1. Cylemmulo's Avatar
    So I picked up a Galaxy S4 the other day and I was kind of goign back and forth between it and the Lumia 928, I have a 14 day return period so I can still switch. I have used the 822, but i didn't like the design at all and the camera was extremely slow, it was only a short time I had it.

    I really like the Lumia because:
    Fast, good camera with real flash and a shutter button
    I like the hardware design, even if it is a bit bulky, like the key placement
    Software is pretty clean and fast, I have some decent confidence in Microsoft after windows 8.
    Seems to have decent battery life which is important
    I like my Galaxy because:
    Familiarity and app selection with google (though I'm not bound to it because of my purchases)
    Notification panel (as far as I can tell WP8 has no notification center)
    Widgets
    fastest specs out


    Anyone recently switched over and have opinions? I would appreciate it
    Last edited by Cylemmulo; 05-25-2013 at 08:59 PM.
    05-25-2013 08:31 PM
  2. WanderingTraveler's Avatar
    So I picked up a Galaxy S4 the other day and I was kind of goign back and forth between it and the Lumia 928, I have a 14 day return period so I can still switch.

    I really like the Lumia because:
    Fast, good camera with real flash and a shutter button
    I like the hardware design, even if it is a bit bulky, like the key placement
    Software is pretty clean and fast, I have some decent confidence in Microsoft after windows 8.
    Seems to have decent battery life which is important
    I like my Galaxy because:
    Familiarity and app selection with google (though I'm not bound to it because of my purchases)
    Notification panel (as far as I can tell WP8 has no notification center)
    Widgets
    fastest specs out


    Anyone recently switched over and have opinions? I would appreciate it
    Okay, to address what could be concerns:
    -You'll more or less find that the WP8 App Selection is more than enough (unless you rely on niche apps or Instagram)
    -Microsoft reportedly "ran out of time" on the notification center, so I'll leave it to you what to make of that.
    -Live tiles may become more widget-like, but it's pure speculation on my part.
    -Specs don't matter if the OS and apps don't take advantage of the hardware.

    Also, the 928 has rather good battery life, and will have some exclusive Nokia features in the Amber update, so it's your choice.
    05-25-2013 08:54 PM
  3. Cylemmulo's Avatar
    Ya i checked out most of the aps are there that I want, the only kind of odd thing is I use a reminder app to remind of of random things I need to do during the day and I havn't found to much stuff on the windows 8 store for that.
    05-25-2013 09:01 PM
  4. mpt15's Avatar
    Ya i checked out most of the aps are there that I want, the only kind of odd thing is I use a reminder app to remind of of random things I need to do during the day and I havn't found to much stuff on the windows 8 store for that.
    The calendar has a "to-do" with reminder alarms, so you can ur that. You dont have to download an app for reminders, its in-built
    05-25-2013 09:08 PM
  5. 12Danny123's Avatar
    Okay, to address what could be concerns:
    -You'll more or less find that the WP8 App Selection is more than enough (unless you rely on niche apps or Instagram)
    -Microsoft reportedly "ran out of time" on the notification center, so I'll leave it to you what to make of that.
    -Live tiles may become more widget-like, but it's pure speculation on my part.
    -Specs don't matter if the OS and apps don't take advantage of the hardware.

    Also, the 928 has rather good battery life, and will have some exclusive Nokia features in the Amber update, so it's your choice.
    This... unlike the S4. Windows phones devices will NEVER lag over time. Which is basically an important thing for a lot of people. I had my former Lumia 800 for a year with 75 apps installed and it still didn't lag at all.
    05-25-2013 09:13 PM
  6. WanderingTraveler's Avatar
    Ya i checked out most of the aps are there that I want, the only kind of odd thing is I use a reminder app to remind of of random things I need to do during the day and I havn't found to much stuff on the windows 8 store for that.
    Let's see...you have the Calendar (which you can set up to show on the lock screen) and OneNote.
    05-25-2013 09:18 PM
  7. Cylemmulo's Avatar
    Did anyone who switched over find themselves missing any functionality?
    05-25-2013 10:27 PM
  8. Cornbean7077's Avatar
    I traded my Galaxy S3 for my mom's Lumia 900, and I haven't really missed anything from Android. Sure there are some apps and games that I would like to have, but I've learned that I don't need them. I even bought a Nexus 4 to see if I was missing anything still, and everything I did with the Nexus, I could do on my Lumia, but with a more pleasurable experience. Everytime I pick up my mom's S3 now, it feels slow and laggy. So I guess it just boils down to your needs. If you want the latest and greatest apps and hardware, go with android. If you want a great user interface and experience, go with Windows Phone. And don't get me wrong, the WP hardware is no slouch, its just Android has more variety of it. Hope I helped in some way :D
    05-25-2013 10:39 PM
  9. montsa007's Avatar
    Did anyone who switched over find themselves missing any functionality?
    Here's my history of switches I made, (I used to switch every 6 months, sometimes even shorter periods)
    I may have used some other android devices for shorter duration's but am only considering ones that I've used for some time. Am getting old as I type and its hard to remember which were those tiny devices I played with for a short duration.

