are the only ones with hw camera button, also top is resolution/colors/speed/time-endurance for recording stills or video. Shame their mics are just 2 and not the best, but sony offers earphones with mics for binaural recordings. 4K screen, fingerprint not on the back... Only thing I miss is raw image capture, better camera UI. Next gen comes soon, within 5 months. If anything just that brand, everyone else abandoned hi res, like 12mp is limit.
    11-06-2017 11:04 AM
  3. buffalosolja's Avatar
    Samsung pay has it hooks in me really. if not for that and wireless charging would have went One Plus route. but I got the S8+ for less than One plus as well.
    11-06-2017 11:19 AM
  4. Awhispersecho's Avatar
    I went to a Note 8 and it's an amazing phone. Screen is great, camera is great. I bought it unlocked and yes it has some bloat but you can download an app to disable whatever you want without rooting the phone. It's funny, I thought that my 950XL ran really nice, and it did. But man, after using the Note, my 950XL seems really slow.

    I want sure I could permanently make the switch but this phone and the fact that all the apps actually work have convinced me there is no reason to hang on to Windows Mobile and my 950XL. So, as much as I hate Google, I'm here to stay for now. I got my MS apps, I widgets for outlook, Cortana, Windows Central and a few other apps. Things are good.
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    11-06-2017 11:20 AM
  5. Podster16's Avatar
    I went for the mate 9 and it's great, fast super long battery life and I can turn my Xbox and TV's on as a bonus. so mate 10 has my vote
    11-06-2017 11:27 AM
  6. neilbey's Avatar
    Ok... I give, the killing of groove music and forced migration to Spotify has broken my back on this. I've decided that rather than buying a new screen protector and battery (which has become seemingly hard to find anyway) It's time for me to consider migration to another phone I can't stand the iPhone gui, drives me nuts, I can't explain why.... Just ick. So I think after watching some Microsoft launcher demo videos, and the fact that I can make Cortana default voice assistant in android, it might be time to pull the trigger, although with great reluctance.

    Which phone would be best for a Lumia convert? I love my camera, so I'd want a similar to camera, with physical camera button, or mapped accordingly when camera is open, and wireless qi charging. I'll be on ATT for what It's worth. I'll probably change the launcher to launcher 10 or arrow.

    Anything else I should be considering?

    I'm sure its been asked before, but of the quick sampling i got, a lot of the requests are from Europe, or looking for midrange devices. I'll probably finance through att next, so rather than limit choices, throw them at me.

    It's there any hope for a Microsoft OS'ed phone in the near future, should I hold on to hope (only to likely be stabbed in the other leg by Microsoft ?)

    I find this all just..... Very..... Frustrating. Microsoft is It's own worst enemy, I swear, and Nadella while he seems to be making the board very happy, doesn't even seem to have consumer relations in his view, which will likely prove disastrous. But none of that is something I can change. I can however change my phone. :(
    If you are looking for an equitable camera (with something of a camera button), I'd say the S8 is your best bet (remap the Bixby button to a camera application). I was in the same boat after Groove being killed off and got the LG G6. It's a good phone that can be had for comparatively cheap (if $$$ is an issue), but runs perfectly fine despite the SnapDragon 821. The camera leaves ALOT to be desired though, and I find myself not taking nearly the amount of photos I used to take on my lumia 950xl. The Lumia 950/XL really was in a league of it's own with regards to camera quality.

    That being said, I've got Microsoft Launcher (Arrow launcher), and all my MS services running great (for the most part, I wish Cortana had "hey Cortana" availability without having to be in the application, or the ability to map my Bluetooth voice control button to "Hey Cortana"). The LG UI reminds me a lot of the system wide dark mode and simplicity that I got with W10mobile.


