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  1. steve_w_7'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?
    hambubger likes this.
    11-10-2014 05:58 PM
  2. dumgeek's Avatar
    I know, categories with contact and emails, better exchange synchronization, outlook ActiveSync, and all the features in windows mobile 6 that have been removed. Come to think of it not much left😭
    FinancialP likes this.
    11-10-2014 06:12 PM
  3. Nicholas Maguire's Avatar
    A beautiful UI. Plus, I think an already perfected platform is boring. I'd rather stay with Windows Phone and enjoy the ride :) iPhone is boring, boring OS, boring company.
    stevemind, osoalex and Dadstar0410 like this.
    11-10-2014 06:12 PM
  4. jedpatrickdatu's Avatar
    If you've grown tired of Windows Phone, then sure, give the iPhone a go to break the monotony. Both platforms has its pros and cons - you still get as much with the iPhone as with a WP, maybe a bit more.

    My reasons for sticking with WP over iPhone is:

    1. iPhone is too expensive and I really don't like Apple's attitude with the pricing and the bendgate fiasco
    2. WP has a very unique and stylish design
    3. Nokia's excellent cameras
    4. Nokia's bold and durable designs
    11-10-2014 06:15 PM
  5. TechJunkie81's Avatar
    There is no advantage anymore. It's over.
    11-10-2014 06:16 PM
  6. hugo alberto's Avatar
    I have one word for you: iTunes. That **** is awful.
    11-10-2014 06:18 PM
  7. EasilyTheBest's Avatar
    You can buy a Windows Phone outright for just 39.
    11-10-2014 06:18 PM
  8. spaulagain's Avatar
    If you've grown tired of Windows Phone, then sure, give the iPhone a go to break the monotony. Both platforms has its pros and cons - you still get as much with the iPhone as with a WP, maybe a bit more.

    My reasons for sticking with WP over iPhone is:

    1. iPhone is too expensive and I really don't like Apple's attitude with the pricing and the bendgate fiasco
    2. WP has a very unique and stylish design
    3. Nokia's excellent cameras
    4. Nokia's bold and durable designs
    Amen

    I have an iPhone for testing. Every time I use it I'm bored and frustrated. It's just so lame and unappealing.
    11-10-2014 06:19 PM
  9. steve_w_7's Avatar
    "I have one word for you: iTunes. That **** is awful."


    X-box music is far worse. So bad, in fact, that I have stopped listening to music on my phone altogether.
    taymur, techiez, vgfr and 6 others like this.
    11-10-2014 06:24 PM
  10. HTC13's Avatar

    4. Nokia's bold and durable designs
    I am rough with my windows phones, but they still look as good as new. People I know with iPhones...the phones look terrible and banged up. They are cheap devices that need some upgrade in the outer wear department.
    11-10-2014 06:28 PM
  11. steve_w_7's Avatar
    Amen

    I have an iPhone for testing. Every time I use it I'm bored and frustrated. It's just so lame and unappealing.
    I'll have to admit that I do love the Windows Phone UI. No platform is without its flaws, but all of the other advantages far outweigh how much I enjoy looking at my start screen.
    theefman likes this.
    11-10-2014 06:28 PM
  12. steve_w_7's Avatar
    You can buy a Windows Phone outright for just 39.
    I am definitely not the target audience for those devices.
    N_LaRUE likes this.
    11-10-2014 06:29 PM
  13. untitled007's Avatar
    Go ahead and switch, its a free world afterall. Then try windows phone 10 when its already available :p
    11-10-2014 06:30 PM
  14. Nogitsune Micah's Avatar
    If the 6 plus was available for immediate shipment I would switch back to iPhone myself personally.
    11-10-2014 06:31 PM
  15. steve_w_7's Avatar
    If you've grown tired of Windows Phone, then sure, give the iPhone a go to break the monotony. Both platforms has its pros and cons - you still get as much with the iPhone as with a WP, maybe a bit more.

    My reasons for sticking with WP over iPhone is:

    1. iPhone is too expensive and I really don't like Apple's attitude with the pricing and the bendgate fiasco
    2. WP has a very unique and stylish design
    3. Nokia's excellent cameras
    4. Nokia's bold and durable designs
    I don't think it's monotony that's causing me to wander because I prefer Windows Phone's UI over iPhone. As you say, both platforms have their pros and cons.

    1. The expense isn't an issue and I think, if you were to be honest, the bendgate 'fiasco' is a bit overblown. I'm sure if I tried hard enough, I could bend my 925 where the volume buttons are.

    2. If you are referring to the UI, I totally agree.

    3. Yes. Nokia's cameras are the best. I think one of their camera developers has since left Nokia and joined the iPhone team. It won't be long before iPhone catches up.

    4. If you are referring to the hardware, I would agree to a point. Nokia has made some beautiful devices (Icon, 925, 830), but Microsoft's current strategy of flooding the earth with low end, colorful plastic doesn't excite me.

    I do appreciate your feedback, jedpatricdatu!
    nestie_13 likes this.
    11-10-2014 06:37 PM
  16. Nicholas Maguire's Avatar
    When someone mentioned iTunes, I don't think they meant on phone, I think they mean how terrible it is to use iTunes on desktop. Syncing music to your phones is a nightmare using iTunes. Don't even think about using multiple computers BOOM there goes your collection. It's terrible, and it's the only option with iPhones.

