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  1. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    I've had a Windows Phone for the past two years and bought an S6 last week. I wanted to stick with WP, but the app situation got to me as well as the lack of a flagship with a superior camera on ATT. So far, I'm impressed with the hardware, but I'm having some trouble learning the flow of the Android OS and how to optimize it. I've gotten poor battery life so far on this phone. I prefer WP's wordflow keyboard, start screen, navigation, services. I'm hoping Windows 10 solves the app situation because as of right now, I can't wait to ditch Android. If only iOS had a back button and didn't have iTunes.
    Anyways, these are just my thoughts. Haven't really had the phone too long, so I can't give a reasonable comparison yet. Hopefully some of you veterans can help with battery life settings.
    For the keyboard I recommend SwiftKey.
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/d...htype.swiftkey

    HERE Maps is available for Android. https://play.google.com/store/apps/d....here.app.maps

    Sent from my Moto X using Tapatalk
    05-12-2015 05:51 PM
  2. chezm's Avatar
    I owned a windows smartphone. Worst and most limited phone I've ever owned.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    Agreed. While it has some unique cool ideas, those died with 8.1 and now it's nothing more than a wannabe Android with a skin. And let's not get into how frequent you have to micro manage the battery, Android has some problems sure but windows is a whole other level of frustration from my 2.5 years experience.

    I spent years defending it against apple and android fan boys, and other than the camera would always fail side by side.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    05-12-2015 07:03 PM
  3. legend221's Avatar
    That's the only problem I see with Windows Phone, no app support. All else is pretty awesome. Now with Samsung Galaxy S6 and most importantly the LG G4 they are upping the camera quality making Windows Phone obsolete.

    Honestly if I owned the company I would sell it off while I still can.

    .: Sent from my 'Android til I die' Phone or Tablet :.
    05-15-2015 09:11 PM
  4. legend221's Avatar
    I've had a Windows Phone for the past two years and bought an S6 last week. I wanted to stick with WP, but the app situation got to me as well as the lack of a flagship with a superior camera on ATT. So far, I'm impressed with the hardware, but I'm having some trouble learning the flow of the Android OS and how to optimize it. I've gotten poor battery life so far on this phone. I prefer WP's wordflow keyboard, start screen, navigation, services. I'm hoping Windows 10 solves the app situation because as of right now, I can't wait to ditch Android. If only iOS had a back button and didn't have iTunes.
    Anyways, these are just my thoughts. Haven't really had the phone too long, so I can't give a reasonable comparison yet. Hopefully some of you veterans can help with battery life settings.
    Actually the Samsung Galaxy S6 Active will have a better battery. I would return that Galaxy S6 and go off for the Active version or the LG G4.

    See below:

    http://www.cnet.com/news/alleged-sam...mages-surface/

    .: Sent from my 'Android til I die' Phone or Tablet :.
    05-15-2015 09:15 PM
  5. legend221's Avatar
    As of now the Galaxy S6 Active leak shows it for AT&T. It's not a for sure thing for any other carriers

    .: Sent from my 'Android til I die' Phone or Tablet :.
    05-15-2015 09:21 PM
  6. Eclipse2K's Avatar
    As of now the Galaxy S6 Active leak shows it for AT&T. It's not a for sure thing for any other carriers

    .: Sent from my 'Android til I die' Phone or Tablet :.
    Isn't the Active generally an ATT exclusive?
    05-16-2015 02:41 PM
  7. Stang68's Avatar
    As someone who used Windows Phone, I have to wholeheartedly disagree. But hey...that's just, like, your opinion, man.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    05-16-2015 03:23 PM
  8. legend221's Avatar
    Isn't the Active generally an ATT exclusive?
    Could be, I'm not holding my breath for that release on Verizon.

    .: Sent from my 'Android til I die' Phone or Tablet :.
    05-16-2015 04:27 PM
  9. Darelas's Avatar
    I can solve your entire list almost.

