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  1. jj2me's Avatar
    Besides the aforementioned lack of a real file manager, you're stuck with the one, non-swiping keyboard.

    Also, no free app of the day, in case you were using those, like what Amazon and AppGratis offer for Android.
    01-16-2014 04:42 AM
  2. jj2me's Avatar
    Oh, and no Google Now equivalent.
    01-16-2014 04:45 AM
  3. HaibaneReki's Avatar
    Besides the aforementioned lack of a real file manager, you're stuck with the one, non-swiping keyboard.

    Also, no free app of the day, in case you were using those, like what Amazon and AppGratis offer for Android.
    You have RedStripeDeals and MyAppFree on Windows phone, just watch the front page of WPC.

    file manager - I actually think it's a good thing - I want only photos, music and videos on my phone - and that I can manage with Windows Explorer when connected. You can store whatever files on the phone and create folder - but the OS on the phone will not recognize them for security reasons. And You have skydrive for documents (me being lucky to jump in soon enough to have 25GB free storage)

    keyboard - no argument here, except I like my learning thesaurus better than swype
    01-16-2014 08:31 AM
  4. MERCDROID's Avatar
    What are you doing with your aandroid phone daily? I had to give my nexus 4 to my gf because I accidentally her iPhone. Had ativ s as a spare at home so I grabbed that. Miss couple of my apps, the customization (wp8 can look rather boring after a while looking @ square tiles) , slow updates . Fb chat in messages hub is rather nice it it would work consistently and support pics etc. Facebook app is frustrating slow with little features but it's beta so expect that. My keyboard lags more and more as I text longer messages in apps so have to end post here.
    I mainly use my phone for music, GPS, texting, and surfing the web. I don't use many apps, and the few times I use Facebook, I use the browser version because I do not trust the app. I really like Android, but I think it's time to try new things. I never thought I'd buy an iOS product, but here I am loving my iPad. So, I want to, at least, give Windows Phone a try. I may even use the 1520 alongside my Nexus 5. I appreciate your reply!
    01-16-2014 10:28 AM
  5. m3kk's Avatar
    I mainly use my phone for music, GPS, texting, and surfing the web. I don't use many apps, and the few times I use Facebook, I use the browser version because I do not trust the app. I really like Android, but I think it's time to try new things. I never thought I'd buy an iOS product, but here I am loving my iPad. So, I want to, at least, give Windows Phone a try. I may even use the 1520 alongside my Nexus 5. I appreciate your reply!
    You are welcome ,
    if you afford it: buy 1520 , use it some week, then deside which to sell
    01-16-2014 11:38 AM
  6. kingenu's Avatar
    Yeah Im sure the 525 is better but Im on a budget and the 520 or a Virgin Mobile Android is what I can afford now. So thats what Ive really narrowed it down to.
    how about buying a used one windows phone, it would be cheaper
    01-16-2014 12:21 PM
  7. Kris Simundson's Avatar
    I mainly use my phone for music, GPS, texting, and surfing the web. I don't use many apps, and the few times I use Facebook, I use the browser version because I do not trust the app. I really like Android, but I think it's time to try new things. I never thought I'd buy an iOS product, but here I am loving my iPad. So, I want to, at least, give Windows Phone a try. I may even use the 1520 alongside my Nexus 5. I appreciate your reply!
    hit up the 1520 Merc, you won't be dissapointed ;)
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    01-16-2014 12:25 PM
  8. broar94's Avatar
    Life will be different no doubt. If you are using google services, then its best to stick with Android. If you're using Whatsapp and facebook, then stick with it(the ones on WP are really bad/buggy). If you're using one-place notification center for all your events/activites, stick with Android. If you want to retain your keypad(old phone type) as keyboard, the only way is Android as it allows different keyboards to be installed. Remember all app support are going with IOS/ Android first. If you're willing to try something new and have some money to spare, then try WP8. Otherwise its best to continue using Android :) .
    01-16-2014 12:36 PM
  9. anon(7900571)'s Avatar
    Life will be different no doubt. If you are using google services, then its best to stick with Android. If you're using Whatsapp and facebook, then stick with it(the ones on WP are really bad/buggy). If you're using one-place notification center for all your events/activites, stick with Android. If you want to retain your keypad(old phone type) as keyboard, the only way is Android as it allows different keyboards to be installed. Remember all app support are going with IOS/ Android first. If you're willing to try something new and have some money to spare, then try WP8. Otherwise its best to continue using Android :) .
    I wont argue here but if he gets a budget/cheap android,
    1. how durable will it be ?
    2. will it get future updates ?
    3.its a budget phone, it wont have a snappy, fluid performance overall, resulting in lag,// will drive him crazy after some time
    4.viruses,spam,etc are best found in google services/store
    5.battery life umm it will be pathetic
    6.whatsapp is great on windows phone IMOP, now we have the functionality to multi upload pictures , videos and soon we will get the same for music files
    7.the nokia brand itself is trustworthy
    8.windowsphone is the fastest growing mobile os when compared to ios and android
    9.nokia have great service towards customers
    10.and wp8.1 will get a notification centre, voice assistant and hopefully a file manager for some people, and I guess ability to install apps on SD card .Microsoft could have implemented a notification centre in wp8 but they ran out of time and so it was delayed for future wp update according to Wikipedia.
    01-16-2014 01:06 PM
  10. Mr Lebowski's Avatar
    You'll get asked out a lot, & offered free trips to Tahiti when people see you using a Lumia 520,
    it's a Win, Win all around.
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    01-16-2014 02:32 PM
  11. fdalbor's Avatar
    Sorry for the bit of confusion; AT&T calls their quad-band 3G w/ HSPA, 4G and it is proudly displayed on each box a 520 is sold in as 4G. In truth as Himanshu Chowdhary stated it is correctly a improvment on 3G so I guest they decided to use the term 4G because it is better than regular 3G. I even found a reference to it as 3.5G. So for us I guest we can take our pick as to what we want to call it. It is faster than 3, and close to 4, not LTE 4; but 4. After all who can doubt AT&T ????????????????????????????????????????
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    01-16-2014 03:08 PM
  12. anon(7900571)'s Avatar
    Got you. It's better then 3G,lil more improved.
    01-16-2014 03:24 PM
  13. ayejay0601's Avatar
    I recently switched as well. I will tell you what I like and what I miss.

