08-05-2014 06:34 AM
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  1. James8561's Avatar
    here's the bottom line:
    for maximum value (greatest amount of features at the lowest prices) go for the Lumia 920.
    if you think that device is too thick/heavy, you can get a Lumia 925 but do note that by going with 925 you lose a few features compared to 920.
    personally, I'd get the venerable Lumia 920 and call it a day :)
    as for browsing apps, here's a link to the WP Store
    Windows Phone Apps+Games Store (United States)
    Twisted Fate likes this.
    07-27-2014 01:42 AM
  2. Twisted Fate's Avatar
    I agree about testing it out first. You should be able to find a 520 in the $40 to $70 range. Do not pay more. Just keep in mind that this is a budget phone. It will be missing some features such as front camera, flash, and glance. It will also not run a few select apps (mostly games) due to RAM limitation. With these in mind you can see if you if you like WP for a small investment before you put down a good amount on a higher end phone.
    Not a bad idea, only Lumia 520 in my country costs 110$-135$ new on ads, ~163$ new in retail... :D Lumia 720 for example is 280$ in retail, 925 is 550$..

    Also if you are a heavy google services user like me it will be hard to adjust to not using google services as seamless at all.
    I am not really tied to them, mostly on my phone I use Maps and very very rarely Gmail, Hangouts and G+ while on my computer I use them more often.

    Microsoft offers some great services in lieu of google. When I switched from android to Microsoft I moved the whole shebang over and never looked back. :) I love my Windows phones and all my Microsoft services.
    Could you name a few? :)

    A side note for Viber though - it is a huge battery hog. When I had that app on my 625, I didn't know it was since my phone had been managing to keep up during a whole day with moderate to heavy usage. Little did I knew that phone should have been keeping up with me for two days!
    Yikes! I hope they fix that soon, I use Viber on a daily basis :(

    here's the bottom line:
    for maximum value (greatest amount of features at the lowest prices) go for the Lumia 920.
    if you think that device is too thick/heavy, you can get a Lumia 925 but do note that by going with 925 you lose a few features compared to 920.
    What kind of features?
    07-27-2014 04:59 AM
  3. Said Ali's Avatar
    Windows phone is great. It links all your Skype contacts, Facebook contacts, calender, other Microsoft accounts into one Main Microsoft accounts, grants easy access to Onedrive, (any picture you take can be stored there, only to be viewed by you). provides easy backup, and if at anytime you get a new windows phone, everything is easily transferable, through apps and its backup features
    Twisted Fate likes this.
    07-27-2014 05:07 AM
  4. Brandon Tobias's Avatar
    The only thing that might annoy you coming from a high end android or fast android device is the Resuming / refreshing thing some apps do which i learned is not MS fault its the app developers being lazy.

    Windows Phone is good for people who want/are
    1) don't like customization (dig up in the phones OS and modify it over clock root etc)
    2) a unique experience that's smooth
    3) Not apps dependant
    4) Microsoft services dependant
    5) Goodish battery life
    6) Excellent beautiful apps

    ppl add more
    undulose likes this.
    07-27-2014 09:26 AM
  5. undulose's Avatar
    The only thing that might annoy you coming from a high end android or fast android device is the Resuming / refreshing thing some apps do which i learned is not MS fault its the app developers being lazy.
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    I think the refreshing/resuming thing you're describing is present only on WP 8 devices. In WP 8.1, I can switch from different apps without refreshing information (ex. IE 11).

    A warning for the OP: since you're coming from Android, getting used to WP 8 is very difficult AT FIRST. Consider me a mild geek and have experienced rooting Android devices, but WP was really hard to crack during the first time I used it. But after getting used to it, you'll feel that most native apps and features on WP (especially on Lumias) are very efficient (e.g. People Hub, Email app where you can link different emails, pinning items, contacts, etc on Start screen). Plus, my Calendar, Contacts and email sync seamlessly with my laptop.
    Brandon Tobias likes this.
    07-27-2014 09:51 AM
  6. RumoredNow's Avatar
    Also if you are a heavy google services user like me it will be hard to adjust to not using google services as seamless at all.
    I'm not sure what's missing from Google services that Windows Phone hasn't covered. Got any examples?

    My experience is that I use OneDrive more than Drive, respect Here Maps and Drive+ more than Google Maps now, Cortana has me relying on her and I could not be bothered with Google Now... All else integrates and syncs: Contacts, Calendar, Email. I have Google set as my search default... What am I missing?
    07-27-2014 12:42 PM
  7. James8561's Avatar
    What kind of features?
    All of the headline features of Windows Phone are supported on the Lumia 920. (except for the few features only supported by the newer chipsets from the x30 series)
    things such as puremotion HD+, high resolution touch screen, clearblack polarizer, dolby headphone, gorilla glass 2, dual-band wifi, pureview camera, wireless charging, and most importantly 1 GB RAM and 32 GB storage.
    the 925 lacks wireless charging and only has 16 GB storage.

    how much is a 920 for you?
    07-27-2014 01:16 PM
  8. Brandon Tobias's Avatar
    I think the refreshing/resuming thing you're describing is present only on WP 8 devices. In WP 8.1, I can switch from different apps without refreshing information (ex. IE 11).

    A warning for the OP: since you're coming from Android, getting used to WP 8 is very difficult AT FIRST. Consider me a mild geek and have experienced rooting Android devices, but WP was really hard to crack during the first time I used it. But after getting used to it, you'll feel that most native apps and features on WP (especially on Lumias) are very efficient (e.g. People Hub, Email app where you can link different emails, pinning items, contacts, etc on Start screen). Plus, my Calendar, Contacts and email sync seamlessly with my laptop.
    true but i get the refresh / resuming
    i guess its force of habit from using android i tend to kill app apps by using the back button till they are closed or using the multi task menu .....

    im a very tech savy so moding android im used to as well i some how prefer a closed OS like BB10 or WP its open enough to play with but not to the extent as android. only thing i really miss is being able to swap out keyboards. i miss fleksy and swift-key.

    for a stock keyboard windows phone's one is good.
    07-27-2014 01:35 PM
  9. Twisted Fate's Avatar
    All of the headline features of Windows Phone are supported on the Lumia 920. (except for the few features only supported by the newer chipsets from the x30 series)
    things such as puremotion HD+, high resolution touch screen, clearblack polarizer, dolby headphone, gorilla glass 2, dual-band wifi, pureview camera, wireless charging, and most importantly 1 GB RAM and 32 GB storage.
    the 925 lacks wireless charging and only has 16 GB storage.

    how much is a 920 for you?
    Sorry for the late reply, Lumia 920 is nowhere to be found in my country and those that do appear on ads are used for a few months. They usually cost about 270$. Lumia 925 can be found for about 340$ on ads, however its very very difficult and they are 99% of the time without warranty and/or used. There is an option to buy it from stores that do not import them legally, they only come with stores 2 year warranty and not from the official importer.

    I got my 2 year postpaid voice/data plan few days ago from a new carrier and I am now stuck with my old phone which is locked to other carrier, I have to get a new phone quick but I cant find anything good on ads :( Might as well bite the bullet and get new 520 from those "wild" stores or even 925 if I want to risk it >.<
    08-05-2014 06:34 AM
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