11-03-2013 10:51 PM
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  1. anon(123856)'s Avatar
    I use connectivity shortcuts app for this. It takes 2 taps to toggle off/on once you pin WiFi or BT to the start menu.
    Yeah, I use this myself. It's better than digging into the menu every time you want to turn on Bluetooth.
    10-26-2013 06:27 AM
  2. EasyOn's Avatar
    Well, I have UC Browser here, and I can download mp3 files and all the video codecs supported by WP8, and, they all show up in the music and video hubs. Also, with the GDR3 update, you can add PDF files directly to an email.
    10-26-2013 06:40 AM
  3. Nabkawe5's Avatar
    Okay, so I've got a Nokia Lumia 900, which I mostly like, but it's starting to have physical problems, so it's about time to get a new phone.

    Tell me why I should get a new WP device rather than a high-end Android.

    My concerns are as follows. Bear in mind that I mostly like the interface, so this isn't an "I hate Windows" rant.

    - The main selling point of WP is the Live Tile aspect of the metro/modern interface, but on my Lumia, the Live Tiles mostly aren't so live. My weather apps mostly only update the tile when I open the app (rather than the every hour I have told it to update in the app settings), my news apps (fox and al jazeera) frequently show the same headline for days on end.
    Is there anything in live tiles that I can't replicate (or improve upon) with an Android widget? I do like the ability to pin a tile for my wife on the home screen to see when I have specific messages from her, and I'm not sure if that's something that Android does.

    - There's no notification light to let me know what I've got without turning on the screen. Admittedly, I hear that the notifications are much better on a lockscreen with 8/8.1 than with the v7.8 that I have, so that's something. But it seems based on the 8.1 release (and the initial devices announced recently) that nobody has a notification light, and a notification center is still at least an update away from reality.

    - Android's voice command capability is a lot better. Cortana may (or may not) close this gap, but at this point, it's vaporware.

    - Android has a strong selection of keyboard options (many of which are much faster and have autocorrect/word suggestion features that work better than the default/only WP option)

    Nokia's camera advantage is a factor with me, and I am willing to overlook some lack of apps and capability to have a high quality camera. So Windows Phone does at least have a significant edge in that regard (until Samsung starts pushing out phones with better cameras, which I suspect they will in the next year).

    Basically, tell me what I can do with a Windows Phone that I can't do with an Android device. I recognize that Google is evil, so I'm willing to lean towards Microsoft in the event of a tie.
    You can replicate lots of things on Android, only in a very bad way of lets say superficial, Live tiles are not widgets, they are informative shortcuts while widgets are APPS minimal apps!
    You can get almost any WP app to give you live tiles specific to your needs, same thing can't be said about Android.
    Widgets are interactive while live tiles are painfully stale.

    I have both the LG G2 and Lumia 920, I think Android is a great second device but as soon I want to take a photo the choice immediately goes to my Lumia 920, no question about it.
    10-26-2013 06:46 AM
  4. lippidp's Avatar
    That Google is evil is all the reason I need to not even consider Android phones. Apple are pretentious beyond belief and Blackberrys are dead. That leaves WP as the only viable option for me. One thing I miss from WP7 is the built-in navigation in WP8 no longer accounts for traffic conditions. Not even Nokia Drive+. This is the only thing I sorely miss from WP7.8.
    10-26-2013 07:07 AM
  5. montsa007's Avatar
    I'll sum it up,

    With windows phones you won't have to worry about lags or crashes, else you'll have them once in a while every day.
    With windows phones you will have amazing battery life else your phone suffers from loose motions, if you know what I mean
    With windows phones you may fall in love with it else you may learn some new curse everyday
    With windows phones you are guaranteed to get updates unless you buy something like Huawei or carrier based else you may wait for atleast 4-5 months before the old update is made available to you at the manufacturers mercy after it is heavily bloated and deemed unfit for use making sure your phone is useless and you buy the new flagship

    I hope these 4 points sum everything up.
    10-26-2013 10:45 AM
  6. jiayit's Avatar
    Because only WP has phones that are awesome!! Try finding another OS that has phones that have vibrant-colour phones.
    Blue, Yellow and Red Lumias.

