02-19-2016 01:31 AM
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  1. libra89's Avatar
    Nexus 5 and 6 phones got Marshmallow. Older Nexus phones didn't, but the Nexus line is supported for at least 2 years.
    That's good to know. To me, that doesn't sound bad at all, but I guess that's just me. By that time, I might have already changed my phone anyway, lol.
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    02-16-2016 08:40 PM
  2. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    That's good to know. To me, that doesn't sound bad at all, but I guess that's just me. By that time, I might have already changed my phone anyway, lol.
    I figure that in 2 years I'm ready for a new device.
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    02-16-2016 08:42 PM
  3. Johnny Tremaine's Avatar
    I feel ya, but no need for the manifesto/essay.

    Just switch; it's only a mobile platform. Plus, with Microsoft apps available on both Android and iOS, any device really, can be a 'Windows' phone.
    02-16-2016 10:20 PM
  4. goldcougar's Avatar
    I attempted to use a OnePlus One Android phone for 1 week. It was the 12.1.1 update with Cortana into Android just like Windows Phone. Overall, it was a miserable experience. It really made me appreciate WP. Only real downside is there were a couple more apps I could use, and Outlook on Android was better than Outlook on WP.
    02-16-2016 10:30 PM
  5. murtaza_p's Avatar
    i felt the same when I made the switch to my current LG G4 as my primary phone it had the best camera I've ever come across on a smartphone ( I had the Lumia 1020 previously ) had a better battery better screen stable software and everything that you need from a phone, I still had a soft corner for the windows OS hence picked up a used Lumia 1520 for a bargain price , however I still cant use it as my primary phone (which in this case is my LG G4) mainly due the lack of banking apps , the quality of the OS , and the bugs, random reboots etc. I still feel windows phone at least windows 10 cant be used as a primary phone , I loved windows 8.1 but windows 10 is just a hot mess. Before picking up the G4 I was thinking of getting the 950/950xl but looking at the ridiculous pricing and the very fact that the Microsoft's store demo unit crashed twice while I was checking the phone out I stayed away , and god that phone doesn't have the charm as the previous Nokia branded lumians ! the 950XL looks like a 640XL sibling !
    02-17-2016 02:42 AM
  6. maddogmoffit's Avatar
    I'm also thinking on why I'm with Windows phone, what got me to choose it from the first and what is keeping me on the platform. Adding up pros and cons and revaluing is something that should be done from time to time.

    For me the PROs was:
    • A good productivity suite with Office, Onenote, Ondrive
    • A good offer with free streaming music - MixRadio
    • A good free map app with navigation and added functionality for communal transport - The Here suite
    • A easy to navigate OS
    • A best in class camera and camera apps
    • A outstanding physical appearance - subjective but I like an appearance that stand out and have at the moment an green 830

    CONs
    • The App Gap!


    The issue for me is that with the current generation of MS phones and OS almost all of the PROs have either gone away or are the same or better on the other side of the fence. I still like the look and feel of the OS that is not enough. Also living in Sweden means that I miss a majority of the latest WM bells whistles like: Cortana, Bing (outside a useless gimped search version), swiftkey and so on.

    I cant see anything really keeping me on WM and are at the moment mostly hoping for a Live tile-esque shell for Android to make the transition a bit less painful. I really liked the look and feel of ol Windows Phone.
    Last edited by maddogmoffit; 02-17-2016 at 08:28 AM. Reason: Spelling
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    02-17-2016 08:25 AM
  7. libra89's Avatar
    I'm also thinking on why I'm with Windows phone, what got me to choose it from the first and what is keeping me on the platform. Adding up pros and cons and revaluing is something that should be done from time to time.

    For me the PROs was:
    • A good productivity suite with Office, Onenote, Ondrive
    • A good offer with free streaming music - MixRadio
    • A good free map app with navigation and added functionality for communal transport - The Here suite
    • A easy to navigate OS
    • A best in class camera and camera apps
    • A outstanding physical appearance - subjective but I like an appearance that stand out and have at the moment an green 830

    CONs
    • The App Gap!


    The issue for me is that with the current generation of MS phones and OS almost all of the PROs have either gone away or are the same or better on the other side of the fence. I still like the look and feel of the OS that is not enough. Also living in Sweden means that I miss a majority of the latest WM bells whistles like: Cortana, Bing (outside a useless gimped search version), swiftkey and so on.

