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  1. APFM141's Avatar
    My old phone that i had for years broke, and my price range was about 100 or so, i looked at some reviews online for phones in that price range and the Lumia 520 was the phone that kept coming up. I thought i would go for it as i didn't want to be like others who have androids, and iphones are too expensive. However the 520 was that popular i couldn't get it anywhere so bought the 620 instead even though it was more expensive at the time, i don't regret it.
    07-30-2014 11:21 AM
  2. Sameer Parihar's Avatar
    I had the HTC Surround, but due to memory card issues, I returned it. Got an android, the HTC Inspire 4G, used it for a year and a half, and finally decided to go back to WP since WP8 was out by the time of my upgrade. Bought a 920 in April of 2013. Used it till July 2014 and picked up the 1520 which I'm looking to exchange for the Neon Green 1520. I wanted a WP because it was a change of pace from those boring widgets or icons. It is much better than iPhones and Androids. Never had any lag on WPs and the 1520s SD 800 is even faster. I also wanted it for the cameras since the 920 has 8 MP and the 1520 has 20 MP. I knew about the lack of apps, but I didn't care. There were enough apps to cover all my needs and I am very happy that big companies are finally giving WP the recognition ir deserves.
    08-05-2014 04:24 PM
  3. Terry Bernstein's Avatar
    A few things.
    1.) A while back Google made it difficult/expensive to let Outlook talk to Google calendar by removing their "calendar sync" app. They did it purely to try to stiff Microsoft users. I like my desktop device to be able to talk to my Smartphone. I want an appointment I enter in one device's calendar to appear in the other, seamlessly and clearly. The smartphone is an extension of my SoHo. That's probably my number one priority, and I find it hard to believe that I'm the only person who wants and needs this. (Maybe if I'd had an Apple computer I'd have gone for an Apple phone.).
    2.) Google's app store seems determined to foist dodgy games on its users to hide the dearth of really useful apps in there. Their site has one tab for games and another for apps. But the apps tab contains about 90% games. And most of these are just bait games, at that.
    3.) Android seems to be so tied to the suppliers (hardware and contract) that the phones don't feel like my own. Everything is branded and tied-in.
    4.) Each version of Android seems to have less flexibility than the one before. My most recent device won't let apps run from the SD card, though previous ones could. But the device hasn't that much space for them in main storage.
    5.) Everything on Android feels like its only there to gain marketting information. (See 3 above).
    6.) My HTC One V with Android worked horribly. My Windows phone (635) actually works rather well.
    Last edited by Terry Bernstein; 08-25-2014 at 09:53 AM. Reason: Punctuation errors
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    08-25-2014 09:49 AM
  4. nanowareWP's Avatar
    Flipping Tiles
    08-27-2014 10:14 AM
  5. scotiez's Avatar
    4 years ago I started with android, Man I hated that OS, I switched to IPhone 4s on their launch day, Then I bought a IPhone 5 on launch day. I had the 5 for almost 2 years. It was a very good phone but it still didn't open my secured word documents. I have purchased several apps that say they open secure word documents and none of them did. It was wasting my money and I was getting ticked off. A year ago I bought a laptop with windows 8.1, Then recently I upgraded my desktop and have windows 8.1 on it. I found out that my laptop and desktop work so well together that I wanted to try the windows phone. I done research and found out the new HTC One M8 was just released so I went to the store to look at one. The store didn't even have on out on display but I took the chance anyway. So far I am loving the HTC and Windows. My secure documents open up with office that Is already installed on the phone. I am a happy Photographer.
    08-27-2014 08:43 PM
  6. saras112's Avatar
    Tiles
    08-29-2014 07:50 AM
  7. WDavis4692's Avatar
    I only read the first page of the thread and not a single person wrote 'to be different'.
    Well I chose WP to be different. It was that or blackberry, and I was put off blackberry when it became a 'mini craze' due to BBM.

    Let's put it simply and kindly.
    I go out into town, into London, or just shopping.
    I see iphone. iphone. iphone. samsung galaxy. iphone. iphone. iphone. iphone. samsung galaxy. iphone. galaxy. iphone. iphone. something else. iphone. iphone.

