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4 advantages Windows 8.1 has over Android in mobile

  1. #21


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    Quote Originally Posted by Rickkins View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    Until then, android is nothing more than where it should stay at: on the vast majority of devices worldwide.
    There, I fixed that for ya.....
    Not on the vast majority of devices I use...

    I don't care for android whatsoever as it's nothing more than a piece of code bought by google that was/is ultimately used to be an idea leech off ios and now even Windows Phone. It's unoriginal, can't just focus on being great at being a smartphone OS, and offers nothing new or innovative to the table nor tablet. It's a fragmented OS where updates can sometimes be done on newer phones or can't be done, google only just recently started to take control of app development to a minor degree to "stop" fragmentation, and literally almost every android handset is nothing but bloat with cooked in apps into the ROM that can ONLY be removed by flashing it with a clean custom ROM. I'm sorry, that's something I already have to deal with on Windows PCs, and that's something I've come to accept and understand why. That's NOT something that should even be done on a smartphone. I don't care for a platform that is trying to shove Windows PC "inspired" features down the HDMI port of a smartphone, of which has become something of a giant monstrosity to use and even watch people use.

    Ugh, just ugh!

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  2. #22


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    I dunno. Personally, I like to use my tablet as a tablet, and as a tablet, what Android is offering trumps Microsoft in my opinion. I have yet to have the need to print from my tablet, but if I ever did, I con-seed this as a place where Microsoft is winning. Still, name me some apps that are actually what one might call "Great Apps" in windows 8. You will be hard pressed to find them. The coding environment is still very limited, and the apps wind up looking very similar and boxy, with limited functionality compared to their Android counterparts. Many of the ones that might be decent, or provide the functionality I am after, cost money, sometimes a fair amount of money. There is a reason most apps in Windows store seem to plateau at 3 stars after getting a decent amount of reviews... Folks are used to their Android or IOS counterparts, and they think the Windows 8 versions stink in comparison.

    Now, I am going to move on and say some redeeming things about Windows 8.1. I installed the preview shortly after it came out, and then a week or so ago, both of my machines had to be upgraded to full 8.1, which was not exactly the best experience, but after the dust has settled, I am liking my experience more. I have installed Classic Shell on both my windows 8 machines, though I have it set such that if I move my mouse all the way into the corner, the windows 8 start screen does load. This seems to be giving me the best of both worlds, and I am finding myself actually really enjoying using Windows 8 at the moment, in a desktop environment.

    I downloaded a google voice app in the store, and installed it, which is great when I need to quickly move text etc, and send it on over to my smartphone, or even just text folks from PC, which I am enjoying. I don't really run very many other Win 8 apps, though I have tried the new Facebook app, plus a handful of others that were recommended to me, and though I find them lacking compared to just pure browser experience, I also am encouraged to see that they are improving. Windows 8.1 with classic shell, and both start screen and menu, is a damn fine Desktop experience imo. True, to get there, I did have to have be savy enough to go out on the internet, install 3rd party apps, but I will say, that the experience has improved enough that I can actually see some wisdom in what Microsoft was attempting to accomplish, though I still feel unequivocally that they botched the execution. Had they baked this functionality into the OS as a standard, the entire launch of Windows 8, could have gone down utterly different, but whats done is done... I will just say, that for the first time, since I purchased the Windows 8 upgrade and started putting it to use on my home computer, I am really enjoying the experience. I even sometimes find myself going to the Start Screen first to find apps, rather than the start menu. It just depends on what I am doing.
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  3. #23


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    Quote Originally Posted by musiclover7 View Post
    I dunno. Personally, I like to use my tablet as a tablet, and as a tablet, what Android is offering trumps Microsoft in my opinion. I have yet to have the need to print from my tablet, but if I ever did, I con-seed this as a place where Microsoft is winning. Still, name me some apps that are actually what one might call "Great Apps" in windows 8. You will be hard pressed to find them. The coding environment is still very limited, and the apps wind up looking very similar and boxy, with limited functionality compared to their Android counterparts. Many of the ones that might be decent, or provide the functionality I am after, cost money, sometimes a fair amount of money. There is a reason most apps in Windows store seem to plateau at 3 stars after getting a decent amount of reviews... Folks are used to their Android or IOS counterparts, and they think the Windows 8 versions stink in comparison.

    Now, I am going to move on and say some redeeming things about Windows 8.1. I installed the preview shortly after it came out, and then a week or so ago, both of my machines had to be upgraded to full 8.1, which was not exactly the best experience, but after the dust has settled, I am liking my experience more. I have installed Classic Shell on both my windows 8 machines, though I have it set such that if I move my mouse all the way into the corner, the windows 8 start screen does load. This seems to be giving me the best of both worlds, and I am finding myself actually really enjoying using Windows 8 at the moment, in a desktop environment.

