1. TechieTalker's Avatar
    I haven't been able to find specifics on reasoning for me to start using wp7. I currently use an iPhone4 as my work and play device. My work is going to purchase a phone for me and I'm considering a wp7 Mango device.

    I'll be mostly interested in using Office (email, documents) and listening to audio books (currently use audible). Does the audible player work on wp7?

    The questions I have are:

    1. Does audible work with wp7?
    2. How well does wp7 integrate with your PC? (can I easily transfer documents?)
    3. Any general comments on why I should take the time to learn a new mobile OS.
    4. What rumors are there regarding wp7 and Windows8 integration?

    Not sure I put this in the right Discussion, if it's in the wrong place let me know and I'll start a thread in the appropriate place (I thought about putting this in iOS). It's hard to find good comparison info on the web since it usually amounts to huge bias in iOS favor and I wanted to hear the wp7 side of things :)
    09-21-2011 01:58 PM
  2. theefman's Avatar
    I haven't been able to find specifics on reasoning for me to start using wp7. I currently use an iPhone4 as my work and play device. My work is going to purchase a phone for me and I'm considering a wp7 Mango device.

    I'll be mostly interested in using Office (email, documents) and listening to audio books (currently use audible). Does the audible player work on wp7?

    The questions I have are:

    1. Does audible work with wp7?
    2. How well does wp7 integrate with your PC? (can I easily transfer documents?)
    3. Any general comments on why I should take the time to learn a new mobile OS.
    4. What rumors are there regarding wp7 and Windows8 integration?

    Not sure I put this in the right Discussion, if it's in the wrong place let me know and I'll start a thread in the appropriate place (I thought about putting this in iOS). It's hard to find good comparison info on the web since it usually amounts to huge bias in iOS favor and I wanted to hear the wp7 side of things :)
    1st off, the only reason to use WP7 is if you like it. Try it first and see. To answer your questions:

    1. No audible player for WP7 at the moment.
    2. You can transfer media directly via your pc or music downloads via zune OTA. Docs (in Mango) can be stored on your free Skydrive storage and accessed via the Office hub.
    3. Its fast, fluid, stable, has a unique, beautiful design. Good (and will get better) integration with MS services. Trying it for yourself though is the only way to know for sure.
    4. Cross platform play via Xbox Live is the only thing I remember distinctly from build.

    HTH.
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    09-21-2011 02:16 PM
  3. 1jaxstate1's Avatar
    also
    Wireless sync
    Should have integration with Xbox kinetic too. it's been demoed already. So hopefully it'll come soon.
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    09-21-2011 03:03 PM
  4. TheWeeBear's Avatar
    also
    Wireless sync
    Should have integration with Xbox kinetic too. it's been demoed already. So hopefully it'll come soon.
    I'm going to have to butt in here 1jaxstate1, that's twice i've seen you call it that, i had to take drugs to calm me down last time. It's Kinect. ;)

    Taking slow breaths now!, There i'm fine now! :)

    Have to agree with 1jaxstate1, Wireless sync is awesome. :)
    09-21-2011 03:12 PM
  5. GekkoAce's Avatar
    I'm going to have to butt in here 1jaxstate1, that's twice i've seen you call it that, i had to take drugs to calm me down last time. It's Kinect. ;)

    Taking slow breaths now!, There i'm fine now! :)

    Have to agree with 1jaxstate1, Wireless sync is awesome. :)
    Probably spell check changing it on him. lol. Try counting to ten.it'll help you calm down.
    09-21-2011 03:16 PM
  6. 1jaxstate1's Avatar
    Haha, yeah, I keep doing that. LOL. You've set me straight though, won't happen again.
    I'm going to have to butt in here 1jaxstate1, that's twice i've seen you call it that, i had to take drugs to calm me down last time. It's Kinect. ;)

    Taking slow breaths now!, There i'm fine now! :)

    Have to agree with 1jaxstate1, Wireless sync is awesome. :)
    09-21-2011 03:17 PM
  7. TheWeeBear's Avatar
    8,9,10. You're right i'm really back to normal now.

