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  1. Steven Land's Avatar
    • Xbox on the phone - which means not only can I play fun games on my phone, but I can earn Xbox Achievements as well.
    • Metro UI - in my opionion it's easier to use than iOS on iPhone and being able to really customize your Start Screen is handy!
    • Cortana - no need to use iPhone for a digital assistant anymore. Also having the AI character from Halo as you digital assistant is way cooler than having Siri.
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    11-11-2014 02:53 PM
  2. trainplane's Avatar
    A lot of people brought up good points. Windows Phones OS sits between the rigid, parental, and directed experience (my way or the highway) of the iPhone/iOS and the free, open and sometimes insecure (Wild West) nature of Android. iOS and Android are the two extremes and WP gives users somehting different. It is closer to Android than iOS though. If they allowed other app Stores, opened up their API more, and have more in phone dev options like Android, it would be much closer to Android.
    flapadlr likes this.
    11-11-2014 02:53 PM
  3. TechFreak1's Avatar
    You nailed it! Windows Phone has set themselves up as the cheap, third option. I'm not sure if that was their plan all along, but sadly that is the perception of most people I know. If you're over 17 years old, a cheap colorful plastic phone isn't very appealing when there are alternatives.
    The low end is where the growth is, proven by the fact most of windows phone 8 growth came from the Lumia 520. Plus
    Most teenagers don't think for tomorrow but only for the present, if they did then they would not be shelling out top dollar for an Iphone or the latest iteration of the galaxy series. The build quality of the low end Nokia phones are not that bad, much better than some android phones :P in the same price bracket.
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    11-11-2014 03:10 PM
  4. AngrySprintUser's Avatar
    My first smartphone back in 2010 was a Windows Phone. I've never used an iPhone or Android device.

    I was hanging out with a friend of mine last night and he was showing me his new iPhone 6. I'll have to admit that I was pretty impressed - especially with the hardware. In my opinion, Apple has finally nailed it with their design. They finally have a decent sized phone and they have borrowed all of the elegant design that Nokia pioneered. I have the 925, which I love. iPhone 6 is basically the next logical progression of the 925 as far as design goes.

    The one thing that he was really interested in, regarding Windows Phone, was Cortana. I got to show her off a bit so that was cool and he was pretty impressed.

    However - after playing around with his iPhone - for the first time, I have started thinking about switching over. I started thinking about what I would miss if I left WP for iPhone. The only thing that I could think of was Cortana. iPhone has all the apps and has a gorgeous high-end flagship phone -- available on my carrier (Tmo). Office is there. MS has developed a One Drive app for iPhone so that won't be a problem. Windows Phone has pretty much abandoned the hub concept, so that differentiator is gone. And now they will be getting Cortana. I can just get the iPhone, switch over to iMore, and I don't feel like I would miss a beat.

    As I am sitting here right now, I can't think of a single reason to stay with Windows Phone. And the weird part about it is I'm not even sad about it. In fact, I'm kind of excited!

    What am I missing?
    There isn't, which is why I just got a Galaxy S5 and I'm very happy with it. It's not even that WP is moving at a snail's pace, but it's almost like they have no idea what they're doing over in Redmond.

    What is the point of all those commercials comparing Cortana to Siri if anyone can get Cortana now?
    11-11-2014 06:10 PM
  5. WDavis4692's Avatar
    I don't know. I've often entertained the idea of trying out an LG G3. Heaven will burn before I waste my money on an iPhone. Not when the latest android flagships are so damn sexy for half the price.

    Microsoft just seems a bit of a mess lately. This slow 8.1 roll-out is disgusting (even though I've got 8.1 I've been waiting yonks for Denim). The music app, 10-20 updates later, is still lacking gapless music playback despite it being one of the prime requested features. It just feels like WP is a super low priority for MS, shoved on the backburner. They're so damn focused on Cortana that they're neglecting the rest of the OS.

    I don't even want a new flagship, but with Christmas on its way, not having a new flagship; in particular a 1020 or 930 successor available ON ALL NETWORKS just confuses me.
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    11-11-2014 06:14 PM
  6. jwinch2's Avatar
    What is the point of all those commercials comparing Cortana to Siri if anyone can get Cortana now?
    ​Yep.
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    11-11-2014 06:57 PM
  7. ohgood's Avatar

    What am I missing?


    youll miss
    "coming soon"
    because Apple doesn't do that. they may be one or two years behind android, but when it's finished, its launched.



    really though, I can't think of anything a jail broken iPhone can't do. get one used and try it a while. there is most definitely, an app for that
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    11-11-2014 07:33 PM
  8. fatclue_98's Avatar
    I'm a serial "flipper" between devices and the one thing that WP has over any OS, OEM skin or 3rd party app is the keyboard and particularly the word prediction. The LG keyboard is very good with its dedicated number row but Android's predictive text simply blows. I'm not going to even mention iOS because comparing it to Android or WP would be a profound showing of disrespect.

