Should I Stay (With Windows Phone) or should I Go (Back to Android)?
I have a Lumia 900, and I love what it does, and I love it for what it isn't, an iPhone or an Android phone. The 920 seems to be the Best Windows available from launch day, but with only a 4.5-inch HD display, and 32GB sealed with no expansion. This doesn't seem that much different from my 900; except the obvious WP8, camera, etc...
Sounds like Android is becoming more, and more what I want in phone hardware, which isn't bad, because the One X+ looks amazing. I just desperately hate having a phone 1 out of 5 people in the same room have; which seems to be a trend with Android and iPhone. Help?
On the plus side for the iPhone:
- Large app collection both free and paid
- Software updates come from apple and are not held up by the carriers
- Annual hardware refresh, you won’t have phone envy a month or two after you buy the phone
On the plus side for Android phones
- Large app collection both free and paid
- Large selection of hardware. You are likely to find a phone that has all the features you want in the size you want since there are so many options.
- Very few things on the phone can’t be changed so you can make the phone truly yours and unique just to you.
Also there are rumors going around about new “Nexus” phones from Google these would also be some good devices to look at before you make your final decision.
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16 GB internal.
microSD card slot.
Alternatively, you could get a better device, like the sexy HTC One X+:
64 GB internal.
Windows platform is not yet optimized much in terms of power consumption and performance. Simply put, much choices out there.
Apple is more like a boring leader, restricting you everywhere in every term.
Android in that sense is more open and highly customizable.
You can consider Motorola Razr Maxx - good screen, battery, perf.
However, if we talk about WP7.5, it is very optimized! On a single core it outpaces any android with similar hardware (I can directly compare a Nexus S with Jelly Bean with a Lumia 800 running WP7.5. both single core, 512 MB). The Lumia 800 is buttery smooth and I think many a dual core android will experience alot more lag and stutters. the battery life of the Lumia also is excellent. So, if Windows Phone 7.5 is anything than its damn fast with good or even better battery life. Actually that's what I like most about it.
If the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is too big, I would recommend the Galaxy S3. I'm sure by now you will have seen how well it is doing. Its basically similar to the Galaxy Note 2 with a smaller size.
I understand how you feel when you say that you don't want a phone that everyone else has, but having a popular phone can also have it's advantages. First off, some phones have features that work better with phones that are similar or the same. Also, a more popular phone can also mean that it is a better quality phone with great features. With Samsung, you have a wide range of phones to choose from. Let's get real, I highly doubt anyone is going to care about what phone you have, so saying you want to have a phone that isn't seen as much as another will only limit your options.
Don't choose a phone based on how popular it is, chose a phone based on how it works with your personality, and how it feels while your using it. Some people like Apple because of its easy to use OS, while some will choose Samsung for it's customizable options.
The OS and hardware isn't why I buy a phone it comes down to 1. UI 2. OS stability 3. Apps. The IOS maybe boring for most users and the lack customization is another strike against it but it is fast and very stable. Just for the sake of argument I will assume the Windows Mobile will also be fast and stable. The live tiles are a great idea which gives it one up on the IPhone.
But the biggest difference here is APPS which I use extensively everyday and the IPhone wins that battle without a doubt. WM are missing the quality not quantity of apps the the IPhone and even the Android has. I've read reviews and looked at the apps available for WM and the results aren't good, at least not for me. I NEED APPS. Now maybe over the next 12 months things may change, but apps is such a big part in how I interact with my phone that anything now that just offers a good OS and hardware just doesn't do it for me.
1. It's Windows Phone. Windows Mobile was until v6.5; Windows Phone 7 and now 8 are completely re-written and re-designed.
2. Yes, Windows Phone is very fast and relatively stable. Much faster and smoother than iOS, but not as stable.
3. They have a decent amount of apps as long as you're willing to look for alternative apps than the ones you know from other platforms like your Android. Also, they're getting a huge lineup of big titles like Instagram once they launch WP8 end of this month.
4. Yeah, I expect A LOT more apps after the launch of WP8. They added over 35 countries to be able to publish apps, which is allowing developers from more country to finally publish apps on the Windows Phone Store, such as myself. Also, the WP8 SDK offers A LOT more and has very simple app/game portability with Window 8 because of the shared kernel.
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