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Windows Phone 8 queries from an Android user

  1. #11


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    I am also an Android user for many years now and I am also thinking of jumping to a Windows based phone maybe the new Nokia 930 when it comes on sale in the UK.
    So maybe you should do the same and wait see what a the new Nokia 930 is like.

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  2. #12


    Posts : 40
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    I could wait but i could also try and get the 925 if Windows Phone for me. Then i'll get the 930.

    I have the iPhone 5C and as much as its a good phone the screen is just too small for me. And the restrictiveness & closeness of the OS makes me frustrated at times. Theni found Android and i fell in love with the OS. It was at first slow in updates then more and more features came out that i liked like openly bluetooth fire sharing, Swype keyboard, bigger screen than iPhone, massive customisations options, files support (e.g. Flac unlike iOS), gestures, multitasking, etc.

    Then i saw the rise of Windows Phone which i saw as a sort of hybrid of Android & iOS. What attracted me was the seemingly excellent build quality, an optimised OS (leading to smooth OS performance and above average battery life) because of a closed environment and less fragmentation issues.
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  3. #13


    Quote Originally Posted by gino76ph View Post
    I think its not about law or some legislation. I suppose even though the UK is in Europe it still depends on what Nokia "dictates" and proposes to each EU country. Much like what Samsung is doing releasing varying versions of their Galaxy S phones in North America, Europe & South Korea/Asia.

    Ok, I see. You and other countries fortunately have unlocked phones, whereas here they are carrier locked, which should be outlawed here. Carrier muscle here will probably never let that happen.

    On the other hand, exclusive agreements between OEMs/manufacturers and carriers is probably why we have more choice here.

    All in all, what a racket, eh?!!
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  4. #14


    Posts : 40
    Windows 8.1


    I think all these OEMs & Manufacturers all have their "sweetheart" countries where (basing on demographies, demand, legislation, network, etc.) if they release their phones they know the phones will be a hit amongst the populus. We in the UK are lucky as the top 2 high-street shops that sell phones are mostly unlocked phones. Of course you can easily have it unlocked elsewhere if you want to.

    Another question spring to mind is cloud storage. We all know about OneDrive, Google Drive, Dropbox et al but since i'm buying my very first Windows Phone 8 i can see the hardware is nothing compare to the quad-core behemoths of Android. So my fear is if i'm backing-up 100 photos of .jpg resolution (taken from a "standard" 8MP camera in 4:3 ratio) would that Windows Phone struggle in uploading those files?
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  5. #15


    Germany/Florida
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    For clarification - I just looked up the specs of the 925 - it does not seem to have a MicroSD card - strange. Unless I missed that with my weak eyes.

    So my fear is if i'm backing-up 100 photos of .jpg resolution (taken from a "standard" 8MP camera in 4:3 ratio) would that Windows Phone struggle in uploading those files?
    Nah, upload speed is a function of the connection. The CPU has very little to do with it. But I would chose a model where a 64GB MicroSD card is an option. Then you need not upload your stuff.
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  6. #16


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    Windows 8.1


    My choice is still the Lumia 925 at the moment.

    Well, i was merely suggesting "if ever" i need to upload my photos in the cloud. My home wifi connection is at least 70MB so that means that should be faster isn't it? As i observed my old Xperia SP (with specs almost similar to the 925 i think) phone was uploading 30 photos (of similar space, etc.) and took almost 30 minutes so i thought hardware might also have something to do with the "slowness" of the uploading.
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  7. #17


    Germany/Florida
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    Vista and Win7


    Nah, next time you upload something e.g. from your PC, check the CPU usage. You'll see that the CPU is hardly busy. 30 pictures, depending on the MPs of the camera, can be a lot of stuff. And then the speed of the receiving server also counts. E.g. if you upload videos to Youtube, different filetypes upload at different speeds. It has to do with the post processing they do at their site.
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  8. #18


    Posts : 40
    Windows 8.1


    I've bought myself a Lumia 920 and i'm awaiting delivery in next few days. I just thought get a respectful and very good Windows Phone and see if the OS suits me. And reading about WP8.1 things are looking definitely getting better and moving forward.

    I still feel having an optimised OS "working together" with the phone's hardware things should be better and should be the way. Having a 1.5Ghz dual-core phone w/ 1GB RAM (like the Lumia 920) would still be technically inferior to a 1.4Ghz quad-core w/ 2GB RAM right? If not for an optimised OS like Windows Phone 8 then yes i would agree that its more the connection type, files size, server issues, etc.

    If i like my phone i keep it. And i usually keep the photos on my phone then saving it on the cloud for future use. But if the OS doesn't "help me" and make me feel confident with what it can do then what's the point of even having phone. Am i making sense?
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  9. #19


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    Here is some insight of what is coming up with the 8.1 release. I think it answers some of your questions.

    Cortana: I want Microsoft's Windows Phone 8.1 developer bits | ZDNet

    I would not get too hung up with GHz, GB and other technical specs. If it works OK, the underlying hardware is of little interest.
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  10. #20


    You are making good sense. That 920 with dual core and the efficient 8 OS will do you quite nicely so far as speed.

    Yes, the 1520 with quad core and 2GBs of RAM will be a little quicker, but as whs pointed out it mostly depends on the speed of the connection.

    As coming off a Android myself, I'll guarantee you won't be disappointed by the navigation qualities. Far less scrolling to get to an item and the tabs are very convenient for multitasking.

    e.g Just now for the life of me I couldn't remember how to spell guarantee. Lol! Gaur? No. Garr? No. Pressed & hold back key for tabs, scroll to get dictionary, look it up, then return to this page to finish. Easy.
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