    I downloaded a google voice app in the store, and installed it, which is great when I need to quickly move text etc, and send it on over to my smartphone, or even just text folks from PC, which I am enjoying. I don't really run very many other Win 8 apps, though I have tried the new Facebook app, plus a handful of others that were recommended to me, and though I find them lacking compared to just pure browser experience, I also am encouraged to see that they are improving. Windows 8.1 with classic shell, and both start screen and menu, is a damn fine Desktop experience imo. True, to get there, I did have to have be savy enough to go out on the internet, install 3rd party apps, but I will say, that the experience has improved enough that I can actually see some wisdom in what Microsoft was attempting to accomplish, though I still feel unequivocally that they botched the execution. Had they baked this functionality into the OS as a standard, the entire launch of Windows 8, could have gone down utterly different, but whats done is done... I will just say, that for the first time, since I purchased the Windows 8 upgrade and started putting it to use on my home computer, I am really enjoying the experience. I even sometimes find myself going to the Start Screen first to find apps, rather than the start menu. It just depends on what I am doing.
    Exactly, now think how nice it is on a tablet, put together the idea that we may be getting Windows Phone apps and imagine the experience having one app store that you can use across tablet, pc, and phone. This is why I don't see the point in investing in Android or ios. Neither are close to this direction or ambition.
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  4. #24


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    Actually Apple is. Android does not have a decent desktop solution, so no point in turning to them if you are looking for that kind of thing. Their Mobile OS is good, and there are lots of things that they are doing, that no one else is currently doing, especially if you look at what Samsung is adding to their touchwiz gui. I know, a lot of folks hate touchwiz.. I personally really like it, and see it as the most use-able touch based experience at the moment, which has a lot of features Apple should copy and probably would if they weren't choking on their own pride. Anyways. The vision here with MS, is not yet realized, though yeah, I can see the direction, and I am truly liking the OS for the first time, albeit with classic shell. MS too, needs to swallow their own pride, and give their user base what they want, which is the ability to choose how to best use their OS to suit their own needs. Maybe 8.2 will have the answers.
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  5. #25


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    Have to agree with an earlier post #10 by Music Lover on all points. I had no problems with Android on Sony Xperia, and when it came to upgrade it was nothing like the original phone. And it's much more user friendly, as also stated in an earlier post.

    For example, when doing a new conversation, without having to leave the message interface, one click allows you multiple choices from adding voice message, to photos, etc, etc. One thing it didn't have was voice to text, which is why I upgraded to iPhone.
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  6. #26


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    That's the thing about Android: it doesn't have to be a desktop system, it's meant to be a mobile operating system. And it's become quite decent at that. I don't want a desktop system on my phone or tablet any more that I want a touch OS on my desktop.
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  7. #27


    Somewhere in USA
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    Quote Originally Posted by mcnulty View Post
    That's the thing about Android: it doesn't have to be a desktop system, it's meant to be a mobile operating system. And it's become quite decent at that. I don't want a desktop system on my phone or tablet any more that I want a touch OS on my desktop.
    It doesn't have to be because it can't.

    I'd rather have all functionality in one device than juggling 2 or more. If you want several with different ecosystems, then carry on with what you're doing. No one is forcing you to have our aspirations.
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  8. #28


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    No one is forcing you to have our aspirations.
    That's a relief for many
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  9. #29


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    Quote Originally Posted by EMINENT View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by mcnulty View Post
    That's the thing about Android: it doesn't have to be a desktop system, it's meant to be a mobile operating system. And it's become quite decent at that. I don't want a desktop system on my phone or tablet any more that I want a touch OS on my desktop.
    It doesn't have to be because it can't.
    And that's not a bad thing. If you try to be all things, you end up with... Windows 8. A resounding success, as we all know.
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  10. #30


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    Quote Originally Posted by mcnulty View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by EMINENT View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by mcnulty View Post
    That's the thing about Android: it doesn't have to be a desktop system, it's meant to be a mobile operating system. And it's become quite decent at that. I don't want a desktop system on my phone or tablet any more that I want a touch OS on my desktop.
    It doesn't have to be because it can't.
    And that's not a bad thing. If you try to be all things, you end up with... Windows 8. A resounding success, as we all know.
    Exactly, a very well success in my book. It does everything I need. As posted in another thread...

    In fact, it's working so well, it's nice to know it's still going to get better.





    I only use a Surface 2.

    Usually messing around. When I need to do real work, I remote to my home desktop. If I need anything, I have Plex on the desktop serve all my movie needs, IE handles flash tv, Onedrive handles music and files everywhere. Very lightweight and simple management.

    One device.



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