Windows 8 and 8.1 Forums


Anybody thinking of switching from Andoid to W8

  1. #11


    Posts : 5,707
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by CeejayMode View Post
    I much enjoy Android; I'm a developer and CONSTANTLY changing my Android device, but Windows Phone still amazes me. I'm currently using an AT&T Samsung Focus 1st gen, yes unlocked and using it here in Australia. Recently unlocked it (Windows Phone rooting) and installed Windows Phone 7.8 with Nokia stuff in it... it is amazing, I can assure you. Everything down to the Nokia WP Ringtone to the Nokia Blue accent color ;oo

    As for Android, I'm currently using an Alcatel One Touch 995 and a Samsung Galaxy Nexus, both rooted and running custom roms.

    Then to be retro, I've always got my HTC HD2, still kicking and dual booting Android and Windows Phone, with Ubuntu as an option on its SD card
    I've heard Windows RT can run on that sucker....

      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  2. #12


    Posts : 5,707
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by CeejayMode View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Skulblaka View Post
    And one more thing, since using the Lumia 920, I'll never use an Android device again; too bloated and the GUI is "messy".
    Once you get into running custom roms and such, you'll change your opinion

    ---------------------------

    Also, I don't see why people think Android sucks? Once rooted, it's the most amazing OS ever, plus it's open source due to it being Linux based...
    That's why it has a sucky opinion against it. There is a VERY small population of android users that actually know how to root and such. Most people what go to buy a phone will buy whatever the salesperson recommends over if they can root the device or not. I'll dual booting to my PC....
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  3. #13


    Strathpine, Queensland
    Posts : 179
    Windows 8 Pro 64 Bit


    Can't use the "Quote" option on my iPod for some reason, first time it's messed up like this :l

    But yeah, the HTC HD2 is an amazing device, 9th one I've had so far (fixing them up/some have died completely) and to think a Windows Mobile 6.5 device can run almost anything in the world is insane! Android, Windows Mobile 4/5/6 Windows Phone7/7.5/8, Meego, Ubuntu, Windows 95/98/XP/RT, any linux distro, and even Mac OSX if you have a specially baked version.

    And with the sucky opinion thing on Android, I do agree with you. The majority of users don't know how to root an Android smartphone or do any tweaking, and the default Android look on FroYo/Gingerbread is terrible compared to iOS or Windows Phone. Android IceCream Sandwich and Jellybean are a lot better looking, but people still do prefer mobility without having to tweak it like crap before they can.

    EDIT: Link personally removed.

    EDIT2: Just noticed that "advertising" breaches the forum rules. Considering posting a link to another forum is technically advertising, the link to XDA has been taken it out. Correct me if I'm wrong.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  4. #14


    Posts : 154
    Windows 8.1 Professional 64-bit


    Quote Originally Posted by CeejayMode View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Skulblaka View Post
    And one more thing, since using the Lumia 920, I'll never use an Android device again; too bloated and the GUI is "messy".
    Once you get into running custom roms and such, you'll change your opinion

    ---------------------------

    Also, I don't see why people think Android sucks? Once rooted, it's the most amazing OS ever, plus it's open source due to it being Linux based...
    It was rooted. A custom ROM running on the HTC One X. It was a good ROM that allowed a lot of customization and removal of bloatware. But I still don't like Android based on my experience.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  5. #15


    Hafnarfjörður IS
    Posts : 4,376
    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10


    Hi there
    Anybody had a go with the Samsung Windows phone -- it's about the same size as the Galaxy IIIs and same processor in it.

    Just wondering if one could actually load the Samsung Windows OS on to a Galaxy IIIs -- where I am all phones are by law "Unlocked" even if you DO have a contract with any particular provider so we don't need to jail break them.

    It would be great also to be able to "Dual boot" a phone --with the ext sd card should be fairly OK to do with a Custom Rom as you can mess around with these apparently on an unlocked phone.

    Cheers
    jimbo
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  6. #16


    Arnhem, The Netherlands
    Posts : 1,412
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64 Media Center Edition


    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
    Hi there
    Anybody had a go with the Samsung Windows phone -- it's about the same size as the Galaxy IIIs and same processor in it.

    Just wondering if one could actually load the Samsung Windows OS on to a Galaxy IIIs -- where I am all phones are by law "Unlocked" even if you DO have a contract with any particular provider so we don't need to jail break them.

    It would be great also to be able to "Dual boot" a phone --with the ext sd card should be fairly OK to do with a Custom Rom as you can mess around with these apparently on an unlocked phone.

    Cheers
    jimbo
    I would not recommand the Samsung Ativ Windows Phone. Can't find the link anymore, but I've read that the ONLY reason Samsung is having a Windows Phone in their portfolio is that by doing so they won't have to pay MS for using some code on their Android phones. In other words, they don't care if it sells or not, because it costs more NOT to have a WP in their portfolio.

    Besides that Samsung really ****ed me, and 10 of thousend other users in The Netherlands with me, with my last Android Phone. The killed it with a softwareupgrade. Acknowledged that they've killed it, and wouldn't repair it due to the fact that "the model was older then 6 months so I would just have to buy a new one". By doing that they lost me as a customer and made an enemy out of me!
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  7. #17


    Strathpine, Queensland
    Posts : 179
    Windows 8 Pro 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
    Hi there
    Anybody had a go with the Samsung Windows phone -- it's about the same size as the Galaxy IIIs and same processor in it.

    Just wondering if one could actually load the Samsung Windows OS on to a Galaxy IIIs -- where I am all phones are by law "Unlocked" even if you DO have a contract with any particular provider so we don't need to jail break them.

