04-14-2014 03:28 AM
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  1. cbreze's Avatar
    I'm still on the wagon and debating on trying the icon as my first windows phone. Ive been researching apps and seeing what's compatible and which ones are not.
    I and perhaps many others are thinking of switching to WP. Would love to hear how the switch is going for ya so far.
    02-20-2014 07:49 PM
  2. jpling's Avatar
    I am a multi phone os user. (WP and android) if you use google hangouts a lot you will go through withdrawal's. Gplus is ok using IE but if you use communities you may find it a pain. Give yourself 2 weeks to learn the os.
    download pocket file manager to manage files between various cloud services.
    Download UCbrowser if you download music and videos from links often.
    download thumba if you use snapseed to edit photos. In some ways it is even superior to snapseed.
    once you get used to WP you will be amazed how efficient it is and wp8.1 will turn everyone's heads!

    I adore android and WP equally. With 8.1 update I can see me using WP only. (L822,L928, lgg2, note 3, soon to be L.ICON ))
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    02-20-2014 08:31 PM
  3. ajb1965's Avatar
    Only about an hour into it, but so far so good. I had already become used to some of the oddities of Win8 (compared to android) since buying a Windows tablet a few months ago, so my transition may be easier than some who have had no exposure to it. Many similarities between the phone and tablet as far as the native apps. No major issues, holy cows either for that matter. I haven't ventured out to the app store yet, but lack of apps was never really a concern for me...
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    02-20-2014 08:34 PM
  4. jlzimmerman's Avatar
    If you run into a missing app dilemma, let us know which one. Some great alternatives are not obvious or easy to find in the store.

    I hope to see more Android converts here, although in not holding breath since Android conveniently announced the launch date of the Galaxy S 5 today, the same day as the Icon release. I blame VZ/Nokia on that one though. It was a doofus decision launching with the Galaxy S predecessor just a couple weeks away.
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    02-20-2014 08:44 PM
  5. chrisdaboss's Avatar
    Coming from a Moto Droid Razr I am loving the Icon. Feels sturdy, call quality is great (not sure what weak cell phone towers the reviewers were using). There is a learning curb but not a drastic one. As far as apps, it seems like the same things that are available on Android are on the Windows App store. One tap and it starts downloading and pops up in the 'apps'. No need for laggy creating shortcuts like on Android. Press the start button and boom-bye-yeah. The only thing is miss, but will be expecting when WP 8.1 is released is a notification bar that I can pull down. Voice command is really good, I use bluetooth in the car and it's a snap for me to say my command. Quad core processing makes me feel like I am actually using a computer in my hand. The Icon is so easy to use, and for Verizon it's probably the best phone out there. Some say that's a long shot with unofficial bitstrip apps or snap chat bs like that. The 3rd party apps blur out my d pics. K-9 pics you pervs ;) So far, I'm liking it a lot. People with their simplistic iphones and lagdroids will now turn heads like this.
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    02-20-2014 08:52 PM
  6. ajb1965's Avatar
    Ok here's my big question. I used speech to text all the time on Droid. Is there a way to have WP not bleep out my swear words lol? I cuss a lot
    02-20-2014 09:20 PM
  7. jpling's Avatar
    Haha no you can't add curse words or keep it from bleeping them as far as I know.

    And (lagdroid) doesn't describe all android phones. Lgg2,motoX,nexus5 are android phones on par with WP8. And yes iPhone is simplistic but we can't customize that much more on WP. (yet)
    let's not hate just educate.

    ICON tomorrow!!
    02-20-2014 09:41 PM
  8. chrisdaboss's Avatar
    Haha no you can't add curse words or keep it from bleeping them as far as I know.

    And (lagdroid) doesn't describe all android phones. Lgg2,motoX,nexus5 are android phones on par with WP8. And yes iPhone is simplistic but we can't customize that much more on WP. (yet)
    let's not hate just educate.

