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  1. MrockNroll's Avatar
    Sticking with my 950, Have an Android tablet with all MS apps and it still sucks. Miss glance, the lock screen and all build in functionality in window 10. Might pick up a elite X3 for when the 950 fails or get a spare new 950
    Iam , thinking about picking up the Elite X3 as a spare also when the price drops enough. I wonder if the new Verizon HP X3 has the T-mobile band 12 in it ? any body here know ?
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    11-03-2017 12:04 PM
  2. afkaboogieman's Avatar
    I jumped ship to Android earlier this year. What do I miss?


    • Email and Calendar - #1 by far. If you use your phone for office work, nothing beats the WP integration of Email. Everything was clean, functional, and easy to read. Zero wasted space. Android email and calendar is clunky and ugly in comparison



    • Those beautiful live tiles- A gorgeous collage giving me all the info I need and nothing that I don't



    • Cortana on WP8.1 - When Cortana first debuted, it was tremendous. Fun, helpful, functional, different. Then that all went to crap with Windows 10 Mobile. Cortana became just a frontend for Bing. Disconnected and lifeless.



    • Being unique - My fellow WP true believers will understand this. No iPhone/Galaxy owners get stopped in public and asked "what kind of phone is that?"



    • Fewer and Less invasive ads - Call it a benefit of being part of a smaller group. Games/apps with ads just had simple, non-intrusive, randomly generated banner ads. Now on Android I get to enjoy having my entire browsing history whittled down into micro-targeted ads over and over, ad nauseum. That's fun.



    • Being part of a close-knit tech community - I loved having this little corner of the tech world, and sharing feedback with the individuals who shared my passion for WP. Now I'm just another face in the Android crowd.



    I miss quite a bit about Windows Phone. But the writing is on the wall. I can't stay tied into an ecosystem that is unsupported. So I made the jump and I'm not looking back. I didn't leave Microsoft, Microsoft left me.
    11-03-2017 12:07 PM
  3. Lloyd_S's Avatar
    I "left" 18 months ago because of the app gap. Don't regret it. However, I do miss the keyboard and Email (I think now called Windows Messaging?) features in Windows Phone. I turn on my Lumia 1520 or 950 from time to time and revel at the quality of the email and keyboard. Using Android I just have not found anything to rival both of these Windows Phone (or Mobile?) features I truly love and miss.
    11-03-2017 12:11 PM
  4. Mark Kaplan's Avatar
    I jumped ship to Android earlier this year. What do I miss?


    • Email and Calendar - #1 by far. If you use your phone for office work, nothing beats the WP integration of Email. Everything was clean, functional, and easy to read. Zero wasted space. Android email and calendar is clunky and ugly in comparison



    • Those beautiful live tiles- A gorgeous collage giving me all the info I need and nothing that I don't



    • Cortana on WP8.1 - When Cortana first debuted, it was tremendous. Fun, helpful, functional, different. Then that all went to crap with Windows 10 Mobile. Cortana became just a frontend for Bing. Disconnected and lifeless.



    • Being unique - My fellow WP true believers will understand this. No iPhone/Galaxy owners get stopped in public and asked "what kind of phone is that?"



    • Fewer and Less invasive ads - Call it a benefit of being part of a smaller group. Games/apps with ads just had simple, non-intrusive, randomly generated banner ads. Now on Android I get to enjoy having my entire browsing history whittled down into micro-targeted ads over and over, ad nauseum. That's fun.



    • Being part of a close-knit tech community - I loved having this little corner of the tech world, and sharing feedback with the individuals who shared my passion for WP. Now I'm just another face in the Android crowd.



    I miss quite a bit about Windows Phone. But the writing is on the wall. I can't stay tied into an ecosystem that is unsupported. So I made the jump and I'm not looking back. I didn't leave Microsoft, Microsoft left me.
    The only thing I disagree with here is your comments about Cortana on W10M. My experience was the exact opposite. Seamless integration and full functionality on both my Elite X3 and 950 XL. It is the most missed feature and a main reason I went back to W10M.
    11-03-2017 12:21 PM
  5. Chef316's Avatar
    I miss everything except the lack of apps. Broke my 950XL's digitizer and had to resort to using my back up phone...a budget android device. Hopefully won't be too long before I'm able to get the 950XL repaired. It's going to cost almost as much as I paid for the phone when it was on a half price sale last year.
    11-03-2017 12:21 PM
  6. teddystiles's Avatar
    What specifically do you miss most about your Windows phone? And do you regret switching? I have a feeling that the Live tile interface is probably going to come up in the responses quite often ...
    I was starting to look seriously at switching to iOS or Android over the last few months, allowing the recent "Windows Phone is dead" press to get the better of me. A former Windows Phone zealot, I started to relax my disdain for the other platforms and go excited at the prospect of actually having the apps that are advertised everywhere. I read the reviews for the recent releases by Apple and Samsung, and allowed myself to get excited along with everyone else.