    You are absolutely right in wanting to switch to Android over iPhone as a w10m convert. IOS is poo for anybody that does not use Apple services, whereas Android is so much more customizable for app defaults and personalization options.
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    11-06-2017 11:27 AM
  7. Bursting Hydra's Avatar
    Ok... I give, the killing of groove music and forced migration to Spotify has broken my back on this. I've decided that rather than buying a new screen protector and battery (which has become seemingly hard to find anyway) It's time for me to consider migration to another phone I can't stand the iPhone gui, drives me nuts, I can't explain why.... Just ick. So I think after watching some Microsoft launcher demo videos, and the fact that I can make Cortana default voice assistant in android, it might be time to pull the trigger, although with great reluctance.
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    Which phone would be best for a Lumia convert? I love my camera, so I'd want a similar to camera, with physical camera button, or mapped accordingly when camera is open, and wireless qi charging. I'll be on ATT for what It's worth. I'll probably change the launcher to launcher 10 or arrow.

    Anything else I should be considering?

    I'm sure its been asked before, but of the quick sampling i got, a lot of the requests are from Europe, or looking for midrange devices. I'll probably finance through att next, so rather than limit choices, throw them at me.

    It's there any hope for a Microsoft OS'ed phone in the near future, should I hold on to hope (only to likely be stabbed in the other leg by Microsoft ?)

    I find this all just..... Very..... Frustrating. Microsoft is It's own worst enemy, I swear, and Nadella while he seems to be making the board very happy, doesn't even seem to have consumer relations in his view, which will likely prove disastrous. But none of that is something I can change. I can however change my phone. :(
    Buy a Nokia 8
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    11-06-2017 11:32 AM
  8. Bursting Hydra's Avatar
    Buy a Nokia 8
    11-06-2017 11:33 AM
  9. afkaboogieman's Avatar
    I made the jump to Android earlier this year. Got myself an LG G6 to replace my 950XL. It's my first ever Android phone, so I don't really have a basis of comparison for it.

    Here's what I like about it:


    • It has a "glance-like" feature which displays the time, date, and notification icons while the phone is locked.
    • USB-type C with wireless charging. Nuff said
    • Fingerprint scanner
    • MicroSD
    • A dang headphone jack
    • Specs that are comparable to the 950 (processor, memory)
    • An 18:9 screen ratio. The phone looks a little long and thin compared to most phones. A little bit of extra screen real estate, and a slightly different look. Very comfortable in the hand.
    • Excellent camera, especially for outdoor scenery
    • Supports Android Pay. Comes in handy once in a while.
    • It's not a damn iPhone or Galaxy. Should have put that on the top of the list.


    Here's what I don't like about it:
    • Battery life is poop (but the same can be said for the 950)
    • Widgets vs live tiles is a big adjustment
    • Can't screen share via wired connection. You can only use wireless, and it isn't very reliable. If you did this on the 950 at all, you will miss it.
    • Ads... big, loud, fullscreen ads that know your browsing history. Fun stuff.



    The transition to Android from WP is jarring. Took a couple months to really adjust. You'll have to re-think your approach to setting up your phone and what services you use. It also frankly was a bit overwhelming for me to discover how many apps there are, and how functional they are compared to what I was used to.

    Good luck making the jump. Never look back.
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    11-06-2017 11:46 AM
  10. giffis's Avatar
    Decided to go with Essential phone. Best buy $450
    11-06-2017 12:34 PM
  11. m1thrand1r's Avatar
    I'm in the same boat. I test mobile software for Android and iOS; Android it's going to be my pick as well. Based on support, price and features I would consider the following:
    - Razor Phone
    - Pixel XL
    - Pixel 2 XL
    - OnePlus 5 (hold of to see the 5T first)
    - Samsung Note 8 (last resort)