    ICON tomorrow!!
    So after two years they should be able to run like they did day one?
    02-20-2014 10:10 PM
  9. tgp's Avatar
    So after two years they should be able to run like they did day one?
    The Nexus 4 I had ran like it did on day one after a year. And, I got over 1,100 hours of up time out of it.
    02-20-2014 10:25 PM
  10. chrisdaboss's Avatar
    The Nexus 4 I had ran like it did on day one after a year. And, I got over 1,100 hours of up time out of it.
    Sorry, I just don't trust the man anymore. I was abused by opening up Chrome and having to wait 5 minutes to get a response. I need some liquor.
    02-20-2014 10:29 PM
  11. savagelizards's Avatar
    So I did it. Took 2 1/2 hours for the Microsoft store to figure out how to activate my phone to my corporate account (the rep told me that they just got authorization to access corporate Verizon accounts today. They weren't able to copy any of my files, although they really wanted to. I have been trying to set up my email accounts. Going to be a steep learning curve coming from my Razr Maxx. Phone build quality is nice. I am having a hard time connecting to the Internet, although I suppose it's my data syncing in the background. Not sure on the 4G yet. The screen is nice and the phone is responsive. Reinforcing my opinion that you really have to want a WP or you will walk away with something else. No one is ever steered to it, that's for sure.

    I did get a wireless charging stand (free!) and a cool-looking yellow cylindrical extra battery charger device, since I am very concerned about the undersized battery. Went with the Microsoft insurance plan, which should save me $140 over the life of the phone provided I don't lose it.

    I expect it will take a couple of weeks before I settle in. The folks at the Microsoft store really want me to like it and to tell my friends. I was the only person who even asked about the Icon today.
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    02-20-2014 10:30 PM
  12. Astropin's Avatar
    Long time Android user here and this is my first WP. So far so good. Some adjustments but nothing monumental. This phone seems faster and more responsive but it should considering how much more power it has vs my old HTC Rezound. There is no HBOgo app yet and no Dish Network app to access my tuner and DVR.
    ajb1965 and cbreze like this.
    02-20-2014 10:50 PM
  13. ret18057's Avatar
    How about a streaming mp3? I have unlimited data, and no Amazon MP3 app (sheesh)...How about good Dropbox access?
    02-21-2014 01:19 AM
  14. WScottCross's Avatar
    How about a streaming mp3? I have unlimited data, and no Amazon MP3 app (sheesh)...How about good Dropbox access?
    nokia MixRadio and dont look back. Even the free version allows up to 4 mixes for offline use. Unlimited data = streaming bliss.
    02-21-2014 01:34 AM
  15. rebornempowered's Avatar
    If you have unlimited data I would recommend using Plex to stream the audio from your home computer.
    02-21-2014 01:48 AM
  16. nakialj's Avatar
    I have windows and android. Sometimes the Nokia phone can be boring.

    Sent from my SAMSUNG-SGH-I537 using Tapatalk
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    02-21-2014 03:04 AM
  17. admorris#AC's Avatar
    Not sure what people are talking about when they mentions learning curve. WP is right up there with iOS as far as a simple OS to use. It literally took me 20 mins to know everything there was to know about my lumia 920. I expect 8.1 may change that a bit, but for now I couldn't imagine an easier phone to learn.

    Sent from my SM-N900V using Tapatalk
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    02-21-2014 04:40 AM
  18. invertme's Avatar
    My Droid DNA, GS4 and Note3 all worked notably worse after a few months. This is the case for many of the phones I support. While you may be lucky and that could be the case for you. It's unlikely.

    I gave my daughters each a retired Samsung Focus. The phones have been in operation for years without a reset. They still work the exact same as day one.
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    02-21-2014 06:52 AM
  19. savagelizards's Avatar
    Not sure what people are talking about when they mentions learning curve. WP is right up there with iOS as far as a simple OS to use. It literally took me 20 mins to know everything there was to know about my lumia 920. I expect 8.1 may change that a bit, but for now I couldn't imagine an easier phone to learn.

    Sent from my SM-N900V using Tapatalk
    Coming from android, I am used to a lot of flexibility in how my phone is configured. Additionally, I am finding that even some of the official apps aren't up to date. For example, the paid version of Words with Friends is about two years behind the free android version. There is no leader board, and it doesn't even auto calculate potential point values as you place tiles.

