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Windows Phone 8.1, the smartphone of choice for business

  1. #11


    I work for an international company. Fairly small, but we have offices in Australia, US, and UK. Nobody has asked for a Windows phone. We replace phones every 2 years in the US, and it seems that people are either waiting for the iPhone6 or getting the Samsung Galaxy S5. We have more demand for the BlackBerry than the Windows phone.

    I have only met two people who use a Windows phone.

    My phone is up for renewal, and I've looked at the Windows phone, but I use runkeeper a lot and they dont have a Windows phone version. That's going to be the showstopper for me.

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  2. #12


    I finally updated my Lumina to 8.1 and loved it paired with my 8.1 rigs
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  3. #13


    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    I work for an international company. Fairly small, but we have offices in Australia, US, and UK. Nobody has asked for a Windows phone. We replace phones every 2 years in the US, and it seems that people are either waiting for the iPhone6 or getting the Samsung Galaxy S5. We have more demand for the BlackBerry than the Windows phone.

    I have only met two people who use a Windows phone.

    My phone is up for renewal, and I've looked at the Windows phone, but I use runkeeper a lot and they dont have a Windows phone version. That's going to be the showstopper for me.
    We all know the phone isn't as popular as the fashioned jewelry.

    One dropped app is going to be a showstopper for the greatest phone on earth?!! How about (better) alternatives to the app as this author claims?

    RunKeeper drops Windows Phone support, use Sports Tracker instead | ZDNet

    Nokia Store: Download Sports Tracker and many other games, wallpaper, ringtones and mobile apps on your Nokia phone

    https://www.endomondo.com/
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  4. #14


    I'm used to RunKeeper. It has all of my historical information in it. I've got friends that use it, so it has social aspects. It has all of my normal routes saved in it. It works with the Garman GPS watch which can dump into it. I use it for my cycling as well as my running.

    1 of the 2 people that I know who went to a Windows phone IS using Endomondo. I would just really like to NOT have to change apps.

    And since I work in a techie company, and all of my coworkers have phones and apps we all use for work, it's nice to stay consistent with what they all use. It's a pain when we find something that will work for a task only to find out the guy with the Blackberry, or the guy with the windows phone cannot get that particular app.
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  5. #15


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    Quote Originally Posted by patrickt View Post
    I'm old. I'm not a tech person. My first smartphone was a Nokia and I felt the Windows 8 was very limiting. I read the Microsoft ad cited in the OP and it's simply an ad. For example:
    "Customers also choose Windows Phone because of our unmatched range ofhardware choice across both form-factors and price points. "

    Really? Unmateched range of hardware choice? Android just can't compare in hardware choice to phones running Windows 8.1?

    I didn't realize the choice they meant was the color of the phone. What I would like to see in this thread is some details as to why Windows 8.1 works for you. For example:

    HippsieGypsie: "If one runs 8.x on there tower or pad it's the only phone to consider. It sure simplified my life."

    Wonderful. How? What about it simplied your life?

    Okay, I'm cynical about advertising and more inclined to listen to possibly honest user experience. If Hippsie tells me how it simplified life I won't think money has changed hands.

    As someone who has been an early adopter of Windows Phone and Windows 8, and then later a Surface tablet, I can speak from experience how things are so much more simpler across devices. First and foremost is the Microsoft account syncing between all devices. This entails my 113ish gigs of OneDrive storage are all easily accessible on my Windows Phone and Surface tablet. What I have going in Internet Explorer syncs across all devices. Having a similar Start Screen experience on my Surface and desktop PC means I'm not using two distinctly different and distinctly set up devices; they're both similar but only have what each device is meant for. I love the accent color syncing between my phone and PC, although a tad limiting on the Windows Phone side honestly, that needs improvement.

