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  1. Kevin Rush's Avatar
    For navigation, Navigon is the best, full featured app. It is a paid app and is worth it.
    08-15-2013 08:31 AM
  2. 11B1P's Avatar
    4. Bike ride. So I had to go on a bike ride Saturday and I had to use my Galaxy S3 for an hour because it has Map My Ride.
    Why not try Runtastic Pro?
    08-15-2013 08:35 AM
  3. willied's Avatar
    Why not try Runtastic Pro?
    Or Endomondo, or Active Fitness, or Sports Tracker, etc. WP may be missing some apps, but there are plenty of fitness tracking apps.
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    08-15-2013 04:36 PM
  4. BygSii's Avatar
    30 DAY CHALLENGE COMPLETE!

    Sold my Samsung Galaxy S3! Here's proof! Samsung Galaxy S3 Black Unlocked Rooted Mint Screen W Extras Verizon 887276011059 | eBay ($320 on eBay, hope link works)

    Honestly, I'm going to be looking really hard the next couple of days at the Nokia Lumia 928 and the HTC One for Verizon. What did I learn from my Windows Phone 8 thirty day challenge? It is a ligitiment smartphone with some fresh new features that make this a must have device.

    For the conclusion of my 30 day challenge, I will share with you all my own comparison between WP8, Android, and iPhone.

    Windows Phone 8 - Smooth Operating system, a texting dream, and best home screen.
    1. With its outstanding messaging app that combines Facebook Messenger, Twitter, and SMS into one, it not only looks great, it is the best overall of all three phones. With the added hands free text to speech feature, this is the phone you want for people who text all the time.
    2. Best home screen. Live tiles that update automatically. With a single glance, check missed calls, text, mail inbox, weather, ect.
    3. Xbox live connectivity. Get notifications of friends when they get online and play your favorite games.
    4. Super smooth menus all throughout the phone.
    5. Great navigation with Nokia Drive. Speed limit reminders, trail tails if you get side tracked.
    6. Great one handed use, battery life, and sound.

    Android - Customize everything, best apps and integration avalible, best search options.
    1. Customize everything. Keyboard, text, app icons, widgets, clocks, lock screens, ect.
    2. Google Now. In my opinion, the best voice search there is of all the phones out there.
    3. Best apps avalible. Free wifi tether, best searches for music downloads, best selection of free games, ect.
    4. App integration. Click on YouTube link in email, takes you to YouTube app. On facebook and click on a link to eBay, ask you if you want to open the eBay App.
    5. Custom mods with a rooted Android. Turn led flash on when holding down the power button? Check. Slide finger left to right of status bar to change the brightness of your screen? Check.
    6. More features than the rest. Example, start dialing someone's name in the dial pad, brings up that contacts name. Live wallpapers. Individual sound, notification, music, and system volume controls. Just to name a few.

    iPhone 5 - Accessories, retains value, and best phone for music.
    1. Accessories, accessories, accessories.
    2. Wireless tv streaming of photos, videos, music, games, with Apple TV.
    3. Apps better optimized for phone of all three phones. More apps to date than android or WP8.
    4. iTunes. A music lovers dream. Instant music results and downloads. Widest selection of Podcast of all three.
    5. Integration with iPods, iPads, iMacs, MacBooks. Apps, email, in store purchases, ect.
    6. Retains its value. A brand new iphone 5 is $650. Used is $500. Brand new Galaxy S3 is $650. Used is $300. Brand new Windows Phone 8, $550. Used $150.

    So there you go! My conclusion of my windows phone 8 thirty day challenge. It's a dang good phone. And the Nokia 822 is a steal at the price it is. I would like to keep this thread open for anyone who wants to share their experiences with windows phones. Have a question? Ask me and I'll answer it. I'll still post something from time to time here if I feel I need to share something. So for now, I'm off to verizon to decide between the latest windows phone or the latest android phone! What? Did he say "Go to Verizon to check out the latest Windows Phone!?" THAT'S RIGHT PEOPLE! :)
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    08-24-2013 12:31 AM
  5. cwbcpa71's Avatar
    Please let us know what you end up choosing. I have really enjoyed my time with the 822 as well. I am about at 30 days myself. I am still not sure which way I will go. I have picked up my S4 a couple times just to play around with it and while I do miss some of the functions of android, I really have become attached to the feel of WP. I am interested to see what Nokia will release next on Verizon. If I stay with WP then I may pick up a 928 from Ebay for now.

    Good luck with the decision.
    BygSii likes this.
    08-24-2013 03:05 PM
  6. snowmutt's Avatar
    Can't argue with your results, and I love how you put the spin on the good of all three OS's.

    I have always thought if Apple had biger screens, the iPhone would be a serious contender for me simply because of the podcass and iTunes store. I respect the ecosystem and the support of Apple. But, boy are they.. ahem... not cheap, and device choice just isn't an option.

    I really like Android. I love it's choices, I love it's options. But, it is the Wild West, and it really becomes a muddy mess when it rains. I have always said- manage your Android, or it will manage you.

    WP is doing a good job of providing device options (except keyboards, gosh-double-dang-it), and that ecosystem is improving. But we are a distant third with releases. That is annoying.

    Again, thanks for your write ups. I really enjoyed them.
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    08-28-2013 10:56 PM
  7. BygSii's Avatar
    Giving everyone the update I promised. I ended up going with the HTC One over the Nokia Lumia 928. Here were the deciding factors.

    1. More Apps. Free WiFi tether with FoxFi, Music Paradise, TubeMate, just to name a few bit there are many more I have on android that WP8 doesn't.