    Apps are nice to have but every app (not games) has some form of text input. If your kb sucks, it makes the app less desirable to use.
    11-11-2014 07:48 PM
  9. edoug's Avatar
    Like the original article that suggested Cortana moving to other platforms was corrected to read, it's far more likely she referred to WINDOWS platforms than IOS or Android, that said it would still be a pale impersonation -especially on IOS. I don't think this is coming anytime soon.
    11-11-2014 08:20 PM
  10. Squachy's Avatar
    I'm a serial "flipper" between devices and the one thing that WP has over any OS, OEM skin or 3rd party app is the keyboard and particularly the word prediction. The LG keyboard is very good with its dedicated number row but Android's predictive text simply blows. I'm not going to even mention iOS because comparing it to Android or WP would be a profound showing of disrespect.


    Apps are nice to have but every app (not games) has some form of text input. If your kb sucks, it makes the app less desirable to use.
    Well android allows install of 3rd party keyboards, and ios does now too. Its a good thing the windows stock keyboard is one of the best but the advantage goes away if a third party keyboard happens to be as good or better....
    11-11-2014 08:44 PM
  11. Nogitsune Micah's Avatar
    I almost decided to order another iPhone 6 plus and drop windows phone but I stopped. I really wished I had more confidence in Microsoft to do right by this OS but I don't yet apple nor google really impress me much.
    11-11-2014 08:48 PM
  12. jwinch2's Avatar
    Like the original article that suggested Cortana moving to other platforms was corrected to read, it's far more likely she referred to WINDOWS platforms than IOS or Android, that said it would still be a pale impersonation -especially on IOS. I don't think this is coming anytime soon.
    Hope you are correct, or this makes no sense at all.
    11-11-2014 09:13 PM
  13. jonnaver's Avatar
    I would try to claim that iPhone has a much bigger head start in order to perfect but I don't believe that. Rather than perfecting since WinMobile, MS instead has kept scrapping their mobile OS and starting all over again.
    11-11-2014 09:39 PM
  14. fatclue_98's Avatar
    Well android allows install of 3rd party keyboards, and ios does now too. Its a good thing the windows stock keyboard is one of the best but the advantage goes away if a third party keyboard happens to be as good or better....
    Third party keyboards have been around for quite a few years now and they're still not even close. WP got it right from the very get go in 2010 and it has not been altered one bit since WP7. Throw in Microsoft's predictive text and it's not a fair fight. Even the harshest WP critics, and there are more than a few, agree it's the best text input out there. The Sense keyboard is very nice but it fails miserably at word prediction. You would think that someone would've come up with something better by now but it hasn't materialized.
    11-11-2014 09:49 PM
  15. irvin792's Avatar
    Third party keyboards have been around for quite a few years now and they're still not even close. WP got it right from the very get go in 2010 and it has not been altered one bit since WP7. Throw in Microsoft's predictive text and it's not a fair fight. Even the harshest WP critics, and there are more than a few, agree it's the best text input out there. The Sense keyboard is very nice but it fails miserably at word prediction. You would think that someone would've come up with something better by now but it hasn't materialized.
    The amazing keyboard of WP is what initially sold me on choosing WP over android back in 2010. NOTHING was even close back then. Most of my phone use is with the keyboard so it was a no brainer.

    Now I just wish every app would come to WP. Like Square, SnapFish, Next door, and Verizon FiOS........;) and of course many others.....those are my main peeves.
    nohra likes this.
    11-11-2014 09:56 PM
  16. ov103's Avatar
    You can use your iPhone without ever having to connect to iTunes. And if you have media that is not in the cloud, connecting you iPhone to iTunes to sync music is an extremely simple process, anyone who knows what a computer is, should be able to do it just fine. Connect, Click "iPhone", click "music", select what you want to sync, and click "Sync". Thats it.

    Nevertheless, with streaming services and iTunes match, when I had an iPhone, I forgot I had iTunes on my computer.
    11-11-2014 10:19 PM
  17. CliveSinclair's Avatar
    Its not iPhones, its Apples eco system that is a problem. Most non tech people don't understand that once your sucked in, its hard to leave.

