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  1. rockstarzzz's Avatar
    Two things I lost my attraction from led me to WP.

    1) My Android phone
    2) My girlfriend

    My android phone crashed and acted like a monster who can't walk most of the time. I kept having issues with using it as a normal phone, that led to issues with my gf and we ended up having a terrible terrible terrible break up! :(

    Splashing cash makes a broken heart feel good. Girls do it on shoes and clothes, Men do it on sports and tech they said. I went to the phone shop, decided to buy a new phone. Wasn't going to be an iPhone because that sort of cash splashing needed me to have been divorced. So went for WP because while playing on the shop floor with "People hub" I realised how I could have everyone I care about surrounding me. I needed that at that point and I value that now. So WP it is. WP has been loyal and pleasant to me, and so will I be.
    05-12-2012 01:49 PM
  2. klynn's Avatar
    Actually, it was the news and previews of Windows 8 that made me look into Windows Phone. I like the idea of having similar and linked experiences between by laptop and phone (maybe even a tablet, Windows 8 looks promising on that platform as well). I had initially dismissed the idea of WP7 since it lacked alot of features and hadn't followed up to know about Mango. But the phone has definitely matured and Microsoft appears to be committed to an entire eco-system for its products so I took the plunge. Really enjoying it so far and am anxious to see what this fall brings, especially to WP8.
    05-12-2012 03:45 PM
  3. CHIP72's Avatar
    With me, getting a Windows Phone was tied to my interest in smartphones in general. I don't call or text very often, so regular cell phones were of limited use to me, but when I bought my Motorola Droid 2 in December 2010, I quickly realized it was a device that would allow me to do stuff I actually like to do (browse the internet, receive/send e-mails, play games occasionally) and would use quite a bit, which I did. The Droid 2 got me interested in smartphones and mobile OS in general, and I found I really wanted to play around with all of them out to see their relative strengths and weaknesses and determine which one(s) I liked best. When I'd go to the Verizon Wireless stores and check out the smartphones, I increasingly was interested in the tile-based Windows Phone OS and the HTC Trophy. (I was also intrigued to a lesser degree by the iPhone 4, the Blackberry Bold series, and various Android OS devices, especially those with 4G LTE.) Then the HP TouchPad fire sale (which I wasn't aware of until about 1 1/2 months after the fact) perked my interest further, and when I found out I could get a TouchPad fairly cheap ($150) as part of a laptop bundle package, I jumped at it. (I was already leaning towards buying a cheap laptop as a backup computer anyway and that pushed me over the edge to buy one.) I found that I liked webOS, and this reinforced my desire to get other mobile OS devices, especially a Windows Phone OS. After a few weeks of consideration and weighing the pros and cons, I decided to add a second line in early December 2011 and buy the Trophy. (Shortly before this, I also decided to get an iPod Touch for Christmas to test out an iOS device; after using it a couple months I realized I wanted to get an iPhone.) The floodgates then fully opened, and I picked up (all off-contract) a Palm Pre 2 (webOS), a Blackberry Playbook (QNX OS), an iPhone 4 (iOS), and a Blackberry Bold 9930 (Blackberry 7 OS) between mid-December and early March, allowing me to test all the mobile OS, satisfy my smartphone "fetish", and feel like I had a good idea of what each mobile OS has to offer, rather than rely on biased tech bloggers.

    Based on my own personal user experience, I've found I like Windows Phone OS the best. (I also like Blackberry QNX and despite its "blahness", I think iOS is very solid too, especially considering it is considerably older than either Windows Phone OS or Blackberry QNX. In my alternate universe, Windows Phone OS would be the dominant mobile OS, Blackberry QNX/10, and iOS would have significant minority market share, webOS would still be a player, and people would realize Android OS and Blackberry 7 OS are pieces of crap!)
    05-12-2012 04:00 PM
  4. Alex_Hong's Avatar
    A little background of myself, I'm a huge fan of mobile tech. Having the ability to do more while on the go fascinates me, more so than desktop computing. I'm 23 this year, and have owned no less than 20 different phones. A couple of them was the same admittedly due to accidents. If did not like the phone, I would get rid of it and switch to another almost immediately. In my recollection, the phone that I have owned for the longest period of time was the Motorola RAZR series. Three V3, and two V8. Followed by iPhone, and then BlackBerry.