    I can’t see anything really keeping me on WM and are at the moment mostly hoping for a Live tile-esque shell for Android to make the transition a bit less painful. I really liked the look and feel of ol Windows Phone.
    Yep, all of those apps you have mentioned are on the other OSes. Even MixRadio which is now dead.
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    02-17-2016 08:34 AM
  8. Credo93's Avatar
    I would do it. I made the switch from my Lumia 920 to the Galaxy S5 when Windows Phone 8.1 was released. I was tired of the mess that 8.1 was when first released. I had to charge my 920 4 times a day, it was slow and the app gap ofcourse. When switching to the Galaxy S5, i couldn't be happier. All the apps i needed, and all the better specs it offered at that time. The only thing that was dissapointing was the poor low light camera. But that is going to be adressed with the S7 i heard. I am now using a Note 4 running the Note 5 rom and it is pretty good. I am thinking of upgrading to the S7 Edge, but i'm not sure yet it i want a smaller screen. Maybe i'll wait for the S7 Edge +. But if i were you, i would switch. You will be happy, my S5 or Note 4 never did slow down after time. And they don't run Samsung's latest UFS storage so that is even faster then what i currently am running. Cheers!
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    02-17-2016 08:49 AM
  9. ScrubbyXD's Avatar
    Those were ones I repaired. Customer's phones. Both cases software resets resolved it.
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    02-17-2016 08:54 AM
  10. GMC262's Avatar
    Rumors are there may not be a S7 Edge +; just the 5.5 inch screen. I guess we'll see Sunday. I also read they won't have blue, green or white as color choices. Like the edge design but I was looking for something beside silver, black and gold in phones...
    02-17-2016 11:30 AM
  11. Credo93's Avatar
    Oh yeah that is this sunday. Then i'll need to arrange 1 hour to watch the announcement because the 21th is my birthday lol. I don't mind them ditching the colors, if that black color is pitchblack then i would love to buy one.

    Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
    02-17-2016 11:49 AM
  12. wgs84's Avatar
    Not the Galaxy S7, but if I were to switch, I would go with a Nexus. I've always liked Android but only in its pure vanilla form. Plus, getting timely updates ala Apple is a huge plus. Nevertheless, I'm going to hang on to my Windows Phone because it has never let me down in the one year that I've used it (not counting the 4 months of the W10m TP).
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    02-17-2016 01:33 PM
  13. barryb20's Avatar
    Hi,

    Reding your post then I would recommend looking at the S7, I have an S6 but have had HTC HD7, Nokia 800, 920, 925 (still have) and recently a MS 950, which is going to be returned.

    As you mentioned the quality of the apps on iOS and Android are a lot more, well polished, that and the Android OS has come on a long way from my first device an HTC Magic, it is a sad state of affairs that WP, which I used to think of as solid, is now with WP10 (it is far better on the 950 than 925) feels like the ealrier days of Android, flimsy :(

    Try the S7 see how it goes or save a few pounds and get a S6 still a great phone.
    02-17-2016 02:28 PM
  14. Jef Delcroix's Avatar
    Man, it could have been me who would wrote this opinion.
    Also on L930n don't like WM10 'cos buggy and bad for battery life, need to change my smartphone too and also thinking about leaving WM for Android or iOS.; Would also miss the nice camera with nifty Lumia apps. Don't know whether Android is giving me such a nice features. Don't like the messy layout of Android either. Maybe iOS is better, but screen size of iPhone is one I don't like. Maybe waiting for iP7?
    But I'm a heavy user of OneDrive, so I don't know if iOS or Android have embedded OneDrive as much as WM.

    Or stick to Windows?

    Why isn't MSFT carrying more for delivering a complete OS?
    02-17-2016 02:45 PM
  15. thekonger's Avatar
    I'm on the other side, have a Note 3 and want to go back to WP. I miss the clean interface, live tiles, and no ads in unexpected places (like the built-in voicemail app that shows ads and keeps trying to 'trick me' into upgrading to premium). Still, I am feeling I have few choices with WP because I am tied to Sprint.
    02-17-2016 03:27 PM
  16. libra89's Avatar
    Man, it could have been me who would wrote this opinion.
    Also on L930n don't like WM10 'cos buggy and bad for battery life, need to change my smartphone too and also thinking about leaving WM for Android or iOS.; Would also miss the nice camera with nifty Lumia apps. Don't know whether Android is giving me such a nice features. Don't like the messy layout of Android either. Maybe iOS is better, but screen size of iPhone is one I don't like. Maybe waiting for iP7?
    But I'm a heavy user of OneDrive, so I don't know if iOS or Android have embedded OneDrive as much as WM.

