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  1. onysi's Avatar
    My family all use Lumia brand, but one decided to get galaxy note 3. I had to get my dad that phone under my name, so I recently set it all up for him and explained everything. It is a beautiful hardware, and the fact that the s-pen is there and is pressure sensitive made it even more mesmerizing. There are so many things you can do. I am a loyal WP fan and I'm sucked into the ecosystem (music, movies, services) but the hardware that Samsung has got on note3 is making me rethink everything.
    I am hoping that Nokia made the 1520 as an intro to big phones, their next step is a note3 clone as well as WP and Win RT merging. I am giving WP another year, or I may end up using 2 phones.

    Samsung's Note 3 just reminds me too much of Windows Mobile when it had pens and seemed like a small computer. It just feels great to use. Doesn't help that I am up for an upgrade, so I am holding and waiting for the next best thing from Nokia.
    I'm on Tmobile, so I can't have 1520 or 1020.

    I could technically use android IF Microsoft has Xbox music, Xbox movies, one note and Office on there. I just have to get use to the old way of tapping icons. Not a fan of that since Live Tile.
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    12-10-2013 09:45 PM
  2. 12Danny123's Avatar
    This is why you have both. I have a nexus 5 and Lumia 1020 and Samsung Ativ S :-). Though I mostly use my Samsung Ativ S.

    Sent from my Nexus 7 using Tapatalk
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    12-10-2013 10:03 PM
  3. mase123987's Avatar
    You last paragraph is the key point with me. With something so important as the start screen/basic GUI being better on WP, it makes it hard to use other phones, even when they have some better features.
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    12-10-2013 10:05 PM
  4. Nogitsune Micah's Avatar
    Honestly there have been several times I have been lured to android. Everytime I hear about an app that windows phone has yet to get or sometimes when I get frustrated with various things that windows phone lacks.

    I then go and get an android phone...i had a nexus 4 and HTC one this year briefly.

    I get reminded everytime why I can't stand android and that's why I won't ever use it voluntarily again. Sometimes when we try something new and different it does seem better but the longer you use it you will definitely see that it is not all what it seems sometimes. And that's how i felt using android.

    If i DID go with android, i would never ever buy a Samsung product again. Had the first three galaxy devices and i just hate Samsung in general. HTC or sony for me.

    So i would be careful about being lured away because i learned my lesson :)
    12-10-2013 10:21 PM
  5. ryan.kruger's Avatar
    I've been going through the settings screens on the LG G2 and galaxy s4 that coworkers have, and I have to say... For the tinkerer in me, android has what windows phone is missing. That's what most people don't like, I get it, I get it... But as I got away from apple and jail breaking I got into WP, loved everything just looking great as is. Then I get an itch and want to mess with stuff, but there's not a whole lot to mess with.

    I love Xbox music, movies, and the office suite, I'll never change from outlook either, so services and the Windows 8.1 OS will keep me loyal, on the phone front though, I'm just looking for something... Else.

    Maybe WP 8.1 will blow me away, and I'll trade the G2 I'm planning on getting back for a 929... Who knows?!
    12-10-2013 10:27 PM
  6. Wilguens Joachin's Avatar
    Honestly there have been several times I have been lured to android. Everytime I hear about an app that windows phone has yet to get or sometimes when I get frustrated with various things that windows phone lacks.

    I then go and get an android phone...i had a nexus 4 and HTC one this year briefly.

    I get reminded everytime why I can't stand android and that's why I won't ever use it voluntarily again. Sometimes when we try something new and different it does seem better but the longer you use it you will definitely see that it is not all what it seems sometimes. And that's how i felt using android.

    If i DID go with android, i would never ever buy a Samsung product again. Had the first three galaxy devices and i just hate Samsung in general. HTC or sony for me.

    So i would be careful about being lured away because i learned my lesson :)
    I felt tthe same way couple years ago when I switched to android(was using apple). Than I got the L1520, my very first windows phones. my eyes opened. I'm not saying that WP is better... Well... In some ways... Actually in a lot of ways lol.
    12-10-2013 10:34 PM
  7. FinancialP's Avatar
    What's so special about Xbox Music and Movies? Google play has Music, Movies, books, tv shows, comics, and magazines.

    Just asking.
    12-10-2013 10:43 PM
  8. onysi's Avatar
    What's so special about Xbox Music and Movies? Google play has Music, Movies, books, tv shows, comics, and magazines.

