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  1. captaincalamity's Avatar
    Must admit if i didn't have an iPad for my zynga gaming fixes words, scramble, gems, matching and other games like chess.com paper toss with friends to name just a few, im not sure i would stay with windows phone. Really don't understand why game developers don't produce these games for windows phone, i guess the market is just not profitable enough. Its a perfect platform fir these type of games what with the amazing live tiles, hey ho

    Sent from a Lumia far far away
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    05-03-2014 02:54 AM
  2. PureView's Avatar
    so basically she was right about WP being crap?
    05-03-2014 03:05 AM
  3. PureView's Avatar
    Go for what suits you best, but I always feel WP is really about personalisation, not customisation....
    that makes no sense. what do you think customisation is for? it's to personalise your phone just the way you want it. No 2 Android phones are ever the same, they're always personalised the way the user wants them to be
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    05-03-2014 03:07 AM
  4. DennisvdG's Avatar
    that makes no sense. what do you think customisation is for? it's to personalise your phone just the way you want it. No 2 Android phones are ever the same, they're always personalised the way the user wants them to be
    ...just like wp. Both platforms are very customizable but both UI's are very different.
    05-03-2014 03:40 AM
  5. tapehead's Avatar
    Hey there. Trust me, I was in the boat you were before a lovely developer found a way to exploit 8.1 into bringing back the old Music Hub. I was about to drop the cash on an iPhone 4 even.

    Anyway, if you are going to go with something Android, I would go with something that's completely hackable. Nothing from Motorola that will fight you just to unlock the bootloader. Samsung is probably the way to go for its ubiquitous support. The S4 running a custom stock ROM would definitely suit your needs. That said, Android is not an efficiently written operating system. It's got all the gizmos and gimmicks and app support you could ever want, but even on stock, it will begin to lag after a while. You could also sacrifice the camera and get a cheap Blu phone, as all of their phones are unlocked and are as close to stock as you get without having to root the phone. No TouchWiz, no Sense, no Motoblur. No stupid Android layers that kill your battery life.
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    05-03-2014 04:01 AM
  6. EC Translating Services's Avatar
    I own a Note II and a Lumia 1520 now running 8.1 Dev Preview. Both have shortcomings. Note has become slow over time; however no crashes and does what it says; over time it has repaid its cost allowing me to be productive and keep customers happy. It's plasticky and with subpar quality but strong hardware; customization on Android is on another planet. iOS and WP are light years behind.
    The 1520 is a nice piece of hardware, runs smooth and fast no matter what but lacks over half of all what i need to enjoy a phone or to use it for work. This includes some keyboard inputs, Office not opening password protected files and a variety of other things that on the Note make my long days pleasant (like listening to youtube videos while reading on a split screen for example. So while i agree that Android sucks in a variety of areas (privacy first in line), after about 6 months of 1520 i still find myself forced to carry the Note II around to cater for the shortcomings of the WP ecosystem (That includes the subpar market). If you can, use both till WP is mature enough. To me the OS lacks in too many areas. The final version of 8.1 may be much better. After all Dev Preview is a Beta. But it's worth mentioning i had to upgrade because i couldn't handle WP 8 anymore. It was just rage in doing the most basic things and had the phone simless at home for months. For the battery don't worry. 1520 lasts long on both WP 8 and on WP 8.1.
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    05-03-2014 04:53 AM
  7. jleebiker's Avatar
    I'd be interested to know what the OP decides.
    05-03-2014 06:30 AM
  8. anon(5383410)'s Avatar
    You said you're holding onto it for another year. Between now and then the WP OS should have evolved significantly and I wouldn't be surprised if enough (if not all) of your concerns have been addressed by that time. You could be looking at 3 or 4 updates in that time frame. I'd say give it some time but it looks like you plan to. Let's hope it imroves a lot over the next year
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    05-03-2014 07:30 AM
  9. oditius's Avatar
    The thing is, what should I do? What would you do? And if someone has read so far, please answer and tell me your story and your opinions.

    Thank you so much.:DD
    I have talked to the Android gods and they have said they will accept you back with open arms, and hands in the pockets. LoL You do what is right for you. I had my fill of Androids, and with my 1520 I will not go back. WhatsApp? Don't know what that is, but since I don't use it, guess it doesn't bother me. My phone does what I want it to, looks great like I want it. WP is about you, not everyone else. So you want to follow the crowd, than so be it. If WP doesn't work for you, then go Android. And don't let anyone tell you different.
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    05-03-2014 08:32 AM
  10. A895's Avatar
    If you are having problems on WP and are thinking of moving to Android again I don`t blame you. In recent Android flagships and the OS itself, it is getting harder and harder to say bad things about Android. I honestly can only knock Android for Google intrusiveness with Google Plus, but other than that, Android app quality and quantity is getting up there with iOS and flagships of late have good battery life, decent cameras and micro SD slots if you want that sort of thing. I actually played with an S5 yesterday and it felt real good in hand. If you do go to Android, the S5 and Moto X should be at the top of your list.
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    05-03-2014 08:34 AM
  11. CSJr1's Avatar
    As far as battery, everyone has to manage that in any phone. It becomes an art of how to get the experience out of your phone with acceptable drainage. I have the 1520 and the battery life on this bad boy is better than any smart phone I have had before. No battery anxiety at all.