    Like: Generally, like the OS a lot. Battery life sooo much better than my old RAZR (by the end my RAZR would get 4 hrs max of light usage). Now I can get about 36 hours in one charge! Smooth and no lag (I would sometimes wait 15-20 seconds for an app to load on Android). The screen and camera on my 1020 is awesome--not sure about the 520 but heard it is also great. I really like the live tiles and all the little animations. Its refreshing and much more utilitarian. I have always liked WP, but have stuck to Android because of lack of support on Verizon. This time I just moved over to AT&T (their new 12-mo plans is great and no noticeable difference in coverage or speed of data). Charges much faster--relatively bug free OS. And I love the Metro style. All contacts, etc., were ported quickly and easily. Also missing is push Gmail--but you can set it to refresh every 15 minutes and that is pretty good for me.

    Dislike: I still dont like any of the map apps as much as google maps (they are useable, but maybe I was just accustomed to google maps) and have yet to find a great weather app. Some apps I like still arent on WP (Seamless web, candy crush) and other apps that are on WP arent quite as good (cant download pictures on TUMBLR and screen doesnt rotate, Ameritrade app just sucks). It takes a few days to get used to missing notification center--you should lump all tiles that can have notifications in one area--that helps--but I think I am looking forward to notification center on next version of Windows. I never used widgets or any of those other android functions--my phone was laggy enough without.
    01-16-2014 03:25 PM
  14. broar94's Avatar
    I wont argue here but if he gets a budget/cheap android,
    1. how durable will it be ?
    2. will it get future updates ?
    3.its a budget phone, it wont have a snappy, fluid performance overall, resulting in lag,// will drive him crazy after some time
    4.viruses,spam,etc are best found in google services/store
    5.battery life umm it will be pathetic
    6.whatsapp is great on windows phone IMOP, now we have the functionality to multi upload pictures , videos and soon we will get the same for music files
    7.the nokia brand itself is trustworthy
    8.windowsphone is the fastest growing mobile os when compared to ios and android
    9.nokia have great service towards customers
    10.and wp8.1 will get a notification centre, voice assistant and hopefully a file manager for some people, and I guess ability to install apps on SD card .Microsoft could have implemented a notification centre in wp8 but they ran out of time and so it was delayed for future wp update according to Wikipedia.
    Hi S4 user :-) , I only asked him to stick with his present Droid mobile whichever one he has got. A couple of things against your points-
    3.its a budget phone, it wont have a snappy, fluid performance overall, resulting in lag,// will drive him crazy after some time - Thats true in some of the budget handsets. But if you get non-samsung phone(like LG optimus L5 or Xperia M) or if you are willing to install custom ROM from XDA, then you can eliminate most of the slowness(lag's impossible to get rid of unless you have a top end phone like S4, Note 2 etc). You can install "Greenify" to hibernate some of the running apps hence it wont affect your battery life at all.
    4.viruses,spam,etc are best found in google services/store -- Only if the user is stupid enough to install some random app OR tricked through installing one. You dont get viruses just like that on Android! . I agree google apps will have access to your data/whatever you do as permissions are freeily given.
    5.battery life umm it will be pathetic -- This depends on the apps installed and the durability of the phone. My mom's Samsung Ace gets 2-3 days of active usage(messages, whatsapp over WiFI). Of course, using 2G/3G(and using FB) will drain battery a lot faster.
    6.whatsapp is great on windows phone IMOP, now we have the functionality to multi upload pictures , videos and soon we will get the same for music files -- Still crashes on my phone , cant read older message without software crashing.
    01-16-2014 11:41 PM
  15. Slim Makay's Avatar
    The only thing I can say is, I upgraded from a BlackBerry(my first Love) to a L520, and I've been enjoying the use and feel of my phone... I'm a living testimony to the fact #dontgetscaredtoswitch....:D
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    01-16-2014 11:50 PM
  16. HaibaneReki's Avatar
    ... if you get non-samsung phone(like LG optimus L5 or Xperia M) or if you are willing to install custom ROM from XDA, then you can eliminate most of the slowness(lag's impossible to get rid of unless you have a top end phone like S4, Note 2 etc)...
    awwww, that's the point we're trying to make here, WP is so lightweight it runs the same on all -ends :) low or high