    Yes it would be the speel chicker for sure. :)
    09-21-2011 03:18 PM
  8. TheWeeBear's Avatar
    You call it what you like my friend, i'm just having a wee laugh with you. :)
    09-21-2011 03:19 PM
  9. 1jaxstate1's Avatar
    Yeah...spell check...that's what it is. LOL! :)
    Probably spell check changing it on him. lol. Try counting to ten.it'll help you calm down.
    Last edited by 1jaxstate1; 09-21-2011 at 03:57 PM.
    09-21-2011 03:19 PM
  10. TheWeeBear's Avatar
    Yeah...spell check...that's what is is. LOL! :)
    I don't doubt it for a second. (Hey my nose just grew an inch?) :)
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    09-21-2011 03:21 PM
  11. tiny's Avatar
    Didn't see a carrier mentioned, but I will assume At&t, and if that's the case, then YES! You have some excellent phones to choose from, and Windows Phone with Mango onboard is a real contender now.
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    09-21-2011 04:12 PM
  12. gerrymad's Avatar
    3. Any general comments on why I should take the time to learn a new mobile OS.
    What else are you going to do with the 3.5 minutes it will take you to get comfortable with this OS?
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    09-21-2011 04:20 PM
  13. TechieTalker's Avatar
    I hope they come up with an audible app, because without it I lose a lot of years worth of audio books. That could actually be a deal breaker to me since it makes the commute to work much more bearable.

    @tiny - yes, the carrier I'll be using is AT&T.

    @gerrymad - honestly I am very unfamiliar with Windows Phone and didn't know how long it would take me to get used to using it, so Apple actually has a hold on me because I've never used another smartphone platform. I look at it from the perspective of switching from windows to a Mac and that is something I am really not going to do because I live in a windows world... except my phone. I'm not thrilled with my iPhone, but I don't hate it either. Being a tech person I can't tell you the number of times I've hated trying to get something off my iPhone and having to cobble it through iTunes... usually I just email whatever to myself.

    @1jaxstate1 - the wireless sync definitely sounds awesome.

    @theefman - thanks for your answers to the initial questions :)
    09-21-2011 04:55 PM
  14. smartpatrol's Avatar
    The Mango update adds the ability for 3rd party apps to output audio while running in the background. So it's very possible they will come out with an Audible app now. Before Mango it was impossible.

    Anyway, AT&T is the place to be if you're interested in WP7. They're getting the Focus S (same screen as the Galaxy S2), and the Titan. I'm jealous.
    09-21-2011 05:17 PM
  15. jfa1's Avatar
    My two cents in the conversation is this **** YES you should jump on the WP bandwagon!
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    09-21-2011 06:05 PM
  16. scottcraft's Avatar
    I recommend watching some YouTube videos and reading as many reviews as you can, then go to the store and try some out. The os is simple to learn and very slick and smooth.

    Sent from my Windows 7 phone using Board Express
    09-21-2011 07:31 PM
  17. scottcraft's Avatar
    To the OP: here's a link to a video on mango and some articles on pcworld about mango:



    http://forums.windowscentral.com/gen...ion/180765.htm

    Search windows phone 7.5 on youtube and you can find some pretty good videos. Hope this helps.
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    09-21-2011 08:23 PM
  18. Rodolfo#WP's Avatar
    I'd also recommend a move to WP7, and the $0-Samsung Focus, in particular.

    On Audible: An Audible app, as such, is probably not necessary, though it may be the best solution. I have audible books automatically downloaded through the PC Audible Manager program to my ZuneHD without an Audible app. I've been expecting that an audio book capability w/could just be added with Mango and then have audio books -listed in our WP7 Zune app content, along with Music, Videos, Podcasts, etc. like on the ZuneHD. (YET, there is a Kindle app for WP7) ;)

    Enjoy the shopping and good luck with your eventual choice.
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    09-21-2011 09:07 PM
  19. baseballbert's Avatar
    I came from IP4, and haven't looked back. WP7 is pretty cool and very intuitive. It was a pretty easy os to learn, and I now like it much better.