    Iphone 4 (Only for a week)
    Blackberry Bold 3 (for a good long year)
    Samsung Nexus Prime i9250 (6 Months~)
    Xperia S (4-5 Months)
    Xperia T (2 Months)

    Now Lumia 720 (Since 20th of April)

    Am I missing any functionality, Yes I miss these 2 functionalities.
    -Lags
    -Crashes
    05-27-2013 05:19 AM
  10. maylea31's Avatar
    Here's my history of switches I made, (I used to switch every 6 months, sometimes even shorter periods)
    I may have used some other android devices for shorter duration's but am only considering ones that I've used for some time. Am getting old as I type and its hard to remember which were those tiny devices I played with for a short duration.

    Iphone 4 (Only for a week)
    Blackberry Bold 3 (for a good long year)
    Samsung Nexus Prime i9250 (6 Months~)
    Xperia S (4-5 Months)
    Xperia T (2 Months)

    Now Lumia 720 (Since 20th of April)

    Am I missing any functionality, Yes I miss these 2 functionalities.
    -Lags
    -Crashes
    I agree with the 2 missing functionalities😊
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    05-27-2013 07:58 AM
  11. Dave Blake's Avatar
    So I picked up a Galaxy S4 the other day and I was kind of goign back and forth between it and the Lumia 928, I have a 14 day return period so I can still switch. I have used the 822, but i didn't like the design at all and the camera was extremely slow, it was only a short time I had it.

    I really like the Lumia because:
    Fast, good camera with real flash and a shutter button
    I like the hardware design, even if it is a bit bulky, like the key placement
    Software is pretty clean and fast, I have some decent confidence in Microsoft after windows 8.
    Seems to have decent battery life which is important
    I like my Galaxy because:
    Familiarity and app selection with google (though I'm not bound to it because of my purchases)
    Notification panel (as far as I can tell WP8 has no notification center)
    Widgets
    fastest specs out


    Anyone recently switched over and have opinions? I would appreciate it
    I am got trying to talk you into anything I am just going to give you my opinion here. I recently had a Note 2 as recently as yesterday when I sold my Note 2 and got a Samsung ATIV S. I have had many Android devices over the years just check my profile on AC you will see I know Android. Every Android device I have ever had suffers from glitches. I wont call it lag its not lag Samsung devices don't lag. The Note 2 was a great device I love that screen and I like all the things it could do. Very fast nice on screen transitions and the pin options SNotes is a great program. I like that device so much I went out and bought a Bluetooth to go with it I got the Motorola Elite made for Android device. That Bluetooth comes with Android software in the marketplace to be used with Android devices. Cool right text while driving hands free (Windows Phone does this with any Bluetooth out of the box no software added) wrong it didn't work it mixed with the Samsung built in voice command and caused issues. I removed that program to use the built in Samsung VC and it is bad it, just is, so now one of my favorite things to do is rendered useless. I had Bluetooth connection issues from day one. I tried 3 Bluetooth devices with my Note 2 Motorola Elite, Bose 2, and Jawbone 3. All three had the same issue they would connect to the device but it would glitch sometimes it wouldnt connect correctly and would just echo what I was saying or would just reverb real loud. I couldnt establish a pattern to this it was just intermittent. At first I blamed it on Bluetooth compatibility and that is what led me to buy the MOTOROLA elite. Its a Motorola Google owns Motorola right it should work...not. If that wasn't enough I had radio issues. At times the phone would get stuck in dialing mode it would just sit there on the phone screen saying Dialing... I have had this issues with every Android device I have ever had on Sprint and AT&T. It requires a restart to fix via airplane mode or power off. Very irritating if you are in a hurry to make a call. I was talking to a coworker on T-Mo who has an Android device he tells me he has the same issue. I blame it on the carriers they wright one radio program the install it on every Android device they get it just doesnt work it. These radios are not properly tested buy the carriers. Shame on them they are giving Android a bad name, or is it Samsungs problem should Samsung be taking some responsibility here. I know you wont have any of these issues with Nokia phones. Why is that? I would have other glitches/ freezes from time to time all of this would cause me to have to reset the phone once a day. I started just resetting the phone each morning when I woke up this helped for the most part.
    My issues with Android Freezes, Voice Command that doesnt work (It doesnt work I am not going to argue with you about this it just doesnt work well its that simple) Radio issues. You wont find any device with a phone in it that can do what Android devices can do you just wont. Android devices can do just about anything you want them to do they are amazing devices. I thinks this adds to the issues I have with Android because there is just so much going on in the device problems are unavoidable because there is no way for any manufacturer to test every scenario. What Android Samsung devices can do this is what drew me to the Note 2. Issues with the OS causing a lack of productivity is what caused me to sale it.