    Here's why. Android releases updates directly to nexus devices, now Pixel. You won't get these updates immediately if you go with another device, Samsung and LG could be up to a year through a carrier.
    The Razor is a great device and though it's the first so we don't know, it will likely get updates quickly being outside of the carrier ring.
    OnePlus gets updates when oxygen OS gets them. This had been before and after other devices in the past, but the price is better, there's no bloatware and oxygen adds customization on top of Android so it can be worth the cons.
    If you want to finance your phone with your carrier and the above options just aren't, go with the Note 8. Samsung's camera will be comparable, water resistance is a plus, DEX is Android continuum, Cortana can be default but you gain Bixby as well and last but not least, the feature set that comes with a note vs a standard galaxy it's well worth it. I wouldn't consider a Samsung device personally if it weren't for that.
    11-06-2017 12:37 PM
  12. Moaske's Avatar
    Ok... I give, the killing of groove music and forced migration to Spotify has broken my back on this. I've decided that rather than buying a new screen protector and battery (which has become seemingly hard to find anyway) It's time for me to consider migration to another phone I can't stand the iPhone gui, drives me nuts, I can't explain why.... Just ick. So I think after watching some Microsoft launcher demo videos, and the fact that I can make Cortana default voice assistant in android, it might be time to pull the trigger, although with great reluctance.

    Which phone would be best for a Lumia convert? I love my camera, so I'd want a similar to camera, with physical camera button, or mapped accordingly when camera is open, and wireless qi charging. I'll be on ATT for what It's worth. I'll probably change the launcher to launcher 10 or arrow.

    Anything else I should be considering?

    I'm sure its been asked before, but of the quick sampling i got, a lot of the requests are from Europe, or looking for midrange devices. I'll probably finance through att next, so rather than limit choices, throw them at me.

    It's there any hope for a Microsoft OS'ed phone in the near future, should I hold on to hope (only to likely be stabbed in the other leg by Microsoft ?)

    I find this all just..... Very..... Frustrating. Microsoft is It's own worst enemy, I swear, and Nadella while he seems to be making the board very happy, doesn't even seem to have consumer relations in his view, which will likely prove disastrous. But none of that is something I can change. I can however change my phone. :(
    Mostly due do Zac's story half a year ago, I got myself a OnePlus 3T. Been using it for half a year now and haven't regretted it so far. Although I must say that the camera-tech is still way behind the unparalleled Lumia quality. It's not bad, but it just can't match the Lumia's.


    Maybe I should have held out til the release of the Nokia range. The Nokia 8 seems to have a pretty solid camera and I've heard they will port over the Lumia UI to their Android range in the near future... :)

    About the Qi charging: you won't miss that as you get Dash charging on a OnePlus which is so insanely fast compared to... trust me: you won't miss it :)

    What you WILL miss is the clean an intuitive interface of Win10M. Even after so many months I find myself swiping to the right for the applist (only to get another desktop)