    Then I changed jobs and was ISSUED an iPhone by my new employer. I was so confident that this was it for me and my Lumia 950XL that I allowed them to port my personal number over to Verizon.

    It. Was. A. Nightmare.

    I can't believe I had been worn down to think that iOS was actually the superior mobile OS. Years ago I had heard it called an "app launcher," and I was shocked to learn that this is still the case! Apple has built an app platform, barely changing the UI since it was conceived over a decade ago! Great app selection. Terrible, terrible phone. Sure, UI and familiarity makes any comparison highly subjective, but even by several objective measures, the iPhone is an inferior device.

    Over the last few months I came to terms with Microsoft's failure in the mobile space, so I came over with an open mind (much more open that it would have been even 6 months ago) and was utterly and profoundly disappointed.

    What did I miss? Aside from the apps, Apple Wallet, and the obvious features that iOS ripped off of Windows Phone over the years, I missed EVERYTHING about my Lumia 950 XL, not the least of which was having a phone that not everyone else and their mother had (I'm not a "me too!" person at all).

    But when I say everything, I mean everything: Glance screen. Live tiles. Cortana integration (Siri is a joke: "Call my wife." "Which wife?"). Keyboard. Action center. Copy/paste functionality. App switching. Storage management. Linked inboxes. Pinning separate inboxes or linked inboxes to the home screen (I manage dozens of email addresses). Pinning separate instances of an app to the home screen (different locations for Weather, for instance). Calendar, and the general cleanliness of all the native apps. An alphabetized and searchable app list. Wireless charging. USB-C. A lock screen that isn't littered with notifications. A lock screen that doesn't respond in a half-dozen ways to different gestures and home button presses, especially accidentally. Camera button. Camera app (seriously - have you seen the iOS camera UI? What it does when you rotate to landscape? *shudder*). Photo quality. The ability to act on notification on the notification itself (think of using the "Approve" button on Microsoft Authenticator notifications or respond to texts in-line).

    Without apps, Microsoft simply had to do more with the phone themselves - and they created a device that was fluid, stable, and tightly integrated. A joy to use.

    Did I regret switching? Let's just say that after a few days of forcing myself to use the iPhone, I swapped the SIM card back to my Lumia; I was horrified when I realized that my 950XL wouldn't work on Verizon. Yes, you could say I regretted my decision. I would have had rather them just issue me a new phone number and carried two phones. Putting the SIM back into the iPhone was a particularly somber moment.

    But it's not all bad news! So the Director of IT stopped by my desk today and asked how it was going with the new phone. I said I was transitioning from a Windows Phone and that it had been a difficult week. He pulled a Windows Phone out of his pocket. "I know," he said. He hadn't realized I was a WP guy, so he's going to switch me from the corporate Verizon account to their AT&T account so I can start using my Lumia again and regain my sanity!

    This is a weird time. Kind of like the day after a major national election when the other party wins and you feel powerless about what is about to happen for the foreseeable future. Stunned that so many people could be so profoundly deceived. Devastated by the realization that you'll never see what might have been.

    If Microsoft abandons the consumer market - where does that leave me? I don't trust Google. I don't like Apple. I've long maintained that if Windows Phone fails, Windows proper fails; if there are no Universal Apps, then iOS, Android, and ChromeOS win in the long term. Can Microsoft at least fork Android for us? Will the Windows-on-ARM project ever see the light of day? Is there a post-smartphone future that Microsoft will pioneer?

    Without those answers, I'm going to cling to my Lumia 950XL. Until the apocalypse, if need be.
    Last edited by teddystiles; 11-09-2017 at 01:32 PM.
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    11-03-2017 12:21 PM
  7. JohnnyBawesome's Avatar
    I miss syncing my contacts with Facebook so they all have pictures for their contact profile. I miss responding to texts via Cortana. I miss the camera app of the Lumia 950
    11-03-2017 12:22 PM
  8. Florin Musetoiu's Avatar
    I miss only the dark theme and the toggle bar at the top... IOS has a weird way of not disabling WIFI and BT from Control Center... other than that i don`t miss anything from Windows.

