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My first days with a Windows 8 phone

  1. #11


    Germany/Florida
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    Vista and Win7


    Thanks for the input. That waze app looks interesting. I will try it out. The Drive+ I use and it is pretty good.

    Now I am really looking for a VoIP app like GrooveIP in Android where I can make free calls within North America and from Europe to the US - and US to Europe for 2 cents. I call to landlines and cannot have any special setups (my mother-in-law for example could not deal with that). Just a plain phone call facility.

    Have not yet found anything suitable. If you have a tip, I would be much obliged.

    Today I downloaded a couple of apps using my win7 desktop from the MS apps store. It said that they would be loaded on my phone but they never arrived. I wonder how that works. If I do the same from the Google Playstore, they appear on my Android device the next time I turn that on.

    Anyhow, my experience with Android is a good one. It has a lot more options than W8P and is easy to use - at least for me. The little Lumia phone is not bad but it is not quite adult yet. But I am not complaining. For the money I paid it is quite nice and the wife keeps it now all the time to play Sudoku (because I left the Android tab in Germany, LOL).

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  2. #12


    Posts : 835
    Win 8.1 Pro


    Unfortunately, I have no info for VoIP, I have no use fir it, nor Skype.

    For the sending app to phone, it generally works the same way as others.
    Make sure you are logged into the store with the same creds as your phone
    make sure everything is correct for the phone under My Phone
    You may have to have location services turned on, not sure, i have that on anyway.
    Then hit install and agree and get app
    I have had to do a couple a couple of times, but they usually install right away, or after a few moments.

    Not sure if you have been through this... maybe something here?

    Search results for "voip" | Windows Phone Apps+Games Store (United States)
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  3. #13


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    Thanks for the info. I have one other question.

    Is there something like an Explorer with which I can look at my files and folders. I loaded a bunch of documents om my NicroSD card but cannot see them. The Music, pictures and videos are accessible (although in a terrible order) but the docs are somehow hidden.
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  4. #14


    Unfortunately no File Explorer in WP8, whs. A complaint I have with as well. Hopefully added in WP8.1?

    I do, however, access files with Office and other files via OneDrive.

    Did you make it to the bakery? Did the navigation work well?
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  5. #15


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    The lack of an Explorer really sucks. I wonder whether there is an app like the ES File Explorer on Android. I have to look.

    To the bakery we will start in 30 minutes. I will report on the adventure when we are back tonight.

    PS: I just looked and found this one which I will try tonight.

    File Explorer | Windows Phone Apps+Games Store (United States)
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  6. #16


    The native file manager in Android sucked IMO. It was limited.

    That app looks like it'll work for you, whs.

    Keep it under 100mph on your way to the bakery!
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  7. #17


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    The wife is driving and she goes slow. My eyes are too bad for driving any distance. In Germany we always have an argument because I used to go at 120MpH and she goes at 70 - at best holding up the traffic.
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  8. #18


    Posts : 835
    Win 8.1 Pro


    There is Best Player and Pocket File Manager

    I am currently testing Total Explorer
    It says you can transfer more easily using BlueTooth, we will see.
    Was released just the other day, but so far, it is crashing on my phone.
    Restarted my phone and tried it again, but still crashing.
    Not as good as others.


    There are a lot of File Explorers for the WP though.
    Last edited by Tepid; 23 Mar 2014 at 22:37.
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  9. #19


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    I just got this file explorer and tried it out. At first glance it worked OK. Was able to display and open videos, music and pictures. But only from the mixed list. Have to still figure out how to oen them from the folder view.
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  10. #20


    Posts : 835
    Win 8.1 Pro


    Ok, as I understand it or am finding out

    Local Storage, is Local Storage only for that Application.
    Not like plugging in your phone via USB to a PC.

    So, if you have Office docs in Office, they will not be viewable from there.
    The reason is cross app security, or Sandboxing of the apps.

    So, MS opened access to certain locations, but not all locations to Apps in general.
    ie, Music and Pictures and possibly Video
    I have Pocket File Manager, Best Player and File Explorer
    Local Storage is different on each one of these apps.

    So, there are limitations based on the security of the phone and being locked out of accessing things across apps.
    Which is what makes WP so secure, or less prone, and could be said completely immune to viruses.

    Also, executable code can not be run from those locations I do not believe.
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