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    Hi all i'm planning on upgrading from my Lumia 925 to an Android device, only i have a list of requirements that it must meet, and i must admit i have been with windows phone for 3 years. I am not very familiar with android devices currently out besides the GS4 and the HTC1. Do any of you have any suggestions, based off these needs?
    1- looking for a screen of 5+inches.
    2- looking for expandable memory.
    3- looking for on-screen buttons.
    4- Does google have a music subscription, with a good catalogue of music? i listen to everything from rap to rock to country and i wanna know theres a good selection.
    5- am i absolutely forced to use google services or will microsoft apps work just as well?
    6- Does google have a smartglass app for the Xbox1?
    7- how good are google docs? are they a good replacement for skydrive, and office apps?
    8- How good are cameras on google phones compared to the lumia line of nokia phones?

    any information or advice would be appreciated thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WinFan1 View Post
    Hi all i'm planning on upgrading from my Lumia 925 to an Android device, only i have a list of requirements that it must meet, and i must admit i have been with windows phone for 3 years. I am not very familiar with android devices currently out besides the GS4 and the HTC1. Do any of you have any suggestions, based off these needs?
    1- looking for a screen of 5+inches.
    2- looking for expandable memory.
    3- looking for on-screen buttons.
    4- Does google have a music subscription, with a good catalogue of music? i listen to everything from rap to rock to country and i wanna know theres a good selection.
    5- am i absolutely forced to use google services or will microsoft apps work just as well?
    6- Does google have a smartglass app for the Xbox1?
    7- how good are google docs? are they a good replacement for skydrive, and office apps?
    8- How good are cameras on google phones compared to the lumia line of nokia phones?

    any information or advice would be appreciated thanks.
    Welcome to Android Central
    Hmm, your 2nd, and 3rd needs make it hard to suggest a phone for your since A)Expandable memory is hard to find unless you want a Samsung phone B) Samsung phones don't have on-screen buttons and the phones that do don't have expandable memory
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    Quote Originally Posted by UJ95x View Post
    Welcome to Android Central
    Hmm, your 2nd, and 3rd needs make it hard to suggest a phone for your since A)Expandable memory is hard to find unless you want a Samsung phone B) Samsung phones don't have on-screen buttons and the phones that do don't have expandable memory
    thanks i am an avid microsoft user but i feel as though app developement for windows phone has grinded to a bit of a halt. i love windows phone and wouldnt be switching. im an avid gamer and alot of the apps come out to ios and android first and i feel like i cant do alot of the things my gamer friends can on their phones also i have a huge issue with hitting capacitive buttons in landscape, which is why i want onscreen or physical buttons.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WinFan1 View Post
    thanks i am an avid microsoft user but i feel as though app developement for windows phone has grinded to a bit of a halt. i love windows phone and wouldnt be switching. im an avid gamer and alot of the apps come out to ios and android first and i feel like i cant do alot of the things my gamer friends can on their phones also i have a huge issue with hitting capacitive buttons in landscape, which is why i want onscreen or physical buttons.
    So physical or on-screen? But no capacitive, still have the same issue unless there are other 5 inch phones I don't know of that also have expandable memory. The Nexus 5 and G2 are both really good for gaming but they lack expandable storage although I think 32 GB should be more than enough

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    Quote Originally Posted by UJ95x View Post
    So physical or on-screen? But no capacitive, still have the same issue unless there are other 5 inch phones I don't know of that also have expandable memory. The Nexus 5 and G2 are both really good for gaming but they lack expandable storage although I think 32 GB should be more than enough

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    honestly so did i when i was with tmo and got the 920 but i fill it up faster than i like to think i do.i think i might just go with the note 3, big screen,battery,decent store, partly physical button, and expandable sd card slot. what would you say?
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    Quote Originally Posted by WinFan1 View Post
    honestly so did i when i was with tmo and got the 920 but i fill it up faster than i like to think i do.i think i might just go with the note 3, big screen,battery,decent store, partly physical button, and expandable sd card slot. what would you say?
    Based off what your needs are I say the note 3 is the best choice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WinFan1 View Post
    honestly so did i when i was with tmo and got the 920 but i fill it up faster than i like to think i do.i think i might just go with the note 3, big screen,battery,decent store, partly physical button, and expandable sd card slot. what would you say?
    I agree with the above post. Best for gaming, best battery, great camera, 32GB internal and expandable storage. Only issue is 2 capacitive keys but that isn't that bad

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    Quote Originally Posted by Central n ohios best View Post
    Based off what your needs are I say the note 3 is the best choice.