    Purplish-blue and Limelight Yellow HTC 8X. (seriously Google for that if you've never seen a neon phone before)
    10-26-2013 10:58 AM
  7. montsa007's Avatar
    Because only WP has phones that are awesome!! Try finding another OS that has phones that have vibrant-colour phones.
    Blue, Yellow and Red Lumias.

    Purplish-blue and Limelight Yellow HTC 8X. (seriously Google for that if you've never seen a neon phone before)
    I really don't like that color combo (Grey Lemon) or even Lemon for that matter, I prefer the HTC 8S black on white, it looks extremely classic and killer.
    THe only dealbreaker is its specs, pfff horrible.

    10-26-2013 11:12 AM
  8. guillams's Avatar
    Another thing to consider is lack of bloatware. You don't need to reflash a WP8 phone because there aren't any apps on the phone you can't uninstall (obviously you can't uninstall system components). My L822 had one or two apps on it that I knew I didn't want so all I had to do was long press on them and select uninstall. Poof! Gone. I do miss the functionality of widgets. Being able to turn Bluetooth and WiFi on and off with one press is convenient.
    there are easy access apps that you can pin to the main screen!
    10-26-2013 11:39 AM
  9. Keith Wallace's Avatar
    Unless the Lumia 1520 interests you, the current Windows Phone hardware isn't impressive. It all runs the Galaxy S III's SoC, so it lacks the gaming power of the competing flagships. I personally wouldn't get ANYTHING right now, because I simply don't enjoy Android or iOS, but I also don't want to sign a 2-year contract for a mid-range phone by 2013 standards.

    That said, the OS is more in-play for this discussion. It depends a lot on your preferences. The main selling points are the free Office (if you use it a lot; I don't), Xbox LIVE gaming (if you have an account; I do), and the smooth tile interface. If you like those things, great. If you feel like some missing apps or games are a big deal to you, it's hard to tell you that you are wrong on your preferences.
    10-26-2013 07:41 PM
  10. baseballbert's Avatar
    I've had android, ios (iPhone 5 for business) and WP. From a pure OS perspective, WP hands down.

    Hardware perspective, also WP.

    Android didn't match up with my preference for what I like on a phone.



    Sent from my RM-820_nam_att_100 using Tapatalk
    10-26-2013 08:39 PM
  11. baseballbert's Avatar
    I've had android, ios (iPhone 5 for business) and WP. From a pure OS perspective, WP hands down.

    Hardware perspective, also WP.

    Android didn't match up with my preference for what I like on a phone.

    Sent from my RM-820_nam_att_100 using Tapatalk
    10-26-2013 08:39 PM
  12. CSJr1's Avatar
    1. Any app in Windows Phone has the capability to access the native voice recognition system.
    2. All WP have dedicated camera 2 stage (focus/snap) camera button.
    3. WP have full suite of Office at no charge.
    4. WP(8) has Skype native.
    5. Find my phone is Native in WP.
    6. High End WP have better camera optics than any other phone.
    10-26-2013 08:59 PM
  13. Keith Wallace's Avatar
    Hardware perspective, also WP.
    You'll DEFINITELY have to elaborate here. Design is a preference, so it's not really a debate (even if I prefer the Lumias to the competition). Android devices carry stronger hardware (Snapdragon 600/800) than the Windows Phones (Snapdragon MSM8960 from early-2012, except for the yet-to-release 6-inch devices). Android devices often carry microSD, which only the sub-900 series devices do on Windows Phone (until the 1320 and 1520 launch), meaning more storage is possible.

