10-25-2014 04:38 AM
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  1. RavenSword's Avatar
    So, right now I'm using the Android version of the HTC ONE M8 and while I think androids a good OS (I think I'm liking it more than ios) there are annoyances with performance and ffluidity that is having me perhaps eyeing other options. So, I'm looking to give Windows phone a good test drive and I'm wondering what's the best device to do that? Since I'm still under contract with the M8, it'll have to be a off contract option thats on att and it'll have to be relatively inexpensive since I'm unsure I'm going to stick with it. I was thinking the 635, but it seems rather underspeced. The upcoming 830 looks good as well, but I don't know what the price will be on that device.

    I was considering this switch because I find myself wanting to use MS services a lot more and assumed WP would be the best fit for those. Although I could just use them on Android I suppose, but I don't know how good a non Google experience would be on Android.
    10-12-2014 10:53 PM
  2. ShreyansShah's Avatar
    u may try out latest 730. the budget would be around $230 - 240.
    i feel it's a perfectly balanced device and should get u impressed on try.
    if the device impression is not needed, u may use any other phone for the OS. most of the phones run similar OS now.
    but if the phone quality to be checked, go for Nokia (Now MS).
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    10-12-2014 11:25 PM
  3. RavenSword's Avatar
    u may try out latest 730. the budget would be around $230 - 240.
    i feel it's a perfectly balanced device and should get u impressed on try.
    if the device impression is not needed, u may use any other phone for the OS. most of the phones run similar OS now.
    but if the phone quality to be checked, go for Nokia (Now MS).
    Well, I used wp before, so I have a idea what's it's like. I'd just like a inexpensive option that's going to be good
    10-12-2014 11:58 PM
  4. Rafael Yousuf's Avatar
    I would recommend Lumia 925, I actually started using WP with the Lumia 520 but the 925 is epic with reality good camera 📷
    Laura Knotek likes this.
    10-13-2014 12:17 AM
  5. JamesPTao's Avatar
    Going on two years with my 920 and love it. 32g memory, qi wireless charging integrated, and built tough as ****. Still runs smooth too.
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    10-13-2014 12:44 AM
  6. Aresjr21's Avatar
    If you can find a L920 in a used but excellent condition that would be a way to go. Although it will lack the sensor core and hey Cortana I feel as though it would give you a good experience of WP. Not to mention it is a former flagship phone that is equal, roughly, to the upcoming L830.
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    10-13-2014 01:09 AM
  7. saras112's Avatar
    So, right now I'm using the Android version of the HTC ONE M8 and while I think androids a good OS (I think I'm liking it more than ios) there are annoyances with performance and ffluidity that is having me perhaps eyeing other options. So, I'm looking to give Windows phone a good test drive and I'm wondering what's the best device to do that? Since I'm still under contract with the M8, it'll have to be a off contract option thats on att and it'll have to be relatively inexpensive since I'm unsure I'm going to stick with it. I was thinking the 635, but it seems rather underspeced. The upcoming 830 looks good as well, but I don't know what the price will be on that device.

    I was considering this switch because I find myself wanting to use MS services a lot more and assumed WP would be the best fit for those. Although I could just use them on Android I suppose, but I don't know how good a non Google experience would be on Android.
    I'd buy Lumia 625
    10-13-2014 01:14 AM
  8. broar94's Avatar
    Depends on your budget. For a new trial, start with a basic device so you can get the feel of the apps and wp experience. If you're still happy, then can update to a midrange, upper end. I honestly don't think its worth spending 300dollar plus on a wp. Take a look at some budget oriented..
    10-13-2014 02:14 AM
  9. RavenSword's Avatar
    Is the 635 going to offer a good experience though?
    10-13-2014 02:37 AM
  10. s2mikey's Avatar
    Is the 635 going to offer a good experience though?
    It will at least give you a good idea of what to expect. The windows phone OS runs smoothly on all of the devices so that's the good thing. You don't have to have the high end phone to get the positive experience or feel for it. The 635 would be a reasonable choice to test the waters.
    aximtreo likes this.
    10-13-2014 05:44 AM
  11. fdalbor's Avatar
    I own 4 Windows phones but if I did not have any and wanted to try WP I would buy a 635 from AT&T (locked) for 99$. But I would get a no contract hookup with Consumer Cellular (which uses At&t phones & network)
    10-14-2014 01:04 PM
  12. CapoFantasma97's Avatar
    Is the 635 going to offer a good experience though?

    I tested a bit the 635 (I don't own it though), and the soft touch buttons turned into touch ones is pretty annoying for me.
    With the soft touch buttons you have a feedback when you touch it, and they rest where they are, while the touch ones don't have a feedback when you touch them.
    Also the missing camera button in my opinion feels a lot, you have to place Nokia Camera or the built in app as a tile or in the (not sure how do you call it, if I litterally translate the word is Curtain), and you have to touch the screen to take photos.
    Another thing are the tiles: while with the "old gen" (x2x) Lumias you can decide in the settings if you want 2 rows of tiles or 3, with the new series (x3x) you can't.