    The interface ain't beautifull, but at least a beast like the 3T just works! It's blazing fast compared to the 950 so you'll get accustomed to it quite fast ;)
    For launcher I can definitely recommend the Microsoft Launcher (the Arrow name has been dropped by now) :)
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    11-06-2017 12:51 PM
  13. ManofGod1000's Avatar
    Well, I bought a Sony Xperia XA1 and am quite content with it and dare I say, happy. :) I prefer the 5 inch screen size and physical dimensions of the phone. It is quite fast, bluetooth is reliable and the camera is good. The fact it is a 720p screen is not really noticeable, at least from my experience.
    11-06-2017 12:54 PM
  14. enoughced's Avatar
    ZTE Axon is what I have. Not happy for this reason;
    The Lumia 950 connects to my bluetooth stereo and lets me know I have and incoming text from whoever. Cortana ask if I want to hear the message or not or to call the person. I'm able to respond in my own words in real time to the message. It is truly hands free and app free.
    I need this functionality moving forward outside of Microsoft. Who has this capability?
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    11-06-2017 01:10 PM
  15. evillama's Avatar
    Is the anticipated OnePlus 5T supposed to have wireless charging and be waterproof? If so, I think that would put it on par with the S8, no?
    11-06-2017 01:20 PM
  16. stephanejap's Avatar
    None have it out of the box. I found that the Android Auto app handles hands free in the car pretty well...
    Last edited by stephanejap; 11-06-2017 at 05:37 PM.
    11-06-2017 01:23 PM
  17. cnashx's Avatar
    I've had the Essential PH-1 for about 3 weeks now. The phone is beautiful and ASOP android is great, much better than any bloatware bogged down android device I've played with in the past.
    I switched launchers a few times (stock launcher3, Microsoft/Arrow, Nova, Lawnchair, Pixel) but have been using the Pixel launcher for a few days now and I like the simplicity. I really like the Google Now feed, so all launchers I have tried I added that ability except for the Microsoft Launcher since that has it's own feed which is ok as well.
    11-06-2017 01:24 PM
  18. Jcmg62's Avatar
    Ok... I give, the killing of groove music and forced migration to Spotify has broken my back on this. I've decided that rather than buying a new screen protector and battery (which has become seemingly hard to find anyway) It's time for me to consider migration to another phone I can't stand the iPhone gui, drives me nuts, I can't explain why.... Just ick. So I think after watching some Microsoft launcher demo videos, and the fact that I can make Cortana default voice assistant in android, it might be time to pull the trigger, although with great reluctance.

    Which phone would be best for a Lumia convert? I love my camera, so I'd want a similar to camera, with physical camera button, or mapped accordingly when camera is open, and wireless qi charging. I'll be on ATT for what It's worth. I'll probably change the launcher to launcher 10 or arrow.

    Anything else I should be considering?

    I'm sure its been asked before, but of the quick sampling i got, a lot of the requests are from Europe, or looking for midrange devices. I'll probably finance through att next, so rather than limit choices, throw them at me.

    It's there any hope for a Microsoft OS'ed phone in the near future, should I hold on to hope (only to likely be stabbed in the other leg by Microsoft ?)

    I find this all just..... Very..... Frustrating. Microsoft is It's own worst enemy, I swear, and Nadella while he seems to be making the board very happy, doesn't even seem to have consumer relations in his view, which will likely prove disastrous. But none of that is something I can change. I can however change my phone. :(

    This is going to sound a bit nuts but I'm treading carefully and going to buy a new HTC One M8 and see how I get on by getting as many windows/microsoft services as possible to run on it.

    I've never had any phone other than windows phone so I don't want to rush into a super expensive android phone agreement and not enjoy it.

    Right now you can pick up a brand new HTC one M8 for £150 on eBay. The only issue I have is that it officially stopped getting android updates after marshmallow (6.0) but I'm going to see if I can flash it to version 7 or even 8. If it doesn't work at least it's not like I've lost a fortune.

    But ultimately this is going to be a slow transition for me. I'm still going to be using my 950 as my daily phone and don't see that changing for at least a year (I've just bought a new battery for it).

    Like you, I'm incredibly frustrated that I'm having to buy and experiment with new phones and platforms.

    Whatever new mobile device Microsoft comes out with, I think it won't arrive for a while so we have no choice
    11-06-2017 01:27 PM
  19. dakranii's Avatar
    After using an HTC Trophy, Lumia 822, Lumia 928, Lumia 735 and Lumia Icon, I went with the LG G6. I landed on it for a few reasons. I couldn't stomach the price of the S8 (and its variants) or the Pixel line. I found a used G6 locally for $280 that was only 2 months old. LG doesn't seem to hold resell value very well, which was good for me. I should note that I'm on Verizon so my options were a bit more limited. My first look was for an HTC U11 (but wasn't feature complete on VZW) and then the Sony Xperia ZX Premium, which didn't work on Verizon.