    The ones that I truly enjoyed, was oddly my BlackBerry devices. Bold 9000, followed by Bold 9900, Torch 9810, and Curve 9360. They were brilliant communication devices. I am very much looking forward to BB10. I was a CrackBerry addict, and in fact, I still am.

    ---

    How i stumbled on Windows Phone, namely the Lumia 800, has to go back to when it was first launched. I love how the design of the phone complimented the Metro UI perfectly. In fact when my contract was due last year, I was seriously contemplating on replacing my Bold 9000 with either the Lumia 800 or Bold 9900. I went with the Bold 9900 because the physical keyboard was just frankly fantastic. It is a decision that I do not regret at all. It is a great device and probably the epitome of the outgoing java based BBOS. The design was stunning as well. But meanwhile, I have always been fascinated by the Lumia 800. Most every time I walk past a Nokia outlet, I had to go in to have a peek at the Lumia 800.

    A couple of days ago, I stumbled upon a good deal for a used Lumia 800 in black. The cosmetic of the phone was not brilliant, due to the precious owner's use of the silicon case, it left marking on the back of the device. Though the screen was still in immaculate condition (obviously). I decided to give it a go. So far, I'm loving it. The only reason I would now go back to a BBOS 7 device from BlackBerry would be because of BIS, battery life, and the keyboard.

    First thing i did was to visit xda-developers forum to debrand the phone, flashed in a generic country variant OS into it. hahaha.

    I honestly have no idea what my next phone would be. I only know it wouldn't be Android due to personal preference. BB10 and Apollo are coming later part of the year. So is iPhone, but i have no wish to go back unless there is major change in the UI of iOS. Whichever pique my interest most would get my money. I do not understand the bashing of different platforms. Each platform has their own pros and cons. I want all the platforms to do well. Android, iOS, Android, BB10, and even webOS Enyo. Its good to have choice and competition. Competition drives innovation. Just like how iPhone came about and brought changes to the entire industry.

    i do have high hopes for BB10 though, which i think will be kinda like Windows Phone. PlayBook already has a social contacts app, similar to the one on windows phone which is linked to fb, twitter or linked in. Something i love from windows phone and synergy from palm. RIM is doing a good job luring in developers as well, the OS seems solid, multi-tasking is good, UI seems interesting. However if it does not live up to my expectations, I would probably go for the next Lumia device (provided it looks as good as the 800). hahaha.

    Peace out. :)
    05-12-2012 04:47 PM
  5. Los's Avatar
    Long story short. I'm a Microsoft *****
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    05-12-2012 06:42 PM
  6. Xerxes10's Avatar
    My first smartphone was a Palm Treo, then seemed like a huge upgrade to a BlackBerry 8820 (with WiFi & GPS!), then the Bold 9000, then the Torch 9800. While the Torch was decent it was obviously behind the times and while I wanted RIM to succeed as wasn't willing to wait any longer for BB10 and I didn't want a dead end BB7 device. I had nothing against iPhone or Android, but I wanted something different and started looking into Windows Phone. I loved the clean, uncluttered look, the live tiles, the ability to delete (not just hide) bloatware, and Office compatibility all made me want to go with Windows. Now I just needed to find a phone I really wanted. As son as I saw the Lumia 900 I knew that's the one I wanted. After sitting on an upgrade for over 6 the I got the 900 on launch day and never looked back!
    05-15-2012 09:46 PM
  7. cckgz4's Avatar
    My very first smartphone was the Palm Centro. Loved that thing.
    05-16-2012 12:23 AM
  8. rdubmu's Avatar
    My very first smartphone was a Treo 600, I think the year was 2004 or 2005.

    Blackberry:
    7105t with T-Mobile: November 2005 - August 2007
    8100 Pearl with TMO: August 2007- April 2008
    8120 Pearl with TMO: April 2008- August 2009

    iPhone:
    Black 3gs with At&t: August 2009- December 2010

    Windows Phone:
    HTC HD7 (t-mobile)- November 2010- April 2012
    Nokia Lumia 900 (at&t)- less than 30 days, too many issues returned
    HTC Titan II: May 2012-

    So far I have been happy with my HTC Windows Phones. The Lumia was overall I thought a very bad executed phone. If they executed it would have been a so called "iphone killer".

