08-30-2014 10:10 AM
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  1. mstrblueskys's Avatar
    Hey! I have posted a bit here for the Dell Venue 8 Pro and the Asus T100, but I think I'm about to get a Windows phone as I switch from Sprint to AT&T. I'm pretty pumped. I couldn't get on the Chromebook nor the Android tablet bandwagon, and I think I'd like to be under 1 ecosystem.

    Can I use this post to ask for advice on what phone would be a good, off contract choice coming from the HTC M8?
    Genesis Coupe likes this.
    08-22-2014 02:22 PM
  2. S Vaibhav's Avatar
    Lumia 1520.3 would be a nice choice.
    08-22-2014 02:31 PM
  3. Blkacesvf41's Avatar
    The Lumia 830 is also coming to AT&T if you can wait a little longer.
    mstrblueskys likes this.
    08-22-2014 02:44 PM
  4. HelloLudger's Avatar
    While it is not a bad idea to use only one ecosystem, Microsoft is really supporting all other OS with top applications for their services. One could easily argue that many of their services are even superior on Android (OneNote and Skype at least).
    And since you have a current Android flagship phone, I don't think switching could really improve your experience.

    If I were you, I would keep the M8 for the next ~6 months to wait what Microsoft brings with WP 9 to the table.
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    08-22-2014 02:50 PM
  5. mstrblueskys's Avatar
    What would you guys do for an of contract phone in the interim until new flagship phones are released? Is there a good, inexpensive option?

    Posted via the Windows Phone Central App for Android
    08-22-2014 04:09 PM
  6. Blkacesvf41's Avatar
    What would you guys do for an of contract phone in the interim until new flagship phones are released? Is there a good, inexpensive option?

    Posted via the Windows Phone Central App for Android
    Everyone says the 520 rocks, so I'd try that.
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    08-22-2014 04:37 PM
  7. HelloLudger's Avatar
    A Windows Phone with a Snapdragon 810 could easily be a Q2/2016 device. I wouldn't wait for that.
    On the other hand, buying a Snapdragon 800 device in Q2/2015 is no option either. Let's wait for the rumored 1525.

    A stop gap device? The 630 or maybe 730. Depends on how much money you want to invest. I would try to avoid buying a 0,5 GB device.
    mstrblueskys likes this.
    08-22-2014 05:05 PM
  8. YeMan's Avatar
    Does snapdragon 800 to 801 to 805 make a huge difference? Or is it just a little bit faster?
    mstrblueskys likes this.
    08-22-2014 05:12 PM
  9. worldspy99's Avatar
    Off contract a Lumia 635 is a good choice. You can get it for $99 in the Microsoft Store or Amazon. Or better yet wait for a bit. Sometimes good deals abound on eBay or even the WPC Marketplace. Good luck and welcome to WP!
    k72 and mstrblueskys like this.
    08-22-2014 06:09 PM
  10. colinkiama's Avatar
    Get the m8 windows phone version. Its just like your old m8 but just with windows phone 8.1 update 1 on it.
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    08-22-2014 06:14 PM
  11. salmanahmad's Avatar
    A Windows Phone with a Snapdragon 810 could easily be a Q2/2016 device. I wouldn't wait for that.
    On the other hand, buying a Snapdragon 800 device in Q2/2015 is no option either. Let's wait for the rumored 1525.

    A stop gap device? The 630 or maybe 730. Depends on how much money you want to invest. I would try to avoid buying a 0,5 GB device.
    The Snapdragon 800 is still a very good performer. I would recommend getting the 1520 right now for OP.

    Does snapdragon 800 to 801 to 805 make a huge difference? Or is it just a little bit faster?
    The 800 and 801 are minor differences, slightly over clocked CPU and GPU but not a huge difference.

    The 805 is somewhat of a different story.

    If the Snapdragon 805 is mounted onto a 2k display it has small differences from the 801 in performance however if the 805 is mounted on a 1080p display it will have massive performance improvements.

    In a nutshell the only difference between 800 and 805 is that 805 was built for 2k and 4k displays in mind, the 800 and 801 weren't though they can run 2k and 4k.

    Get the m8 windows phone version. Its just like your old m8 but just with windows phone 8.1 update 1 on it.
    Isn't it a Verizon exclusive?
    mstrblueskys likes this.
    08-22-2014 06:51 PM
  12. mstrblueskys's Avatar
    At&t has announced they will carry it!

    Posted via the Windows Phone Central App for Android
    oditius likes this.
    08-23-2014 08:37 AM
  13. WanderingTraveler's Avatar
    Welcome! Well, I'd say that you wait for the One M8 for Windows Phone if you really want a high-end Windows Phone right here, right now.