    Crashing apps: easily solved by paying more attention to Play Store ratings. It's ridiculously easy nowadays by shopping for the best products. You wouldn't buy a crappy rated item in a store, so why would you buy a badly rated app? Android doesn't crash apps, badly written apps crash apps. And even the folks on Windows Central all complain about the bad quality and quantity of the Windows Store apps so I don't know how this is even an argument.

    Bad battery life: totally depends on which manufacturer you buy from. Xperia and Note phones have incredible battery life. Many others are average. Very few are "bad" and those are usually budget phones.

    Inconsistent design: this is better now than it ever has been. And what diffences exist now are usually nice differences (meaning variety of choice). With WP and iOS you get one flavor only. Some people prefer that. Some don't.

    Lag. Yep you're right. Of the 3 OSs, Android is the least smooth. Barely. But it also boasts more capabilities than the other two. It's a trade-off so I'll call this a tie.

    Now here's one thing I can't solve for you: the lack of apps on WP. Some defenders of WP always use the same excuse, that the essential apps are there. No they aren't. My bank, good music apps, VPN app, favorite popular password vault, store apps etc are NOT there. Nor are a ton of other specialty apps too long to list here. Those are essential apps, not "Facebook".

    Does this mean you're going to discount everything I've listed now as "going into a tizzy"? Because from where I stand, it sounds more like plain sense. WP can't even break out of the single digit market share so I'd say I'm being pretty obvious.

    None of this means I dislike WP. On the contrary I happen to think it's pretty nicely done. The problem is that not only does it not offer anything compelling that I can't already get on an android or iPhone, it lacks a competitive app selection on top of that. That right there in a nutshell is exactly why WP isn't succeeding at getting anyone to switch. Terrible app selection without offering anything compelling enough to offset that.
    The only real solution to that is for WP to somehow reinvent the entire way data is consumed on smartphones. Web Apps were once upon a time thought to be the next step in evolution but that approach failed miserably. Over the years I think I van safely say I've heard All of the arguments used to claim WP (and Blackberry for that matter) is a better way to go, but unfortunately the test of time has proven otherwise. Now we're at the point where even the hardcore true believers are all abandoning ship. Even Paul Thurott is shutting his site down and MaryJo Foley came right out and said on air that she won't recommend WP to others
    All you have to do on wp is make a tile for your banks website. Why would you need an app to do the same thing, make a link to the mobile site? I use an app that lets me use my google music subscription, so no problem with music. I don't mind if you prefer another os, but please be factual.
    07-31-2015 06:03 AM
  10. syspry's Avatar
    All you have to do on wp is make a tile for your banks website. Why would you need an app to do the same thing, make a link to the mobile site? I use an app that lets me use my google music subscription, so no problem with music. I don't mind if you prefer another os, but please be factual.
    Welcome to AC! I'm curious why as someone brand new to this website you chose for your very first post ever to be this, as it appears you're a Windows Phone user? Have you been a member here before? If you need help with Windows phone discussions for your Windows Phone I can link you to a couple of good Windows Phone related sites
    07-31-2015 06:13 AM
  11. OriginalMrC's Avatar
    I was a long time user of WP and still think it is my favourite ecosystem. I eventually moved the android due to ongoing situations with apps. Even Microsoft started releasing apps for Android and ios before WP. Not only that many android and ios apps developed my Microsoft were superior to the WP version! That to me indicated Microsoft were letting WP die a slow death.

    The other major factor was the lack of flagship phones. In some ways Microsoft buying Nokia killed WP. Nokia was an established brand and me like many others loved Nokia phones. Microsoft has killed the Nokia brand and slowed production of their phones. I fail to see how that helps the WP ecosystem.

    I'm extremely happy with android and can't see me ever returning to WP. It's a shame but I think there are many others who feel the same.

    Posted via the Android Central App
    07-31-2015 06:18 AM
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