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03-22-2014 07:17 AM
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  1. Garrett Jimenez's Avatar
    I'm having a hard time trying to make up my mind. I went from having the 3gs to the 4s to a Lumia 920. I got tired of the small screen and wanted a better camera. I used quite a bit of different apps just because they were available. The switch from apple to windows was easy enough so no issues there. Some basic issues soon arrived that I was used to having from my iPhone (separate volume controls for ringer and music, gapless playback, apps.) While it seems as 8.1 will fix the volume controls, I haven't heard anything about gapless. I'm a huge music buff and I hate the gaps in songs that transition into each other. And the big surprise here, the apps issue. I didn't mind not having 80 apps (exaggeration) on my windows phone. I didn't need them all. There are the basic apps (Facebook, Twitter, instagram, etc...) and not so basics like the dead yourself app from AMC or RaceJoy (GPS tracking for a lot of race events, my family are a bunch of runners) that I would love to have but no support for the windows. ALL apps have iPhone support and eventually make it to the WP store or maybe never. Its just a hard thing for me to deal with, having all the apps on Apple then switching to bare minimum on WP. I got used to it, but my patience is running thin with WP not being able to deliver on my wants app. Yes I know its not WP fault its the dev bur it still sucks that WP is the red headed step child of the smartphones. And now since the rumors gave been flying about the iPhone 6 having a 4.5 and 5.5 screen, my question I've been asking myself lately is will I be jumping back into the IOS world? The answer is I AM most likely. I know camera quality will not be as good as my trusty 920 but my god the gapless and apps. Also forgot to mention the horrible windows phone sync app for Mac. Blegh! I know that Build is around the corner and I really am anxious to see what's coming but unless they announce that Microsoft is making it easier (1 click conversion programs) for devs to port apps to WP, I still will be jumping. I will miss my camera and especially my Qi charging. But as for now, the world is running on IOS and Droid. Until WP severely steps up their game with the OS and store, I don't think it will ever make it to the limelight and overtake the other two companies. Yes , I know, "hows WP supposed to grow when people like you jump ship and don't give it a chance?" I have given it a chance and while not a bad experience, it really comes down to app availability. Its takes months and months to get a simple app after its been out for ios/droid FIRST. Microsoft NEEDS to get stuff rolling on the WP store and entice devs to port. Give em a pizza party or surface tablets, ANYTHING to further the app issue. So that's where I stand , for now, unless miracles happen for WP

    Also, my MAJOR app that I indeed miss very very dearly is the NHL Game Center Live App, I love hockey, but hockey no love my Windows Phone.
    03-17-2014 06:38 PM
  2. Blkacesvf41's Avatar
    WP8.1 will improve things and the platform will see some growth, but it won't be an over night runaway train. Sounds like the app gap is a big deal to you, so you may not want to wait. All personal decisions dude.
    03-17-2014 06:50 PM
  3. Garrett Jimenez's Avatar
    I know, just a hard personal decision. Camera quality for my hunger for apps. #firstworldproblems
    03-17-2014 07:02 PM
  4. WanderingTraveler's Avatar
    Okay, let's run this down a bit:
    WP8.1 will,most likely arrive by May/June. (April 2 is the unveiling.)

    The iPhone 6, assuming a regular release cycle, will debut with iOS 8 by mid-September.

    That gives WP8.1 time for an update, maybe two, before the iPhone 6 comes out.

    I recommend taking a wait-and-see stance. 2014 might be the year that Windows Phone takes off, but no one really knows.
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    03-17-2014 07:06 PM
  5. tgp's Avatar
    Okay, let's run this down a bit:
    WP8.1 will,most likely arrive by May/June. (April 2 is the unveiling.)

    The iPhone 6, assuming a regular release cycle, will debut with iOS 8 by mid-September.

    That gives WP8.1 time for an update, maybe two, before the iPhone 6 comes out.

    I recommend taking a wait-and-see stance. 2014 might be the year that Windows Phone takes off, but no one really knows.
    Good advice here. You can't go wrong either way, but since iPhone 6 likely won't be available until late summer/autumn, you will likely be able to try out WP8.1 before then, at least the developer preview. If WP8.1 doesn't cut if for you, go for the iPhone 6.
    03-17-2014 07:21 PM
  6. Blkacesvf41's Avatar
    I know, just a hard personal decision. Camera quality for my hunger for apps. #firstworldproblems
    Yeap, so hard and so personal. Everyone is different. I for one am heavily invested in the Microsoft ecosystem. Besides my phone, I have both a tablet and Windows 8 PC. To satisfy my need of those apps that haven't arrived, I hang on to my Nexus 7.
    03-17-2014 07:22 PM
  7. PureView's Avatar
    WP8.1 isn't going to do anything major for apps. It doesn't have a magic sauce that will suddenly entice someone like Yahoo to start making apps for the platform. So if you're really into apps, I would steer clear of Windows Phone.
    03-17-2014 07:22 PM
  8. Garrett Jimenez's Avatar
    Okay, let's run this down a bit:
    WP8.1 will,most likely arrive by May/June. (April 2 is the unveiling.)

    The iPhone 6, assuming a regular release cycle, will debut with iOS 8 by mid-September.

    That gives WP8.1 time for an update, maybe two, before the iPhone 6 comes out.