    Maybe the live tiles a bit ....

    OH... and the Camera ...
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    11-03-2017 12:32 PM
  9. rmark66's Avatar
    I would keep using 950XL except my wife spider webbed her 950XL. So, now I don't want to buy another high end phone for a dying phone ecosystem. Especially since Microsoft could have saved it and made flourish by using a few more billion dollars. Since, they are not investing any more and a Windows 10 /ARM based surface phone any time soon, I have no choice. After I learn Android my wife and kids will get Android phones next.

    Seems odd they didn't want to invest a few billion more to keep a foothold in peoples houses. Yes, I think it is only a matter of time before Xbox and Windows PC's are hit hard because of a lack of a complete home computing ecosystem. Stupidest decision a large company has ever made!
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    11-03-2017 12:40 PM
  10. NPGMBR's Avatar
    I miss the integration. I miss being able to verbally respond to incoming SMS messages via Cortana in my car. I miss being able to Mute SMS conversations. I miss the simplicity of W10M that Android lacks. I find that I often have to make more movements or clicks to perform some tasks in Android whereas it was easier in W10M.
    11-03-2017 12:44 PM
  11. Farhan Alistar's Avatar
    I miss the live tiles. The consistency of ui along the apps in Windows phone 8.1. not a very big fan of Win10 mobile
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    11-03-2017 12:44 PM
  12. brunoadduarte's Avatar
    I basically miss the UI. It was just so nice and replicating it perfectly on Android is impossible. I miss the tiles, the fluidity, the black, the all apps list... God do I miss it.
    11-03-2017 12:46 PM
  13. ShinraCorp's Avatar
    So, lots of folks are switching from Windows 10 Mobile to Android or iOS, for obvious reasons. Even the most diehard Windows phone fans have to at least be considering a switch. But this question is for people who have already made the jump to another mobile platform.

    What specifically do you miss most about your Windows phone? And do you regret switching? I have a feeling that the Live tile interface is probably going to come up in the responses quite often ...
    The ironic thing is that I went from Windows 10 Mobile to Android but then back to Windows 10 Mobile a year later.

    Long story not so short, bought a Xiaomi Mi Mix back in 2016, phone was fantastic, OS not so much, had some apps that weren't on the Windows 10 Mobile. This thing was good enough for me, Blueborne exploit was released to the public, Mi Mix doesn't get patched for about a month (probably still isn't). Decided to flash ROM to something like Xiaomi MIUI (called EPIC ROM) to patch Blueborne, works fine for about 3 weeks. New OTA update for the EPIC ROM, bricked the phone... infinite boot loop. Took 4 hours to fix it, because I really didn't want to go back to MIUI.

    Had no choice, sold it on Ebay for around 550$, had a spare Lumia 830, decided to go with it again, I missed the Live Tiles so much and how it felt "alive" with all the information poping up on the Start Menu, remembered that it's aweful with Windows 10 Mobile, flashed it to Windows Phone 8, slow as snails. Decided to buy a Lumia 950 2 weeks ago for like 250$, great phone, battery drains fast though. Bought new battery and screen protector on Ebay this week.

    Will keep it until something NOT ANDROID OR iOS comes out.
    11-03-2017 12:49 PM
  14. xlmanInsider's Avatar
    I n n o v a t i o n
    11-03-2017 01:23 PM
  15. pallentx's Avatar
    Live Tiles/Home Screen
    System wide dark them that many apps inherited
    Cortana was better on WP, "hey Cortana"
    Windows Phone Camera App
    Dedicated Camera shutter button
    Lumia Cinemagraphs
    Better calendar and contacts integration with Outlook.com
    Maps - I actually like WP apps better than Google (though Google has better data in some areas). I liked being about to save locations on the desktop and have them on my phone.
    Keyboard
    11-03-2017 02:21 PM
  16. Serghei T's Avatar
    Camera app, Carl Zeiss optics. Nokia 6 Android camera (released 2017) cannot even to be compared to Nokia Lumia 920 (released 2012) camera and app. Glance screen, double tap option to wake up the phone. Cortana and Outlook calendar integration. Cortana still does not create any events by the voice command on Android.
    11-03-2017 02:40 PM
  17. faizan chaman's Avatar
    My first phone is windows phone lumia 730, it feel me diffrent from other brand, i like all app especially camera app bcz i m camera lover, music, calling,photo, mix radio. Super outstanding feature.it is type of machine which make me understand social and internet world easy, fast. I became game lover from this mobile phone. THANK YOU.
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    11-03-2017 03:21 PM
  18. lupinesithlord's Avatar
    So, lots of folks are switching from Windows 10 Mobile to Android or iOS, for obvious reasons. Even the most diehard Windows phone fans have to at least be considering a switch. But this question is for people who have already made the jump to another mobile platform.