    Universal apps are next. They're a very new thing still but top apps on Windows Phone I've noticed as well as Windows, are being built as universal apps. One app on different devices tailored to each device. The major thing I like about apps is on all platforms, app settings are saved and backed up, meaning when I got my Surface tablet, it took all of 10ish minutes to have what I've spent literally almost three years on Windows 8 with my desktop to my tablet that simply and easily. On Windows Phone, all the same as well. I went through flashing a custom image on that as well to bypass idiot att's crappy update process and afterwards, again, what I spent almost two years on 8 synced all right back, albeit the Start Screen and apps needed redoing but most app settings were saved.

    And let's not forget the fact of live tiles. What would have taken many internet tabs to accomplish inefficiently take up the size of a third of a Start Screen. What I need to know and want to know is at a glance ready for me to see versus me actively searching for that content online. What I care about most in my life gets reflected on the Start Screen of my PC and Windows Phone.
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  6. #16


    Wynnum Australia
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
    Hi there

    The IPhone 6 might have stuff going for it -- but I don't like "ICHOONES" at all so that's why I'll probably skip it even though it's bound to be a hugely appealing (although expensive) phone.

    Cheers
    jimbo
    We will get some iPhones 6C via our provider in January or so, then un-lock and sell them and get new Lumia's, as we upgrade every 2 years our mobile phones.



    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by patrickt View Post
    I'm old. I'm not a tech person. My first smartphone was a Nokia and I felt the Windows 8 was very limiting. I read the Microsoft ad cited in the OP and it's simply an ad. For example:
    Quote Originally Posted by Coke Robot View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by patrickt View Post
    "Customers also choose Windows Phone because of our unmatched range ofhardware choice across both form-factors and price points. "

    Really? Unmateched range of hardware choice? Android just can't compare in hardware choice to phones running Windows 8.1?

    I didn't realize the choice they meant was the color of the phone. What I would like to see in this thread is some details as to why Windows 8.1 works for you. For example:

    HippsieGypsie: "If one runs 8.x on there tower or pad it's the only phone to consider. It sure simplified my life."

    Wonderful. How? What about it simplied your life?

    Okay, I'm cynical about advertising and more inclined to listen to possibly honest user experience. If Hippsie tells me how it simplified life I won't think money has changed hands.



    As someone who has been an early adopter of Windows Phone and Windows 8, and then later a Surface tablet, I can speak from experience how things are so much more simpler across devices. First and foremost is the Microsoft account syncing between all devices. This entails my 113ish gigs of OneDrive storage are all easily accessible on my Windows Phone and Surface tablet. What I have going in Internet Explorer syncs across all devices. Having a similar Start Screen experience on my Surface and desktop PC means I'm not using two distinctly different and distinctly set up devices; they're both similar but only have what each device is meant for. I love the accent color syncing between my phone and PC, although a tad limiting on the Windows Phone side honestly, that needs improvement.

    Universal apps are next. They're a very new thing still but top apps on Windows Phone I've noticed as well as Windows, are being built as universal apps. One app on different devices tailored to each device. The major thing I like about apps is on all platforms, app settings are saved and backed up, meaning when I got my Surface tablet, it took all of 10ish minutes to have what I've spent literally almost three years on Windows 8 with my desktop to my tablet that simply and easily. On Windows Phone, all the same as well. I went through flashing a custom image on that as well to bypass idiot att's crappy update process and afterwards, again, what I spent almost two years on 8 synced all right back, albeit the Start Screen and apps needed redoing but most app settings were saved.

    And let's not forget the fact of live tiles. What would have taken many internet tabs to accomplish inefficiently take up the size of a third of a Start Screen. What I need to know and want to know is at a glance ready for me to see versus me actively searching for that content online. What I care about most in my life gets reflected on the Start Screen of my PC and Windows Phone.


    I totally agree.



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  7. #17


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    Win8.1 Pro, Desktop Mode


    Yanno, I can see a certain validity in the thread title. For some business types, specifically the subset that rely heavily on windows and have extensive out of office needs, there is a clear place for the winphone, especially where a laptop would be considered overkill.
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