1. Noremacam's Avatar
    Hey all,

    I wanted to introduce myself to the forum and ask a couple of questions about Windows Phone that I thought you guys might be able to answer.

    I love to try different phones and platforms and I get bored with using the same thing after a while. I'm addicted to change. In January I reviewed the blackberry z10, here, and now I am looking at trying out Windows Phone.

    I'm on Verizon, and so I'm considering the rumored HTC M8 with Windows Phone, but if that rumor proves untrue, I may consider the Samsung Ativ SE just because it is less common than the Lumia Icon. The lack in camera resolution doesn't bother me that much, and I would probably enjoy swapping batteries and using the expanded storage.

    My question for most of you is, what is the biggest "gotcha" you experienced when switching to Windows Phone? IE. what set back did you not anticipate when you got your microsoft driven phone?
    Last edited by Noremacam; 07-30-2014 at 07:27 AM.
    07-30-2014 06:58 AM
  2. hotphil's Avatar
    The oft-mentioned app gap didn't affect me.
    What's making me leave the system again is that playing music on it is a poor experience. If I'd known how bad it was I'd not have come back to Windows Phone.
    07-30-2014 07:02 AM
  3. aiden bunce's Avatar
    the biggest letdown for me was a lack of a digital assistant and a notes app. these should be basics on a smartphone
    07-30-2014 07:15 AM
  4. Noremacam's Avatar
    The oft-mentioned app gap didn't affect me.
    What's making me leave the system again is that playing music on it is a poor experience. If I'd known how bad it was I'd not have come back to Windows Phone.
    Is it sound quality, or the music app itself?
    07-30-2014 07:15 AM
  5. hotphil's Avatar
    Is it sound quality, or the music app itself?
    Quality is fair enough for a phone. But search on here for Xbox Music for the issues actually getting a track to play. And if it does, all your tags are ignored. Then there's a lovely great click between tracks. Forget gapless. Best workaround I found was to buy an iPod and forget about Windows Phone for music playing.
    07-30-2014 07:22 AM
  6. Malay Agarwal's Avatar
    the biggest letdown for me was a lack of a digital assistant and a notes app. these should be basics on a smartphone
    Digital assistant? Hello, Cortana
    Notes app? Hello, OneNote
    aximtreo and hopmedic like this.
    07-30-2014 07:25 AM
  7. Noremacam's Avatar
    Quality is fair enough for a phone. But search on here for Xbox Music for the issues actually getting a track to play. And if it does, all your tags are ignored. Then there's a lovely great click between tracks. Forget gapless. Best workaround I found was to but an iPod and forget about Windows Phone for music playing.
    Yikes! I did some googling and noted that apt-x bluetooth audio codec is missing as well, which is a bummer. Are there any 3rd party apps in the store that perform bettery
    07-30-2014 07:25 AM
  8. hotphil's Avatar
    Apt-x is supposedly on the way in a future update. But that could be many, many, many months away (if at all).
    Cortana digital assistant is a bit of an unknown. It's beta. And only available in the Us - something a lot of our US friends forget.
    There's other music player apps in the store. But I just bought a dedicated device and moved on.
    07-30-2014 07:30 AM
  9. hopmedic's Avatar
    Welcome to WPCentral. Since I've only been in Microsoft's ecosystem, I can't really compare the others for you, but it has definitely kept me happy.
    07-30-2014 08:14 AM
  10. Noremacam's Avatar
    How does file management work on windows phone? Does it have a file explorer? Can you access windows shares? Can you manage your files remotely from your desktop?
    07-30-2014 09:26 AM
  11. xandros9's Avatar
    How does file management work on windows phone? Does it have a file explorer? Can you access windows shares? Can you manage your files remotely from your desktop?
    file management is basic. there's an official Files app, but it is fairly spartan.

    As for the others, I don't do those, so I would see if one of the other 3rd party file managers have that functionality.

    The biggest "gotcha" for me is... hmm.
    I don't think there really was one, I made sure I knew what I was getting.
    I've found Music to be great in 8, meh in 8.1, (so I use the old 8.0 app)
    07-30-2014 09:47 AM
  12. heickelrrx's Avatar
    Well I use nokia mixradio 4 music. It's exclusively 4 nokia devices

    If you bored with similar playlist all time this could be good option 4 music
    07-30-2014 10:03 AM
  13. worldspy99's Avatar
    Music is a problem especially in WP8.1 but Nokia Mix Radio is pretty good with some unique features.
    App gap is an issue occasionally.
    I still use my Lumia 810 on a daily basis and use my Android tablet for stuff the WP device lacks in when necessary.
    Welcome and good luck trying out the Ativ SE.
    07-30-2014 10:29 AM
  14. Himanshu Chowdhary's Avatar
    Welcome abroad :)
    Guytronic and Noremacam like this.
    07-30-2014 09:37 PM

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