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  1. randyoaks187's Avatar
    I think I have a spare both if you are interested, send me a PM.

    I am holding on to my 950 for as long as I can for some of these reasons ... I agree, I can't stand iOS (I have to use it for work). I am in the exact same boat as you. Qi for me is a must as I have outfitted just about everywhere I go with chargers. One big thing I love about my 950, is with the removable battery, I was able to place the magnetic disk from my car mount inside the back cover, so Qi still works! The one place I do charge "corded" is in the car. Can't do that with a Qi enabled phone with out a removable battery!

    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. :(
    11-06-2017 02:38 PM
  2. jbrown9100's Avatar
    One plus had caught my attention, where would one typically be purchased in the us?

    In looking at atts offerings, they only seem to offer the galaxy s8 and lg v30/20 as high end offerings. Any thoughts on those? I'm willing to byod to att with the one touch, just makes my purchasing choices different. Lol
    I had the AT&T LG V30 for a couple of days before I cracked the screen from a 2 foot drop. My replacement is A Galaxy Note 8. It was a blessing because I like the Note a while out better. I definitely feels a lot more durable.
    11-06-2017 02:41 PM
  3. villeeledstam's Avatar
    For all of you who haven't gone with the S8 already:

    Any flagship phone today is better than the entire Lumia line, but I would recommend any of the later Huawei/honor devices. I have an older lite version myself but the camera is still pretty good, and the newer ones are said to be really good. Huawei branded phones are often notably cheaper than the bigger brands like Samsung, but they work just as well.

    I previously used a launcher app called SquareHome2 to make the homescreen look like win10, but I switched to Microsoft Launcher as soon as I updated my PC to Fall Creators Update.
    11-06-2017 02:45 PM
  4. Jomppa0's Avatar
    Nokia 8 is great option. Already got 8.0 android on it and even if it's Nokia only by brand quality is there for me.
    11-06-2017 03:17 PM
  5. MediaCastleX's Avatar
    My job had an offer on Motorola e4 plus at half price, so I got just to try... My only real couple of gripes with the native apps not going away, to apps local only storage, and while launcher and MS experiences translating over, they're still only there and not totally in it, I almost wish they could get deeper in there
    11-06-2017 03:26 PM
  6. JettleMania's Avatar
    Correction: You won't be disappointed with Launcher 10 if you stick to the basics, meaning resist adding widgets. Widgets are not recovered in a restore scenario. That's generally forgivable b/c they're easy enough to recreate... unless you buried on in a folder. In that event, you not only lose access to said folder, you also cannot see/interact with it, but the "phantom" folder continues to chew up screen real estate and gladly accept wayward icons you might drop into it. (Those, too, become invisible/inaccessible.)

    So easy to recreate. Drop one or more widgets into a folder--any folder--do a backup, then restore the backup and... voila!

    WARNING: The only way to recover is to uninstall, reinstall and build your desktop from scratch!

    Shared this with the developer months ago; to-date, he's failed to respond or address the issue.
    11-06-2017 03:46 PM
  7. Immortal Lobster's Avatar
    Anybody know if cortana can be made to read text messages and parse scheduling from it, that's one feature that I do really miss. Also hey Cortana, but the long press is just as fast right now. I'm trying to use as few Google services as possible, and I find OK Google obtrusive.

    I'm working through the niggles, overall, I'd say it's three steps forward and two back.
    11-06-2017 04:13 PM
  8. mdcoo'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. :(
    Coming from Lumia 640, I was a very happy user. The phone was perfect, for it's value!
    I'm a mobile user since '98, but the Microsoft Lumia, with it's OS8.1 & later 10 were the best I have ever seen.

    Now having a OnePlus 5, more or less happy, except the unlogical and poor quality Android OS. Perhaps Android 8 / Oreo will improve, but no trust.

    If Microsoft ever launches a new Mobile again, I will be first buying it. (unless it has the ridiculous prices like the Apple devices.