    I tried Androids and Windows Phones and prefer the latter. The apps are more varied in the former, but the stability, fluidity, and personality is better in the latter. With Windows Phone, I don't have to worry about malware running bit coin mining or snooping in my phone.

    Like the OP, I cant deal with iPhones. Their my- way - the- highway follow in tow mentality with charging cables, music and even video calls gives me pause.

    If Windows Phone didn't succeed, I would begrudgingly and with anxiety get an Android with all kinds of monitoring apps and virus checkers and hope those apps had no viruses. If Android fell too, then I would get a beeper.
    Last edited by CSJr1; 05-04-2014 at 12:29 AM.
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    05-03-2014 08:41 AM
  12. dcuk7's Avatar
    It's an interesting dilemma this and I'd wager there are a few people thinking like this. I have a 1520 which I think is a superb phone, and I've put 8.1 on it and its fantastic. I also have a Moto G as a backup phone when I need something a bit smaller. I switched to my Moto G last Saturday when I was going out (the 1520 didn't fit comfortably in my jeans pocket) and I'm still using the Moto G now!

    I keep getting my 1520 out of the box but I'm just enjoying using the G at the moment. All the apps I need are there and are of significantly higher quality in some cases (Barclays bank app, Spotify, Temple Run 2, Whatsapp). I've actually thought about selling the 1520 this week and getting an Xperia Z2 (I had the Z1 before the 1520) or an LG G2 but I know I'd miss Windows Phone if I did. I've had the 8X, ATIV S and the 925 and each time I've moved them on to get an Android phone I've missed WP and came back.

    No easy answer here really. If you change to an S4 I'd wager you'll miss Windows Phone and want to come back.
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    05-03-2014 08:42 AM
  13. L Beezy's Avatar
    There's nothing wrong with wanting to move on to another phone. My daily driver is the L920 although I have a iPhone 5c and a N5 as well. I'm not a huge social nut or game player, so WP has all the apps I need to function and function well. But I see your dilemma is the total opposite of mine....

    I say do what is best convenient for you, but if you love WP that much, keep the phone as well. There's nothing wrong with having more than one phone or OS (or no rule that says you can't have as many as you want either). Each OS has its strengths and weaknesses...for me it's more about preference and how it is used.

    So, I believe you should get an Android phone but keep the WP device just in case you decide to want to use it sometime in the future. Hell, get yourself an iPhone 5s too while you're at it.
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    05-03-2014 03:05 PM
  14. anon(5445874)'s Avatar
    Most apps are just trendy for people who think they are cool. There's really only about 10 that really matter.

    And if your battery is dying too fast, stop allowing every single app run in the background. I only allow those that I actually want to give me up to date info, like weather, facebook and twitter. Apps like navigation and photo editing do not need to run in the background.
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    05-03-2014 03:19 PM
  15. A895's Avatar
    Most apps are just trendy for people who think they are cool. There's really only about 10 that really matter.
    I don't know why you are pushing your opinion like its fact.

    And if your battery is dying too fast, stop allowing every single app run in the background.
    Did you actually ask why OPs phone is having bad battery life or are we assuming?

    Sent from my XT907 using Mobile Nations mobile app
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    05-03-2014 03:59 PM
  16. anon(5445874)'s Avatar
    Blah blah blah blah...
    That's the only thing I see when trolls post.
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    05-03-2014 04:02 PM
  17. A895's Avatar
    That's the only thing I see when trolls post.
    Interesting, so I am guessing you could not form a response to my post so instead a personal attack was better for you. I understand.

    Sent from my XT907 using Mobile Nations mobile app
    05-03-2014 04:29 PM
  18. anon(5445874)'s Avatar
    Interesting, so I am guessing you could not form a response to my post so instead a personal attack was better for you. I understand.

    Sent from my XT907 using Mobile Nations mobile app
    I don't need to respond to you and your trolling. I came here and posted a few top ideas to fix a problem that was stated. Maybe it was already covered because I didn't read the whole thread.

    But the fact is, you did not come here to help. You came here to cause trouble.
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    05-03-2014 04:36 PM
  19. A895's Avatar
    I don't need to respond to you and your trolling. I came here and posted a few top ideas to fix a problem that was stated. Maybe it was already covered because I didn't read the whole thread.

    But the fact is, you did not come here to help. You came here to cause trouble.
    Ahhh, I responded with my help post already. I did not mean to cause trouble. Trouble is usually caused when certain posters think its their duty to call out others.

    Sent from my XT907 using Mobile Nations mobile app
    05-03-2014 05:08 PM
  20. A895's Avatar
    To get back on topic I really feel that if you feel a pull to another OS, get a phone from that OS with the latest OS and see how it feels. That gives you an idea whether you want to move there permanently.

