04-12-2014 03:57 AM
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  1. ohgood's Avatar
    Simple as that, what does windows phone 8 have that android/ios do not ?

    (This was brought up in another thread but this is a better place for it)

    Keep in mind this is referring to wp8, not the currently unavailable 8.1.... When it is released I'll start a similar thread specifically for it. First person to say "omg 41mp!" Wins the 'that's not software' prize.

    OK, go
    04-09-2014 05:42 AM
  2. bayanii's Avatar
    Uh oh.
    04-09-2014 05:50 AM
  3. Fade_z's Avatar
    Obviously the live tiles, or display a live feed direct on your home screen (so no not HTC blinkfeed).

    Full Office (for free) on all WP phones.

    On Nokia's/future all WP's, free HERE navigation with offline maps
    04-09-2014 05:54 AM
  4. Pete's Avatar
    I don't particularly care, personally. I've not really had any need to look at the features of Apple or Android since picking up Windows Phone 7
    04-09-2014 06:06 AM
  5. Chris_Germany's Avatar
    Who cares about wp8 anymore??? Next week we have the preview, so basically we have wp8.1!


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    04-09-2014 06:14 AM
  6. Chregu's Avatar
    After using Android and iOS for the first time extensively... Not much, at least nothing I could point out. Widgets can do more than tiles, Office is now available for most platforms or will be soon (yes, I have a 365 subscription so I have full functionality). Here Maps is something I guess, even though the map quality isn't great in my country.

    But I guess WP is still unique and feels good. I started to miss it and looking forward to give back the Android as soon I have my 8X back.

    Who cares about wp8 anymore??? Next week we have the preview, so basically we have wp8.1!
    8.1 still doesn't offer more than the other platforms. It might have caught up, but it didn't overtake.
    04-09-2014 06:14 AM
  7. o0Nighthawk0o's Avatar
    I don't particularly care, personally. I've not really had any need to look at the features of Apple or Android since picking up Windows Phone 7
    Agreed but I started with Windows Mobile back on a Compaq iPaq. Now my kids are a different story. They have had both Apple and Android and had nothing but problems. The iPhones had problems with short battery life and were fragile compared to my Lumia 920. The Androids would just start acting weird and slow down. Now they all have Windows 8 phones. My wife, my daughter and I have the Lumia 920 and my son has the 520 and we have no problems with them at all. Being the only techie person in the house, it's nice to not have to worry too much about having to fix/restore/reset or otherwise dink around with everyone's phones trying to keep them working.
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    04-09-2014 06:17 AM
  8. Anastazja Michniewicz's Avatar
    How about its fully customizable. No one will have the same start screen as you anywhere in the world... Unlike the cluttered screens of Android or iPhone. Good apps that the others don't have like HERE Maps and Drive. Nokia Mix Radio is just brilliant music player! It's just great for people who want their phone to be personal and use it for more than texts and calls.
    04-09-2014 06:28 AM
  9. Adriaan NL's Avatar
    8.1 still doesn't offer more than the other platforms. It might have caught up, but it didn't overtake.
    In one area: different approach to interfacing. I find that the interface of Windows Phone offers more clarity and less illogical elements. For example, in Android, most apps/ menus have an on-screen back button, while there's also a back button from Android (on-screen, or soft buttons). Why would you soil your screen with unnecessary elements? I know the back button has a different function in Android than in Windows Phone, but still, it takes up screen space. Moreover, whose thumb is able to go all the way up anyway? I'd say that Windows Phone is made for the thumb.

    Moreover, app wise, the Google music player in Android is just awful. One word, awful. It takes too many slides, and taps to get to your music. I find the whole thing disordered.
    And for iOS... you need iTunes. Even though this is not insurmountable, I am happy WP does not have a weird sync program anymore and you can use your phone as USB. Yet, I did not dislike Zune - it was a smooth, fast and beautifully made program. But I just prefer to use Windows Explorer, much faster: just copy-paste.
    04-09-2014 06:34 AM
  10. lovingfriendstar's Avatar
    I agree. It's much more personalized. Even if two people have installed exact same app and same tile configuration, and as in case of 8.1, exact same start background, you can instantly tell which one is whose because the tiles are personalized to the user. That is, nobody will ever have the same phone as you do.

    Besides from that, I like it's cleaner UI over other platforms, the tight integration of Microsoft ecosystem (as well as being compatible with GMail, Google Calendar of course), switch on once use forever like performance and future-proofness. And the fact that every feature in core OS (not manufacturer specific ones) are available to all devices from low end to high end... Something that iOS and Android don't have.