    The OnePlus 5 I have now, I purchased for 499 Euro. With Amoled and Snapdragon 835 and 6GB memory and 64GB storage it's not bad. (oh for the 2 SIM users, it has double-SIM capacity.)
    11-06-2017 04:28 PM
  9. Dare2Blink'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. :(
    I switched a couple of months ago from a 950xl to a note 8 and am very happy. Yes the camera is not as good but it's still pretty good and very fast. Also love the stylus, the water resistance and omg the screen is amazing
    11-06-2017 05:03 PM
  10. joanzen's Avatar
    I've had the LG V30 (Verizon) for about 3 weeks now. The transition to Android continues to be...ummmm...interesting... I have to admit it; it's pretty great having such a selection of apps! But you're asking about hardware. I have absolutely no complaints about the V30. It's a beautiful piece of hardware. The screen is nice, the performance is great, and the camera is fantastic. There's wireless charging and expandable storage. The fingerprint reader works great and is in the perfect location (Samsung GS8 WTH?). I don't use the headphone jack as I've switched to Bluetooth earbuds, but the jack is still there, if that's important to you. The $200 Visa gift card and VR headset promotion were nice also.

    I haven't tried Microsoft Launcher, but am using Cortana, Outlook, and OneDrive. I find it amazing that Outlook doesn't allow the sorting of my contacts by last name, but otherwise all the Microsoft apps I've tried work really well. No regrets so far.
    Last edited by joanzen; 11-06-2017 at 05:18 PM. Reason: Additional content
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    11-06-2017 05:09 PM
  11. Jeamavanda's Avatar
    I too have been researching android phones to transition to. My criteria is almost identical to yours and the one thing I'm really surprised at is the lack of wireless charging on some of these high end android phones. Of course you have the full Samsung lines, the Motorola Z2 line and the LG V30 has it. The V30 is intriguing but it's a little too big for my taste.
    I switched from 950xl to LG V30, but there is one single thing that has me disappointed. It is the camera. I used to get excellent pictures of my kids at play with my Lumia. No matter what they were doing. Jumping, running, etc. The pictures were always perfect. I’ve tried to do the same with my new LG V30 and I get nothing but blur images. And I miss the dedicated camera button too.
    11-06-2017 05:15 PM
  12. ceraf's Avatar
    I switched from a Lumia 950 XL to a Sony Xperia Z5 and stuck the SquareHome 2 launcher on it. Sony's boxy design seems to work really well with the Windows Phone tile-based UI, and the camera while not the greatest is still decent. The newer Xperias (particularly the XZ, XZs, XZ Premium, XZ1) seem a bit reminiscent of the old N9/L800/L920 design language (flat top and bottom, rounded sides) and IMO would be good options.

    I'm currently on a Nokia 8. I'm hoping they bring back the old Lumia Camera UI once HMD global sorts out the patents/licensing with Microsoft.
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    11-06-2017 05:15 PM
  13. anon(10324754)'s Avatar
    Switched from 950 to a Nokia 6, a pretty cheap phone. I got it because it's supposed to be vanilla android, which it mostly is. The fingerprint reader is nice and open straight away. However, I still miss the 950. The notifications, things like the reminder from Outlook appointments when you switch phone off, are missed. All the niggles on android just add up for me and the frustration is underlying my daily use. Maybe the top of the range Samsung's or Pixels are better. However, I'm still of the opinion that MSFT will never be able to create a fully integrated mobile experience with Android.
    11-06-2017 06:08 PM
  14. Bartphone's Avatar
    Loved my 950 during the 1,5 years I used it, bought a Z5 Compact last year when I went to Sziget (the payment app was only android and iOS) and it felt like coming home... scrollable widgets and some nice launchers like nova with vertical scrolling got me back. But I hated the slowness of the camera, the poor battery life, so went back to the 950 and sold that second hand Z5 again. after a couple months of using the 950 again, bought a second hand (almost new) LG G5 to test its dual camera potential. The LCD is great (no burn in or degradation), bright colours, Android keeps being fluid with 4GB of RAM and the charging cradle (BCK-5100) Made it work like a dream, I'm in love with the super wide angle camera as a secondary lens and it's fantastic to have every possible app. Use it with all Microsoft services side by side to my Surface Pro :) (with signature type cover hahaha) Could recommend LG to anyone with a 950, just go for the V30 (or older V20 and maybe even G6) if you want to have better audio when recording at festivals...
    11-06-2017 06:13 PM
  15. Great deal's Avatar
    Get whatever device that helps your productivity/lifestyle, personally ive gone with the BB KeyOne and its fantastic.
    11-06-2017 06:26 PM
  16. rocketboy's Avatar
    HTC U11 even though it lacks wireless charging. With the edge squeeze feature you can activate the camera (which is among the best of any phone in 2017) and even take a picture with it. HTC sense is lightweight and out performs MS launcher (though less pretty).