    I'm not at-all a fan of Android, but their plethora of OEMs leads to a more-flexible set of options for consumers.
    10-26-2013 10:00 PM
  14. baseballbert's Avatar
    You'll DEFINITELY have to elaborate here. Design is a preference, so it's not really a debate (even if I prefer the Lumias to the competition). Android devices carry stronger hardware (Snapdragon 600/800) than the Windows Phones (Snapdragon MSM8960 from early-2012, except for the yet-to-release 6-inch devices). Android devices often carry microSD, which only the sub-900 series devices do on Windows Phone (until the 1320 and 1520 launch), meaning more storage is possible.

    I'm not at-all a fan of Android, but their plethora of OEMs leads to a more-flexible set of options for consumers.
    Nokia has the best designs of any cell phone IMO. Everything seems stale by comparison.
    10-27-2013 10:48 AM
  15. montsa007's Avatar
    You'll DEFINITELY have to elaborate here. Design is a preference, so it's not really a debate (even if I prefer the Lumias to the competition). Android devices carry stronger hardware (Snapdragon 600/800) than the Windows Phones (Snapdragon MSM8960 from early-2012, except for the yet-to-release 6-inch devices). Android devices often carry microSD, which only the sub-900 series devices do on Windows Phone (until the 1320 and 1520 launch), meaning more storage is possible.

    I'm not at-all a fan of Android, but their plethora of OEMs leads to a more-flexible set of options for consumers.
    Does Android have power packed hardware - Yes, because its OS is not completely refined, no matter how much power you put in that baby it'll go south with time. Please don't quote this post and start a war over this, this thread is about 'sell me a wp8' and not 'show me how android vs wp8 is' That said the discussion ends here.

    Nokia has the best designs of any cell phone IMO. Everything seems stale by comparison.
    I am not sure if you have seen these devices,
    -HTC One (Extremely beautiful construction)
    -HTC 8s (Black & white, looks impressive, classy and makes a statement, crappy hardware is a bad marriage)

    I own a 720 btw, if you accuse me of being biased. Its not that I don't like the 720 design, but imagine the 720 hardware inside an 8S, it'd be bum blazing!
    10-27-2013 10:58 AM
  16. baseballbert's Avatar
    The one is cool, and if they used that design for WP, it would sell well. They'd have to back it up with Nokia level support as well.

    Although what would crush that is if they granted my wish with the 800 body, 4" screen, whatever 1520 innards that fit and glossy yellow.

    On that note, that's another reason I like Lumia. On top of killer design, Nokia has great device support, great exclusive apps and is pretty much the sole driver of WP.

    I'm the kinda person who likes to "stay with the girl you brung." I find the thing I like, and that's what I stick to. Based on that philosophy, I vote Nokia FTW!

    PS: I am biased toward Nokia! ;-)
    10-27-2013 03:19 PM
  17. JonnieLasVegas's Avatar
    Side bar: after over 2 years with a Microsoft mobile device I FINALLY have the Xbox Live achievement sound for my messaging tone! FTW!!
    I thought I was the only one who had been waiting for this! It was the first thing I did when I got gdr3.
    10-27-2013 04:17 PM
  18. anon(123856)'s Avatar
    there are easy access apps that you can pin to the main screen!
    Yeah, I know. As noted above I use Connectivity Tiles for that. Thanks.
    10-27-2013 05:40 PM
  19. thomas wojcik's Avatar
    Buy a 521 or a 520. Try it for a while. If you like it and you want a better device, sell it for nearly no loss and buy something better. Best "test drive" phone out there.
    10-28-2013 07:21 AM
  20. eroselim's Avatar
    Some of the Application tiles may not be working properly as of now. It doesn't have to do with Windows Phone or the OS itself I think. I think that's have something to do with the Application. Mostly are the Weather Application. But hey, try asking yourself what you want on a device. On that way you may know what is more comfortable for you or convenient for you. Is it Android or is it WP?

    Anyway, WP for me is a really good choice. I am also from Android Community and I love it the first time I got my first Android phone. But as time goes by it gets boring and boring even though with the advantages of getting new Roms. As for the WP8 , which is still on its way growing, It made me raise my Two Thumbs up for getting me Hype everytime they announce an Update or everytime I uses my phone.
    11-03-2013 10:51 PM
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