    The reason why I wanted to go with a Windows PHone is because I thought the live tiles were pretty neat. I wanted something different. I really liked the Calendar. After I bought it I thought the phone was so incomplete, after nodo and then Mango the phone was really started to come through. Honestly the phone should have been released with Mango. It was just released maybe 1 year too early.
    05-16-2012 12:49 AM
  9. LowRentTechGuy's Avatar
    I first came to WP7 because I was tired of the inconsistent/poor Android experience and I wasn't getting a fruit branded product to save my life.

    I stayed with WP7 because of the wonderful experience.

    Sent from my T7575 using Board Express
    05-16-2012 01:45 AM
  10. d-laybook's Avatar
    Came from a long line of BlackBerry products when I was looking at how to streamline all my technology. Having Office on my phone, SkyDrive on everything and outlook keeping all my emails organized, I am loving life with my Lumia 800

    Sent from my Lumia 800 using Board Express
    05-16-2012 02:00 AM
  11. Aeon2k's Avatar
    I came to WP7 from a basic phone (only calls & sms). For a couple months I owned a Samsung S5560 Marvel. It was a decent featurephone with a good camera and I loved the precision of the resistive qwertz keyboard when texting. It had no 3G and even on wifi the browser was horribly slow. Considering that I still just used it for calling and texting I returned to my call&text only dumbphone.

    After that I've started looking at decent midrange smartphone and almost got the LG Optimus One, but after reading a lot about Android issues (slow/no updates, lags, freezes, reboots) and my father telling me about the constant issues with his galaxy s I decided against it ("best" issue on 2.3, apart from the freezes, is a bug that rearranges randomly some icons in the app drawer to another location).

    The iphone was out of question due to price, having a glass cover on both sides and apple's product politics.

    I'm not a business user so blackberry wasn't an option either.

    For a long time I didn't even notice the existence of WP7...
    Then I read an extensive review about it, checked prices (I got it free of contract for 10 more than a LG Optimus One. It beat that device in every aspect) and got the LG Optimus 7 with NoDo in June 2011.
    I was aware of the missing features when compared to the other smartphones, but figured coming from a dumbphone/featurephone they wouldn't bother me. This turned out to be true. I didn't even notice the missing multitasking on NoDo or understand the big fuss about it :P

    The phone is still in perfect shape and works without any problems since I got it.
    Overall I ended up with a WP7 device because for me there were (and are) not alternatives considering the prices/features/updates/product policys/"it just works"-factor.
    05-16-2012 08:24 AM
  12. jaj324's Avatar
    For me is was all about supporting MS and Nokia. I've used every brand and os of smartphone out there for the last 10 years. I've always like MS products (even Windows Mobile) and I like Nokia. I'm actually a little worried that the Lumia 900 may the last chance to own a Nokia smartphone. If this thing doesn't do well it my be over for MS and Nokia in the phone business.

    Sent from my Lumia 900 using Board Express
    05-16-2012 01:21 PM
  13. socialcarpet's Avatar
    I just wanted to say I've really enjoyed reading all your stories.

    One of the coolest things about the Windows Phone community is that we all wandered a little bit off the beaten path and found our way here. We all got here in different ways, but something inside all of us was moved to defy the status quo for a reason. We ignored the fear of the unfamiliar and broke away from the rest of the herd because we wanted something better...

    Something different...
    Something beautiful...
    Something special called Windows Phone.
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    05-17-2012 08:26 PM
  14. Nakazul's Avatar
    I'm interested to hear your stories.

    How did you come to decided to take the road less travelled with Windows Phone when the majority of people choose Android or iPhone by default?

    My story goes like this:

    I used Palm Pilots for years. My first smartphone was a Palm Treo 180g back in 2002. I had a few non-smartphones in between (including 2 Nokia's, one was the iconic Nokia 3650 with the circular keypad), later a Palm Centro, then a Blackberry Curve and finally an LG Esteem (Revolution) Android phone.

    Before I bought the LG, I had been looking at Windows Phones. I wasn't really sold on Android and the iPhone didn't click with me for a number of reasons.

