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  1. faraz98's Avatar
    because I like Nokia and Microsoft, and windows phone for its unique design and smoothness :)
    07-22-2014 03:46 AM
  2. X0LARIUM's Avatar
    switch side method!
    Just wanted to share my story too...since, well..it's an open forum. TBH I hate long posts, both for reading and writing. So, I will keep it short. Very short.

    Security. Speed. Style.

    Those are the pillars of WP OS, if you ask me.

    It is definitely more secure. It's DEFINITELY faster than any mobile OS (although they may be catching up), and looks fantastic. Aesthetically, it has the best look UI I have ever seen.

    Hope that helps.
    07-22-2014 04:17 AM
  3. Kieran Jeffery's Avatar
    Never had an iPhone, never seen the value in it. My first smartphone was an HTC Wildfire which pretty soon after got upgraded to a HTC Desire HD. But it seems with Android the support for any phone will never last for the duration of your contract. I was waiting forever for 4.2 but it never came. Had to flash my phone in order to get it. And all I wanted it for was SmartGlass. The other gripe I had with android is that as you add more apps and whatnot to the phone, it gradually gets slower and slower.

    All I wanted SmartGlass for was the GPS map on Forza Horizon and after flashing my HTC Desire HD, the GPS thing was "Unavailable on this device" So I went for the HTC 8X. Although the GPS thing didn't work on that either. I came to love the OS. The fact it never slows down. And the seem less integration with Office and the messaging app bringing everything together.
    07-22-2014 04:38 AM
  4. MJS9's Avatar
    I've only ever owned Nokia phones and have always been very satisfied with them. Not so much brand loyalty or fanboy, but just knew I'd be getting a good enough product for my money and never had the inclination, time or energy to research other devices. Windows Phone was simply what came installed on my latest Nokia handset upgrade, so I didn't so much pick Windows Phone as Nokia picked it for me.
    07-22-2014 04:53 AM
  5. MartLea's Avatar
    Had a Eten Gloffish M700 in 2006 running Windows 6 - 6.5 plus tweaks. Phone was great to start with, slide out keyboard, GPS etc. OS was like Windows 3 for PC but not as good. Browser was terrible and setting up anything required a degree in IT - typical Microsoft software at the time, but good fun if like me you were that way inclined. Soon however the poor Eten hardware began to fall apart. GPS was first to go (no reason ever found), then hard keys fell off, battery expired (cheap Chinese replacements lasted about 3 mths) and 1mp cam - well I could go on but hey at least the old phone worked well indoors!
    So when last Christmas my wife's old Nokia expired I decided to get her a new Lumia 620 as pre-owned models were going for around 70 at the time and the reviews for this well specified 'budget' smartphone were very positive. Well it was a revelation just how far phone OS had moved on since Win 6! Setup and familiarization was a breeze and the whole experience of using the thing a real pleasure. So I bought one for myself of course and then set about learning all about Windows 8.
    Now with Win 8.1 Dev. Prev. installed (waiting for Cyan update when MS fix latest bitlocker bug and release to Dev. Prev. users) I remain largely well pleased with both the little Nokia and Windows OS. Sure there are dozens of bugs, some of which I have noted elsewhere. Some tedious GUI 'features' such as having to endlessly scroll the disorganised jumble of Settings or make multiple taps to accomplish oft repeated tasks or no proper file manager or a very very poor Music Player remain of course even with the 8.1 version but overall I'm still very impressed.
    Would I buy another phone with Windows OS, maybe when the 620 expires and I can find another with similar features at the same price point when hopefully by then Microsoft will have version 9 or 10 for me to learn all over again.
    07-22-2014 05:14 AM
  6. MattW19's Avatar
    A few reasons - firstly because of Google's attitude to Windows 8, I like the convenience of the live tile and notifications on the Windows 8 Mail app - so when Google started to remove things like EAS and screw around with Microsoft, that makes it harder for me to use the software I like. As I spend the majority of my day sat at a Windows desktop - my priority is the experience on Windows. So I went all in, and ditched Gmail for Outlook, started using SkyDrive, moved my calendar across, etc.

    Next was my phone. I was already an outsider with Android. I liked full QWERTY as my first smartphone was a Nokia E63 - I dropped that for my first Android (LG Optimus), but then jumped over to a Palm Pixi. I loved WebOS and having a keyboard back was great. After HP ruined things, I eventually made the jump back to Android, with a HTC ChaCha running a custom rom to get Android 4 - it was a crappy experience but a hardware keyboard was my priority.

