First I would like to say that I went from Windows 10 mobile Lumia 950 XL to a Samsung Galaxy S8 a few months back thinking that it would be all glorious and awesome..... Oh man I was so wrong.....
The Android Outlook app and even the Microsoft news app(the new version is a bit better though) were horrible. On Win 10 Mobile Outlook is really well designed with a good dark theme and the calendar has a better user interface. I found myself liking to use the Google Chrome browser reading news more than having to install a huge amount of news apps. On Win 10 mobile I simply pin the news websites I like to start. So much for that app gap.... go figure....
So what are you saying, NEWS is the only thing a "smartphone" is useful for as you seem to reiterating that a lot, personal preference maybe? And here I thought there was an app for just about anything (other platforms) and it turns out only news, go figure eh? But hey, we don't need the NEWS APP cuz we goooot Edge or Google Chrome browsers for that.:winktongue:
I also disliked the whole Android user interface and in order to get something that I liked I had to either shell out coins for a more well designed dark theme or download some half baked Microsoft launcher or a Win 10 like launcher that wants you private data and even ask for money if it has to have more win 10 like features.... which bring me back to the whole question about why one has to leave Win 10 mobile. In the end I ran back to Windows 10 Mobile Lumia 950 XL as my main phone.
I never had to shell out a bunch of coin on Droids, easily got mine setup the way I like them free-of-charge. Different usually means change / adjusting so if you aren't willing then yeah, you ain't gonna like it. And it will always be Android no matter how much you make it feel or look like WM.
Answers to some simple issues:
1. I need some special app.... well then get a cheap android phone and use that when you need it.
So, what constitutes a special app, one YOU don't need or use? Has it ever crossed your mind the apps you consider special might be necessities to others? And if you are going to buy a phone to pick up the slack why not just buy 1 to pick up ALL the slack, that makes way more sense.
2. Microsoft is not supporting Win 10 mobile anymore..... WRONG they are and at least until around 2020 so relax and keep use it.
Are you sure, really sure? Past history has proven MS likes to dump things on a whim so no one knows until it's all said and done, even yourself. Haven't seen much in the way of improvements on my end for a very long time so to me "support" means very little when speaking of MS/WM.
3. I need Pokemon Go..... well then you are in the first place not Microsoft target
Involves way more than Pokemon Go, surely you even know that. Pretty sure MS has no target when it comes to WM, wherever it crash lands will be its resting place
4. Facebook does not work on my Windows Phone.... get a windows 10 mobile for a pretty fair price on ebay
Might as well buy a device that will support it for much longer no? Own Droid/iOS devices older than W10M with all their apps still functioning same, or better today, as they ever did (no diff from my 217/18 phones). Can't say that about WP can we.
5. The app gap is real man! Look most of the app services you are missing can be used through the Microsoft Edge browser or the Monument Browers etc. by "pin this website to Start" you basically have the app.
Totally not with you on this one, not one bit. A browser might be able to fill the gap for you but I'll guarantee it won't suffice for all. There are numerous instances (more than I even know) where a dedicated app IS a prerequisite whether you'll admit it or not. May not be in your case but not everyone is like YOU, not even ALL WM diehard fans.
6. After 2020 we cannot use the phone anymore... not really true but yeah don't expect new games but many new Universal apps have seen the light lately though... let us see what the future brings. If you are fine with that then using a Win 10 mobile like millions are right now is not a problem for you.
As it stands now it's pretty evident what the future will bring (could be sooner could be later), unless one has been hiding under a rock all this time. Can't say Universal apps have become much of a thing latelyeither otherwise we'd be seeing those that already vanished reappearing. Are they?
The best thing about Win 10 mobile is that you will not waste your time on weird games and apps. You will use the phone for taking pictures, checking mails, sending/receiving text messages and MMS and making phone calls and all that sort of productive communications. And for news the Microsoft Edge browser is rather nice and even the Microsoft News app is fine.
So what makes you think every game / app on another platform is weird, a waste of time? Because you don't have access to them? I use my Droids for taking picture, emails, text, MMS, making phone calls, and soooo much more (not a single games either). So am I more or less productive than you because I can quickly and easily access my security cams, dash cams, digital cameras, TV on-the-go, my printer(s), all my bank accounts, etc, with many of these example unreachable via a web browser period.
So if you want to be productive and not staring at your phone all the time then yes you should return to Windows 10 mobile. You can get a Lumia 950 (XL), Alcaltel Idl S4 or HP Elite X3 on ebay for a few coins. I recommend the Lumia 950 XL as you can change battery when needed and that is real handy when travelling :O)
So what you're saying - buy a WP, keep the staring to minimum, and the productivity will flow. Funny, my Droids need frequent interaction to be productive hmmm. Better pull out my WPs and see what I am doing wrong here.:wink:
You can actually play quiet a few fun games on the Windows 10 mobile still such as Minecraft and Angry bird ;O)
Now this IMHO is not very productive.:grin:
Yes you should return to Windows 10 mobile as it still offers a great value if you want a small handheld mini computer that can be used for communication, web surfing and even works as a great camera.
Very poor value in my opinion because as it stands now, its all downhill from heron in - unless you got something concrete that'll refute my claim?