    It would be great also to be able to "Dual boot" a phone --with the ext sd card should be fairly OK to do with a Custom Rom as you can mess around with these apparently on an unlocked phone.

    Cheers
    jimbo
    It's not actually possible to load Windows Phone (of any version) onto an Android phone completely, or in fact at all. Mostly because the bootloaders of Android phones is completely different to the architecture of a Windows Phone 7/8 bootloader.

    Unlocking only means carrier unlocked, and can't actually act as any aid to loading a new OS onto a certain phone. The only phone I know that can run Android and Windows Phone is the HTC HD2, and it's because of the phone motherboard SOC being so compatible with nearly everything, and being a Windows Mobile 6.5 device by default.

    Now, "unlocking" and "rooting" are two VERY different things. Now, "unlocking" is basically just baseband/network related; an unlocked phone can run on any cellular network. "Rooting" there fore, means changing the files within the Android OS to allow anything to be run (as in tweaks, root permission apps and custom roms), provided the phone doesn't have a locked bootloader. Considering the Samsung Galaxy S III has a locked down bootloader, loading custom roms is a lot harder (most tweaks and root apps still work on a locked bootloader), but most people over at XDA-Developers have already unlocked the bootloader.

    For reference: How to Root the Samsung Galaxy S III – XDA Developer TV – xda-developers

    Also, you can dual boot, and even multiboot on MOST Android devices with enough RAM, and the Samsung GSIII does have enough. Multibooting is done by having your main OS on the phone's "NAND" memory (internal system partition) and having multiple other Android roms on your SD card (I would recommend at least 2GB per ROM). Note that I think you can currently only use 4 roms at the moment on Tassadar's "MultiBoot" kernel.

    Quote Originally Posted by Der Snoober View Post
    Can't find the link anymore, but I've read that the ONLY reason Samsung is having a Windows Phone in their portfolio is that by doing so they won't have to pay MS for using some code on their Android phones. In other words, they don't care if it sells or not, because it costs more NOT to have a WP in their portfolio.


    Haha, not the first in the range of Samsung's phones to run Windows Phone 7/8... there's the whole Samsung Focus series.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  8. #18


    India
    Posts : 285
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64 Bit


    As everyone suggested, Lumia 920 seems like a good alternative against you Galaxy S3.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  9. #19


    My wife and daughter each have the same Android phone (HTC Inspire) and when my AT&T contract was up last November, I got rid of my much-hated iPhone 3GS and got the Nokia Lumia 920 and I've never looked back or regretted my decision. Our Android phones are just too "flakey", although the latest update improved things a bit.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  10. #20


    Never been to Heaven......
    Posts : 283
    Dual Boot: Back to W7 and Ubuntu 12.04


    Both my wife and I just reupped and got the Nokia Lumia 920's. Great phones. I had a Galaxy S before and ROM'd the crap out of it, everything from GB to ICS, rooted debloated, changed icons, tried all the different launchers (ADW, Espire, Launcherpro etc) the wife had an infuse (I did alot of roming on it as well). when it was time for upgrade, I really was pulling for the Note because I was used to Samsung and the Roms were already ready to go. My wife got here Nokia first, and I played with it just a little (she horded it like Gollum, walking around talking about her precious....) Well needless to say I got the Nokia as well. No you can't Rom it, or anything like that, and the app store is missing some things that I liked, but I can say I didn't make a bad choice for sure. It's solid, runs great, has good battery life, no random shut downs (wifes did, they exchanged it. haven't had a problem since) I am kind of enjoying the simplicity of it where I don't have to figure out what happened to my IEMI or backup my EFS folder or any other random crap that I delt with before and damn the camera is freaking amazing!!!

    The only thing I don't like is there is no file explorer on the phone itself, that is really the only gripe I have....

    That's my 2 coppers on it anyway

    Geeve
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

Page 2 of 3 FirstFirst 123 LastLast
Related Threads
Is it possible to either create/Buy something that is plugged into your Computer Network that will: Set up equipment wise, for a visual: Everything is on a Rack, Closet etc, Such as A. X-Box including all in the same category. B. Music Hard Drive C. Dvd player that has 200 stored discs in it....
Hi I'm planning to upgrade my PC hardware, I have the 280X for my next upgrade planes But ATI not supporting 8 driver forcing you to move to 8.1 Before 8 I installed 8.1 (fresh install) but I got all those problem the others having. Slow booting (up to 3min), slow shutdown even with chasm...
Thinking of upgrading to 8.1 in Installation & Setup
I have windows 7 Home Edition on desktop and same for my laptop. How much would it cost to go to win8 on laptop and would it be worth it? I know Have to back up laptop buy and download win8 then download 8.1 or is there a cheaper way to do this? Is there anything I forgot or need to know...
I'm thinking it's the processor. in BSOD Crashes and Debugging
Hi, After posting in another forum thinking I had an issue with my external hard drive causing system freezes I'm beginning to think it's now my processor. I ran some pretty big utilities yesterday before work, one that Microsoft installed on my system when they were helping me out of my 8.1...
Upgraded to Win 8.1 , apart form the ridiculously long amount of time it took...it went well , installed ok , tested it...turned PC off and went to bed... Went to play a video file , part way through , the sound started to go 'fuzzy' , then high treble , then almost muffled...... SO , I go...
Hello, Today I brought my laptop to work for the first time so I could access files at home without dropbox. At work, there were many applications I had to download, and some of them were manual installations. Most of the day was spent looking for ways to download the programs because windows 8...
Source - http://www.techradar.com/news/software/operating-systems/sinofsky-the-thinking-behind-windows-8-661151?src=rss&attr=newspc
Eight Forums Android App Eight Forums IOS App Follow us on Facebook