    Just asking.
    I already have collections of tons of music and movies that can be streamed on WP, surface 2, or Xbox. I'm already on the Microsoft ecosystem.
    12-11-2013 04:34 AM
  9. ryan.kruger's Avatar
    I already have collections of tons of music and movies that can be streamed on WP, surface 2, or Xbox. I'm already on the Microsoft ecosystem.
    yeah, and the fact that you can still use the Microsoft ecosystem on any other platform is very nice.
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    12-11-2013 08:55 AM
  10. dkediger's Avatar
    If you really like to tinker and customize, Android is your device. It can be a blessing and a curse, though. Android customization can become a Quest for The Holy Grail - a never ending search for the next tweak, widget, UI layer, ROM, etc.

    Personally, I gave that up a while ago, and just enjoy my WP.....
    12-11-2013 11:05 AM
  11. 5150 Joker's Avatar
    I just moved away from galaxy note to 1520. Problem with Samsung devices are that they become laggy. Don't know if that's because of android or touch wiz or a combination of both. Most community roms give up functionality or a feature for speed and had bugs. Plus the phone started crashing for no reason randomly and lagging after extended use.


    Sent from my GT-I9100
    12-11-2013 02:22 PM
  12. jaj324's Avatar
    I was lured back to android this summer. I was using a HTC 8X and loving it. I decided to buy a brand new Note 1 off eBay and sell my 8x. I liked the Note but wanted something newer so I bought a LG G2. That phone is fantastic, I still have it and will use it when I grow tired of my new 1520. Don't limit yourself to one OS. I currently have 1 WP device and 2 androids. The rest of my house is full of iPhones.
    12-11-2013 02:59 PM
  13. worldspy99's Avatar
    I am now a die hard WP fan, switched from Samsung Galaxy T679 / Nexus 4 to a Lumia 521 in October. I currently have 7 Lumia 822, 2 Lumia 810 and 1 Lumia 521 to give you an idea of how badly I have been sucked in:-) I was a tinkerer with my Android because a] the OS allows it b] Touchwiz was lousy! WP8 does not need to allow tinkering for the most part because out of box stuff works pretty well at least for my needs.

    To get rid of lagginess on my Samsung, I rooted it, and removed every last piece of bloatware including stock browser. The phone then ran like a champ, not one crash or reboot in 4 months. I really liked it after I removed pretty much all bloatware and Samsung nonsense especially with the MotoG background:-)

    That said I am currently eyeing a Lumia 925 (gotta be with T-Mo).

    P.S. Multiple phones are on sale though. I need one 925 and one back-up phone. If anyone needs a backup device or a cheap play phone please PM. Oh and if you want parts or help fixing something on 810 or 822 do not hesitate to ask.
    12-11-2013 03:07 PM
  14. Nogitsune Micah's Avatar
    I remember when I used to root and flash roms and what not to my phone. That got annoying simply to remove or flash the new software to my phone that was using severely outdated software.

    I guess I can see the time people put into like hacking their computers or something but for a phone I guess I never understood the fascination of roms and rooting.

    To each their own I suppose :) I always hated the fact that if you wanted to unlock your phones full potential or you wanted to update your phone software because the OEM offers zero or slow support for it that you had to root.
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    12-11-2013 04:14 PM
  15. Si Haworth's Avatar
    If you really like to tinker and customize, Android is your device. It can be a blessing and a curse, though. Android customization can become a Quest for The Holy Grail - a never ending search for the next tweak, widget, UI layer, ROM, etc.

    Personally, I gave that up a while ago, and just enjoy my WP.....
    So much this. I could never stop messing around with an Android device, but was never quite sure why.

    WP8 gives me just the right amount of customisation. Live tile sizes and colours is fine with me.
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    12-11-2013 05:29 PM
  16. link68759's Avatar
    If you really like to tinker and customize, Android is your device. It can be a blessing and a curse, though. Android customization can become a Quest for The Holy Grail - a never ending search for the next tweak, widget, UI layer, ROM, etc.

    Personally, I gave that up a while ago, and just enjoy my WP.....





    the thing I miss about WM6 is that I actually had found said holy grail- I had all the tweaks and all the programs I could have ever wanted, my home UI layout with "live panels" (titanium basically had live tiles) was essentially as good as it could possibly be.



    I had a mature and stable setup. Was amazing. My friend has had android for years now and in his quest for the holy grail, simple things like SMS STILL frequently just don't work because "this and that". Psh android. And he claims there's a backup/restore he can implement, but he hasn't done it in the 5 years he's been tinkering. With Wm6's xda_uc I could hard reset and it would automatically restore my programs, settings, program settings, layout, everything, exactly the way I wanted it. Hell I'd just hard reset instead of restarting half the time, it was so easy!