    I stayed on the fence for months. I'd go to the phone stores periodically just to play around with all the devices and I always found myself coming back to the Windows Phones. I just liked the UI more than any of the others, the keyboard worked great.

    Every time I went to a phone store, I always wound up spending more time playing with the Windows Phones than anything else...

    But, I was not really excited enough by the phones that were available at the time and a little uncertain about Windows Phone, a friend convinced me to go with Android. Against my better judgement, I got the best Android phone my no contract provider offered, an LG Esteem.

    Flash forward about a year. My uncertainty about Android was confirmed, the thing wound up being a buggy mess. I realized I really do not care for the chaotic Android ecosystem in general with apps that don't follow good UI and interface behavior rules. LG did a terrible job supporting my phone, and my carrier was useless for help.

    I was at the end of my rope with my phone and fed up with Android. The iPhone 4S was out, and I was leaning towards it, but the tiny screen, all glass construction, lack of LTE and good, but dull feeling OS just didn't excite me enough to want to sign a contract and shell out a few $100 to get one.

    As much as my Android experience sucked, going back to Blackberry seemed like a step backwards. So I began to think maybe this is the time to make the leap to Windows Phone.

    I came this close to buying a no contract Lumia 710 from T-Mobile, but I couldn't quite get comfortable with it. I remembered what my Android loving friend told me when I was miserable with my LG: "Don't buy a cheap smartphone and expect good results. If you're going to give the OS a try, get the best phone for it." He was referring to Android, which I wasn't about to try again, but it applied here as well I figured. If I want to try Windows Phone, I should give it a fair chance and get the nicest phone I could.

    I was vaguely aware of the Nokia Lumia 800 and thought it was beautiful, but with no U.S. carrier and no LTE, it wasn't for me.

    Enter the Lumia 900. I heard it was coming. I knew it looked very similar to the 800, which I loved. I knew it had a nice big screen (one of the few things I liked about my Android) and I had nothing but positive experiences with the Nokia phones I had owned in the past.

    All the pieces came together for me then. I knew I liked the Windows Phone OS, now here was phone hardware that I was actually excited about, and it was made by Nokia which I had confidence in, especially given that they had committed 100% to Windows Phone. I figured there was little chance the "flagship" Windows Phone of the moment would be as poorly supported as my LG crapdroid was. That, plus the excellent price gave me the confidence to pull the trigger, and here I am.
    Used Windows Mobile on and off when it came out through the then branded HTC devices, Qtek. Also tryed some Symbian devices along the way. After the HTC Universial i then culminated with the move to a uniqe laptop/smarphone named the "Flybook". I always wanted my phone to be a computer and had already dressed my Universial as if it were Windows XP, the thought of a mini super computer was a dream i desired. The Flybook was, for what i know, the worlds first mini laptop that also had a built in sim slot, built in cellphone software, rotation screen to fold it as a tablet. It was a incridble machine for its time, but as you can imagine....a 10" screen with keyboard and all didnt make for a great phone experience and there was no support for BT headsets so i was stuck with some gaming headphones with microphone to it ... I must have looked like a freak. It also had no cd rom or anything ...but i could play WoW and surf the internet and make calls, text ... all from the same source!! It came installed with XP Proferssional and i could share my DVD player from my PC sooo i kind of had a CD player.
    After some time i grew tired of Smartphones and there isuess and decided to stop using Smarphones and gadgets all toghether. It was waaay to expensive to be doing and the experince was always half assed. The Flybook was the closest id come to my dream and i couldnt use BT headsets...and it costed me somewhere around 3000$ ... touch screens looked like crap back then also.... i found the Dell XPS M1710 laptop and but all my effort in to that (Still a amaziung computer today...what a screen!), sold of everything and bought a Samsung Samsung SGH X830 as a cool mini MP3 phone and stayed with it for some years, everything was great and calm...it could make calls and play music, had 1GB memory (was a lot back then, specially for a dumb phone).

    but...