    I never found the live tile launchers quite as satisfying and only served to remind me how good the W10 ui was for mobile.
    11-06-2017 06:44 PM
  17. SethAugust's Avatar
    Just double press the power button on the S8 and your camera will open. It has worked just fine for me. There are some adjustments in making the change, but in time I have increasingly been feeling happy on Android... But only after installing MS ARROW launcher, BING, OneNote, Teams, etc. I will always miss WP, but I appreciate the access to apps, banking, Samsung Pay, etc. I much prefer this to IOS (which the rest of my family uses).
    11-06-2017 06:51 PM
  18. Nesh1259'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. :(
    Try the LG V20 or V30. The camera on those phones is great. The phones run really smooth, the LG V20 has a removable metal back with access to the battery and memory card. Run with the MS Launcher and the Lock Screen app the phone is quite good. There is my tuppence opinion. Keep in mind...it's only an opinion.
    11-06-2017 07:11 PM
  19. jazman_777's Avatar
    Don't forget Microsoft makes a ton of money off Android....it's the patents.
    11-06-2017 07:48 PM
  20. Immortal Lobster's Avatar
    Just double press the power button on the S8 and your camera will open. It has worked just fine for me. There are some adjustments in making the change, but in time I have increasingly been feeling happy on Android... But only after installing MS ARROW launcher, BING, OneNote, Teams, etc. I will always miss WP, but I appreciate the access to apps, banking, Samsung Pay, etc. I much prefer this to IOS (which the rest of my family uses).
    Yes, that launches it, and you can use volume up as a shutter button, but it's still only single stage. Lumias really had something seemingly special with the dual stage shutter button.
    11-06-2017 08:12 PM
  21. longcipher's Avatar
    I went from a Lumia 950 to a white Essential phone and am very happy. Yes, nothing beats the W10M interface, but the Microsoft Launcher on an Essential phone is pretty damn sweet. The hardware is beyond compare, it's feels divine in your hand. I also just bought it on the $499 deal, so I haven't encountered any of the hiccups and growing pains that the early adopters complained about. The UX is solid for me.

    Best of all, the Essential community on Reddit is great -- almost feels like a Windows Phone community in that it's small and passionate and, sadly, kind of like underdogs. Definitely check it out.
    11-06-2017 09:26 PM
  22. CB43FAN's Avatar
    I have f8nally switched to a Samsung Galaxy J7 that I got over a year ago to try the switch and I just couldn't give up so many W10 features and switched back. One year on, I have switched back to the J7 for good. Camera is acceptable, Cortana and all the MS apps are there, and even better than on W10. The always been app has been exponentially improved, and the best of all, Square launcher, make it look like W10 start screen and even more customizable tiles. All this and an awesome amoled screen, it is a worthy replacement of my 1520 and Idol 4s. On better hardware, all of what I mentioned would be a stellar W10 replacement. You just have to learn that some things are different and inferior to what W10 offers, but in the end there really is no choice anymore.
    11-06-2017 10:32 PM
  23. Garry Terry's Avatar
    There isn't an Android equivalent, or an iOS equivalent to the 950, or any other Windows Phone. Why keep selling the death of Windows Phone? Could it really have really cost that much for Microsoft to continue a mobile presence? It did help sell 365 subscriptions. IMHO, the best alternative to a 950 is a flip phone that has LTE. LTE Flip Phone for talk/text that has a mobile hotspot so you can use any older Windows Phone for email, Office, etc.
    And save a bundle of dough.
    11-06-2017 10:33 PM
  24. Sefin's Avatar
    I own honor 9 after lumia 950XL.
    good phone, but not good enough.
    It lacks oled pannel and its camera is poor.

    I am waiting for a discount on note 8.
    That is in my opinion the best phone currently on the market even with its bad finger print sensor on the back.

    I was playing with note 8 for a while in shops and I will go for it for sure.

    I am hoping for some discount on black friday 😀
    11-07-2017 01:04 AM
  25. Immortal Lobster's Avatar
    Most retailers will price match within 30 days of purchase, I fully expect to be going back to att store with receipt and ad in hand. But no line this way . 😁
    11-07-2017 01:18 AM
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