    It has "glance," wireless charging, and sd support, and a good camera, which were my priorities. No dedicated camera button, which sucks (I wanted the U11 because the "squeeze" function apparently can act as a camera button).
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    11-06-2017 01:31 PM
  20. enoughced's Avatar
    I did not know about Square Home launcher. I feel a little better now!
    11-06-2017 01:36 PM
  21. wp patrick's Avatar
    Maybe the Honor 9 for me. It is hard to find alternatives for the windows 10 Mobile the Google pixel 2 xl is the great one but also expensive. I am owner of the Nokia lumia 930 but replacement is now. Do you have another options for me which one is better it i need some help for that.
    11-06-2017 01:41 PM
  22. nlsclint's Avatar
    Ok... I give, the killing of groove music and forced migration to Spotify has broken my back on this. I've decided that rather than buying a new screen protector and battery (which has become seemingly hard to find anyway) It's time for me to consider migration to another phone I can't stand the iPhone gui, drives me nuts, I can't explain why.... Just ick. So I think after watching some Microsoft launcher demo videos, and the fact that I can make Cortana default voice assistant in android, it might be time to pull the trigger, although with great reluctance.

    Which phone would be best for a Lumia convert? I love my camera, so I'd want a similar to camera, with physical camera button, or mapped accordingly when camera is open, and wireless qi charging. I'll be on ATT for what It's worth. I'll probably change the launcher to launcher 10 or arrow.

    Anything else I should be considering?

    I'm sure its been asked before, but of the quick sampling i got, a lot of the requests are from Europe, or looking for midrange devices. I'll probably finance through att next, so rather than limit choices, throw them at me.

    It's there any hope for a Microsoft OS'ed phone in the near future, should I hold on to hope (only to likely be stabbed in the other leg by Microsoft ?)

    I find this all just..... Very..... Frustrating. Microsoft is It's own worst enemy, I swear, and Nadella while he seems to be making the board very happy, doesn't even seem to have consumer relations in his view, which will likely prove disastrous. But none of that is something I can change. I can however change my phone. :(
    So I switched a few months ago to a Samsung Galaxy S8+ for the same reasons you have stated. I don't like the OS at all - the only thing that makes it bearable is the Microsoft launcher. Still, I can't understand how Android made it as far as they did and WM OS failed. I guess it is as you stated they are their own worst enemy with no consumer focus and to add they are horrible at advertising. Whatever you choose good luck. I am still waiting on the supposed surface phone.
    11-06-2017 01:48 PM
  23. frangalive's Avatar
    Yo también estoy considerando el Nokia 8. Echaré en falta la carga inalámbrica, pero por contra la carga es rápida, así que tampoco pasa nada. Creo que pasaré de mi 950 al Nokia 8.
    11-06-2017 01:54 PM
  24. CronGM's Avatar
    I went with the Galaxy S8+ since May and other than the Live Tiles there's not much I miss from my old 950 XL. The bloatware I didn't find that distracting or annoying. I installed Microsoft's apps from the first day and those are the ones I use on a daily basis. I've completely disabled Bixby, and other Samsungs apps do not pester me with notifications.

    It has a very good camera, so you won't be missing the Lumia one that much (though in very specific conditions I swear it performed better than the S8's).

    I've actually come to like the Samsung skin. Using the dark theme (with orange highlights) it looks very similar to the setup I had on the Lumia 950, and if you don't like the default launcher you can change it for whatever you like. I'm keeping an eye on the SquareHome launcher to have a similar look to Windows Phone, but the truth is I find the TouchWiz launcher quite usable. I also gave Microsoft Launcher a spin and it's pretty nice.

    So you've got plenty of options with Android, and that's the most important thing, specially coming from WP.

    PS: I downloaded the DailyPic app to have Bing wallpapers changed daily and they look gorgeous on the S8's display.
    11-06-2017 01:56 PM
  25. stephanejap's Avatar
    I did not know about Square Home launcher. I feel a little better now!
    Also give Launcher 10 a try too.
    11-06-2017 02:08 PM
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