    Look at Microsoft fitness band - works on WP, iOS and Android. Will iWatch do the same, no.

    iMessage and icloud? Same again - OneDrive, OneNote works across all platforms.

    Apples OS are designed to suck u in and make it hard to leave. Why do they do that?
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    11-12-2014 01:22 AM
  18. Karthik Naik's Avatar
    mainly sd card slot,bluetooth,freedom and excellent pricing and updates
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    11-12-2014 04:11 AM
  19. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    Why do they do that?
    Money. What else?
    11-12-2014 05:07 AM
  20. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    Like the original article that suggested Cortana moving to other platforms was corrected to read, it's far more likely she referred to WINDOWS platforms than IOS or Android, that said it would still be a pale impersonation -especially on IOS. I don't think this is coming anytime soon.
    This argument would make sense if they weren't bringing out W10 in about 6 months. So they're going to release Cortana on W8 and Xbox One now? Why bother?

    Let's not even talk about the issues of talking to your computer...
    Last edited by N_LaRUE; 11-12-2014 at 05:19 AM.
    11-12-2014 05:09 AM
  21. scotiez's Avatar
    I was on iPhone for the past 3 years, I am now on windows 8.1. I loved my IPhone, I really did. For the most part it worked flawlessly. But when I had trouble with it was with ITunes. I have music in my old Zune folder before I had an iPhone. Then I hooked up to ITunes. I had to import each song, or folder into iTunes, and that became a mess. Spent hours fixing my music. Then every once in a while when I plugged it in to charge and sync it would mess up all my music again. It would create duplicates, or just wouldn't play my music, especially my zune music. This was the main reason I switched over to windows phone. My music has been flawless ever since the switch,
    But after switching I realized how nice my phone synced with my home computer and laptop. Word documents, OneNote, Calendar, email and I could go on and on. My IPhone never worked this well with my computer, Maybe if I had a mac but I don't I have a desktop and laptop that run windows 8.1, No wonder my windows phone works so well with my home computer's. I am anxious to see what windows 10 brings. I think it will only get better and hopefully that will be the software that will make people wake up and quit bashing windows phone. Its a great OS. I think People who bash it hasn't really given it a chance.
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    11-12-2014 06:46 AM
  22. edoug's Avatar
    If not now, when?

    There really is not reason NOT to release these features now if they're ready to go unless there was another near-term event to bundle them into to make a bigger splash, but since MS seems to be enjoying more frequent small announcements it would make sense to act sooner than later.

    Cortana's design means the more she has access to now, the better she can become. The sooner, the better.
    11-12-2014 09:14 AM
  23. jbestman's Avatar
    "...but Microsoft always seems to get their priorities wrong."
    What?!
    So, they release their software and concentrate on the market that is close to a billion users rather than on the market that has less than 40 million. I would say they got their priorities spot on!
    You are speaking from a user's perspective. If you own a business you will know how ridiculous that sounds. Microsoft is not making much, if any, from hardware. Phone sales is not a huge factor for them. Their core business is software. Restricting that software to WP users just so they can have bragging rights would be beyond stupid.
    But, if you keep it on WP devices that would be a reason to switch. Nope. They tried that. It didn't work. Sooner or later they gotta stop being fanboys and be a business.
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    11-12-2014 10:59 AM
  24. spaulagain's Avatar
    "...but Microsoft always seems to get their priorities wrong."
    What?!
    So, they release their software and concentrate on the market that is close to a billion users rather than on the market that has less than 40 million. I would say they got their priorities spot on!
    You are speaking from a user's perspective. If you own a business you will know how ridiculous that sounds. Microsoft is not making much, if any, from hardware. Phone sales is not a huge factor for them. Their core business is software. Restricting that software to WP users just so they can have bragging rights would be beyond stupid.
    But, if you keep it on WP devices that would be a reason to switch. Nope. They tried that. It didn't work. Sooner or later they gotta stop being fanboys and be a business.
    100% agreed.

    I'm a huge WP fan. But I'm not blind, I understand MS needs to address the majority market first. It's just smart business.

    I'd rather see WP get shorted occasionally, and MS's other services expand successfully than to see WP get things first, and all their other services fall short or lose traction because they remained "unique" to WP.
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    11-12-2014 11:08 AM
  25. Jakoh's Avatar
    and no security bugs that replace your apps with fake apps, lol.
    11-12-2014 11:31 AM
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