    Then the LG KU990 Viewty came out and i feelt that i wanted a good camera phone. It also had TV out and lot of other feat. When the follow up modell LG KM900 Arena arrived (Looked and worked the same but better) i instantly upgraded from the Viewty.
    Now the LG KM900 Arena was the first phone i ever lost, and i got a replacment very quickly. Turned out there also was a lot of bugs on The Arena and the phone was to be replaced ...but it had already gone out of production....here i found my self without a phone.
    What to do, what to do. Well Sony Ericsson had a new device named Satio and it looked pretty awsome, the camera alone said it all. I decided to buy one and ....it was terrible. By this time Symbian was already out dated and slow, so while the camera was good, i despiced everything els about it, i sold it after 3 days. And i went out searching on the webb...what to buy next?

    HTC HD2 had been announced and was just some weeks away to come out. I looked long and hard since i didnt want to buy another phone again, this buy need to last, i wasnt made of money after all. All studies of the phone showed it to be superior in any situations and in late 2009 i bought it. Hey, a nice camera, and i rememberd the Windows Mobile OS to be flexible so it should give a lot of value, but i never was to tweak it, only use the greatness, buy some apps and be on with my life.
    Turned out Windows Mobile 6.5 wasnt that perfect, and HTC couldnt even make language translations correct ... and i was back in the tweaking mess. I must confess i became obsessed and downloaded every rom that ever came out, always looking for the perfect experience, and it was always close, but the ROMs had a tendency to start go laggy and buggy after a couple of weeks. It was a love and hate thing, Windows Mobile was great, and i learned a lot during the time. I could always show my friends with iPhones some new feat they never had and it kind of started a hate wave for me against the iPhone. Here we had a superior phone, the HD2, and nobody knew how to handle it and bought iPhones instead...buying a more lesser experience, i was stuned and spent a lot of time trying to convince people to buy Windows Mobile instead of Iphones.
    I enjoyed the freedom WM6.5 gave and liked trying out Android ROMs as side loads, never giving up my Windows Mobile heritage.
    Now, there was always some kind of issue with WM6.5 or 6.5,5 and i started wondering about my dedication ot Microsofts operating system....i bought a iPhone 3GS .... i found my self not liking the experience, i used it for 2 days or so and then went back to my HD2.
    Then Windows Phone roms started to leak and though it was a hassle, i got my HD2 to, for the first time let me enter the realm of Windows Phone.

    It was simplier, and the locked down UI scared me, the freedom of WM6.5 was gone .... but in the same time it was charming. I ended up using it for a month or 2 and keep reading about the new phones released.
    During my "trial" time i started to notice i never needed to flash a new rom, it was, compared to WM6.5 rock solid and i went through this transformation, where the weight on my shoulders of using Windows Mobile and always needing to tweek, went away.
    Now there were still isuess in using these roms on the HD2, and i started to think of the new Windows Phones, maybe they had no isuess at all.
    After i saw the Omnia 7 in first hand...i was in love, and with much tears in my eyes i sold my HD2 to make the transsison.

    So i now, over a year later i still use WP. I recently sold my Omnia 7, and Nokia Lumia 800 to buy the Titan and here i am today, a lot wiser =)
    So my final thoughts are....is Windows Phone perfect, free of buggs? No, its a lot of isuess, and its the manufacturer and Microsofts fault. Omnia 7 never truly worked full out for many people, Lumia 800 is missing feat. and other buggs, Titan is weak on signal strength and goes totally bananas if its memory is to full. And for some this is not happening, and for others its happening. I use my phone a LOT and i am one of thouse always running in to these bugs that probably normal users never will find.

    So i wonder, is Smartphones ever to function properlly? I think not, were always gonna get wierd bugs, inconsistencys, and other isuess. And buying in to the Microsofts echosystem, will i ever change again? Well, i guess time will tell, there is isuess or small things missing that keeps reminding me that i should not get to comfortable in one world, even if i turned in to a Microsoft lover.
    And being early in the game have given me the insight that the UI have to get somewhat more customizible, not advanced stuffs, but there is more needed, because how lovly WP may look, its getting somewhat tiresom to look at the same thing day in and day out, and buying a new phone aint changing that, its still the same look from my HD2 to Omnia 7 to Lumia 800 to my Titan, only performance and some apps to differ. Sure there more feat. now then before, but is it enough to keep one entertained? Im not so sure these days.
    05-18-2012 07:29 AM
  15. CDG's Avatar
    Here is my story from 2004 to now. :)

    My first GSM phone was the Nokia 6230


    Nokia 6230>Nokia 6682>QTEK 9100>Nokia6682>Nokia 6131>Samsung Blackjack>Treo 750>Treo Pro>BB9700>Sony X10>Motorola Atrix>HTC Vivid>Lumia 900..