    A stopgap would be the 520 or 635. 635 because LTE.
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    08-23-2014 08:54 AM
  14. YeMan's Avatar
    One M8, better than the 1520? 1525? Is it the.....the...new 1520?!?! DA DA DAAAAAA
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    08-23-2014 05:04 PM
  15. mstrblueskys's Avatar
    Welcome! Well, I'd say that you wait for the One M8 for Windows Phone if you really want a high-end Windows Phone right here, right now.

    A stopgap would be the 520 or 635. 635 because LTE.
    Thank you - how do people feel about the Samsung Ativ S Neo?
    08-23-2014 06:42 PM
  16. jomarr's Avatar
    The Lumia 830 would be announced in a couple of weeks!

    I'd get it if I didn't get the 1520 a month ago... The 1520 would be nice as well! If you want removable storage, the 1520 is a good choice..

    If you want to stay true to your roots, the HTC One M8 for Windows is a great device.
    08-23-2014 10:28 PM
  17. jomarr's Avatar
    What would you guys do for an of contract phone in the interim until new flagship phones are released? Is there a good, inexpensive option?

    Posted via the Windows Phone Central App for Android
    The Lumia 525 is inexpensive and good but I'm not sure if it's available in the US.

    The 630 is a good one as well.
    08-23-2014 10:29 PM
  18. mstrblueskys's Avatar
    While it is not a bad idea to use only one ecosystem, Microsoft is really supporting all other OS with top applications for their services. One could easily argue that many of their services are even superior on Android (OneNote and Skype at least).
    And since you have a current Android flagship phone, I don't think switching could really improve your experience.

    If I were you, I would keep the M8 for the next ~6 months to wait what Microsoft brings with WP 9 to the table.
    Oh, I also can't keep the M8 - it's locked on Sprint.
    08-23-2014 10:57 PM
  19. DalekSnare's Avatar
    If you can handle the huge size, the 1520.3 (the version that works with LTE on AT&T but isn't ruined by AT&T; their version stripped out wireless charging) is the nicest WP. I'd like to have one myself. It's just a hair slower than the HTC W8 but has a camera button and a PureView camera. And the screen size is nice to look at once you're okay with how much pocket space it takes. The 1020 has a better camera for zooming but a worse screen (coming from an RGB 1080p screen, you'd probably find the PenTIle 768p screen ghastly), and it's smaller.

    Nokia should have more phones out this year though, there's the 830 for sure and I hope we get a 1030, but that's not announced.
    08-24-2014 12:21 AM
  20. WanderingTraveler's Avatar
    Thank you - how do people feel about the Samsung Ativ S Neo?
    Ativ S Neo is horribly underrated.

    The problem is that...I don't think it's supported with updates.
    08-24-2014 03:36 AM
  21. colinkiama's Avatar
    The Snapdragon 800 is still a very good performer. I would recommend getting the 1520 right now for OP.


    The 800 and 801 are minor differences, slightly over clocked CPU and GPU but not a huge difference.

    The 805 is somewhat of a different story.

    If the Snapdragon 805 is mounted onto a 2k display it has small differences from the 801 in performance however if the 805 is mounted on a 1080p display it will have massive performance improvements.

    In a nutshell the only difference between 800 and 805 is that 805 was built for 2k and 4k displays in mind, the 800 and 801 weren't though they can run 2k and 4k.



    Isn't it a Verizon exclusive?
    Yes it is.
    08-24-2014 04:59 AM
  22. colinkiama's Avatar
    The OP seems to like windows products so much so let him get a windows phone. Don't you want the marketshare to increase? All I can really say is that WP is closed like iOS but it's a bit more customisable. It's basically metro on the phone and it works great. If you don't mind metro then get a windows phone.
    08-24-2014 05:02 AM
  23. stevemind's Avatar
    Welcome....I've been using 630, cool looking and nippy, down to choice and your wallet size really.
    08-24-2014 05:24 AM
  24. psudotechzealot's Avatar
    Lumia 1520.3.
    08-24-2014 05:55 AM
  25. oditius's Avatar
    For all those recommending the Lumia 1520.3, you are assuming the OP can pay the $$ cash for it. Since AT&T doesn't sell that version, he would have to pay full price. So I believe that he is preferring to get a discount or the Next plan to get the phone. The M8 is good phone, I have it. I like the 1520, but the size is wrong for me. I will wait for the "exclusive" to end on Verizon, and probably pick myself up the WP version. The camera in just about any WP device is better than the M8's. But the M8's camera is fine if you are not trying to replace your DSLR or plan to make poster size prints.
    mstrblueskys and badcat like this.
    08-24-2014 07:33 AM
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