    Feature wise, there isn't a lot difference between the other 2 but the longer you use WP and the more willing you want to learn its unique tips and tricks instead of using its basic features for a day and complain, the more you will love WP.

    It's really a platform that everyone should give it a try. Sadly, not many people actually try to use this and just blindly bash WP without knowing anything, including most of my techie friends. :(
    04-09-2014 06:43 AM
  11. Chregu's Avatar
    To be honest, I don't really get the personalization argument. You can clearly do more than on iOS, that's true. On the other hand I was quite amazed by the possibilities Android offers to personalize the homescreen. You can have a mix between short-cuts and widgets, you can switch between homescreens and personalize everything to your taste. And almost everything offers a widget, they are usually also customizable.
    04-09-2014 06:46 AM
  12. A895's Avatar
    In one area: different approach to interfacing. I find that the interface of Windows Phone offers more clarity and less illogical elements. For example, in Android, most apps/ menus have an on-screen back button, while there's also a back button from Android (on-screen, or soft buttons). Why would you soil your screen with unnecessary elements? I know the back button has a different function in Android than in Windows Phone, but still, it takes up screen space. Moreover, whose thumb is able to go all the way up anyway? I'd say that Windows Phone is made for the thumb.

    Moreover, app wise, the Google music player in Android is just awful. One word, awful. It takes too many slides, and taps to get to your music. I find the whole thing disordered.
    And for iOS... you need iTunes. Even though this is not insurmountable, I am happy WP does not have a weird sync program anymore and you can use your phone as USB. Yet, I did not dislike Zune - it was a smooth, fast and beautifully made program. But I just prefer to use Windows Explorer, much faster: just copy-paste.
    I actually Google Music app, but that is a more personal taste.

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    04-09-2014 06:56 AM
  13. A895's Avatar
    Better integration with Microsoft services and a Xbox Video app and a different UI.

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    04-09-2014 06:58 AM
  14. Adriaan NL's Avatar
    I actually Google Music app, but that is a more personal taste.

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    Possibly. Though I find it very annoying that if you want to go to all your music, you need to slide the menu from the left, and then you can click on it. Plus, I find it annoying, that when you resume the music app, you end up at the section where you were last. WP resets itself back to the beginning - and the Xbox Music app brings you back to the beginning when you play a song. So the overview of all the music is just one click away. Much simpler.
    04-09-2014 07:00 AM
  15. Adriaan NL's Avatar
    Who cares about wp8 anymore??? Next week we have the preview, so basically we have wp8.1!


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    And I think ohgood meant WP8 in general, including the new 8.1 update.
    04-09-2014 07:01 AM
  16. A895's Avatar
    Possibly. Though I find it very annoying that if you want to go to all your music, you need to slide the menu from the left, and then you can click on it. Plus, I find it annoying, that when you resume the music app, you end up at the section where you were last. WP resets itself back to the beginning - and the Xbox Music app brings you back to the beginning when you play a song. So the overview of all the music is just one click away. Much simpler.
    I always thought that was handy. Instead of resetting the app if you were playing a playlist you are back in that section. All apps (with the Google all guidelines) have the sliding menu from the side. Its part of the android app UI.

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    04-09-2014 07:04 AM
  17. Chregu's Avatar
    Better integration with Microsoft services and a Xbox Video app and a different UI.
    OneDrive integration on Android and iOS is great. And after you have installed it and open the app for the first time, it asks if you want to save your pictures on it automatically and offers you 3 extra GB for it. I was never asked if I want 3 extra GB for saving my WP pictures on OneDrive.

    Exchange integration on iOS is great, for example it supports my multiple calendars perfectly. As far as I've read Android 4.4 caught up in this regard.

