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My Switch from iPhone to Windows Phone

  1. #11


    A Finnish ex-pat in Leipzig, Germany
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    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    This is very true:

    Then one day I was on a call with one of the salespeople who joined a Lync conference with video from his Windows 8 Phone while opening a Word proposal from his OneDrive. I knew I had to have that kind of functionality in my work life. You always hear that Office on your phone is a good reason for a Windows Phone, but I didn’t believe it until I saw it in practice. My mind was made up.
    You don't believe how nice it is before you try it by yourself. I am a very happy Windows Phone user.

    Quote Originally Posted by LafnSu View Post
    I have the Lumia Icon which still hasn't been upgraded to 8.1, but the promise is there;O)
    Check here the availability of Lumia Cyan update (WP8.1) in North America, the list shows the current status for each carrier and Lumia model, available, not available or testing: Availability in North America - Nokia

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  2. #12


    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    It's not the amount of apps that matters to me, it's which specific apps are available. 3 million apps don't help me, if the 5 apps I need for work aren't available.
    Specifically which apps, Patrick?
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  3. #13


    Quote Originally Posted by HippsieGypsie View Post
    Specifically which apps, Patrick?
    For personal use: RunKeeper. Torque. Dropbox. Amazon MP3 app. HBO Go. Sirius/XM, YouTube
    For my kids use: Minecraft, CandyCrush, Clash of Clans
    For work use: TouchDown, GoogleMaps, GoogleTranslate,

    These are a few that I could think of off the top of my head.
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  4. #14


    I'm switching from AT&T to Verizon at the end of the month and so i have to give up my beloved Nokia Lumia 920 since it will not work on Verizon's network. My wife and daughter have the Lumia 928 and I'm not as happy with that phone so I may get the M8. I have been very happy with Windows Phone and I really want to continue to use it.
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  5. #15


    Quote Originally Posted by msdos622wasfun View Post
    With enough converts, hopefully Windows Phone can someday break that 10% worldwide marketshare barrier...

    I imagine if I used a smartphone instead of just a dumb flip-phone (I use a TracFone), I wouldn't hesitate to look at Windows Phone. I don't know if the app gap would be a big deal to me.
    Applications are programs I run on my computers, for fun and work, both. I laugh these days when I hear descriptions of 5"-6" screen sizes, spoken of in hushed tones of awe and wonder... I laugh because I can still clearly recall my first Amiga monitor purchase in 1987--being a 12" screen which I thought even then was far too small...! 5"-6" sound like a prescription for eye-strain to me and little else. The iPhone in particular reminds me of my 1987 Amiga Workbench screen--program icons everywhere--uh, which I know HypsieG doesn't much care for... Major difference is that it is less than *half* the size of a screen that was too small for me in 1986!

    Listen, I have nothing but admiration for people still using dumb phones because they're the folks getting the absolute best deals going for cell-phone usage...They're the "smart people", imo. The very best thing a person can do for himself in terms of tech wisdom today is to never get his so-called "smartphone" confused with his personal computer. The similarities are superficial at best, sort of like confusing a walkie-talkie with a megawatt FM broadcasting station...
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  6. #16


    Quote Originally Posted by waltc View Post
    Applications are programs I run on my computers, for fun and work, both. I laugh these days when I hear descriptions of 5"-6" screen sizes, spoken of in hushed tones of awe and wonder... I laugh because I can still clearly recall my first Amiga monitor purchase in 1987--being a 12" screen which I thought even then was far too small...! 5"-6" sound like a prescription for eye-strain to me and little else……

    ……Listen, I have nothing but admiration for people still using dumb phones because they're the folks getting the absolute best deals going for cell-phone usage...They're the "smart people", imo. The very best thing a person can do for himself in terms of tech wisdom today is to never get his so-called "smartphone" confused with his personal computer. The similarities are superficial at best, sort of like confusing a walkie-talkie with a megawatt FM broadcasting station...
    Laugh, hah? I know I'm treading amongst some dinosaurs, so I must needs be careful. I guess some just haven’t caught up to the 21st century.

    Excuse me, Walt, but according to your sig you must have not wrote that for you are quite mistaken in every way > And for whomever wrote that obviously never had a smart phone/phablet or used one to be qualified to give such a critique > And no, I won’t “listen” to a bunch of hot air.

    Firstly, how big is/was your wrist watch dial? The dials/knobs/digital settings on your kitchen stove? The settings on your microwave oven? Your car radio? The font in books/newspapers/magazines you read? On your monitor at the present? One thing about screen size is that more of font and/or pics are showing > That is all. Of course one can change the font size on just about any modern device's screen > Even a smart phone. And, ah, Walt > You can actually turn a smart phone/phablet sideways for larger text. OMG! Yes! Quite an ingenious idea!

    Gotta go!.....

    Ok, I'm back. Started this in Word after reading your post on my, ahem, "dumb phone" while waiting for the fiancé during her doctor appointment. Saved it to OneDrive and now back at my PC. Do you understand that technology and can you keep up, Walt?