    I go to a friend's party. All the girls and 3/4 of the guys? iphones.
    I see a new speaker dock or car radio? only supports itunes/iphone.
    I see a phone or tablet advertised in a magazine - even if it's for a product that supports multiple platforms? iphone/ipad.
    I see a phone in a film or tv show (product placement) - iphone.
    I see a sketch of a phone? iphone.
    I see another TV commercial? samsung galaxy.

    Don't you just get sick of how people are literally like sheep copying each other like this? Don't you get sick of how they are content to just mindlessly buy what everyone else has / what the latest celebrities have on principle, without doing any research or seeing what else might interest them?

    Another thing that ***** me off is how clueless most iPhone owners are. You'd ask them a question like "Why do you like your Iphone?' and they'd answer with something ridiculous like "It's got a really good camera and I can make all my calendar appointments and I can go on the internet" and you'd be like "duh, you just listed things other devices can do BETTER yet you think only yours can do that?"

    So THAT is why I chose WP. To be 'that guy' who doesn't buy into the 'you should have gotten a galaxy or iphone' bull****.
    08-30-2014 06:57 PM
  8. iamakii's Avatar
    Its clean, organized, flat UI. Android and iOS followed WP.
    08-30-2014 07:22 PM
  9. lerimer's Avatar
    The reason I changed to WP was purely to be different. Since 07 I had switched from blackberry to iPhone. But after awhile I wanted something different and when Windows phone came out I immediately switched over and feel in love. I can't say that I've stayed loyal to the platform since there was a lot missing from it. Bit in general I saw myself coming back to windows phone everytime. I've had most of the high end phones. My first phone was the Samsung focus. Then came the HTC Titan and then the Titan II. After that it has been all Lumias. The 900, 920, 1020, and now the 1520. There's still things missing from the platform. There will always be something missing no matter what, but now with 8.1 update 1 the gap has basically closed in terms of functionality due to folders, multitasking, and notification center. So as far as I'm concerned this is my platform. And not only that but I've actually showed windows phone to some people and they've changed over.
    09-09-2014 10:00 PM
  10. HeyCori's Avatar
    Zune.

    Back in the day I had a Zune and later a Zune HD. I loved using my Zune Pass and the desktop software. It was such a great way to find new music from genres I wouldn't ordinarily listen to. Before the excess of music streaming services that we have today, Zune was unique and awesome.

    I used to carry around two devices, a Zune HD and my T-Mobile feature phone. It was a pain. I would later dabble with other smartphones but could never commit because none could offer what Zune had. My mind was made up when I first saw Windows Phone with Zune fully integrated. WP7 had most of what I wanted from a smartphone plus the great Zune service.

    Well Zune is dead and there are tons of other music streaming services, but my Zune Pass still works with Xbox Music and it's still a great service (the WP app not so much though, lol). Fortunately, Windows Phone has matured into a solid OS and continues to get better at a rapid pace. The live tile concept isn't without its flaws, but no smartphone is perfect. Overall, WP is my favorite UI and I doubt that's going to change any time soon.
    09-09-2014 10:14 PM
  11. cckgz4's Avatar
    First windows phone was the HD7. I was bored with the iPhone 3GS but hated the inconsistency of android. I waited until mango came out because the first parts of windows phone was too barebones for me. It worked great for a minute, went away cause of the apps, came back cause Nokia were on board. Been hard to stay away ever since
    09-09-2014 10:24 PM
  12. NICK TOALE's Avatar
    First Windows phone was a HP Jordana way back in 2005 since then had several different windows phone including the Palm Treo Pro which lasted over 2 years, Had an early Android which was a hateful experience, Early iPhone which was awful. Was working on a launch gig for Windows 8 and had a quick play with Lumia 920 and bought one the day of release. Now have a 1520 which is just awesome no longer have to carry a windows tablet around all the time. Really like the way its seamless in WP8.1 and Win 8.1 with websites and using Onedrive. I really like the wireless charging as just have a few charging pads around and a JBL Powerup. Really like the accessories including the NFC stuff. Amazing camera and video on the 1520 just need to get a bigger micro SD card.
    09-09-2014 10:51 PM
  13. smoledman's Avatar
    I thought it was interesting and I didn't want to join the iCult.
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    09-09-2014 11:02 PM
  14. poken1151's Avatar
    Hmm, to be honest three main reasons:
    1. At the time (shoot, still now), back in Nov. 2012 when the Lumia 920 came out, MS seemed like an underdog in the industry, and I initially said I'd try it for a year, as I did for Android initially. See if I could survive on the OS and get a fair play of it (again, did the same for Android and iOS). Android had grown and I patted it on the back and said let me go see this other up-and-coming.

