1. anon(3463402)'s Avatar
    If I had to choose, Id pick Windows Phone over Android in a heartbeat. Its attractive, easy to use, and in some ways - because of the customizable home screen with Live Tiles - provides more actionable information than iOS...
    An iPhone user's (surprisingly positive) experience with Windows Phone | Macworld
    09-20-2015 03:36 PM
  2. Jazmac's Avatar
    "However, if I had to choose, I’d pick Windows Phone over Android in a heartbeat. It’s attractive, easy to use, and in some ways—because of the customizable home screen with Live Tiles—provides more actionable information than iOS"

    Its really not a tough decision. Must respect to the author.
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    09-20-2015 04:51 PM
  3. Alfa Kapa's Avatar
    Of -fricking- course WP is a better mobile OS than Android is!
    No fanboy talking, but this is the reality.
    For me iOS and WP are like brothers from another mother, the one mother was stupidly rich and cared to much for her child (iOS) and the other was similarly rich but left her child alone to grow a beard on its own (WP)!
    I really dig them both for different reasons, but they both are stars!

    ...

    Yeah, we are 105% spoiled around the windows phone communities, we whine none stop, even for good thing happening on the platform!
    I gave to my sister my old lumia 630 (which I felt that she will hate) and after 1+ months she is telling me how much she loves it!
    And with all the craze of the WP news and all the whinning/negativity going around the community, I was like ''seriously? you like it?''

    I think (and I don't want to be the a-hole here) that the worst enemy of WP/W10m are the countless whinning fanboys, and I mean fanboys, the one that are not satisfied by anything, the one that can write an OS overnight, the one that can design a phone that everybody would like, the one thinking that bought the holy given mobile device that can do anything, etc ..

    So again, every single right minded person WILL like WP!
    This is a fact!
    Not love, but like!
    Hell even on a 535 and he still enjoyed it!

    We are spoiled around here :P
    09-20-2015 05:02 PM
  4. Ma Rio's Avatar
    WP has something that just doesn't let you go. However features-wise it's behind even iOS, not to mention Android. I mean, that's obvious, but I see people forgeting that. Let's not even get started about the app situation.
    09-20-2015 08:04 PM
  5. Jazmac's Avatar
    WP has something that just doesn't let you go. However features-wise it's behind even iOS, not to mention Android. I mean, that's obvious, but I see people forgeting that. Let's not even get started about the app situation.
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    09-20-2015 09:23 PM
  6. libra89's Avatar
    This is really interesting, thanks for sharing. It was an interesting read.
    09-20-2015 10:33 PM
  7. mihnat's Avatar
    Yes, thanks for the perspective and a small dose of humility when we diss WP. Most of my friends would change I think if the app situation improved.
    09-20-2015 11:15 PM
  8. TechFreak1's Avatar
    Decent and well written article, at the very least there is no thoughtless bashing here unlike some.
    Also I find this rather telling .

    I’d love to see a standard Back button or gesture on the iPhone.
    I'm curious to read what Kirk McElhearn's thoughts are on the W10 phones when released.
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    09-21-2015 07:44 AM
  9. ArtificiallyYours's Avatar
    However features-wise it's behind even iOS, not to mention Android. I mean, that's obvious, but I see people *forgetting that.
    2generic4me, don't care about iOS or Android at the moment.
    09-21-2015 11:18 AM
  10. worldspy99's Avatar
    This made a few rounds when the article was originally published in April. But I am glad it is making the rounds again especially with the October event around the corner.
    09-21-2015 01:32 PM
  11. triageatdawn's Avatar
    Windows phones need more promo and a way better marketing organization. Apple is damn good at promoting their products even though it's quite obvious that none of them were actual inventions in the first place. There's just too many fanboys stuck in the Apple world so switching to another platform is out of the question. If you ask them why, they'll say something like Nah, I'm an Apple person (this is what I was actually told). They don't care about the price or design, it doesn't matter - they just buy it. But if something bad happened and Apple went down I'm pretty sure if they had to choose between Android and Win Phone that they'd pick the latter one. No doubt about that.
    anon(3463402) and libra89 like this.
    09-21-2015 01:33 PM
  12. Nogitsune Micah's Avatar
    WP has something that just doesn't let you go. However features-wise it's behind even iOS, not to mention Android. I mean, that's obvious, but I see people forgeting that. Let's not even get started about the app situation.
    Apps aside, I used the iPhone 3 weeks this past summer and I cant see anything that really had me going "Hmm, Windows Phones are so behind"