    I kept the Treos the longest, both over a year. When time came to replace the Treo Pro, nothing appealed to me in the WM OS, so ventured to the BB.

    The BB 9700 was nice but boring and I had trouble connecting to BIS servers from open public WiFi overseas, specially airports. From reading the forums that was evidently a common problem. This was deal breaker for me due to my travel schedule.

    So then I went into Androids and progressed from 1.6-4.03 but always felt compelled to root and install customs ROMs to have the devices reach their full potential. There was also the constant fretting about will my device get updated and when?

    I tried the Focus Flash back in December, really liked the OS but not so much hardware.

    Now I have the Lumia 900, it's beem a little over a month and I am very happy with it and really liking it. I look forward to the progress of Windows Phone and of course Nokia.


    PS: forgot to add that I have an iPad2, so I am familiar with iOS as well.
    Last edited by charlyee; 05-18-2012 at 03:51 PM. Reason: Added PS
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    05-18-2012 02:08 PM
  16. joemd60's Avatar
    Here is my story from 2004 to now. :)

    My first GSM phone was the Nokia 6230


    Nokia 6230>Nokia 6682>QTEK 9100>Nokia6682>Nokia 6131>Samsung Blackjack>Treo 750>Treo Pro>BB9700>Sony X10>Motorola Atrix>HTC Vivid>Lumia 900..

    I kept the Treos the longest, both over a year. When time came to replace the Treo Pro, nothing appealed to me in the WM OS, so ventured to the BB.

    The BB 9700 was nice but boring and I had trouble connecting to BIS servers from open public WiFi overseas, specially airports. From reading the forums that was evidently a common problem. This was deal breaker for me due to my travel schedule.

    So then I went into Androids and progressed from 1.6-4.03 but always felt compelled to root and install customs ROMs to have the devices reach their full potential. There was also the constant fretting about will my device get updated and when?

    I tried the Focus Flash back in December, really liked the OS but not so much hardware.

    Now I have the Lumia 900, it's beem a little over a month and I am very happy with it and really liking it. I look forward to the progress of Windows Phone and of course Nokia.


    PS: forgot to add that I have an iPad2, so I am familiar with iOS as well.
    Nice post Charlyee.:)
    05-18-2012 03:58 PM
  17. pwaikon's Avatar
    My reason is very simple: Nokia brought me to Windows Phone. In all honesty I wouldn't have tried WP platform with any other device than a Nokia so if Nokia wouldn't have done the decision they did, I wouldn't have my WP Nokia Lumia 800 right now. As my signature states, I'm a supporter of Nokia, more so than a Microsoft supporter :blush: (ducks for any flying objects) but I do wish all the best for both companies during these rough times!

    :)
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    05-20-2012 02:46 AM
  18. andythilo's Avatar
    Hi Guys

    First post. Here's my history

    Always had a contract provided by my company. But i've been allowed to chop and change phones (at my cost) to allow me to have what I want, changing data plan bolt on's as I needed (I have access to the company account through O2(UK).

    Here's my phone history ignoring old Nokias like the 3310.

    Nokia 6280, BB 8310, BB Bold 9000, HTC Desire, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, HTC HD2, HTC HD7 (returned after a day due to faulty wifi), HTC Desire HD (sold due to crap battery life), BB 9780, BB Bold 9900, Nokia Lumia 800............Soon to be purchased Lumia 900 :D

    I'm not sure how long I would have had the HD7 if it had worked..

    Loved the iPhones, and to be honest, I only moved away due to exchange email problems which I couldn't cure. HD2 was crap, flashed it with Android but still was a poor phone. Loved the HD7 but exchanged it on the day in the shop for a Desire HD. That quickly got sold due to the battery only lasting 8 hours or so, never got a full day out of it, useless.