    2. Also at the time, that nudged me over the edge, was that MS was looking to be changing itself around. New ideas, new designs, "METRO" as a buzzword (the loss of which was another blow, in my mind, to how they seemed to crumble in some ways). I wanted to stick around and see how the platform grow, I was excited.

    3. I legitimately liked the look of the HTC 8x and Lumia 920. I thought it was a good break-away and a trial would be cool. Plus, I didn't kill myself over apps and eco-system but it was a challenge initially, but great third party apps kept me around.

    Those were my reasons for trying WP in the first places. I feel like I don't have much driving me anymore except just to see where they go. As my thrill level dies down, something comes in that just barely raises it enough to keep me up. I am looking for that MS in 2012 again, for now... it feels as though it's being dragged through by MS and Joe B. Is basically trying to pull along what everyone else wants to drop. I dunno... not comforting feelings these days.
    09-09-2014 11:14 PM
  15. Shuqula's Avatar
    that is a seriously weird thing to say
    09-12-2014 03:21 AM
  16. Bodeanicus's Avatar
    Curiosity. I'd owned an iPod touch (iPhone without the phone,) and a couple of Androids. I'm a tech nerd, and just wanted to check it out. I really liked it, until recently. Microsoft's past glacial update schedule, app parcity, and boneheaded hardware/pricing disparity on the newest models has made me decide to jump ship when my 822 dies. I wish circumstances were different, but it's time to abandon ship.
    09-18-2014 08:43 AM
  17. Terry Bernstein's Avatar
    I should also add that I used to have a Windows based PDA. And I loved the way it let me integrate my PC and travelling/site based data, which the phones I had, or the other PDAs I'd used, couldn't. The same applies now with my Lumia.
    09-27-2014 04:11 PM
  18. misterff1's Avatar
    I chose Windows Phone because I was heavily disappointed by Google's latest changes at that time. I also found Android phones to work like pure crap when they were priced under 250 and iPhone was too expensive.
    On top of that I found WP8 to be the needed improvement to this OS which made it pretty attractive to me.

    The only way I will switch OS again is if a) Android will run just as fluid as WP on ANY phone including 50 ones ( not that I have that, but it says something about the system), b) iPhones get 3 times as cheap as they are now while maintaining the same quality, or c) a new OS is released which appeals me more and runs as listed on A.

    Will that happen any time soon? Pfft...no :-).
    09-27-2014 04:17 PM
  19. FAHMI BASSEM's Avatar
    I wanted a new phone and I'm a Nokia fan, that is reason, acutely I didn't know anything about WP, just bought a Lumia and now I'm a part of this great community with about 460 posts....
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    09-27-2014 04:22 PM
  20. deadwrong03's Avatar
    I was always a fan of Windows mobile so when I heard they were building a updated more stable OS I was all for it
    09-28-2014 01:18 AM
  21. maclancer's Avatar
    The Graphic User Interface was what attracted me and bought my Lumia 1520.
    09-28-2014 01:32 AM
  22. TgeekB's Avatar
    I just purchased a Nokia Lumia 920 to try out (coming from Android). I just purchased a new laptop for school and really like Windows 8 so that got me thinking. I should have it in about a week and hope it gives me a similar experience as my laptop.

    Posted via the Windows Phone Central App for Android
    09-28-2014 10:22 AM
  23. anon(9057135)'s Avatar
    I like how they looked. In fact on my android tablet (yes tablet) I tried 8launcher https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...fo.tikusoft.l8
    and https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...8.launcher.pro

    So I went to windows phone. It's a great os, But I prefer android because 1. Open Source 2. Better Market 3. The ability to do anything with OS.

    But like I said, Windows Phone is awesome. And like the OP, I won't EVER join the iCult.
    09-28-2014 10:47 AM
  24. OwenDL's Avatar
    Originally I would have gone with an Android, but I was watching TV(fairly rare for me) and I saw an ad for Cortana. I looked into it, and then found the Icon, which happened to be free at the time. After doing a good amount of researching and reviewing it seemed like a good phone with alot of great features, and it is!
    10-05-2014 11:24 AM
  25. Eragon987's Avatar
    I won it in a competition!!!
    10-05-2014 11:32 AM
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