    Especially since Apple is now adopting features of both Android and WP and marketing them as something new and magical(as is their usual M.O). I can sort of give you Android but after having to play Geek squad for my mom and her HTC, for all the 'features' Android has over WP, they are poorly implemented.....It's the equivalent of throwing a bunch of clothes into a suitcase and not seeing if anything matches or even fits. Just to say you have a bunch of clothes(features) to brag about.

    The app situation aside, I mainly want snapchat and a few games. the app gap is a big or small or even nonexistent issue, depending on the person.
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    09-21-2015 09:46 PM
  13. Visa Declined's Avatar
    Especially since Apple is now adopting features of both Android and WP
    They all steal from each other, Apple just gets a lot of flack because they act like they invent everything. They are very good at taking others ideas and making them work better, and end results really do matter.
    libra89 and tgp like this.
    09-22-2015 05:24 AM
  14. signal-2-noise's Avatar
    No surprise at all. I started with iPhone then went to Windows Phone then to Android and now back on Windows Phone. WP is even better with an unlocked phone because carriers are sketchy when it comes to releasing updates the Microsoft makes available. With the carrier out of the equation as far as hardware goes WP is awesome!
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    09-22-2015 09:09 AM
  15. Javier De Pablo Losada's Avatar
    The app situation aside, I mainly want snapchat and a few games. the app gap is a big or small or even nonexistent issue, depending on the person.
    The app gap still exists. I've been always talked about how much better WP is over Android in front of my friends. However, the other day we went to a restaurant and they had a special offer which was "If you download our app, you will get a $20 off". Only Android and iOS could get the discount. And they looked at me like "where is your better phone now?". The gap exists when you look for an app and it's not there, even if you were going to use it once.
    Apart from that, best SO. I've been thinking about switching to Android, but I'm really used to using WP. I like it.
    09-22-2015 09:38 AM
  16. tgp's Avatar
    They are very good at taking others ideas and making them work better, and end results really do matter.
    I find this too. For example, take tap-to-pay. I've been using it on Android for 2 years plus, and Apple has had it for a much shorter time. They took it, and with the fingerprint reader, made it very user friendly.
    09-22-2015 09:44 AM
  17. Tsang Fai's Avatar
    Many people say the app gap is a major reason for the low market share of WP. I do not totally agree to this. iPhone/Android users are just "locked" in the two ecosystems and user interfaces. It is a matter of habit that stops them from switching.

    If we let a group of children to choose among an iPhone, Android Phone and a WP, I am quite confident they will most probably pick iPhone or WP. And I am sure less children will choose iPhone if the Apple logo is removed. :P
    09-22-2015 10:06 AM
  18. Nogitsune Micah's Avatar
    Many people say the app gap is a major reason for the low market share of WP. I do not totally agree to this. iPhone/Android users are just "locked" in the two ecosystems and user interfaces. It is a matter of habit that stops them from switching.

    If we let a child to choose among an iPhone, Android Phone and a WP, I am quite confident they will most probably pick iPhone or WP.
    The app gap is the problem. I sell phones off a living and the reason I see returns are usually because "the phone is nice but I can't snapchat or...."

    My best friends think windows phone is great and they probably would use one except "if yall had more apps then I would give it a try...."

