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Anybody thinking of switching from Andoid to W8

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    Hafnarfjörður IS
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    Anybody thinking of switching from Andoid to W8


    Hi there
    Just interested when time comes for people to change phone contracts or upgrade their devices how many will think of switching to a W8 phone or continue to use Android.

    I love the Samsung Galaxy IIIs but I need a second (pay as you go this time) phone where I can use a simcard from Belgium. Holland etc when I'm in those countries.

    The security (non existent) when using public Wi-Fi on android phones worries me if I want to start using the phone for financial transactions --online banking / online purchases etc.

    W8 seems to be much more secure for these types of applications and the new W8 handsets look quite good as well.

    One thing is for sure I Won't be getting an Iphone.

    Cheers
    jimbo

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    Oregon
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    Windows 8 Pro w/Media Center, Windows RT


    I switch from Android to a Nokia Lumna 920 WP8 last fall. Best phone I've had and do enjoy using WP8. Easy connecting with my Exchange server, nice to have Office handy for the occasional document look-up and the Nokia Drive app is a killer.
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    Windows 8.1 Professional 64-bit


    This is a brilliant post; impeccable timing. About two months ago I switched from using an "Android HTC One X". Instead, I got the new "Windows Phone 8 Lumia 920". I love this phone, seriously; this is the best phone I've ever owned.

    Unlike Android, it "feels" clean. I can and have uninstalled the extra bloatware that my carrier installed on it without having the need to "root" or "unlock" it. Just by holding it, you can feel that it's quality made. I really like the live tile interface, it feels so minimalist and smooth. Nokia is known for "brick" phones and this is no different.

    You know how the first time you turn on your Android device, look at all apps and how it's filled with tons of apps you'll never use? The W8 Phone doesn't have that. But there's one downside to W8 Phones, the lack of apps. Microsoft store does not contain applications like Android or iOS. The selection is very limited and it's very likely that you won't find the apps that you want on a W8 Phone. I do hope this changes.

    And one more thing, since using the Lumia 920, I'll never use an Android device again; too bloated and the GUI is "messy".
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    Arnhem, The Netherlands
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    Windows 8.1 Pro x64 Media Center Edition


    I did. I switched from Android to "Windows Phone 8 HTC 8X". Bought it at the releasedate. It was the best decision I made after buying Windows 8 for my pc. I'm really loving WP8!!!

    For me it all comes down to this ==> IT JUST WORKS!!

    Now I can type a very long post about the fact that Android sucks and why I think it does. And why I love Windows Phone. But I won't bother you all with that . Let's just say that Microsoft really did a FINE job developing this phone OS.
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    Windows 8 Pro 64-Bit


    I plan to myself. I heard good things. Good reviews on some windows phone. I need a phone with battery performance, no lags, restart at random times. I was thinling lumia 822 on verizon
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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    If you buy a Nokia Lumia Windows Phone (there are several to choose from, the 620 might be better suited as a secondary phone as it has lower end specs but packs a dual core processor and a sub 300 dollar US price tag), there is an app called Transfer my data that I've read works real nicely. It takes your text messages and contacts and just copies them over to their proper locations in the Messaging hub and People hub via the Bluetooth.

    I'd honestly suggest Nokia above the others as they continually work on developing Windows Phone apps specific for Nokia phones as well as porting apps to work better than some apps in the marketplace. For example, the Weather Channel app on other Windows Phones is ok. On a Lumia, the Weather Channel app from Nokia is VERY well done.

    Also, Windows Phone doesn't have a huge selection of apps, yet. Microsoft is still working on getting the top 46 out of 50 ios and android apps onto Windows Phone. The HUGE plus of Windows Phone however, is that everything that would had required an app on ios or android is seamlessly built into the OS as a feature, not a third party app. Bing Music is one, it replaces Shazam. Live tiles reduces the need of having to open the apps individually, instead you can scroll through and see new feeds. And what's also nice is the Hub feature, which consolidates down what you need pinned or have to access. Like, the Nokia Music app (VERY terrific by the way) gets grouped in the Xbox Music+Video hub. Cinemagraph (a VERY awesome Nokia exclusive app) gets grouped into the Photos hub. It's just legit!
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    Hafnarfjörður IS
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    Hi there
    I'm not "App mad" but as I said it would be a secondary phone -- I've still got the Galaxy IIIs if I need to know what the weather is like on Planet Mars or all the other zillions of Android apps.

    Basically the only Apps I'd need on a phone are essentially some with travel info ( Planes, train times in Eur / UK etc), Google Maps, basic email, accu weather, a decent browser, a couple of stock price charts / notifications, Music player and Sky Go.

    Windows 8 looks like it could do these just fine. I could even do without the music player and Sky GO as I have these on the Galaxy anyway.

    Accessing online Banking or buying goods from the Internet would also be where I'd probably want to use W8 phone -- I just don't trust Android enough for these type of transactions when using a public Wi-Fi system such as in a Bar or Café. --It's not the Bank's website or the online store that's a problem but these days without some type of Real Time A/V protection your phone could easily become the target of things like Drive By attacks etc -- and Android just leaks like a sieve when security is considered.

    Anyway thanks for the info here --looks like W8 phones are getting decent reviews and will start to shake up the market really soon.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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    I just got my android galaxy s3 around 4 months ago through work. I am on a 2 year contract before I am eligible to switch. I'm totally satisfied with android and haven't considered a switch. Wife just got an s3 too, and she only looked at iPhone or android. She didn't even look at a Windows based phone..even though I suggested that she might want to at least take a look.
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    Strathpine, Queensland
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    Windows 8 Pro 64 Bit


    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
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    Strathpine, Queensland
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    Windows 8 Pro 64 Bit


    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...
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