1. Cane Prevost's Avatar
    Made the transition this weekend. Dumped my expensive Verizon plan for a T Mobile plan at less than half price. Took a bit of a beating on trade in value for the iPhones but it was worth it for the monthly bill savings. You should have seen the look on the saleswoman's face when I told her I wanted the Windows phone. She told me 3 times that it was a massive downgrade from my iPhone 5. I told her not to worry because I research everything to death. She was sure I was going to regret it.

    Even though I had researched quite a bit I was still surprised at how much I like Windows phone. It does some things very well that I never knew I was missing. The People app alone may be worth the switch. It makes Apple's address book look simplistic and dated by comparison. I love the family room feature. The way it ties in all my emails and social media into one app is really awesome.

    I managed to find all the apps I use regularly on the Windows platform. It was a bit of a headache figuring out how to get all my contacts loaded. I ended up moving them from my iPhone to my gmail account and then syncing my gmail to Outlook. Not elegant but it worked. We now have 4 Lumia 521's in our family. The way Microsoft makes the phones work together is something that was missing on iPhone. I love how we can seamlessly share pictures, calendars, shopping lists, messages etc. right from the family room in the People app.

    The phones work great. I did notice a slight lag on opening apps. Not a bothersome lag but definitely a longer lag than I was used to with my iPhone 5. The speaker volume is louder than my iPhone and the call clarity is better. I miss Siri a bit but I hear that Microsoft has something in the works. Other than that it's been pretty good. I still can't believe how cheap the phones were. They are less than the cost of getting a screen repaired on my iPhone. I feel much better about sending my kids off with these phones because replacement cost is so low. It's a nice way to try the Windows platform without having to spend a mint. I'm going to try it for a while. If I still feel this good about it in a few months I'll think about upgrading to a better spec model. I couldn't quite justify the 400 dollar price jump for the 925 right away though. I tried out the 925 right next to the 521 and didn't feel a 400 dollar difference in handling. May wait on something used in the 200ish dollar range if I decide to upgrade. Anyway, just thought someone might be interested to hear how an Apple fanboy got along with switching over. The Windows phone sits nicely next to my 2 Macbook Pro's, 3 iPods, iPad and iMac. :)
    karlgren, mpt15, dgr_874 and 3 others like this.
    01-27-2014 09:36 AM
  2. jmshub's Avatar
    Good luck and welcome to the forum! Sounds like you had a classic case of the carrier salesperson doing everything in their power to not sell you a Windows Phone.
    xandros9 likes this.
    01-27-2014 09:44 AM
  3. slipslip's Avatar
    Since you mentioned missing Siri, did you know that you can hold down the Windows/Start button to use voice commands?
    Use Speech on my phone | Windows Phone How-to (United States)

    I just got the 521 during the holidays, too, and I'm enjoying learning all of the things that it can do. I was upgrading from a flip phone, though I've also had either an iPod or a Kindle Fire that I used as my "smart" device. The 521 may not have the pizzazz that the iPhone or high-end Android devices do, but it has all of the essentials for a great smartphone experience-- great GPS including offline maps, music apps (Pandora and Nokia MixRadio are my favorites), workable email, social networking, etc.

    And all for a much more reasonable price!!
    01-29-2014 03:32 PM
  4. omegatek's Avatar
    Ha! We did the same thing.
    Went into a tmobile store and they were trying to steer me away from the windows phones.
    Kept suggesting android and iphones.
    Been there, done that. Iphone 4 and Samsung Galaxy S2. Which I enjoyed both, but the prices were ridiculous and I had to sign contracts with Sprint at the time...2 years of hell
    Bought 4 Lumia 521's on sale for $59 each ($240 total investment!)
    Walked into Tmobile and the rep was confused as to why I wanted to connect 4 Lumia 521's instead of signing up for an iPhone contract free.
    Kept bring up how easy the iPhone was to use, etc...
    Now I'm only paying $100/month for all 4
    Wife loves the family room, shared calendars, etc..
    Even sweeter, we got $80 in credit from Nokia for the Windows Store.
    I don't care if my teen loses or breaks this phone, compared to the iPhone she broke last year, this phone is easily replaceable and she is enjoying it.
    May upgrade in 6 - 10 months to a higher spec phone... gonna see what else Nokia and MS cooks up.
    Laura Knotek and Jim Bob4 like this.
    02-10-2014 11:09 PM
  5. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    Welcome to WPCentral. I'm glad you like your 521s.
    02-11-2014 12:20 AM
  6. emperor_skull's Avatar
    Welcome
    02-11-2014 12:29 AM
  7. Slim Makay's Avatar
    For you guys that miss siri, there's a siri replacement in the store called indigo go check it out.
    Laura Knotek likes this.
    02-11-2014 01:00 AM
  8. invertme's Avatar
    Good luck with your new phones. If the 521 is suiting you after coming from a MUCH more expensive iPhone that says a ton about Windows Phone.
    02-16-2014 09:26 AM

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