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  1. Joe Dubya's Avatar
    I am in the same boat and I'm a resounding no. I'm probably the last guy Microsoft wants abandoning their platform considering I have 2x 920s, 1x 1020 (wife), 5 Windows 8 PCs/tablets and 2 XBox Ones in my house. I adopted the ecosystem soup to nuts. My contract also expires with AT&T in November and as it stands now, I have no options as jumping to Verizon isn't an issue with my work service discount.

    My local AT&T store only has the 925, 1020 and the 1520 available and I don't want a large phone. My 920 has been the first phone I've had that has also held up the entire two years as the build quality was fantastic.
    I'm in an even worse boat - have the L920, but no 1520 or 930 in Canada, and I doubt the W8 will launch here. As far as I'm concerned MSFT has already abandoned the high end up here. I just hope there is a 935 global in the works, or I may have to go online for an unlocked version of something...
    08-14-2014 09:29 PM
  2. Guytronic's Avatar
    I'd stay no problem...
    Frankly I honestly believe low end-low cost is the key for the Windows phone.

    I see people I know with cracked screens,dents and dings on very expensive well used phones.
    They refuse to buy another as long as the current damage doesn't get in the way.

    Dropping and stepping on any low end WP would certainly be a bummer, yet wouldn't lead to heartbreak for me.
    Why spend 5-6 bills for one diamond when we can have three zirconium's for the same price?

    I'm anxious to see those 730-830's bust out...
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    08-14-2014 09:34 PM
  3. fdalbor's Avatar
    With Android holding 85% of the market it's kind of hard to ignore it. But I am happy with WP 8. My wife has a 925 and I use a 820. I consider them both upper mid range. The new 830 sounds interesting and if that's the best they come out with I could live with that. My two tablets are Android so if I had too (don't want too) I could move to a Android smartphone with no problem. This next year will decide Microsoft's fate in the smartphone wars. Can't do much worst than Apple who had a major chunk of the market and is now down to less than 12%.

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    08-14-2014 09:39 PM
  4. fdalbor's Avatar
    Microsoft's enemy is not Apple, it's Android and ITSELF of course.

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    08-14-2014 09:42 PM
  5. fdalbor's Avatar
    You have a good point. I would say over a third of the phones I see are damaged pretty bad.

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    08-14-2014 09:46 PM
  6. SSgt Bruskowiz's Avatar
    I don't care if they hitting the low end or mid or even the high end market. As long as they provide a phone for everyone's wallet they are on the right track. If a phone of 200$ does the same as a 700$ phone i go for the 200, i choose for my wallet and not filling the pockets of MS because they are doing so " poorly" on the phone market.
    Don't care if there share isn't that big, they make more money in a month than the most people in a year.
    I like the 6 inchers so i don't have a lot of options ;)
    If my lumie dies on me and the 6" aren't available anymore I probably would go for a used one.
    High end or not, even the low end are darn good and trustworthy sets so why should i be a thief of my own wallet.
    08-14-2014 10:17 PM
  7. Thomas Molina's Avatar
    I like the 6 inchers so i don't have a lot of options ;).
    Oh really?
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    08-14-2014 10:24 PM
  8. chezm's Avatar
    Nope, unfortunately ill have to go back to android or apple. I just came back from an iPhone 5S, while a beautifully built phone and solid OS, I can't do the lack of personality and pure snore design. Android is a better option, more hardware choices which I like...really digging the G3, tested a demo, slick phone.

    But, I do love my WP...HTC W8 looks very tempting.
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    08-14-2014 10:30 PM
  9. Jazmac's Avatar
    The answer to the question for me is no. There won't be a point in staying for me. If I wanted a budget phone, I wouldn't be on AT&T. I would be on Boost Mobile or something.
    08-14-2014 11:16 PM
  10. tissotti's Avatar
    I'm already jumping out personally. Just want a OS where I don't need to wait for updates or apps to arrive. Sick of it all by now.

    ​It looks like Nokia jumped ship and left the handset business to MS just in time.
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    08-15-2014 02:03 AM
  11. Camden Krupala's Avatar
    I don't think they will exit it but if they were to I would have to strongly consider it. Not because I want some unnecessary octa-core processor and 3 Gb of Ram but because I appreciate the look and feel of premium devices. I don't think I would be happy with just a mid-tier device. I am due for an upgrade on AT&T and my only option is the 1520 which is around 6 months old already (currently have the 1020 which is a year old now). Not sure what I am going to do.
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    08-15-2014 02:18 AM
  12. fatclue_98's Avatar
    Oh really?
    That was the only part worth quoting? ;-)


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    08-15-2014 06:37 AM
  13. SSgt Bruskowiz's Avatar
    For crying out loud.....it's just a phonebrand and o.s. Life is happening outside not in this little box of glass and plastic.
    08-15-2014 08:13 AM
  14. etphoto's Avatar
    For crying out loud.....it's just a phonebrand and o.s. Life is happening outside not in this little box of glass and plastic.

    lol I agree.

    Don't know if you were around last year during the "I'm leaving because WP don't have an instagram app" threads that plagued this site. The amount of people that stand in the corner and hold their breath over the silliest things has always baffled me.

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    08-15-2014 08:56 AM
  15. chezm's Avatar
    i love it, so now people get criticized for potentially wanting to leave if high-end phone are OUT (that includes exceptional Camera, high end quality display and premium build). YET, when the next WP is announced and if its more powerful than the latest high end Androids all the WP fanboys will drool. LOL. What does wanting a high end phone have to do with not appreciating/enjoying life?
    08-15-2014 09:01 AM
  16. Narathan's Avatar
    Well, if there's a tactic behind Microsoft's low/mid tier phones... You could say that they want other OEM partners to bring the top class phones. I mean why else would they not make high-end phones for spec-junkies? The HTC W8 is a pretty top-tier phone with the hardware (nevermind the 4-ultrapixel camera everybody is on the edge about) and I think directly competing with your OEM partners isn't the best idea in the same market. The whole Surface debacle is something they probably want to avoid, even though they pulled that stunt to show what Windows tablets were capable of (it did motivate OEMS te come up with better/sweeter looking tablets after all).