    Where was I at?....Oh yeah, font size.....Holding my 6 inch Lumia up to my tower PC monitor, these shots are approximately 1/2 inch larger of actual size in each direction. Take a ruler and measure your own to get an idea. It's 6 inches diagonally.


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    Turn it sideways known as landscape:


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    Then there's pinch zoom in case one needs it:


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    Larger.....

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    Are you able to follow, Walt, or am I going too fast?

    I saved those screenshots on my phone, connected it to my 8.1 tower, which opens the Windows phone app automatically, and that automatically downloads any recent pics to a folder in my pics folder. If I had Bluetooth on my tower I wouldn’t have to USB it.

    Smart phones/phablets are actually mobile computers, Walt. They are no longer just dumb radios. They can:

    Go anywhere in a pocket or purse.

    Keeps accurate time.

    Single or group > type or speak text.

    Keep/add/delete entries in the Calendar app which alerts me of appointment or events such as Bdays and anniveraries.

    Make single or conference phone calls without or with Bluetooth via earpiece or car radio, especially while driving.

    Keep a much more detailed call log of which one can add the number to an existing or make new contact.

    Keep a detailed contacts list via Contacts app.

    Receive/open/send emails.

    Maps and navigation.

    Check the current weather, which alerts me of dangerous weather such as T-storms, flash floods, tornado warnings, or snow storms native to our area.

    Get other alerts such as amber, news, sports, national bombing attack, etc.

    Apps work in conjunction of one another.

    Browser to access the Net.

    Office suite/OneNote.

    Scientific programmable calculator.

    Camera and storing photos.

    Video cam w/ sound.

    Sound recording.

    Watch TV/movies/videos.

    Play games.

    Then there’s Cortana, which what she/it can do would make this list double the size.

    Most all of this synchs via services.

    Basically, Walt, it can do anything your almighty tower PC can do and more as the list reveals. It can go anywhere > All for $40/mo. That’s not a value? Who’s confused about what?

    I could and have, but won't post all this using my “dumb phone”. Copy/paste to forum text box from Word and upload screenshots. Performed it many a time.

    You had better not post that you have a 7 to 12 inch tablet, for we’ll be all over you about it. If or when someone gifts you a “dumb phone” you can purchase accessories like this stand fitting for your style as seen below. Happy computing no matter what you use.


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  7. #17


    A Finnish ex-pat in Leipzig, Germany
    Posts : 1,452
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by HippsieGypsie View Post
    Laugh, hah? I know I'm treading amongst some dinosaurs, so I must needs be careful. I guess some just haven’t caught up to the 21st century.

    Excuse me, Walt, but according to your sig you must have not wrote that for you are quite mistaken in every way > And for whomever wrote that obviously never had a smart phone/phablet or used one to be qualified to give such a critique > And no, I won’t “listen” to a bunch of hot air.
    ...
    ...
    What an excellent post! Here in News section repping is not enabled, otherwise this post is "The Most Rep Deserving" of all posts based on an opinion I have ever read here at Eight Forums .

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts, I fully agree.

    Kari
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  8. #18


    India
    Posts : 1,536
    Win 8.1 Update x64


    Quote Originally Posted by HippsieGypsie View Post
    I saved those screenshots on my phone, connected it to my 8.1 tower, which opens the Windows phone app automatically, and that automatically downloads any recent pics to a folder in my pics folder. If I had Bluetooth on my tower I wouldn’t have to USB it.

    Most all of this synchs via services.
    You don't have to connect the lumia to PC if Sync is turned on for OneDrive too Everything will be saved to the cloud
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  9. #19


    Quote Originally Posted by Kari View Post
    What an excellent post! Here in News section repping is not enabled, otherwise this post is "The Most Rep Deserving" of all posts based on an opinion I have ever read here at Eight Forums .

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts, I fully agree.

    Kari
    Thank you, Kari. That's quite a compliment coming from a geek of your caliber. Thanks for your support.

    I know I'm not the sharpest pencil around here so far as tech, but I do know my devices/PCs/OSs and know how to use them to be utmost beneficial.

    While I'm here:

    Windows 8 Tutorials

    Windows Phone 8 and 8.1 Search Button
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  10. #20


    Quote Originally Posted by visruth View Post
    You don't have to connect the lumia to PC if Sync is turned on for OneDrive too Everything will be saved to the cloud
    Thanks, Visruth. Yes, used to, but I don't use the auto upload to OneDrive for photos. Other files I do. It was too time consuming sorting through ill-taken/unwanted photos and/or screenshots in OneDrive. Deleting on the camera doesn't necessarily delete it on OneDrive. I'm also on a limited data plan, so I don't want to use that up with unwanted files. Therefore I'd rather review them, then upload to OneDrive to share with others. I also back up files and photos on a backup drive, so I'm in the PC anyway. There I have unlimited data.
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