    however, some apps still DO underwhelm compared to their counterparts on other OSes, but as Nokia said on their twitter - 2013 was about getting the apps, 2014 will make them great..
    01-17-2014 03:51 AM
  17. MrWhiteman's Avatar
    My 10 year old nephew has a 520. That's how low-end that phone is. Get the best one you can afford.
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    01-17-2014 04:25 AM
  18. Ron Ross's Avatar
    Overall the OS is a real work in progress although the phone as hardware and the phone/texting UI is fine. But the apps are half-baked for the most part. WP email is extremely primitive compared to the native android email app. Most of the enthusiast programs are amateurish and with poor aesthetics although a few do a good job of emulating and syncing with Google calendar and Gmail. The independent Youtube alternatives are adequate if again not as good as the native app on android. All this is to be expected and I wouldn't bring it up in a thread that was completely oriented toward WP but you specifically asked for comparisons so . . .

    The thing I miss most from android is the very well integrated sharing between android apps. Not just easy sharing to email, Facebook, Twitter etc. but Pocket (which doesn't exist on WP), Evernote (which does and it's pretty good, but nothing shares to it), Bookmarks, Dropbox etc. With WP you're lucky if you get email or Facebook. For example the otherwise excellent Bing News (by Microsoft of course) has no sharing options whatsoever. It's like Microsoft has yet to discover the Internets.

    Ok, rant off. I love the phone but more for Nokia than MS. And for the record I own no Apple products, haven't for years, and this is my first smartphone. But I have three android tablets I use constantly and I'm very fond of. So if this phone weren't half the price of a Moto G, I'd have the Moto G.
    Last edited by Ron Ross; 01-17-2014 at 09:23 PM. Reason: typos
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    01-17-2014 09:12 PM
  19. Ron Ross's Avatar
    My 10 year old nephew has a 520. That's how low-end that phone is. Get the best one you can afford.
    Lucky kid. :)
    01-17-2014 09:25 PM
  20. blackmagic1's Avatar
    Phone aesthetics = WP
    Apps= Android
    01-18-2014 12:55 AM
  21. Adam Loh's Avatar
    Choosing windows phone is like a marriage, when the time u switch to it, you have to miss some of the client apps like Gmail, calendar, and most of the google products..
    Using windows phone is like joining the family of Microsoft. You have to get along with the family, sometime lifes is like this....but eventually you will find the beauty inside this new family.
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    01-18-2014 01:45 AM
  22. anon(7900571)'s Avatar
    Choosing windows phone is like a marriage, when the time u switch to it, you have to miss some of the client apps like Gmail, calendar, and most of the google products..
    Using windows phone is like joining the family of Microsoft. You have to get along with the family, sometime lifes is like this....but eventually you will find the beauty inside this new family.
    thrilled to hear you love your windows phone Adam.
    01-18-2014 03:53 AM
  23. Slim Makay's Avatar
    thrilled to hear you love your windows phone Adam.
    I love my WP too
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    01-19-2014 03:33 PM
  24. barbaro123's Avatar
    You know you guys are much more critical/honest of the 520 than I expected. No offense but I thought everyone would tell me the reasons its great but there are some negatives many of you mentioned. I appreciate the honesty.
    anon(7900571) and HaibaneReki like this.
    01-19-2014 04:37 PM
  25. broar94's Avatar
    Yep there's nothing with 520 except its a windows os phone. If you're an app junkie, truely avoid wp for now
    Last edited by broar94; 01-19-2014 at 11:34 PM.
    01-19-2014 11:04 PM
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