    Or stick to Windows?

    Why isn't MSFT carrying more for delivering a complete OS?
    Actually, I am using OneDrive on Android just fine. I have my photos set to upload automatically there. I don't use onedrive for anything else, so I can speak on anything else.


    I'm on the other side, have a Note 3 and want to go back to WP. I miss the clean interface, live tiles, and no ads in unexpected places (like the built-in voicemail app that shows ads and keeps trying to 'trick me' into upgrading to premium). Still, I am feeling I have few choices with WP because I am tied to Sprint.
    Yeah, it seems like your best bet is to be stuck with the 635 if you wanted to do wp again, but I get what you are saying though.
    02-17-2016 03:57 PM
  17. cpmcgrath's Avatar
    I think you've hit the biggest challenge for Windows Phone on the head - The quality of Android has improved drastically. Yeah, it always had the apps, but the Navigation in the OS always looked half finished and ugly. That's no longer true. And while that's happened Windows Mobile's OS navigation has lost a lot of the polish from Windows Phone.

    When I look for reasons to stay with Windows Mobile, it now comes down to two things - Live Tiles and Security. Live Tiles isn't helped by the fact that Microsoft Apps seem to ignore them and refuse to improve them (The calendar app STILL only shows one appointment on the tile!)
    Security is a bit harder to prove, but there seems to be an end to carriers refusing updates on Windows Mobile, while it's still a huge problem for Android.

    I am very tempted by the Galaxy 7 Edge, though I have a feeling I'll need to upgrade to a new phone before it comes out.
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    02-17-2016 04:33 PM
  18. tropolite's Avatar
    Why Nexus instead of Galaxy?
    Hi Copper58
    It sounds like you have made the decision to move across to Android whatever flavour.
    To get an answer to your latest question, I would go to an Android forum and ask there for their opinion. That's what I would do anyway.
    This is a Windows forum, or it used to be. I find it interesting how many Android/iOS users follow Windows forums. Why is this?

    This is just my observation - I'm not dissing on anyone.
    LCpl Woof likes this.
    02-17-2016 04:58 PM
  19. Mad Cabbie's Avatar
    Just remember Samsung are a nightmare with updates! They leave you hanging after 12 months. That's why there is a court action against them. People with devices less than 12 months old aren't getting android updates. Their repair centre is also a joke. Why not an LG or Nexus, or a one+one? At least the one plus and nexus get the updates and more importantly, no manufacturer bloat ware. You may have guessed I have had bad experiences with Samsung. I was there when the S2 was new. Great phone. Now meh...
    02-17-2016 05:05 PM
  20. Jean Claude Lopez's Avatar
    Why would you switch to a Samsung? At least go for a Nexus. I'm staying with Windows Phone
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    02-17-2016 05:19 PM
  21. VermaEklavya's Avatar
    Switch if you want to. Keep in mind a few pointers:
    1. Consider the Nexus, if nothing than for regular and frequent security and OS updates.
    2. Widgets do use battery, depending on the app and the number of widgets on your home screen. Though you can change the update frequency for most widgets by going into their individual app settings.
    3. Camera performance on most high-end phones is pretty similar these days. I mean one is simply nitpicking in 2016 when comparing a Lumia camera to a Galaxy, an LG, a Sony, or a Nexus. They all take great casual photos, and I feel that's the upper limit for any smartphone camera right now.
    4. Battery life will depend on your usage, just like every other phone. Buy one with a decent sized battery, and always compare battery reviews on various android blog sites before your purchase.
    5. Microsoft apps on Android are fantastic! It just depends on how productive you want to be on a 5-6 inch, touch-only screen. Just for that reason, the 950s may have an advantage, thanks to Continuum.
    6. Reliable voice assistant in the form of Google Now, which is not limited by geographical availability. And if you are in the US (or the few other supported countries), Cortana is on Android too!
    7. Really, you seem like you have made up your mind on buying an Android phone. Also remember that if/when you face an issue, no matter how small, subscribers and participants over at the Android side of things, specially the forums on Androidcentral, are very helpful. However my personal experience on the Windows side of the fence is that people here are not much accepting of opinions. If you dare say anything constructive or try to question their logic, they pounce on you like an eagle snatching an unsuspecting baby rabbit, whose only fault was that it was enjoying nibbling on its carrot a little too much to hear the eagle soar, scream, then actually swoop.