    2. IR Remote Control. Really cool being able to control my TV and surround sound as home. No Verizon WP8 model has this feature yet.

    3. BoomSound. HTC One BoomSound is so totally awesome! Like carrying around a little boom box in your pocket. 928 speaker doesn't compare.

    4. Call quality. HTC One is great. Nokia 822 is great. Both offer clear sounds and clear voice. I don't think it was a setting or anything, but the 928 was noticeably quieter when listening to someone.

    5. Sexy design. The HTC One is just too sexy of a phone. The 928 ain't bad either, but the winner goes to the HTC One.

    6. Web experience. HTC One has the auto fit text feature that, say if I zoom in on some text, it adjust the text to the length of my screen, do I don't have to drag back and forth and back and forth just to read each row of text.

    Leaving out the camera talk because the Lumia takes some really great pictures, as far as detail and lighting. The HTC One takes a wider field of view picture than the 928, the front facing camera I have nicknamed "selfie mode" because it has such a wide depth of view, that taking a picture of yourself, you can stand up and get your entire body in the shot.

    Don't get me wrong. Windows Phone 8 is a great operating system. Just that it wasn't great enough to make me permanently make the switch.

    Like I said before, I'd like to keep this thread open to anyone who has ever tried a new operating system, and to anyone with questions about the different operating systems. Feel free to post your comments, thoughts, comparisons.
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    09-08-2013 01:29 AM
  8. Shawn Magm's Avatar
    Why not get the of both worlds and get an Android and a Windows phone? I plan to purchase an Android once Google makes its announcement about the new Nexus. Then, I'll decide between various Android phones. The Lumia 520/521's are very affordable, and it'll be good to have a backup in case something happens to my primary phone. I know Verizon does not have a variant, but for those on AT&T or T-Mobile, the 520 & 521 can be picked up very cheaply.
    09-08-2013 06:19 AM
  9. aximtreo's Avatar
    I'm curious about one subject. Didn't the fear of HTC going down the toilet give you cause for concern? Not that it will happen but it appears that HTC is becoming a lesser part of the smartphone market.
    BygSii likes this.
    09-08-2013 09:22 AM
  10. raccoon210's Avatar
    Thanks for all your write-ups! I love WP but I understand why you got the One. I've heard how gorgeous it was then I saw it in the wild and I was just like wow. I need that! So if that comes to WP like it's rumored I might give up Nokia!
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    09-08-2013 09:37 AM
  11. snowmutt's Avatar
    When someone is as open minded to the OS as you were, tough to say you did not make the right decision. Enjoy the One!! Hope WP makes the strides with the Blue update (8.1) to earn the purchase of buyers like you next time.
    BygSii likes this.
    09-10-2013 09:00 AM
  12. willied's Avatar
    When someone is as open minded to the OS as you were, tough to say you did not make the right decision. Enjoy the One!! Hope WP makes the strides with the Blue update (8.1) to earn the purchase of buyers like you next time.
    Indeed. It's great to see how level headed this thread is. Good on ya, BygSii. Enjoy the One, it's a pretty sweet phone.
    09-18-2013 09:18 PM
  13. BygSii's Avatar
    The fear of HTC on not being financially where they were a year ago didn't bother me when buying the phone outright. Verizon just now got their flagship phone, and these figures don't account for the fact that the Biggest mobile network in America now sells their number one device. So I expect their profits to rise. But, i also expect that HTC may not release anything software wise passed Android 4.4 for the HTC One. I'm OK with that. I think HTC Sense the way it is, is good enough for years and years to come.

    I did have to send my phone off to a trusted guy who can S-Off my HTC One so that i can do whatever i want to it. Which is the great thing about Android, but Verizon has shut down any bootloader unlocks from htcdev.com, so this is the only solution to that. So for the mean time, I'm back to using my Nokia 822. I love the Glance, i love to double tap the screen to unlock. I love the reading back of text messages and responding all with voice commands and not having to push ANY buttons to text people back and forth. It's a great back-up phone, it really is. So i still have my Nokia 822 as my backup phone and I'm keeping it that way.
    Last edited by BygSii; 09-25-2013 at 12:47 AM.
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    09-24-2013 11:15 PM
  14. BygSii's Avatar
    It's been a long time! Almost six months! I'm going back to using the Nokia 822 as I am sending my HTC One in to have the camera fixed. Going to be rocking the 822 for a few weeks. What are some things/apps that I have missed? Also, any one get a tether/hotspot to work for someone who has unlimited data?
    03-28-2014 11:05 PM
  15. Shawn Magm's Avatar
    It's been a long time! Almost six months! I'm going back to using the Nokia 822 as I am sending my HTC One in to have the camera fixed. Going to be rocking the 822 for a few weeks. What are some things/apps that I have missed? Also, any one get a tether/hotspot to work for someone who has unlimited data?
    You should get the new HTC One (M8). Lumia Black and GDR3 are the latest updates. Some nice features such as being able to turn off vibration. Maybe another week or two until the update to WP 8.1.
    03-29-2014 08:22 AM
  16. worldspy99's Avatar
    It's been a long time! Almost six months! I'm going back to using the Nokia 822 as I am sending my HTC One in to have the camera fixed. Going to be rocking the 822 for a few weeks. What are some things/apps that I have missed? Also, any one get a tether/hotspot to work for someone who has unlimited data?
    No tethering tested yet but I think if I tried it will work for me since I have T-Mobile.
    04-07-2014 04:23 PM
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