    I recommend taking a wait-and-see stance. 2014 might be the year that Windows Phone takes off, but no one really knows.
    Not a bad idea. Will do that then. I also have a surface 2 and love the crap out of that as its mostly a web surfing tablet and book reader. Not much need for apps on that. But I will definitely give 8.1 a try and hope for the best
    03-17-2014 07:43 PM
  9. xandros9's Avatar
    I can't really advise yet since we don't know 100% whats up Apple's sleeve.
    03-17-2014 07:47 PM
  10. Garrett Jimenez's Avatar
    I can't really advise yet since we don't know 100% whats up Apple's sleeve.
    I agree , I'm just going on what the current rumors are and where my thoughts are going. Also, with what Nokia has done to boost the WP out to the masses a la 1020, you'd think Microsoft would be shoving out ads upon ads to get peoples to switch to WP. ya know? Just relentless, take no prisoner ads. I mean, one of the main reasons devs aren't porting to WP is because of low market share and how it would be costly to do so without having a chance to make the money back. Microsoft isnt doing much to help.
    03-17-2014 08:00 PM
  11. Blkacesvf41's Avatar
    I agree , I'm just going on what the current rumors are and where my thoughts are going. Also, with what Nokia has done to boost the WP out to the masses a la 1020, you'd think Microsoft would be shoving out ads upon ads to get peoples to switch to WP. ya know? Just relentless, take no prisoner ads. I mean, one of the main reasons devs aren't porting to WP is because of low market share and how it would be costly to do so without having a chance to make the money back. Microsoft isnt doing much to help.
    It's obvious that no one from Microsoft reads these forums, because that's a major complaint here. The fact that their marketing leaves lots to be desired. That was a nice commercial during the Superbowl, but why didn't they do one to promote the Icon too?
    03-17-2014 08:15 PM
  12. unstoppablekem's Avatar
    If you want all the apps, go for the iPhone. Simple as that. I'm sure 8.1 will please you, but if it doesn't, I'm sure the next iPhone will be good and please you too.
    03-17-2014 08:16 PM
  13. BobLobIaw's Avatar
    I saw an interesting interview snippet with Mark Cuban today where he reveals that he has only 13 apps on his two smartphones. I have always felt that apps are way overrated as a means for judging an ecosystem.
    03-17-2014 10:33 PM
  14. Guytronic's Avatar
    I saw an interesting interview snippet with Mark Cuban today where he reveals that he has only 13 apps on his two smartphones. I have always felt that apps are way overrated as a means for judging an ecosystem.
    Hmmm ...
    Looks to me like the Windows Phone might be kicking small holes in the two towers of the mobile establishment.
    This thread is the third one that has (I believe) popped up here lately asking for absolvence from the Windows Phone community.

    I agree with what BobLoblaw has posted.
    Apps may perhaps simulate Oxycontin ... once a user gets started it is difficult to stop.
    Last edited by Guytronic; 03-18-2014 at 04:04 AM.
    03-17-2014 11:06 PM
  15. jobinthomas's Avatar
    iOS is a solid platform. If you're unhappy with your phone you should definitely go to iphone 6. I hear from the rumors it's supposed to be pretty nice
    03-18-2014 12:32 AM
  16. PureView's Avatar
    If W8.1 and WP8.1 share 70% of their APIs, it would be pretty simple for Yahoo to port their app. Calm your tits, dude.
    And Yahoo is really interested in making apps for Windows 8.1?
    03-18-2014 02:03 AM
  17. jomarr's Avatar
    Decide for yourself AFTER the 8.1 Update.
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    03-18-2014 03:17 AM
  18. DennisvdG's Avatar
    Whatever floats your boat, however the "gapless" problem seems kinda dumb to me lol
    taymur and Jan Tomsic like this.
    03-18-2014 03:49 AM
  19. rockstarzzz's Avatar
    If you are invested in Microsoft ecosystem, iPhone 6 will feel odd. I have Xbox 360, Xbox One, Windows 8 laptop, Surface RT, Windows 8 PC at work. Now I would be foolish to invest in iPhone, so I have a Lumia 925.

    I saw an interesting interview snippet with Mark Cuban today where he reveals that he has only 13 apps on his two smartphones. I have always felt that apps are way overrated as a means for judging an ecosystem.
    I have only 4. I am more than satisfied with everything else the phone can do natively.
    Last edited by rockstarzzz; 03-18-2014 at 12:58 PM.
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    03-18-2014 03:58 AM
  20. bayanii's Avatar
    You could of just said "peace out." 😁
    03-18-2014 04:18 AM
  21. anony_mouse's Avatar
    I would recommend waiting until the specs of the iPhone 6 are available before deciding whether to buy one. If you need a phone in the meantime, you can't go wrong with a Moto G. I'm sorry Nokia, but I can't see why anyone would buy anything else right now.
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    03-18-2014 06:02 AM
  22. radmanvr's Avatar
    iunno about iphones they are getting longer. evolutioniphone.jpg
    03-18-2014 07:52 AM
  23. jlzimmerman's Avatar
    I'm sure the iPhone 6 will be nice, but if there is zero customization with the home screen, it's a no go. Not to mention that it looks like Rainbow Bright threw up all over the interface.
    03-18-2014 08:57 AM
  24. realwarder's Avatar
    Want apps? Write to companies... email them, twitter them. Point out that Windows Phone outsells iOS in parts of the world and is growing in the US. That you would love an app.

    Companies listen to lots of users... that is how they stay in business.

    As for iPhone 6 or WP... that's your choice... but while you have WP, you might as well be an activist and ask. How do you think Android got apps when Apple had 95% of the smartphone market?
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    03-18-2014 09:31 AM
  25. Blkacesvf41's Avatar
    Want apps? Write to companies... email them, twitter them. Point out that Windows Phone outsells iOS in parts of the world and is growing in the US. That you would love an app.

    Companies listen to lots of users... that is how they stay in business.

    As for iPhone 6 or WP... that's your choice... but while you have WP, you might as well be an activist and ask. How do you think Android got apps when Apple had 95% of the smartphone market?
    Good advice. When tweeting companies add this: #MobileEquality
    03-18-2014 10:54 AM
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