    These are iPhone users.
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    09-22-2015 10:14 AM
  19. Tsang Fai's Avatar
    The app gap is the problem. I sell phones off a living and the reason I see returns are usually because "the phone is nice but I can't snapchat or...."

    My best friends think windows phone is great and they probably would use one except "if yall had more apps then I would give it a try...."

    These are iPhone users.
    Agree that it is a problem. But it is just one of the problems. The other major problem is, as I mentioned, their habits. Many people cannot afford the time on learning a new mobile platform. For technical people, it takes weeks. For ordinary users, it takes months....
    09-22-2015 10:19 AM
  20. tgp's Avatar
    The app gap is the problem. I sell phones off a living and the reason I see returns are usually because "the phone is nice but I can't snapchat or...."
    From what I hear, this is at least part of the reason why carriers are hesitant to push WP. The return rate is too high. Not that the consumers don't like WP itself, but as you say, the lack of popular apps is a killer.
    09-22-2015 10:33 AM
  21. Nogitsune Micah's Avatar
    Agree that it is a problem. But it is just one of the problems. The other major problem is, as I mentioned, their habits. Many people cannot afford the time on learning a new mobile platform. For technical people, it takes weeks. For ordinary users, it takes months....
    My mother and grandparents are about as simple minded as they come and picked up windows phones. It really depends on the OS. Apple and windows phones are just fine and easy to adapt to.

    How do I know? My friends brother is special needs and he managed to pick up my Lumia to which his brother replied "wow, I have to constantly do it for him on my galaxy."

    Even I struggle sometimes trying to figure android out because the OS is not user friendly.

    Like I said most complaints usually center around it lacking apps. And that's why most people don't choose windows phone. Considering these days where people leave apple for android and android for apple, people are open to change if the change is good.
    09-22-2015 12:10 PM
  22. Nogitsune Micah's Avatar
    From what I hear, this is at least part of the reason why carriers are hesitant to push WP. The return rate is too high. Not that the consumers don't like WP itself, but as you say, the lack of popular apps is a killer.
    It's why I make sure to inquire about their needs because it helps save them time and money and not waste my time. The return rates usually aren't too high when you accurately inform people of windows phones. I got this man into a lumia 640 one time after he returned some android phone and about a week later I saw him walking in the mall and he actually came up to me thanking me because the camera was awesome and it was a lot easier for him to use.
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    09-22-2015 12:14 PM
  23. tgp's Avatar
    It's why I make sure to inquire about their needs because it helps save them time and money and not waste my time. The return rates usually aren't too high when you accurately inform people of windows phones.
    That's how it should be done, always!

    I'm curious about your experiences. I don't know how much info you wish to put in public, but do you work at a carrier store? And how are return rates? Is WP's return rate actually higher? How are return rates with popular Android OEMs? I'm guessing iPhone's return rate is pretty low. Do people bring phones back because they do not like them, or because something is wrong with them? Feel free to answer or not answer whatever you feel comfortable with.
    libra89 likes this.
    09-22-2015 01:48 PM
  24. King of the World's Avatar
    Interesting you say that. I am in the office just the other day sitting with a mix of iPhone users and high end Android devices. I have a lumia 920 and am using word flow to type with lightening speed and everyone is just staring at me. They all want a turn and are amazed at just how predictive and fast it is. And then we get to talking. I tell them how my phone has wireless charging, I show them the glance screen, the built in GPS navigation system (Heredrive) and then start talking about what will happen with Continuum. Funny how an OS they had never considered got such an interesting (and good) reception. I just find WP very very smooth and works really well. Actually coming from IOS myself I prefer Windows phone. Yes we need more apps (I need hootsuite for work), but with W10 and the ease of porting, it can only get better.
    libra89 and pmhgeneral like this.
    09-23-2015 04:25 AM
  25. Acejax805's Avatar
    I would switch over to Windows Phone if the app situation would improve and more AAA apps would be made for it.
    09-23-2015 11:09 PM

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