    Lol.
    12-11-2013 05:52 PM
  17. flawless73's Avatar
    I've just recently whent from the lumia 820 to the LG g2 on Verizon and OMG I love this phone it's way better than anything that nokia puts out besides the ramp camera ain't nothing touching nokia in that department but this lg g2 phone is the **** this phone will last a full day to the next morning On full charge crazy!


    Sent from my VS980 4G using WPCentral Forums mobile app
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    12-11-2013 06:08 PM
  18. tekhna's Avatar
    Stock Android has quickly become the most beautiful UI out there. There's a lot of stuff still frustrating about Android but the Moto X and the Nexus 5 could well be the best phones on the market right now and Google Now is simply incredible. I like my 8X fine, but Google Now is irreplaceable.
    12-12-2013 02:16 PM
  19. jmshub's Avatar
    Stock Android has been very much improved, IMO. I still prefer WP8, but Android isn't the hot mess it was when I bought my first smartphone and chose WP7 over the equivalent Android.
    12-12-2013 02:20 PM
  20. MyNL822's Avatar
    about the tiles you could try a theme if you wanted. I actually like this theme: https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...m.lx.launcher8
    12-12-2013 04:02 PM
  21. link68759's Avatar
    Stock Android has been very much improved, IMO. I still prefer WP8, but Android isn't the hot mess it was when I bought my first smartphone and chose WP7 over the equivalent Android.

    Eh, android is becoming closed source essentially, so it might get more appealing, but that appeal only goes as far as you trust a closed source OS by google.

    Android in of itself is opensource and anyone can use it and profit from it. To make money, google is pouring features not into android, but into their proprietary packages for android. Tricky tricky! Expect all the cool features to be locked down inside google services and not available to competitors also using android. Which means worse fragmentation than there already is. Which means if you like the idea of android but want to scoop out all of google's tracking, you're gonna be left with a phone that can't use any new services or features.
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    12-12-2013 04:32 PM
  22. JaiMento's Avatar
    I could technically use android IF Microsoft has Xbox music, Xbox movies, one note and Office on there. I just have to get use to the old way of tapping icons. Not a fan of that since Live Tile.
    Not sure if anyone has responded to this specific part, as I kind of just skimmed through the topic. Anyway, it's been a while since I've used an Android device, but I can't imagine it'd be much different than my wife's iPhone 5 in regards to compatibility with Microsoft services.

    -Xbox Music is available on Android, save for being able to download the music for offline playback, which is a feature listed as coming soon in the app description. You can still add whatever music you want to your collection, create specific playlists, or create radio stations.

    -Xbox Video is not yet available, as an Xbox Video app isn't yet available for Windows Phone even, but I would assume, with the compatibility on all platforms MS has been shooting for with all of their services, that Xbox Video will make it's way to Android and iOS eventually.

    -OneNote is available on Android.

    -Office for Mobile is available for Android phones, albeit, an active Office 365 subscription is required.

    -Additionally, I'm pretty sure Android can sync your contacts and calendars from your MS Account. There is also a SkyDrive app available with functionality built in to auto upload your camera roll pictures and videos as well. There is also an Xbox Live app that provides the ability to customize your 360 avatar, message friends, compare achievements, etc.

    This is one thing I find great about the Microsoft services, is that if I did ever switch platforms, even though I am heavily tied to their services, I won't have to start fresh, outside of repurchasing apps for the new platform.
    Last edited by JaiMento; 12-14-2013 at 01:51 PM.
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    12-12-2013 04:52 PM
  23. tgp's Avatar
    Which means if you like the idea of android but want to scoop out all of google's tracking, you're gonna be left with a phone that can't use any new services or features.
    The interesting thing is that out of the 3 top smartphone OS's, Android is the only one that you don't have to sign in to in order to use. Granted, some built in features will not work, but in some way or another you could pretty much use everything. It might require using some 3rd party apps instead of built in or Google apps though. I don't think you can do anything at all with an iPhone or WP without signing into your Apple account or Microsoft account.

    In other words, you can remain anonymous while using an Android. Not so with iPhone or WP.
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    12-12-2013 05:11 PM
  24. jaj324's Avatar
    You can use an android without a google account?
    12-12-2013 05:16 PM
  25. xandros9's Avatar
    You can use an android without a google account?
    yup! you just won't get access to google services like the play store, drive, and other fancy things

    the core features like calendar and music, etc would work just fine
    you could sideload apps if you really are about that
    and so on
    12-12-2013 05:52 PM
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