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  1. libra89's Avatar
    Aside from what some others have already said, I will add the WordFlow keyboard as well. It makes typing very fast, faster than I ever thought possible on a phone really.
    Speaking of typing, you also have the option to speak what you want to write in a text message. It might not always pick up perfectly, but it's also a nice option as well.
    Live Tiles are great too, as well. Imagine having updates for some of your apps actually already display without even having to open it.

    I haven't used Windows 10 test builds on either of my Lumias but those are some things that I really like.
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    07-05-2015 12:03 PM
  2. dinsolani's Avatar
    I never used Windows 7.x, but I switched when it was using Windows 8.0. Quite frankly it was ok experience. But from Windows 8.1, platform itself doing better & better. Live Tiles (was there with 8.0), Cortana make experience better. Lumia Hardware Design is also factor you need to consider. About windows 10, I am using daily & its actually one of the good piece of mobile os.
    Now about the downside, there are couple of apps, you will miss e.g. Snapchat. Even google not providing hangout or youtube app. There are couple of great youtube app available now like mytube, tubecast, etc. But hangout, snapchat is your daily need, then stay with android. And you are person, who want to explore something new, experience live tiles, then try windows phone.
    07-05-2015 12:43 PM
  3. Zachary Boddy's Avatar
    I honestly don't think you need any of us to help you decide. Either you want a Windows Phone or you don't.
    Windows Phone is a beautiful operating system. It's completely customizable for my personal tastes, and constantly evolves to meet my moods and wants. It flows underneath my fingers with fluidity and smoothness you can't find with any other OS. It has it's own personality, and life.
    Windows 10 Mobile brings this new personality and life in a different form, and with it comes features to meet every need. It's not to the point of Windows Phone 8.1 yet, but soon I believe it'll surpass it.
    07-05-2015 12:48 PM
  4. uselessrobot's Avatar
    The best part of Windows Phone is the OS, hands down. It offers more customization than iOS but is far more intuitive and consistent than Android. OS performance is impressively smooth and responsive on every device I've tried it, including the lowly 520. Unlike iOS I haven't seen any degradation in performance over the past 2.5 years I've owned my Lumia 920.

    This is not to say I'm completely pleased with the experience. First and foremost, I'm frustrated by the lack of a flagship phone. In the States we haven't had one since my 920 was released. Unless you count the Icon on Verizon, which the carrier quickly abandoned, and the HTC One which isn't a first party device. Instead we've had a deluge of low end devices which have done nothing but confuse the product line. They're all generally decent, but there are far too many of them and they confusingly there's significant model overlap.

    Another major problem continues to be the lack of apps. I'm not talking apps from the big developers, but the quality stuff from the small guys. Those small guys help a platform thrive. For whatever reason Microsoft continues to fail at attracting them. Instead we get an app store flooded with junk apps. That's another problem, the lack of proper screening. And to this day I continue seeing people screwing with ratings so that awful apps have inflated scores.

    I've been happy with the OS; there are just a few things that have prevented it from achieving true greatness. Hopefully Windows 10 makes essential improvements without throwing out what was good about WP 8. And maybe they'll finally market the OS properly.
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    07-05-2015 02:30 PM
  5. Eric_J's Avatar
    I love the productivity of Windows but they are literally giving all of the special things about Windows away to other OS (Office suite, Skype, Outlook mobile, Office Lens, and others like Cortana). Not much to distinguish themselves now. Plus, I use YouTube, banking apps like Bank of America, TD, and Capital One. I also really like Passbook on Apple. Many will tell you to use the web portal or just go to the website rather than use the app but then you burn through data. Not much of a reason to switch to Windows at the end of the day, and I really love the OS. I hope developers get on board.
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    07-05-2015 03:42 PM
  6. Maxy12's Avatar
    I know people around me switched from Android with my advice and they are very happy about windows phone, in the beginning few of them scared about lack of apps but when they jumped they understand there are alternatives for some apps and others are not very needed so they didn't feel upset.
    What they noticed about windows phones:
    * Many features built right into OS or bundled with the phone so no need to install app for it ( word flow keyboard,double tap to sleep/wake,skype,health and fitness,here drive and maps,weather,facebook,twitter,microsoft office........)
    * The Os feels more modern,smooth,lag free, virus free and phone will not slow down after time or suffer from memory problems.
    * No need to buy high specs phone every few months because phone will stay smooth and fast like day one so no need for new hardware to enjoy speed or features of newer OS versions.
    * Updates are continuous and free, Which of android phones will get new OS updates after more than 2 years? Lumia 920 which released in November 2012 still get updates and will be updated to windows mobile 10 :)
    * Battery life is better, for example HTC One M8 runs Windows phone has longer battery life than same phone which runs Android!
    * Good camera and very good apps to process photos.
    * excursive Nokia technologies like clear black display, glance screen,pureview cameras........
    I can go on and say many other reasons that made these people love Windows Phone more than Android :)
    I've friend who owns samsung glaxy note 3 saw me recommends Lumia for another friend and he said to this friend ( don't listen to him go with Android it is better!) immediately I asked him( how many times your flagship phone slows down or stop to work last week? ) he admitted it and said (I can't count it it is normal thing in phones :) ) for his surprise I asked another friend who owns Lumia 535 the same exact question and he said (I don't remember this ever happed to me )