    Lol sorry ... Please ignore that last part I have nothing but respect for people's individual choices
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    02-17-2016 05:47 PM
  22. libra89's Avatar
    Hi Copper58
    It sounds like you have made the decision to move across to Android whatever flavour.
    To get an answer to your latest question, I would go to an Android forum and ask there for their opinion. That's what I would do anyway.
    This is a Windows forum, or it used to be. I find it interesting how many Android/iOS users follow Windows forums. Why is this?

    This is just my observation - I'm not dissing on anyone.
    People who use or used to use Windows are very helpful in this journey, because they are more able to understand where you are coming from, in comparison to some Android forums saying that Windows Phone/Mobile sucks out the gate.

    It's still very much a Windows forum. I think it's silly to assume that everyone on these forums only use Windows Phone/Mobile exclusively. Again, as I have said in another thread, this is Windows Central, not WP Central. A lot of people who use Android use Windows for their desktops.

    You don't know other people's interests, reasons, motivations, etc for being here, because they are so varied. I'll try to share some of them with you so that you can understand better.

    -There are people who have an Android phone and/or an iPhone, along with Windows phone. They just happen to like trying the different options.
    -There are people who have had WP and they enjoy the platform but it isn't working for work because of missing needed apps, so they have to switch to another option
    -There are people who enjoyed WP, but decided to move to another platform. However, they watch news about the platform in hopes that things improve enough for them to return.
    -There are people who have become bitter and think the platform is a joke

    And I'm sure there are many other possibilities. Just keep that in mind.
    02-17-2016 05:48 PM
  23. jimrcqn's Avatar
    I also have the 930 which I like better than any phone I owned prior. I am on WM 10 (slowest ring) and like it very much. I have not had a very buggy experience, but I'm also not a heavy user. Put me in the fan group for the UI -- it is, to me, far superior to Android. I've never used Apple. I don't use a loft of apps, but there are a few that I do need and keep an old Android with me when I'm on Wi-Fi.

    I have decided to upgrade. Unfortunately, I've decided to move back to Android. I've looked at the S6, Edge, Note, etc. and am intrigued by what I've read about the S7. I'll be checking the S7 announcements and reviews. At the moment, I'm leaning to the Nexus 6P. Unless there is something killer with the S7, I don't see anything to justify the price difference. I also only buy unlocked phones with no carrier bloatware or crap, and I don't see anything compelling in any of the manufacturer's forks over pure Android. Being first in line for software updates is another major plus. I'm pretty sure it will be the Nexus 6P for me, unless something very compelling is announced to make it worth tossing another couple hundred dollars around.
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    02-17-2016 05:54 PM
  24. aradimo's Avatar
    Hi, I'm a mid-range user. I used to have a Lumia 640 XL and I was disappointed with Windows 10 and Microsoft. I realised that they should not release a great mid range phone (Lumia 650 is not OK for me). So, I decided to move back to Samsung with a new Galaxy A5. Excellent device! I am very surprised with its quality and fluidity. Now I think I would only move back to Windows only if Samsung releases a new smartphone with W10.

    I think you'll have an amazing experience with your new device!
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    02-17-2016 06:36 PM
  25. libra89's Avatar
    I also have the 930 which I like better than any phone I owned prior. I am on WM 10 (slowest ring) and like it very much. I have not had a very buggy experience, but I'm also not a heavy user. Put me in the fan group for the UI -- it is, to me, far superior to Android. I've never used Apple. I don't use a loft of apps, but there are a few that I do need and keep an old Android with me when I'm on Wi-Fi.

    I have decided to upgrade. Unfortunately, I've decided to move back to Android. I've looked at the S6, Edge, Note, etc. and am intrigued by what I've read about the S7. I'll be checking the S7 announcements and reviews. At the moment, I'm leaning to the Nexus 6P. Unless there is something killer with the S7, I don't see anything to justify the price difference. I also only buy unlocked phones with no carrier bloatware or crap, and I don't see anything compelling in any of the manufacturer's forks over pure Android. Being first in line for software updates is another major plus. I'm pretty sure it will be the Nexus 6P for me, unless something very compelling is announced to make it worth tossing another couple hundred dollars around.
    I hear a lot of good things about the Nexus 6p, sounds like you'll be making a good choice.
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    02-17-2016 06:42 PM
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