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    Thanks for your input! getting it on friday and will come back to tell you guys about my experience

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    Quote Originally Posted by UJ95x View Post
    I agree with the above post. Best for gaming, best battery, great camera, 32GB internal and expandable storage. Only issue is 2 capacitive keys but that isn't that bad

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    thanks alot for your help!! i really appreciate it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WinFan1 View Post
    Thanks for your input! getting it on friday and will come back to tell you guys about my experience

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    thanks alot for your help!! i really appreciate it.
    No problem
    Hopefully the camera doesn't disappoint

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    Quote Originally Posted by WinFan1 View Post
    Hi all i'm planning on upgrading from my Lumia 925 to an Android device, only i have a list of requirements that it must meet, and i must admit i have been with windows phone for 3 years. I am not very familiar with android devices currently out besides the GS4 and the HTC1. Do any of you have any suggestions, based off these needs?
    1- looking for a screen of 5+inches.
    2- looking for expandable memory.
    3- looking for on-screen buttons.
    4- Does google have a music subscription, with a good catalogue of music? i listen to everything from rap to rock to country and i wanna know theres a good selection.
    5- am i absolutely forced to use google services or will microsoft apps work just as well?
    6- Does google have a smartglass app for the Xbox1?
    7- how good are google docs? are they a good replacement for skydrive, and office apps?
    8- How good are cameras on google phones compared to the lumia line of nokia phones?

    any information or advice would be appreciated thanks.
    Not to make a harder decision but there's also the Blackberry Z30 which I think has expandable storage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrsmumbles View Post
    Not to make a harder decision but there's also the Blackberry Z30 which I think has expandable storage.

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    Same issue that he had with Windows Phone (Apps)
    Everything in this post is 100% accurate...I think

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    Same issue that he had with Windows Phone (Apps)
    It can use Android apps, pretty sure. If it has OS 10.2.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrsmumbles View Post
    It can use Android apps, pretty sure. If it has OS 10.2.

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    No. I think it was just Android Central that was available on 10.2 lol

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    No. I think it was just Android Central that was available on 10.2 lol

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    No, it will be able to run Android apps. That's the beauty of OS 10.2.

    Edit: or 10.2.1 can.

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    Phone: Sony Z1.
    (1,2,3 check.)

    Music and content: Expansion storage means you can actually keep some A/V files without choking your phone, so Streaming is not an absolute obligation.
    (4) Don't know much about Google streaming. It is probably just as good as others. You can also check the Sony/BMG service "Music unlimited"

    Adropen Office can let do all your Office work on MS documents.
    (5) Microsoft has, I believe, made an Android or Cloud version of it's Office stuff.

    Don't know about the Video Game stuff,
    (6) Check on Gamer's forums or AC's games threads.

    Don't know about cloudy stuff. I avoid it.
    (7)

    Cameras ? Depends on the phone model.
    (8) Sony's not too shabby on the camera side of things. Z1 seems to have a rather interesting 20Mpxl.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrsmumbles View Post
    No, it will be able to run Android apps. That's the beauty of OS 10.2.

    Edit: or 10.2.1 can.

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    O_o side loading them? I haven't heard of Blackberry opening the Play Store

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    O_o side loading them? I haven't heard of Blackberry opening the Play Store

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    But they work. That's all that should matter. I'm getting intrigued by bb. I wish I could afford a few.

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    But they work. That's all that should matter. I'm getting intrigued by bb. I wish I could afford a few.

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    It's not convenient
    Note 3 is better than any BB phone

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    Quote Originally Posted by WinFan1 View Post
    Thanks for your input! getting it on friday and will come back to tell you guys about my experience

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    thanks alot for your help!! i really appreciate it.
    U welcome that's what this site is about.

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    It's not convenient
    Note 3 is better than any BB phone

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    How do you know if you've never tried one?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrsmumbles View Post
    How do you know if you've never tried one?

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    I've tried both the Note 3 and the Z10. Can't imagine the 30 is much better
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    I've tried both the Note 3 and the Z10. Can't imagine the 30 is much better
    Really? What didn't you like about the Z10 other than less available apps (until 10.2.1.xxxx)?

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    The Galaxy S4 active has actual buttons, not sure how much they're running unlocked. Either way the note 3 is a great device.

    Note 3 <Caesars>
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    Quote Originally Posted by tippmann15 View Post
    The Galaxy S4 active has actual buttons, not sure how much they're running unlocked. Either way the note 3 is a great device.

    Note 3 <Caesars>
    yeah but the note has awesome multitasking i was really impressed by the quality of that phone, one thing i could not confirm with the store is if the note also has the hover tech and the eye scrolling? but it looks like the note 3 is a pretty sure bet for me, the only other contender i see against is is the nexus 5 and the z1. not sure about the quality of the z1 in terms of updates though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrsmumbles View Post
    Not to make a harder decision but there's also the Blackberry Z30 which I think has expandable storage.

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    i had a bb z10 and i loved the operating system, though i dont think tmobile has the z30 in stock, also i dont know exactly how to run android apps on bb10.2.1, as well as the fact that i wouldnt know how well they run on bb, the note i got a chance to really play with and it looks like the ultimate media and productivity phone/tablet on tmos menu. the only reason i consider the nexus 5 a choice is because of the support directly from google but coming from windows phone and having to deal only with onboard storage has kinda ruined my experience, and the only reason the z1 is there is because of the 20mp camera but unsure about the updates to new operating systems.. so if i gave a percentage its:

    Galaxy Note 3- 45% sure
    LG Nexus 5- 30% sure
    Sony Z1- 25% sure
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