    Windows phone devices wont do what Android devices can do. That said WP8 devices will do many things that I need from a phone. I have a laptop for everything else. What a Windows Phone does it will do well with no issues. Windows Phones just work. You will be more productive with a WP. You will not have radio issues with a WP. You will not experience freezes with a WP. Voice command is the best in the business yes this includes SIRI. I have a Nokia 920 I have had sense November I have 350 plus programs loaded on it I have never had to restart, reset, or power off my phone. It just works. My wife has a Titan 2 she has had for 2 years she loves it because she never has issues with it. My Mother-in-law has a L920 she love that phone because she was able to understand the OS and it just works.


    Conclusion, read, read, read, and learn what WP8 does make sure it will do what you need a phone to do. If you know the limitations of WP8 and can accept it you will like the OS because you will be more productive. Its an easy OS to learn but it is a different way of doing things. We have top notch hardware, the apps are coming learn what is missing to make sure that wont be an issues for you, forget about a notifications center the start screen live tiles are your notifications center, you wont find any OS that is faster or more productive.

    I would recommend you start by reading all the threads in this area.

    http://forums.windowscentral.com/win...uides-how-tos/
    05-27-2013 08:16 AM
  12. Cylemmulo's Avatar
    Thanks for all the advice! I am thinking I will probably go down today and make the switch!
    05-27-2013 08:40 AM
  13. newtonkdl's Avatar
    Yeah
    I think nokia xpress music 5800 stereo sound in new nokia lumia
    05-27-2013 08:46 AM
  14. Brad Miller2's Avatar
    I had a Galaxy S3 since last July and was deciding on the 928 or the S4. Since the 928 came out first, I figured I'd test drive it for 14 days. After 3 days, I knew I was keeping it (I have been an android owner exclusively the last 5 years). The 928 is my 1st windows phone. As stated above, calendar does notifications built right in and most of the social apps (Facebook/twitter, itsdagram, etc ) have toast notifications that pop up at the top of the screen just like an android phone. With my linked inbox live tile, I can always quickly see if I have any new emails as well.

    Quite frankly, as a heavy and expert android user (I have rooted, rommed, etc) and ran my own photography business using my phone for a LOT of it, I can tell you that the only things I miss from Android are these:

    FlipBoard (Weave and Fuse are OK, but not as good) and Snapchat. That's it.

    WP8 does email better, especially my corp email on exchange server. WP8 never lags, never freezes. Live tiles are the bomb, and unlike widgets, they don't drain your battery down to nothing in just a few hours.

    The Lumia 928 with WP8 may not be for everybody, but I urge you to give one a try before jumping on that S4 bandwagon!
    05-27-2013 08:59 AM
  15. TMavC5's Avatar
    I've switched from iPhone 3, 4 and 4s. Haven't look back since.

    I don't use many apps on iPhone. Often download things but never really use 80% of it. With WP8, everything are part of the phone and I use it daily without looking for apps. Luv IT!!!!
    Sent from my RM-820_nam_att_100 using Board Express
    05-27-2013 09:31 AM
  16. chezm's Avatar
    If that wasn't enough I had radio issues. At times the phone would get stuck in dialing mode it would just sit there on the phone screen saying Dialing... I have had this issues with every Android device I have ever had on Sprint and AT&T. It requires a restart to fix via airplane mode or power off. Very irritating if you are in a hurry to make a call. I was talking to a coworker on T-Mo who has an Android device he tells me he has the same issue. I blame it on the carriers they wright one radio program the install it on every Android device they get it just doesn’t work it. These radios are not properly tested buy the carriers. Shame on them they are giving Android a bad name, or is it Samsung’s problem should Samsung be taking some responsibility here
    I dont believe thats a carrier issue, i experienced the same problems on my past GS3 with Rogers. I always assumed it was a radio issue, but i never experienced the problem with my L920, Focus or my wife's iPhone3G/5. I'm sure its a bug with the OS...many times i would End, re-dial, End, re-dial....eventually after the 6th or 7th time it would establish a connection...sometimes i'd have to reboot the device.
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    05-27-2013 09:38 AM
  17. nufan947's Avatar
    I am got trying to talk you into anything I am just going to give you my opinion here.....
    I'd just like to say that I really appreciate the honesty and accuracy of this post. It's refreshing to see someone give an actual opinion of android beyond 'laggy, buggy, fragmented'. Anyway, currently on android and pretty certain I'm gonna make the switch when my upgrade is up, and your post confirmed that I'll love the decision. Thanks.