    Wp7 has pretty much squelched any interest ive had in iPhone 5.

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    09-21-2011 11:42 PM
  20. Judge_Daniel's Avatar
    I realize this is a pretty sleazy solution, but maybe you could still use your iP4 as your audio book player until the app comes to WP7. It'll still be able to connect to WiFi, where you could continue to buy and download your new books. I'd understand not wanting to carry around two devices, but it'd also save your phone's battery during your commute. Just a thought.
    09-22-2011 12:18 AM
  21. theefman's Avatar
    I remembered reading this, obviously take it with a few tons of salt but anyway, maybe it will be on WP7 officially at some point, maybe they just need Mango:

    Audible support on Windows Phone, part 27 | Windows Phone Secrets
    09-22-2011 08:23 AM
  22. ryude's Avatar
    Aside from all the fanboyism in this topic, wp7 mango is a good OS. You really need to try it before you buy, it is nothing like ios. It is simple to learn, but some tasks are more complicated than the iPhone imo. Like I said, just try it and see if it's for you.
    09-22-2011 12:02 PM
  23. theefman's Avatar
    Aside from all the fanboyism in this topic, wp7 mango is a good OS. You really need to try it before you buy, it is nothing like ios. It is simple to learn, but some tasks are more complicated than the iPhone imo. Like I said, just try it and see if it's for you.
    Dont see the fanboyism, just advice on trying it first, good humoured posts and some of the unique features of the OS.
    09-22-2011 12:35 PM
  24. TechieTalker's Avatar
    There is a bit of fanboyism IMO, but that's to be expected from a technology that a given person enjoys. I was kind of hoping for some fanboy insight when I came to this forum to ask about WP7. It doesn't seem as overwhelming as fanboyism from fans of Apple, though. The users here have honestly said that giving a try before making the leap is a good idea and I've never heard a fan of iOS say the same.

    From the posts here and the 30 days with WP7 linked by scottcraft I am more seriously considering WP7, although I will visit a phone store before making the purchase. The one thing that is really holding me back is the lack of an Audible app, but hopefully there will be one before I have to make the purchase.

    Of course I may end up having to carry both my personal and my business phone, in which case I can use the iPhone as a glorified iPod for Audible and the wp7 for everything else that I do.

    *to clarify on the fanboy comments I made, I meant them as a compliment rather than the normal negative connotations. I suppose it's not so much fanboy as simply fan in the case of most of the posts I have read here.
    Last edited by TechieTalker; 09-22-2011 at 01:26 PM. Reason: Clarification of Fanboy
    09-22-2011 01:24 PM
  25. ranzabar's Avatar
    Yes...and no

    File handling is not native. In other words, you can't mount the phone like a USB stick and drag and drop to it. I miss that, but that being said, I do like the closed environment. Far less opportunity to hose the phone with malware IMHO.

    Where iOS and Android are app-centric, WP7 is 'people-centric', meaning that the OS sees contact and messaging data as a resource to be let out and about to mingle with the phone's various hubs. Hard to explain, but works really well. I think it's highly intuitive.

    What I really love about the phone is the Metro design. It's so easy to see and interact with. No more pages of miniature Chicklet-sized icons and squinting to see stuff. The Live Tiles are so useful as quick sources of information I don't know how I lived with Android for so long.

    I had no problem getting and Exchange Server account set up as well as GMail or Facebook. Easy. And I always use the One Note integration in my Office Suite at work, so that's a really plus.

    When Mango hits, anyone who has any appreciation of how a smartphone should work will see WP7 as the real leader in mobile OS's
    09-22-2011 09:38 PM
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