    I finally decided that I would give full touch another shot - I had considered just accepting some of the shortcomings and grabbing a Pre, or even going to a Nokia E6 to get touch + type. But an impulse buy won me over - got a HTC 8S for $114. It's been a little over a year now and I've not for a moment looked back, the shape writing with the 8.1 update even makes me have no desire to go back to a physical keyboard.

    I'll occasionally look up prices on moving up to a newer and fancier model of phone - but the phone is faster than when I bought it and still does everything I need.
    Nerdy Woman likes this.
    07-22-2014 05:22 AM
  7. MrWhiteman's Avatar
    Had iPhones for about 3 years and got sick of the same old iOS each "update". There was no was I was stupid enough to but an Android so it had to be Windows Phone.
    07-22-2014 05:33 AM
  8. S Vaibhav's Avatar
    I bought a Windows phone because I like that it has a creativity element, something which nobody has done before-flat UI, live tiles instead of static icons, in fact, completely different from any OS I've seen before. I would award full marks to MS for creativity. Only a truly brainy person could have come up with such a concept. Now Apple and Google are also trying to copy MS by removing reflections, and making the UI flatter. Even the IOS 7 task manager and calling screen looks very much like the WP version. I also like the concept of hubs, which is again something very different and not tried before by anyone else. Windows Phone is something original and creative, not something that is a refined Symbian look alike made for touch screens(IOS 7 and Android).
    I wanted something unique, something different from the normal crowd :)
    Nerdy Woman likes this.
    07-22-2014 05:58 AM
  9. bigbmc26's Avatar
    Simple, because it was different and Nokia has always had great quality phones.
    07-22-2014 06:11 AM
  10. Patata Johnson's Avatar
    I did cause Nokia did. So not at all because of the software / tiles or whatever. MS still has a long way to go until I can consider WP as a true competition to iOS or Android. What I really miss are truly outstanding and innovative features. WP8.1. While being nice isn't more than some "me too" features and that lock screen API we will get soon shows that they create a little too much hype around such meaningless eyecandy
    07-22-2014 07:59 AM
  11. henryf124's Avatar
    My first Windows Phone was the Nokia Lumia 900. The OS was something new and completely different from iOS and Android. And I loved Nokia then (still do now).
    shykhan16 likes this.
    07-22-2014 08:00 AM
  12. Lee Eng Chiap's Avatar
    microsoft office....That the first thing i pick for windows phone. Second is nokia.
    Nerdy Woman and raycpl like this.
    07-22-2014 08:59 AM
  13. flyingsolid's Avatar
    I am a big physical keyboard fan as it is but I tried an HTC Droid before Google announced Google Now for ICS and higher and all I experienced was lag, lag, and inconsistency. There is no way I am selling my privacy to a single entity that also may cooperate with the government. Apple was and is way more expensive than what the competitors offered at the times I even considered Apple, so that left me with the two underdogs. I picked Windows Phone because of Microsoft, plain and simple. I also picked BBQ10. I really don't care about the interface as long as it has utility and that is what Windows PC OS felt like. I figured it couldn't be too far from that so I opted to try Windows Phone.

    OS has a little ways to go in utility sense but still very enjoyable.
    antiochian2010 likes this.
    07-22-2014 10:32 AM
  14. switch side method's Avatar
    Wow... All these replies are amazing. Want to say thank you so far as everyone here made my article part of the WPcentral news today. Keep the stories coming *smile*
    S Vaibhav and antiochian2010 like this.
    07-22-2014 10:43 AM
  15. powercamg4's Avatar
    iPhone was my first ever "smart phone", some user may remember "OS7" and its excellent cloning of the Windows Phone 7 UI. I was in love with that UI and I wanted it so bad but I was stuck with my current phone and didn't have the money to go to WP and I didn't feel like there was enough apps. Next I went on to Android with a Droid X that was given to me, from then I was loving android will all the customization and modifications I could do. Then I went to the Galaxy S3 when my contract was up and as always there was the same feel that I was used to, but as always there were things that I hated with the slow downs, crashing, OEM's dropping support after a year and much more. So after smashing that phone I saved enough up to buy the Lumia 928 off ebay. The transition from one to the other had some rough patches but I had already prepared by moving things over the Microsoft to help with the move. Has to be one of my favorite devices ever. Now I have upgraded to the 1020 and switched to AT&T (off contact) and have been loving it sense then.