    What specifically do you miss most about your Windows phone? And do you regret switching? I have a feeling that the Live tile interface is probably going to come up in the responses quite often ...

    The interface mostly. Heck most of the features I miss are things that got written out of 10. like facebook stuff right in people hub. I periodically get lost trying to figure out my iPhone and how to do things....I was on windows mobile since 7 (Samsung focus) I'm on my first non windows smartphone (iPhone 8) the addition of qi got me.
    11-03-2017 04:01 PM
  19. wizll's Avatar
    The main thing I miss from WP is the built in word flow keyboard. The closest thing to that on iOS was Microsoft's own word flow keyboard that is now gone and Swiftkey is not quite as good. Beyond that, I miss all the integrations and features of the WP OS that made things simple without the need to install a bunch of random stupid apps just to do the same thing in iOS. No one was kidding when they said moving to iOS would be like playing "whack an app" throughout the day with the wall of icons. oh, and Cortana's far superior hands free features when driving.


    It's been a year now since I got the iphone 7plus, and I'm pretty much bored of it as a phone. The only thing that intrigued me recently was pixel2's new camera software and its dedicated imaging chip, but turned off by the XL's supposed display issues. Probably going to wait a year or so to see what's next. Leaning toward at least an android device now that I'm sick of Apple's boring phone OS.
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    11-03-2017 05:12 PM
  20. tpesa's Avatar
    Only recently switched to a galaxy s8+. And after some time getting used to some differences my opinion is that a lot of Microsoft services on this platform work better. I find myself missing less and less of Windows mobile. Using MS Launcher and pushing Google as far in the background as possible I find myself liking it quite a bit. If they figure out live tiles and more Cortana integration it'd be even better. I avoided this switch for a long time. Not so bad.
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    11-03-2017 06:10 PM
  21. patcherd's Avatar
    I have the Nokia 6 and it is real Nokia just by the build quality. This phone looks and feels premium for a budget device. No other phone has a build this good for the price.

    HMD has the Nokia patents so it will be interesting to see if pureview will make a comeback in future devices and glance screen.
    11-03-2017 06:39 PM
  22. Odih4sure's Avatar
    I missed my livetiles, strong screen, matchless keyboard and flying operation without lag; I missed my LuMia 950,but I have to give it up due to limited apps
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    11-03-2017 06:53 PM
  23. Wevenhuis's Avatar
    I'm still using my 1520 and 950XL and will likely use it for another 18 months at least. They are both beasts of devices.

    I guess if I would have to discontinue using them I would miss these things:

    -hands down the start menu and live tiles. Android and iOS simply can not compare in this experience.
    -the design of the OS and apps. It just makes sense to me. It's similar to windows. I've tried iOS and android a couple of times is hard to get used to.
    - I will sorely miss the hubs concept. Everything in one spot. I destest that everything has to be a seperate app. It lacks a holistic view and constant app switching is counterproductive and exhausting in the long run. Unforntely microsoft does seem to go a bit in the same direction, to a degree.
    -free full offline maps that are also updated. Wonderful!!! Maps and offline maps are part of the OS and experience. You can download whole countries and regions.
    11-03-2017 07:22 PM
  24. saket87's Avatar
    I've been using Android since S6, what I miss is live tiles, automatically changing lock screen, the black theme, and deletable bloat apps, also all phones look the same (software wise and performs same). I also miss the camera button, which some Androids do have.
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    11-03-2017 07:37 PM
  25. jcb871's Avatar
    Live Tiles / Home Screen
    Most importantly the ease of developing a UWP app and running it on mobile and desktop !
    With Lumia 950, MI4 (Win10), Lumia 640, 635... :)
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    11-03-2017 07:45 PM
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