    3. Yes. Nokia's cameras are the best. I think one of their camera developers has since left Nokia and joined the iPhone team. It won't be long before iPhone catches up.!
    I don't think that one person would make a difference.
    11-10-2014 06:47 PM
  17. steve_w_7's Avatar
    Go ahead and switch, its a free world afterall. Then try windows phone 10 when its already available :p
    Do you think a lot of iPhone users will make the jump to Windows Phone once W10 rolls out? What would be the advantage of leaving all that the iPhone has to offer, plus all that MS is providing for them? I guess that's what I'm trying to figure out.
    11-10-2014 06:47 PM
  18. steve_w_7's Avatar
    When someone mentioned iTunes, I don't think they meant on phone, I think they mean how terrible it is to use iTunes on desktop.
    Desktop's not an issue for me. I still use the old Zune desktop software (which is far superior to iTunes) to manage my music library and I wouldn't have to change that.
    ashram likes this.
    11-10-2014 06:51 PM
  19. afkaboogieman's Avatar
    I've been a loyal WP user since it was called Windows Mobile 5.0, and the staunchest Apple hater you can find. I maintain that I will never own an Apple device, because they are overpriced and I don't appreciate the attitude of the company. That being said, any rational person will admit that there aren't many tangible advantages to staying with Windows over Apple. They have top of the line hardware, and infinite 3rd party support for the platform. Spec wise, the only thing Windows can really offer you is a better camera, wireless charging, and more storage GB for your money (or expandability options).

    Windows' advantage has always been in its intangibles. The integration of the platform when you tie together multiple MS services... The hundred little experiences that get better over time... The strength of a small, tightly-knit user community. And iPhone and Galaxy users never get stopped and asked "Hey, what kind of phone is that?"

    The choice is yours. Right now for US customers there isn't a WP device available that is without some kind of spec compromise. For some people that's a problem. For me, I just ordered my 830 yesterday.
    11-10-2014 07:15 PM
  20. OwenDL's Avatar
    "I have one word for you: iTunes. That **** is awful."


    X-box music is far worse. So bad, in fact, that I have stopped listening to music on my phone altogether.
    What? I'll never forget the endless hours I spent sorting through hundreds of music albums on iTunes, manually inputting album artwork, organizing the track listing, and just general headaches.

    When I moved over to WP I just threw all my music on Windows Media Player, it got everything sorted out and in order, I put it on my phone with Xbox music and was ready to go. And there was no missing album artwork which is absolutely amazing because itunes is atrocious when it comes to artwork.

    If you're talking about Apples music player on their iDevices, they're quite a bit more complicated and more difficult to navigate than Xbox music. Xbox music can be easily navigated with a few swipes and taps, and it never crashes or stutters. When was the last time you used it?

    If you're not happy with your Windows Phone then by all means move over.
    neo158 likes this.
    11-10-2014 07:26 PM
  21. BobLobIaw's Avatar
    Windows Phone goes to eleven.
    11-10-2014 07:32 PM
  22. Ed Boland's Avatar
    As far as music goes, being able to drag and drop music and video to and from my 1520 using only Windows Explorer is reason enough for me to stay with the Microsoft ecosystem. As others have mentioned above, I too can't stand iTunes and having to "sync" stuff. That and the multiple accounts and computers that really throw things off as someone also mentioned.
    For a music PLAYER on my 1520, Xbox music works fine, but MixRadio (Formerly Nokia MixRadio, formerly Nokia Music) is my favorite.

    Other things that keep me a happy WP user

    Glance screen
    Expandable micro SD card storage
    Dedicated camera/hardware shutter button
    Pureview camera tech (though I AM a bit jealous of the iPhone's high frame rate video recording for slow motion vids)
    Live tiles
    Customizable Start screen
    The ability to pin contacts to Start
    Nokia build quality
    Hardware specs (1520)
    Cortana (though she's expected to land on the other platforms, it wont be the same level of integration that we have here on WP with the hardware search button. Not even sure if the upcoming "Hey Cortana" feature included with the Denim firmware will work on the other platforms.. We'll see.
    11-10-2014 07:55 PM
  23. jwinch2's Avatar
    I felt the same way a short time ago, but for me it was mostly apps, and the lack thereof on WP. I have been with iPhone for the past month and am now switching back. The UI is boring as all get out, and is not customizable at all. The phone damages easily (I have some scratches already and I don't treat it badly at all). The camera is not as good as my 920 either.

    I do agree that MS is killing us by now giving Cortana to everyone, Office, One Drive, etc. At the end of the day, the OS for WP is what is pulling me back.
    11-10-2014 08:12 PM
  24. undulose's Avatar
    Don't forget that iOS's Office app has restrictions if you do not pay for it. WP has a unique UI and the way I use it is just different from how I am gonna use my other Android.

    But yes, you can happily leave WP. Microsoft's services is already expanding to other OS'es.
    Sent from my Nokia Lumia 1520 (RM-937) using Tapatalk
    11-10-2014 08:17 PM
  25. psoham777's Avatar
    Being always dependent on iTunes is the thing I always hate.
    You can't share files via NFC, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi in iPhone, whereas in WP that's possible.
    Other than all that, I like these things about WP:
    1. Expandable memory
    2. Customizable start screen, live tiles.
    3. Lumia apps
    4. Pure view cameras
    5. Glance screen
    6. Camera button
    7. Mix radio
    8. Customizable lock screen
    9. Ability to open camera even when phone is locked.
    10. Bing images & bing search.
    11. Cortana
    12. Files app(to hide images, videos etc)
    13. Nokia's built quality
    14. Offline maps
    15. Internet explorer
    Sent from my dark knight 1320
    11-10-2014 08:41 PM
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