    Then I went back to BB, I set up a free BISX server at work as now I could have full exchange email under BIS instead of the high priced BEX. Loved the 9780, had it for about 12 months until we were given a new 9900 through work. Hated it. Touch screen was crap and to be honest I'd tired of BB's lack of apps/games (ok I know it's not the phones primary objective).

    So I sold the 9900 and bought was in a bit of quandary about what to get. Certainly not another BB. I heard that iPhone OS5 had issues with MS Exchange so no going back there, I was tired for poor battery life and poor OS of Android (looks like a kid has designed it (ignoring the pretty widgets). So only other choice was WM7. But which phone. Did a LOT of investigating, specs, prices, etc..

    In the end it came down to the Lumia 800 and HTC Radar. I decided I wanted a smaller screen, i.e sub 4". In the end after reading countless reviews and watching many youtube videos, I bought the Lumia 800.

    At the start I was getting annoyed by the lack of cases. Coming from the BB and their nice leather holsters, I couldn't find one for the Lumia. I ended up carrying it in my back pocket, which I hated as I was worried about scratching the screen.

    However here we are, 3 months down the road, still looking like new :D.

    Love the 800, my only criticism is that I would like a larger screen :D.

    Love the OS, I would like to be able to customise a little more, more tiles, i.e 3 across would be nice...ummmm oh yeah not overly happy with the camera in low light, but that might be settings, have to play.

    Had a load of trouble at the start getting MMS to work, but somehow it got disabled on the account, and I had some settings put in on the phone, all works now.

    I would like some more games that I miss, Angry birds is sorely out of date, Draw Something, more interactive games like scrabble etc.. through facebook would be nice.

    Everyone who has played with it, loves it. The build surpasses ANYTHING out there IMHO. Just feels superb. Nokia really have done an amazing job.

    So once the 900 is out, I'll be buying one and that'll keep me going until the OS8 and whatever increased hardware specs that allows.

    Cheers

    Andy
    05-20-2012 05:23 AM
  19. bear_lx's Avatar
    love this! nice thread social carpet

    the ecosystem, the smooth OS, and zune UI brought me over. now we just need some minor updates /tweaks and this platform is perfect!
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    05-20-2012 10:50 AM
  20. reeneebob's Avatar
    My story is odd...I won my Lumia 710. I work for a carrier that doesn't offer WP anymore and my friends at the carrier across the way were doing an in store promo to win a Lumia for coming in to talk to them and challenge them at Xbox. Well it was a Monday night, the mall was dead, I threw a few frames of bowling and entered my ballot. I don't have a Zune (have had iPods for years, my first gen Touch is still kicking), and don't have an Xbox (PS people here...) so those aren't really important features to me.

    My first cell phones were Nokia candy bars. Those things are 10+years old and still work! I went through numerous BBs and then fell in live with the Palm Pre. God what a pretty phone. I am still a WebOS fan to this day. I got that one for $149.99 no contract when Bell was clearing them out. Then my husbands BB Pearl started to fail and I had a hardware upgrade so I went in for an iPhone 4 but came out with a Samsung Galaxy S Vibrant. Gave him the Pre.

    And then I entered the seventh circle of ****. I was one of the lucky Bell users who got a defective SGS. The internal memory and mainboard failed at day 63. Samsung had acknowledged the issue and the DOA period was extended to 60 days. I just missed it and it had to go to repair. I reactivated my old Curve which wasn't reliable, sent an annoyed but calmly worded email to Bell and since I was going out of province for work for 6 weeks and needed a phone they gave me a credit to buy a new one, so I grabbed a HTC Desire Z. It's a good thing too because my phone was gone from September 27 to December 30. There were so many dead phones they had a backlog for parts. Idiots.

    When I got the Sammy back I gave my husband the HTC and sold the Pre. I used my SGS for another 6 months but I always had it in the back of my mind that it could fail again. So I thought I may as well have some fun and rooted it. But then it was constantly looking for updates to ROMs and felt like work. My husband had an upgrade and got himself an iPhone. He also knew that I love white phones and had wanted an iPhone in the first place so he bought me a white iPhone as an anniversary gift for when he came home with his (to promote domestic bliss as he said). So...I sold the HTC and the SgS.