    But in the end, if those things really don't bother you, the 635 is still a good device up-to-date (if you are the type who keeps himself updated, if you have to sell a phone, you sell better a recent phone than an older one) and with good specs.
    10-14-2014 01:45 PM
  13. steve_w_7's Avatar
    Since you are currently on the HTC One Android version, your best phone to compare the two experiences would be the HTC One Windows version. This way, you'll get a good comparison on equal hardware.
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    10-14-2014 03:02 PM
  14. GabrielStorm's Avatar
    Since you are currently on the HTC One Android version, your best phone to compare the two experiences would be the HTC One Windows version. This way, you'll get a good comparison on equal hardware.
    the m8 for windows is not currently on at&t. it's due (rumor) on 07 Nov. 2014. same specs as the android unit and it keeps some of the htc stuff.
    10-14-2014 04:01 PM
  15. mj0's Avatar
    I tested a bit the 635 (I don't own it though), and the soft touch buttons turned into touch ones is pretty annoying for me.
    With the soft touch buttons you have a feedback when you touch it, and they rest where they are, while the touch ones don't have a feedback when you touch them.
    I don't get it, what's your point here? That the software buttons have a feedback while capacitive buttons don't? You can turn that feedback off in settings if that's your only gripe

    Another thing are the tiles: while with the "old gen" (x2x) Lumias you can decide in the settings if you want 2 rows of tiles or 3, with the new series (x3x) you can't.
    Wrong, with Windows Phone 8.1 you can freely choose between two and three columns of tiles on any given device (might be part of Cyan though, not sure). It used to be limited to the 5" or larger phones but they've definitely changed that.
    10-15-2014 01:11 AM
  16. HoosierDaddy's Avatar
    Wrong, with Windows Phone 8.1 you can freely choose between two and three columns of tiles on any given device
    Wrong, with the Lumia 1520 you have no choice, always 3 columns. Not sure why sentences start with "Wrong", but when in Rome....
    10-15-2014 07:25 AM
  17. mj0's Avatar
    Wasn't aware of that, thank you. In that case I'd like to rephrase: with Windows Phone 8.1 you can freely choose between two or three columns of tiles on most devices.
    10-15-2014 09:51 AM
  18. ams963's Avatar
    L730 for sure.
    10-15-2014 10:47 AM
  19. Bodeanicus's Avatar
    Get a used Lumia 822 off Ebay for less than $100. It can be used on Verizon, ATT, and Tmobile, has a removable battery, and a SD slot. Front facing camera, 8 MP rear camera with flash. It's still a better phone than the 630 after 2 years.
    STXVI likes this.
    10-17-2014 09:08 AM
  20. chezm's Avatar
    Well, I used wp before, so I have a idea what's it's like. I'd just like a inexpensive option that's going to be good
    What phone did you have on WP prior? that will help determine what people should recommend. You seem to want a higher end WP, how much are you willing to spend cash wise?
    10-17-2014 10:48 AM
  21. STXVI's Avatar
    I'm going to go with the L920 or Samsung Ativ S or S neo. You will find them around $200-300 on eBay. Despite being older phones, they are still some of the best phones (Windows or otherwise) on the market, especially the L920.
    10-17-2014 11:02 AM
  22. spaulagain's Avatar
    I'm going to go with the L920 or Samsung Ativ S or S neo. You will find them around $200-300 on eBay. Despite being older phones, they are still some of the best phones (Windows or otherwise) on the market, especially the L920.
    I'm going to argue the opposite. The 920 is one of the worst WP devices. I went through 5 of them before I got a reliable one. It's also heavy, and has a weird bezel around the screen. You're better off with it's cousin, a 925.

    To start cheap I'd go with 925, 1020, maybe even an 820 or 720.
    10-17-2014 11:11 AM
  23. wplee's Avatar
    I came across to Windows Phone this Summer after accidentally dropping and smashing my Nexus 4. Picked up a new cheap Lumia 630 for under 100 sim free. Absolutely love the experience, even though the device has 512mb RAM it's super snappy with zero lag compared to my KitKat Nexus which was a big surprise. So yes, the 635/630 is the ideal cheap way to test Windows Phone. Love singing Cortana, The Keyboard, Lumia photo apps including Auto Selfie using the App/Main Camera, Offline Maps load 5 times faster than Google Maps, Tiles and the design of the phone. Now I'm looking to go up to maybe the 830 or the next flagship if it leaks this side of Christmas.
    10-17-2014 11:16 AM
  24. sugarbowl06's Avatar
    I got a lumia 925 for $100 on craigslist. It's been great.
    10-17-2014 11:33 AM
  25. STXVI's Avatar
    I'm going to argue the opposite. The 920 is one of the worst WP devices. I went through 5 of them before I got a reliable one. It's also heavy, and has a weird bezel around the screen. You're better off with it's cousin, a 925.

    To start cheap I'd go with 925, 1020, maybe even an 820 or 720.
    10-18-2014 01:49 PM
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