    I just love the integration and consistency of the OS
    Don't really ever plan on going back to that corrupted Java based OS anytime soon, especially after the announcement of L
    jonda99 likes this.
    07-22-2014 10:47 AM
  16. drbanks's Avatar
    Why did I get my first Windows Phone?

    The "Me" tile.

    Of course, now, I'm running 8.1. C'est la vie.
    07-22-2014 10:47 AM
  17. dreadfulcolt's Avatar
    I choose windows phone because of Xbox games
    07-22-2014 10:47 AM
  18. UchilHasmit's Avatar
    Couldn't find a better device at this price range... Also, because no one else in my class had a WP..
    07-22-2014 10:59 AM
  19. raydwatts's Avatar
    I chose a Lumia 520 as my first smartphone because it was very cheap, about 50 if I showed my sim at Carphone Warehouse. It was so intuitive and easy to set up and use that my parents immediately went out and bought one each. They are not very technical but they took to them straight away. For a few months I was looking at upgrading to an iPhone but a while ago I looked at the previews of the Lumia 930 and was smitten, apart from the lack of sd card compatibility, something which always made me hesitate about the iPhone. So I checked the spec's and noticed that the L1520 was the same spec but with sd card slot and a bigger screen, so I purchased an unwanted Hong Kong version for less than 250 on eBay and I have never regretted it. I did at first think the six inch screen might prove to be too big, and I have received several comments to this effect but it suits me now. And whenever my mum plays with my phone she always complains that the L520 looks like toy phone in comparison. There are done apps I wanted that WP don't have but they tend to be quite quirky little things without massive appeal so I cant complain too much. The things i love about my L1520 are the screen, camera and wireless charging. I'm about to put a 128gb micro SD card in there to store music and photos on. As WP is my first smartphone I cannot compare it to others but I suspect that android and apple would prove disappointing after my experiences with the 1520.
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    07-22-2014 11:15 AM
  20. razorcake's Avatar
    I never really wanted a smartphone, but my wife bought a really bad one called an alley, ally, something like that, and I decided to take it from her so she could upgrade to a DROID x, then I took over her DROID x when she decided she wanted an iPhone 4, then I took her iPhone 4 when she wanted the DROID back. Then when the htc trophy came out I gave the iPhone to my stepdaughter and bought that, and loved it. My wife went from the DROID x to the x2, then the iPhone 4s, then the 5, she then switched to the Samsung note 2. So i took her 4s, then 5, but always went back to the tropy because i love the os. I upgraded to the nokia 928 when I was eligible, but in January we switched from Verizon to t-mobile and they only had the nokia 521, I think, in stock. So i went with the note3, and while liked the size of the screen and the battery, I hate the os. In all fairness I'm not sure if I hate android or Samsung, but I know that I want to switch phones. So, since no new windows phones have come out on t mobile, I'm not sure if I'm going to wait it out or just switch to the iPhone or try a different android that's not Samsung. Any suggestions?

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    07-22-2014 12:16 PM
  21. Nibin Yohannan's Avatar
    Lumia 520 is my first phone & i'm proud to say that I'm a lumian . Apart from some weak spots in apps lyk Xbox music n video (wp 8.1) , sharing ( via Bluetooth) , all the other features lyk camera , memory, battery power , are much n still better than android phones . As i hav not used iPhone before i cant comment on that. And If the Microsoft takes an initiative they can surely outcast the current ruler of the market iOS in the future. So keep working MS ๐Ÿ˜‰
    07-22-2014 12:27 PM
  22. Pushynachan's Avatar
    ๐Ÿ‘† Lumia owners have high standards enough to have WiFi at home . We don't need to share files We download it. :cheapos:
    07-22-2014 12:53 PM
  23. switch side method's Avatar
    Hi guys.. Come to share your phone experience on my thread. You may have seen it AS IT MADE THE HEADLINES TODAY ON THE WPCENTRAL Site *smile*


    http://forums.windowscentral.com/gen...rst-place.html
    07-22-2014 01:11 PM
  24. switch side method's Avatar
    He we go guys.. My article on why you picked windows phone approved by the WPcentral team....getting so many comments.come and join In



    http://m.windowscentral.com/what-fir...-windows-phone
    07-22-2014 01:13 PM
  25. nyube's Avatar
    I am on of those guys who loved my PalmPre and the natural transition from an integrated Smartphone ( I did not want to switch between a lot of apps to be able to IM/SMS and check my emails) was to Windows Phone. Windows Phone has ofcourse since moved away from that philosophy, but now I like being the underdog, and my 1020 is an awesome conversation piece.
    07-22-2014 01:34 PM
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