    Sure this doesn't seem like a big thing, and maybe it will serve to free up the half hour each day I spend on WWF, but its annoying.

    And some things, like a system clock app, are missing entirely from the OS. I downloaded a free app from the store and it reminds me of one I had for my DroidX back in 2011. Not the performance I am looking for from my brand new phone.

    At this point, I am chalking it up to just needing more time with the phone and ecosystem to figure out how to do the things I used to do, so that is what I mean when I refer to a "learning curve."

    There are some things I like about the Icon, but at this point I am still feeling the pain of not knowing how/ being able to do the things I took for granted with my 2-year-old Motorola.
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    02-21-2014 07:22 AM
  20. anon6002755's Avatar
    Not sure what people are talking about when they mentions learning curve. WP is right up there with iOS as far as a simple OS to use. It literally took me 20 mins to know everything there was to know about my lumia 920. I expect 8.1 may change that a bit, but for now I couldn't imagine an easier phone to learn.

    Sent from my SM-N900V using Tapatalk
    So far the phones has been a breeze for me. Thats after being on android for 4 years with a 6 month period of iOS in the middle of all that. There are some habits that arent useful anymore but the Icon is easy to use. Also this is coming from and LG G2 which outside of its exchange email issue it was a pretty solid device. But as someone else said the simple elegance and things just seeming to work right is what i was looking for.
    Last edited by akak84; 02-21-2014 at 01:46 PM.
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    02-21-2014 07:36 AM
  21. TozyJay's Avatar
    (New guy here)

    I'm also migrating over to Windows Phone from Android. I'm a .NET developer by trade so I plan to take a stab at native Windows Phone development (none of this web app nonsense). I still have a couple Android devices but I plan to stick with WP8 for my everyday phone. With the gradual integration of the various Windows platforms, I see a ton of potential for app development.

    I'm a power user on Android (roots, ROMs, the whole bit) but I'm a huge fan of simple elegance of the WP8 platform. Having to hack, slash, and flash to get a decent user experience on Android was getting old!
    02-21-2014 09:13 AM
  22. radmanvr's Avatar
    I feel like we are a church and there are people everyday coming here ready or curious about converting.

    Welcome to the dark side. If you and your friends are planning on getting WP yall will love the group/room functions. You can share just about anything. Notes, Text Docs, PPTS, Grocery List, Things to do, pictures custom name for room, example my wife and I's room is called Decepticons.

    Also if you are a pandora user when you get WP dont use Pandora. Go for metro radio. It uses pandora's API and you have unlimited skips without commercials.
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    02-21-2014 09:18 AM
  23. manicottiK's Avatar
    Not sure what people are talking about when they mentions learning curve. WP is right up there with iOS as far as a simple OS to use.
    Maybe it's an "unlearning curve" as folks who've learned to do things like turn WiFi, Bluetooth, and GPS off when not in use to extend battery life learn to do nothing because Windows Phone manages it better (and offers fewer opportunities for poorly designed apps to waste power in the background).

    I jest above, but only somewhat. When I moved to WP from Windows Mobile, I had to learn to let go of the degree of customizability I had. At first, I saw WP was really limiting; later, I decided that it was liberating. I no longer spent time backing up my data, finding a good ROM, flashing it, and restoring things. Treating my phone like my TV instead of like my computer has been a good thing overall.
    02-21-2014 10:02 AM
  24. KevinRahimi's Avatar
    I switched from an S3 yesterday and I am pretty happy so far. I am having issues with xbox and my gamertag (have to wait 30 days to transfer due to stupid policy) but other than that it's great. Still finding more apps to use and playing with the phone. Guess i'm still in the honeymoon phase
    02-21-2014 11:50 AM
  25. rebornempowered's Avatar
    Guess i'm still in the honeymoon phase
    The good news is that when the honeymoon is over 8.1 won't be too far behind. It will be like getting a new phone again.
    Astropin and KevinRahimi like this.
    02-21-2014 11:56 AM
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