    My advice if you feel you want to go with windows phone just do it and enjoy, don't listen to people.
    Buy Lumia 640 XL in the beginning, it is not expensive phone and has good battery life and good big screen.
    Regards :)
    07-05-2015 03:44 PM
  7. qwertyaa's Avatar
    I will tell you something. I consider switching to iPhone 5/5s because if compact size and good camera. All phones nowadays are 5+ inches. But i don't think even iOS is better enough to beat Windows phone. I don't care for missing apps. Everything I need is here. Some of the apps are even better than Android.

    Reasons:
    -fast, fluid system
    -live tiles
    -opted
    -better order of apps and everything is on the right place. Better than IOS and Android.
    -unique design
    -solid camera
    -has Bluetooth files transfer - iOS hasn't. I know that this is old fashion and nobody uses it, but I often go abroad and this function is really useful. Also I live in poor country.
    -Don't lag.
    -phones are more affordable than Android or IOS.
    07-05-2015 04:00 PM
  8. HoosierDaddy's Avatar
    Give me some reasons to switch to Windows Phone
    One good reason is you won't have to keep telling people you're a genius; it will be obvious.
    07-05-2015 04:21 PM
  9. seb_r's Avatar
    If u want flagships, go to IOS or Android. If u want low end crap phones, go w Windows. That is the current state of affairs, perhaps will change if MS ever wakes up
    Totally true. But I doubt there will be a change. Reading through this thread even fanboys find it hard to explain why WindowsPhone (the OS) would be the better choice. Livetiles? Android's widgets are more powerful and customizable. Camera? Thats entirely hardware-related and there are many Android devices with impressive cams. Awesome keyboard? Android allows you to install your own keyboard like swype which perform much better. The lack of Apps for WP has been widely discussed just as the quality of the apps available often lack features compared to their Android counterpart. Also anything related to updates crawls painfully slow to the devices out there. Took so many months to roll out Denim. Same thing going on with Windows 10 mobile: delays delays delays.
    There is only one reason you might wanna get a WP: you wanna be different. And (probably) low on budget and have very limited usage scenarios for your devices with focus on simplicity.
    07-05-2015 04:28 PM
  10. KarmaEcrivain94's Avatar
    Download Visual Studio 2015, and try out the OS emulator. You'll see if you like it. Nothing anyone says here is relevant, it's all personal opinions. You have to figure this kind of stuff out for yourself