    Sent from my Galaxy Nexus using Tapatalk 4 Beta
    05-27-2013 10:59 AM
  18. pankaj981's Avatar
    The only thing I would suggest you check before deciding on a WP8 would be the apps that you absolutely need. Apart from that every other change will be welcoming...

    ...and about the notification center...trust me you won't miss it if you learn to use WP8 as designed to be used and not use it as an Android/IOS and compare. The app shortcuts on the start screen are called live tiles for a reason, because they do give you realtime notifications as required/programmed in the app, if not atleast a notification count, and again the behavior is completely upto the developer, some apps give you a tile notification count, some provide you with realtime updates/feeds. Play around the OS and try to customize it according to your needs. If you don't like it after a while and conclude that its not suited for your needs, you can always switch...

    ...all the best!
    05-27-2013 11:13 AM
  19. abel920's Avatar
    Okay, to address what could be concerns:
    -You'll more or less find that the WP8 App Selection is more than enough (unless you rely on niche apps or Instagram)
    -Microsoft reportedly "ran out of time" on the notification center, so I'll leave it to you what to make of that.
    -Live tiles may become more widget-like, but it's pure speculation on my part.
    -Specs don't matter if the OS and apps don't take advantage of the hardware.

    Also, the 928 has rather good battery life, and will have some exclusive Nokia features in the Amber update, so it's your choice.
    Where's the source on this one? I need to drag somebody bald for filth.
    05-27-2013 12:08 PM
  20. Cylemmulo's Avatar
    Alright I went there today and returned the S4 and got my 928! I got a couple of weird looks but one guy there backed me up on it :p very happy, I do have the gooky lookign windows button but it's not as bad as some others, might not have even noticed if i wasn't looking for it.
    pankaj981 likes this.
    05-27-2013 05:59 PM
  21. omniusovermind's Avatar
    Here's what's preventing me from switching currently.
    Notification center - the ability to not only have glance able notifications that persist until you act on them is handy already, but now that you can actually reply right from the notification in the pane it's even better. LED.

    Lag - I'm on a nexus 4, I don't get stutters any more than any other OS. YMMV

    Music - ability to edit playlists without a PC hookup

    Email - since all my accounts are gmail now I'll call this a tie. The gmail app is getting a refresh soon as well. It's an excellent app.

    Google Services - Google +, Maps, Nav, universal search, Hangouts, gmail, calender, cloud all tightly integrated and sync near flawlessly.

    Customized ringtone profiles

    Developer support - I'm not going to talk about the app selection as that's been covered a million times. I'm speaking of future brand new apps that become hot items. Those hit iOS and Android first, and often no further.

    Google Now - I use this almost every day. Freaking love this feature

    Ability to close apps in the multitasking screen

    Widgets - you can't paint all of these with the same brush of 2011 or earlier. Many of the more successful ones now have a much lighter memory and battery footprint and are incredibly functional as well as aesthetically attractive.

    Having said all that, I'm still sitting in the sidelines quietly rooting for WP8 to grow. I do like the OS and style and I've always been a fan of MS and supported them over Apple even when it was fashionable to call them evil in the 90s.

    All I'm currently doing now is watching and waiting for some of the above to improve because I would be willing to buy a windows phone even if it didn't meet every single item on my list above.

    I was actually a former big cheerleader for blackberry in the months leading up to the launch of BB10 and was incredibly let down by how the reality has turned out. I'm not really surprised that windows phone appears to be doing better than them and I feel more confident they'll continue to evolve.
    Dave Blake, Laura Knotek and chezm like this.
    05-27-2013 07:31 PM
  22. Cylemmulo's Avatar
    So far the only things that I have noticed that detract from my S4
    No notification LED
    Camera can't take picture during video capture
    Notification center sort of though I can see how I will soon forget about it
    Nokia maps seem great, however a quick test I searched for verizon wireless and instead of finding the store near me it went like 40 miles away to like the Verizon Wireless amphitheater

    Otherwise I can find everything I need on the app store and if its not there it has an alternative. The size is thicker and bigger bezel i didn't like the idea of but it makes it far easier to hold honestly. I really like how the camera will open from the button even when i have the screen off
    05-27-2013 08:58 PM
  23. pankaj981's Avatar
    Currently only the HTC WPs have a notification LED. About the funky address routing, I would suggest updating Nokia maps if possible. Also apps that you frequently use that send you notifications can be configured to show up on the lock screen.
    05-27-2013 10:13 PM
  24. chezm's Avatar
    @omniusovermind

    Some good points made and i can see why people like yourself are still hesitating to jump ship for WP8. Lets cross our fingers that BLUE update is THE UPDATE and evolution everyone is hoping for. I love my WP, it suits all my needs as a user...but to consume a higher market share it needs to continue expanding. I dont think we will ever see some of the features you've mentioned on WP, not because MS wont allow them but Google is concerned about the user base leaving Android platform.
    05-28-2013 08:26 AM

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