    Sent from my XT907 using Mobile Nations mobile app
    05-03-2014 05:11 PM
  21. anon(5445874)'s Avatar
    Trouble is usually caused when certain posters think its their duty to call out others.
    Yes. That's exactly what you did.
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    05-03-2014 05:27 PM
  22. MDMcAtee's Avatar
    Here's my story....
    I too had the first Galaxy phone,both myself and wife did. While she isn't a power user,I always have been.
    The learning curve back then to customize them,was ling and steep,just to remove the bloat ware was a hassle.
    It got easier with each iteration of Android from Cup cake on,and the developers where on it day in and say out. Then came the locked boot loaders and Knox and things changed. They were defeated,but to me Android lost it's luster. When the Slim Roms came into being the Captivate was great,but lacked in screen size for me,however for my wife she didn't want anything else.
    I have had all of the Galaxy series rooted and run custom roms on them. Some needed a lot of attention to keep running some like my Note II were fairly stable.
    Heck,I've even built my own roms with the kitchens ,themes as well,and it's fun if that's what you want to do....I've even had a few IPhones 4 and 4s and they were ok too,but needed to be jail broken to really shine.
    At the end of March,my Note 2 started to fail,and I needed a new phone. I looked at all available and what was soon to be out,looking to the future as well. I had been watching Microsoft knowing for some time what they have plans for on being fully integrated across all platforms,and seeing that they are getting closer to this decided to make the switch now to be here when it happens in a year or so.
    I knew the apps weren't as plentiful yet,but knew once the developers were all on the same page it isn't going to take to long for them to be better.It doesn't take a rocket scientist to understand this.
    So,I traded in my Note II and my wife did the same with her Captivate.She got the 1020,I got the 1520.
    Are there differences,sure but ask yourself what you need to be happy. Split screens are ok,but I can minimize mine and continue with whatever I am doing.
    Most any app you had,you can find or a suitable replacement for, productivity for me is just as good on WP and knowing that this OS is only going to grow by leaps and bounds from here on makes me happy . There will always be tradeoffs,but look to the future and what it holds for you as well.

    Mac
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    05-03-2014 05:38 PM
  23. Reebs Reebs's Avatar
    PS. If there's a grammar mistake please pardon me as I'm not a native speaker. Greetings from Barcelona.:D
    Go Barca!!!!! :). Also, don't leave Windows Phone man. There will be improvements soon and battery usage will get better. If you're running 8.1, hold on longer. The Android phones that will outlast your WP are ones with HUGE batteries. You can always upgrade to the 1520 and get a much larger battery. Remember, the 920 is somewhat an older phone now. I think 2 years?
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    05-03-2014 07:25 PM
  24. Warren_S's Avatar
    I just made the move back to Android four days ago. I had a Lumia 521 on T-Mobile. I needed maps, messaging and Internet Explorer which were all fine on Windows Phone. But the problem was I needed my TuneIn Radio and iHeart Radio apps, and I needed a functional music player. Both failures on Windows Phone. The radio apps crashed (or error coded) and disconnected too much. And the playlist function on my phone was non functional and constant duplicate songs. So I got a Verizon Moto G (I know only 3G speeds but they seem stable). Anyway. Everything works perfectly. Zero errors and no disconnects during driving with the radio apps. (maybe a Verizon vs. T-Mobile thing) but I'm blown away that all my frustration were gone.

    But one thing jumps out after four days on the Android is how much easier it was to "one hand" navigate the Windows Phone. The up/down and side-to-side swiping really is convenient. And the simplicity of the Windows Phone interface really grew on me. Like in Address Book mode being able to hit the letter "B" button to bring up the whole alphabet to poke the "S" button to quickly get to the esses, all very easy and quick with one hand is genius.

    I know there are complaints about the lack of apps, but here is an example the joy of simplicity on the Windows Phone. It was so easy on Windows to get, and play, my Adam Carolla podcast. I go back to Android and get the same Podcast Addict App that I used before with Android, and could not believe the complexity of it. It's an awesome app with a zillion menus and customization, small stuff thats hard to figure. I'm using curse words at my new Android phone now...ha. So it started me appreciating the large simple Windows layout. I know it's an app complaint not an OS complaint, and I did go to a simpler Android odcast App, but it's an example of the whole comparison between the over-complexity versus ease of use and simple swiping. (My opinion only...no bashing).

    So my verdict is if Verizon (maybe T-Mobile was part of my TuneIn App connectivity problem instead Of Windows, although I got some radio app errors using WiFi too) could get the cheap upcoming Nokia 635 and the music player and radio apps start to work. I'd be back....maybe
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    05-03-2014 08:44 PM
  25. BobLobIaw's Avatar
    I don't have battery problems with my 920, but you might have some success if you buy a wireless charging pad (they are ridiculously cheap now) and keep it topped off at work. Good luck!
    05-03-2014 09:22 PM
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