    A piece of me has always wanted to support the plucky little Canadian company called RIM, so I got a white 9900 a few months ago (also to be able to better support my customers I like to have in depth experience with the os's). I really like it. It had some issues at first but now it's solid and I'm looking forward to BB10. I just have a hard time with the screen size and lack of apps. So for the last few months I sim swap between my iPhone and my BB (thank god for being able to use BB data plans with other phones!) depending on my mood ( or if I'm doing something where my iPhone could be damaged). I've always wanted to give WP7 a go though - I had Launcher 7 on my SGS and loved it. So when I won, now I'm sim swapping between three phones.

    I really, really want a Lumia 900. I mean REALLY. I'm not going to throw down the cash for one right now though.

    Anyway that's my story.

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    05-20-2012 11:34 AM
  21. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    My reason is very simple: Nokia brought me to Windows Phone. In all honesty I wouldn't have tried WP platform with any other device than a Nokia so if Nokia wouldn't have done the decision they did, I wouldn't have my WP Nokia Lumia 800 right now. As my signature states, I'm a supporter of Nokia, more so than a Microsoft supporter :blush: (ducks for any flying objects) but I do wish all the best for both companies during these rough times!

    :)
    The first smartphone I owned was a Nokia Symbian device. I thought the build quality was excellent, so I definitely wanted the L900 ever since it was unveiled at CES this January.

    I feel the same as you about Microsoft. I do run Windows and Office, but I also run Linux (probably more than Windows). I don't own Xbox or Zune.
    05-20-2012 12:57 PM
  22. GSOgymrat's Avatar
    When I first got a Zune HD I fell in love and thought "why can't they have a Zune phone"? I have an Xbox 360 and have always liked Windows so I was very interested when WP7 came out. I thought I would get a WP7 phone when my Sprint contract expired however when I looked for my "must have" apps for WP I realized there was no Barnes and Noble Nook and no Audible, and those are deal breakers. I recently read that an Audible app was close to release and that Microsoft teamed up up Barnes and Noble, so I thought I would wait for those apps and then get a new phone. Last week I dropped and killed my HTC EVO 4G and had to make a decision. I went to Costco and played with the $200 HTC One X, the $250 Samsung Galaxy Note and the $69 Nokia Lumia 900. The salesperson said I could exchange any phone with no restocking fee within 30 days so I took a chance on the Nokia, fully intending to return it if I wasn't happy. I have only had it a few days but so far I am very pleased. I don't anticipate exchanging it.
    05-20-2012 05:18 PM
  23. bpgui's Avatar
    I had been a blackberry user for years (and still love their keyboards), but I got fed up waiting for the updated devices that should have been released two years before.

    I've held a grudge against Apple ever since my original ipod wore out and Itunes told me I wasn't allowed to put music I BOUGHT on any device other then an Apple device unless I paid an additional charge (this was several years ago, IDK if they still do this), and vowed never to buy another Apple product again. I haven't that I know of.

    Android never appealed to me due to the bug/malware reports, and the fact that I think google is collecting way too much info.

    WP was the only real alternative, and by that time I had heard about what WP8 is supposed to be and was intrigued.
    05-20-2012 08:13 PM
  24. Rodolfo#WP's Avatar
    I was sold on the Samsung Focus as soon as it came out, but I was with Sprint. A few months later, I became a Zune HDand Zune Passcaptive. By the summer of 2011, I knew I wanted a phone that could Zune. The Focus Featuresare what convinced me, and to date, the Focus is peerless.

    Thus: I Zune, ergo I WP7.

    The other highly-influential factor was that I had started reading and seeing that WP7 was the visual, operational, and strategic path to Windows 8 -the anticipated ultimate computing destination for me.
    05-21-2012 01:22 PM
  25. reeneebob's Avatar

    I've held a grudge against Apple ever since my original ipod wore out and Itunes told me I wasn't allowed to put music I BOUGHT on any device other then an Apple device unless I paid an additional charge (this was several years ago, IDK if they still do this), and vowed never to buy another Apple product
    For what it's worth they don't. The songs are 1.29 each now instead of 99 cents and are drm free, and they always have 69 cent sales and those are protection free as well. I have purchased tracks from iTunes on my iPhone, Blackberry, touchpad and Lumia.


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    05-22-2012 02:46 PM
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