    I don't know about the music services. I use Spotify, and that the WP Spotify app is crap, that's just a fact. We really don't have to discuss this.
    04-09-2014 07:06 AM
  18. ohgood's Avatar
    And I think ohgood meant WP8 in general, including the new 8.1 update.
    It's very specific on the first post, this thread is for what wp8 (not 8.1) offers that iOS and android do not.
    04-09-2014 07:12 AM
  19. kathdrib's Avatar
    i don't know ios, but I had android, and my family uses android. I think wp8 is better for having:
    - a cleaner UI over other platforms. It has more style
    - the way of searching apps and contacts (that thing of touching the letter)
    - Nokia apps are great
    - that we can close the opened apps almost as in WebOS (I miss sending them upwards, but the "x" is enough).
    - the features of bing
    - real Office
    04-09-2014 07:26 AM
  20. radmanvr's Avatar
    - Integration of Facebook and People
    - Integration of Groups/Rooms (Used to share photos, notes,calendar events)
    - Clean UI
    - Smooth operating flow
    - Different color theme for mood
    - Xbox
    04-09-2014 07:31 AM
  21. GerOrBa's Avatar
    Kid's Corner... my major beef with iOS is that it is not multi-user, and although neither is WP8, with kid's corner as a second user (limited guest user) at least my kid can borrow it without me worrying that she's gonna mess up the phone (unless she drops it on the tile floor =P). So I like this feature a lot, and also allows me to have a second lock screen picture for it.
    04-09-2014 07:33 AM
  22. bsayegh's Avatar
    For me its simple. Its just the UI. That's about it. I love the UI. To me it is much easier to navigate and find what I am looking for than it is on iOS and Android. No dinky little icons, but tiles that are incredibly easy to spot. I can navigate my phone while driving without looking at the phone because I have memorized my homescreen. You cant do that on Android or iOS. Its impossible unless you only have 4 apps on your home screen. When I need to find a less common app, I just switch to list view and use the alphabetical search to jump to it. Any time I ask someone who has an iPhone or something running Android to open an app, unless it is something that they commonly use, they have to look for it. Lots of squinting at the little icons.

    If I pin a radio station to my start screen, I can find it in less than 2 seconds.

    The tiles being live doesn't do much for me. Its a neat effect but rarely comes in handy.

    I also feel like TellMe works better for what it is meant for than Siri or Google Now. It rarely has trouble converting my speech to the correct text. It can open apps, send texts, called people, and search for things. As long as it works well, I am happy. I hope that isn't all ruined by Cortana.

    Otherwise I don't think there is much that it has that others don't. Most of the opinions you get here will be pretty biased toward AP, as well they should be. This is a WP site, after all.
    04-09-2014 07:46 AM
  23. sejgiul's Avatar
    It's an actual operating system that shares its core with desktop and tablet versions, meaning the possibilities for the future are endless. iOS and Android will never change much from what they are now unless they are completely re-written from scratch using an improved base. The only changes you'll see are cosmetic in those OS'. Take iOS 7 for example, the most functional change must be the quick settings menu that can be dragged up :|

    I personally find WP easier to use than iOS. Android comes close to WP, but puts me off because of its poor performance and the requirement for desktop-power hardware, whereas WP can run smoothly on lower-end hardware, and lol, 512 mb of RAM. Good luck with that on Android and iOS...
    04-09-2014 07:54 AM
  24. sejgiul's Avatar
    Have you tried onenote though, omg, what a pain that is to use on iOS...

    OneDrive integration on Android and iOS is great. And after you have installed it and open the app for the first time, it asks if you want to save your pictures on it automatically and offers you 3 extra GB for it. I was never asked if I want 3 extra GB for saving my WP pictures on OneDrive.

    Exchange integration on iOS is great, for example it supports my multiple calendars perfectly. As far as I've read Android 4.4 caught up in this regard.

    I don't know about the music services. I use Spotify, and that the WP Spotify app is crap, that's just a fact. We really don't have to discuss this.
    04-09-2014 07:59 AM
  25. Chregu's Avatar
    It's an actual operating system that shares its core with desktop and tablet versions, meaning the possibilities for the future are endless. iOS and Android will never change much from what they are now unless they are completely re-written from scratch using an improved base. The only changes you'll see are cosmetic in those OS'. Take iOS 7 for example, the most functional change must be the quick settings menu that can be dragged up :|

    I personally find WP easier to use than iOS. Android comes close to WP, but puts me off because of its poor performance and the requirement for desktop-power hardware, whereas WP can run smoothly on lower-end hardware, and lol, 512 mb of RAM. Good luck with that on Android and iOS...
    I don't know much about this stuff, but to me this description seems very close to what Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 are to each other:

    iOS shares with OS X some frameworks such as Core Foundation and Foundation; however, its UI toolkit is Cocoa Touch rather than OS X's Cocoa, so that it provides the UIKit framework rather than the AppKit framework. It is therefore not compatible with OS X for applications. Also while iOS also shares the Darwin foundation with OS X, Unix-like shell access is not available for users and restricted for apps, making iOS not fully Unix-compatible either.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IOS
    04-09-2014 07:59 AM
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