    I chose WP because I like being different and unique. Also, I love Microsoft as a company. Way more than Apple and Google. If ever I got an Android, it would definintely be with Cyanogen.
    07-05-2015 04:34 PM
  11. fatclue_98's Avatar
    Nobody can definitively say what the public release of W10M will look like but it's fair to say that it will be better in most respects than the latest 8.1 version. Going into a store and playing with a current model will give a good idea of what's available now and should be enough of a litmus test to consider Windows as a mobile alternative. Only the user knows what they need and most opinions here are subjective at best. Good luck and we hope to see you here in the future.
    07-05-2015 04:57 PM
  12. Maxy12's Avatar
    Totally true. But I doubt there will be a change. Reading through this thread even fanboys find it hard to explain why WindowsPhone (the OS) would be the better choice. Livetiles? Android's widgets are more powerful and customizable. Camera? Thats entirely hardware-related and there are many Android devices with impressive cams. Awesome keyboard? Android allows you to install your own keyboard like swype which perform much better. The lack of Apps for WP has been widely discussed just as the quality of the apps available often lack features compared to their Android counterpart. Also anything related to updates crawls painfully slow to the devices out there. Took so many months to roll out Denim. Same thing going on with Windows 10 mobile: delays delays delays.
    There is only one reason you might wanna get a WP: you wanna be different. And (probably) low on budget and have very limited usage scenarios for your devices with focus on simplicity.
    Android widgets will suck battery life and consume memory and they are not consistent in their UI. Live tiles are more beautiful , modern and they don't drain battery life.
    Camera is a big plus in windows phone and it is not only because hardware, pureview is a mixture of good hardware+ clever software algorithms and firmware. Many android manufacturers copy Lumia camera interface because it is amazing and professional.
    Keyboard is awesome and built right into the OS so no need to download app and slow down your system more.
    Google play is full of adware,malware,spyware and viruses so you will get more apps + dangerous insects here and there, thank you I don't want to install antivirus in my phone. Windows Phone is virus free and microsoft is very serious fixing any security hole not like Google and Apple. My brother put in his Android phone adblocker and antivirus LOL :)
    Updates may be sometimes slow but to come late better than not to come. if you want updates more fast you can register as windows developer for free. All people know Android sucks in updates and Apple force you always to buy new expensive phone to make your phone work smooth in their last updates.
    There are many reasons to buy Windows Phone devices.
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    07-05-2015 07:55 PM
  13. txkimmers's Avatar
    I would also add that probably 99% of WP users have also used iOS and Android. I would say that makes them better informed users 😉 rather than people who "don't get it".
    Mach_E and macgyverated like this.
    07-05-2015 09:25 PM
  14. scd147's Avatar
    I think the top thing that Windows Phone has going for it at the moment is the live tiles and ability to pin things to the start screen. It's designed to change often with your lifestyle, and the enhancements they've made, such as folders, really make it the best launcher available. Not to mention, my bank didn't bother making a Windows Phone app, (I know, shocking, right?!) but they did make a decent web-app. Thanks to pinning being built into IE, I pinned the website to my start screen, and you wouldn't know its not an app. Unfortunately, there aren't too many examples like that. Sensor Core turned out to be a dream come true if you don't have a fitness band but want to monitor your steps, etc. If you turn on the Motion Data, the phone will just start counting without further prompting. The fact that this is available on the 635 makes it one of the cheapest fitness bands you can buy... with a phone attached. Finding the bright spot with the lack of flagships, you can also get your hands on one of these for really cheap, and several of the Lumia's still have above average cameras.
    Maxy12, txkimmers, libra89 and 1 others like this.
    07-05-2015 09:27 PM
  15. mikewp's Avatar
    There are some harsh and unfounded words against the OS. It is beautiful and an absolute joy to use. IF you are supported 100% by the apps and you are happy that the apps that are supported don't, in many cases, function as well as their iOS and Android counterparts, then seriously consider a Windows Phone. I'd wait until the next set of phones that comes out and that also will give the OS some time to settle down. That will also give you time to see if Microsoft has built some better phones. The 930 is absolute crap (and I really am one of the most accepting of glitches person there is). You *may* get a good one, but chances are you won't.

    If, however, you won't be supported by apps, then all I can say is that you will be supremely frustrated. I've given up. My 930 finally crapped out (after only 6 months) and I'm guessing the excessive heat had something to do with its demise. Using my old Moto G now and really miss the Windows Phone 8 OS but I need way too many apps and I want the full functionality of the Android apps. My dream is to have Microsoft build a Windows 10 Android Launcher.
    07-05-2015 09:56 PM
  16. gauthamkithu's Avatar
    Windows phone is not as resource hungry as android.That's a good enough reason..I think...:)
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    07-05-2015 10:42 PM
  17. emma0's Avatar
    Totally true. But I doubt there will be a change. Reading through this thread even fanboys find it hard to explain why WindowsPhone (the OS) would be the better choice. Livetiles? Android's widgets are more powerful and customizable. Camera? Thats entirely hardware-related and there are many Android devices with impressive cams. Awesome keyboard? Android allows you to install your own keyboard like swype which perform much better. The lack of Apps for WP has been widely discussed just as the quality of the apps available often lack features compared to their Android counterpart. Also anything related to updates crawls painfully slow to the devices out there. Took so many months to roll out Denim. Same thing going on with Windows 10 mobile: delays delays delays.
    There is only one reason you might wanna get a WP: you wanna be different. And (probably) low on budget and have very limited usage scenarios for your devices with focus on simplicity.
    that's why everybody i know tends to turn off any widget running in their android phone. widgets just suck the life off of their phone's battery.