    So no, I'll stick around. Let other OEMS come up with the craziest of specced phones, and let MS focus on the software they require, like HTC needed Update 1. Waiting to see what the other more premium OEMS are cooking up.
    08-15-2014 09:46 AM
  17. DJCBS's Avatar
    At this point I'm only staying if Sony does what HTC will do and releases a Z3 Compact with WP in it.
    Otherwise, I'm out. I've had a 930 for three weeks, three weeks in which I couldn't use it because the phone is filled with bugs and Microsoft doesn't have replacement units. So I'm supposed to "wait" with a useless phone until God knows when. Well, guess what? Sony is presenting the Z3 Compact on the 3 September. They put it for sale, and I'm out, regardless of what Microsoft Mobile does.
    I've had it with sh*tty customer service from Microsoft.

    And since I only buy high end phones...the only option is the HTC W8. Except I value the camera a lot and the camera of the W8 is just horrible. So I'm out of options. I wish Microsoft a lot of luck selling WP on cheap devices from third party OEMs...and trying to beat Android at it.
    08-15-2014 09:57 AM
  18. TechFreak1's Avatar
    Specs are half the story, the ecosystem is the other half. I'm in it for the ecosystem having seen the beauty of cloud sync whilst working on the go I don't think I will be going to any other platform anytime soon:

    A) Iphones are over priced for what they are and ios is far too closed to be any real use (osx and ios are not the samething)

    B) I have no issue with android, it is just I don't like Google (I have yet to receive any personalised spam in Outlook - when that happens I will put on my tin foil hat and go in to hibernation )

    Once I get my Sp3, it will complete the ecosystem for me as I currently have the Xbox One and a 920. If there is no high end device until spring next year, it won't change the fact my 920 is still going strong and is more than adequate. All smartphone innovation has plateaued evident by the fact OEM's have turned to gimmicks or legacy tech like irda, fingerprint scanners to differentiate themselves. (The new thing is health & fitness)

    The only thing interesting right now is the amazon fire phone with its 4 cameras to create a 3D environment. But this in reality has a wow factor of 5 minutes imo as after prolonged use and once a user gets used to the device it will just fade into the background just like everything else.
    08-15-2014 10:20 AM
  19. Rixonian's Avatar
    The strength of Android is the range of low-level devices. I don't think you realise how big that range is.
    Every human being with minimum wealth can buy a low-level Android phone.
    08-15-2014 10:35 AM
  20. 50ShadesOfDJWS's Avatar
    Ok so reading all the comments and observing,
    I'd have to agree with 2 things
    1) The windows phone experience is great and smooth although lacking some functionality that android offers but let's be honest threshold next year is going to slay based on supposed leaks and just how large an update it'll be quite even putting Microsoft ahead of functionality compared to ios
    2) The app gap is real, don't even deny it. Yes we have seen progress, some really good progress as now we have 300 000+ apps but compared to ios and android we do not even begin to compare. The idea is that apps were supposed to take off for windows universally, it would of been great for touch and WP as then we would have caught up sadly it didn't, oh well.

    And from those 2 ideas/facts/opinions (take your pick) we see that windows phone problem is marketing. You've made the Lumia 930 really premium, 1080p screen? Good for you Microsoft NOW SHOW IT OFF ON TV, and not just in the USA. If marketing was better then they would be selling high end phones not as much as apple or an android manufacturer but still.
    Also yes I will stay even if Microsoft exists the high-end market, I'm perfectly content with a midrange (although I wouldn't mind a highrange phone that slays everyone.)
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    08-15-2014 10:44 AM
  21. SSgt Bruskowiz's Avatar
    The strength of Android is the range of low-level devices. I don't think you realise how big that range is.
    Every human being with minimum wealth can buy a low-level Android phone.
    Eh...how much were the 520, 630...... Just remember wat the 520 did on the market.
    So i agree that most money is made on the lower end.
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    08-15-2014 10:45 AM
  22. Loco5150's Avatar
    Most money is NOT made on lower end on devices. From services yes, most money is made from from lower end, as there are so much more devices.
    08-15-2014 10:49 AM
  23. fatclue_98's Avatar
    Most money is NOT made on lower end on devices. From services yes, most money is made from from lower end, as there are so much more devices.
    Agreed. GM has to sell a few Escalades just to break even for all the Cruze's it dumps on Hertz and city governments. However, it probably makes a ton on replacement parts because there are so many of them and few Escalades and Corvettes.


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    08-15-2014 11:19 AM
  24. pw38's Avatar
    I'm happy with my 1520 but want to see what they plan on replacing it with. If MS does exit the high end I'll possibly stay but to be honest if I wanted a low to mid end phone I'd buy one. I want something to push boundries and as much as it pains me to say if I have to go Android to get it I will. I'd prefer to stay with WP though so hopefully they don't completely abandon the high end.
    08-15-2014 11:28 AM
  25. fatclue_98's Avatar
    I'm happy with my 1520 but want to see what they plan on replacing it with. If MS does exit the high end I'll possibly stay but to be honest if I wanted a low to mid end phone I'd buy one. I want something to push boundries and as much as it pains me to say if I have to go Android to get it I will. I'd prefer to stay with WP though so hopefully they don't completely abandon the high end.
    Which boundaries are you looking to push? Aside from the camera, WP does not offer bleeding edge technology on the hardware side.
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    08-15-2014 11:39 AM
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