    you also don't need to install swype like gesture keyboard in windows phones, it's built in.
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    07-05-2015 10:42 PM
  18. ROBBIE HALL's Avatar
    I used windows 7.5 using an htc surround. Liked it because it was so different. I also liked Symbian. It wasn't power hungry and had to be specked out to be responsive. Live tiles are great. Lumia cameras with pureview give great results. I've used windows 8.1 its very solid but may be missing a few touches. Windows 10 technical preview is what I'm currently using. It's far from perfect but you would like the way it's going. Plus with feedback Microsoft is actually listening to the users. And it's great to be part of deciding what you the user wants to see when using your phone rather than a corporate decision. The os is fluid simple responsive. Most apps are available. In terms of the Facebooks whatsapps etc. So I don't think the OP will lose out. I would encourage you to try a windows phone in the store and depending on your finances buy a device which caters to your specific needs. (heard good things about the 640 and 1520)
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    07-06-2015 12:06 AM
  19. Rahul Dubey's Avatar
    windows phone is good and i like windows phone so muck. Recently Kaspersky say windows phone have top notch security other than IOS and Android. But I want Microsoft release some update for fix some bugs and errors regarding Glance screen, and when i receive any notification and messages my phone does not wake up when my phone is lock. And i want Microsoft release update for every device and it's become more advance in technology.
    07-06-2015 12:23 AM
  20. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    @OP

    I would approach your decision this way.

    What do I want out of my device?

    Asking people who are fans of a device to convince you to change is not an honest endeavour. You're going to get major bias, lots of old tirades and basically people saying things that may or may not be true.

    It tends to start OS wars as well, which has become very boring for someone like me who went through the Apple/PC wars many years ago.

    So I will put it this way, start with that question I mentioned at the top. Find out if WP will suit your needs. Then decide if it's worth it.

    At this point no one can guarantee that W10 will be any different in developer take up than WP8/8.1. If apps are not that important to you then WP will suit you just fine. In that regard.

    One of the downsides of WP, for me anyway, has always been battery. Not entirely sure why but I'm not alone in this. I didn't want a 6" device and I had issues constantly when using my WP to the point I had to buy a new phone. Also some updates have not been that great for WP, causing issues with some phones while others were fine. It's not been as clean and clear as people make out.

    So my opinion, wait for the new hardware and for the OS to settle after the W10 update before considering WP or Windows Mobile.

    If you're curious at all, buy a 640 and check it out. That would be the safest bet. You can always sell it on if it's not what you wanted.
    Last edited by N_LaRUE; 07-06-2015 at 03:15 AM.
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    07-06-2015 02:47 AM
  21. Yatin Pancha1's Avatar
    There is no reason to switch windows phone.
    I also buy lumia 640 xl few days ago and now I felt that it was my wrong decision.

    I know that windows phone lake the apps but I don't know that the apps are already in windows phone that also are no usable. they all are crap.

    yes games are good and working smooth without any problem even you don't find any bugs.

    but in apps there is lots of features missing lots of bugs and not even single app devloper update there app in after 3-4 month.

    facebook is made by microsoft and it has lots of bug lots of features missing and microsoft not working on that and even facebook (the Company) not try to make there app for windows phone.

    you don't find any video player work without problem in windows phone I still don't believe that 5 years of windows phone os and still there is not even single good video player available in windows phone.

    so I personally advice stay away from windows phone.

    buy any android phone but not windows phone. lag is better then dumb phone.
    07-06-2015 03:04 AM
  22. Phoibos's Avatar
    I know that there is not even single good video player available in windows phone.
    What about Moliplayer? Plays everything, works smooth...
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    07-06-2015 03:13 AM
  23. Yatin Pancha1's Avatar
    its lakes some features which is present in mx player in android and its also not free like mx player on android
    07-06-2015 03:21 AM
  24. raycpl's Avatar
    So, my colleague bought an android ... and is perplexed why apps get installed on his phone without him knowing... The usual casinos, games icon/apps crap started populating his start screen... That's Android in a nutshell...
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    07-06-2015 03:21 AM
  25. raycpl's Avatar
    I must add, he also uses a SG Activ S and has previously own other Samsung Galaxys..
    07-06-2015 03:24 AM
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