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#1 +patseguin

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Posted 25 November 2012 - 14:40

Now that I'm pretty much an android convert, I wondered how the community felt about windows phone 8, more specifically the lumia 920. When I went to AT&T for my Android device they pretty much shoved the 920 down my throat. While I'm sure it's a great device, I'm just curious what android loyalists think about it.


#2 DKAngel

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Posted 25 November 2012 - 14:51

sounds like a nice solid phone, just i dont see myself using wp8 like i would my android handset plus i like switching between roms

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Posted 25 November 2012 - 15:03

I might be sorry I asked, but but what is switching rom's?

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Posted 25 November 2012 - 15:31

Personally i'm not keen on the Metro style interface used on Windows Phone devices, i have tried to like it however it just annoys me and feels dull / lifeless in my opinion.
There is nothing wrong with Windows Phone, i'm sure some pretty good devices exist, however its just not for me.

I like the freedom you get with Android devices to customise all aspects of the os, flash custom roms and generally tinker / customise the phone as much as you want.

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Posted 25 November 2012 - 15:32

For me, the WP8 interface and the whole Metro design paradigm is putrid. Once you get into the world of Android customisation I don't think you'll regret it :)

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Posted 25 November 2012 - 15:34

I might be sorry I asked, but but what is switching rom's?


You can flash a different rom to your phone, this could be a newer version of Android, add new features that were not present in the manufacturers rom for your phone or totally change the look and feel of your phone.

A great custom rom for various Android devices is MIUI.

#7 Luis Mazza

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Posted 25 November 2012 - 15:37

Android can be simple, fast and with a huge, enormous set of features. It can also be very complicated. But you can choose what you want.
Also, the metro UI is ugly and dull, to say the least.

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Posted 25 November 2012 - 15:42

You can flash a different rom to your phone, this could be a newer version of Android, add new features that were not present in the manufacturers rom for your phone or totally change the look and feel of your phone.

A great custom rom for various Android devices is MIUI.


Very interesting. I have a Nexus 4 and a Nexus 7. What would the benfit of using that ROM on my phone or tablet be? Aesthetics? speed?

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Posted 25 November 2012 - 15:47

Very interesting. I have a Nexus 4 and a Nexus 7. What would the benfit of using that ROM on my phone or tablet be? Aesthetics? speed?


Both, generally those are the main things the devs aim for, along with removing bloatware and improving stability etc

XDA Forums is a great place for custom ROMs

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Posted 25 November 2012 - 15:49

Very interesting. I have a Nexus 4 and a Nexus 7. What would the benfit of using that ROM on my phone or tablet be? Aesthetics? speed?


Both are greatly improved

Most people buy Android because of custom ROMs.

Head over to XDA Developers

#11 Luis Mazza

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Posted 25 November 2012 - 15:56

Very interesting. I have a Nexus 4 and a Nexus 7. What would the benfit of using that ROM on my phone or tablet be? Aesthetics? speed?

Both, generally those are the main things the devs aim for, along with removing bloatware and improving stability etc

XDA Forums is a great place for custom ROMs


I think +pat already has the newest and best functionality from his devices, as they're recently released by Google with the newest available software.

Of course there are some bugs, but the dev community has nothing better for him at the moment, unless he wants to root his device.
Anyway, as he does not even know that rom is, I don't think he can benefit from that at this moment.

Also, I have a Galaxy Note 2 and Samsung has done a great job with software now, very sophisticated and closed, and it is getting harder for the dev community to improve that, competing with a huge company with billions to invest and resources to offer, compared to a group of independent devs.

I'm not really dismissing the indie dev community, but it is just that I feel they are losing appeal ATM. :)

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Posted 25 November 2012 - 15:59

I think +pat already has the newest and best functionality from his devices, as they're recently released by Google with the newest available software.

Of course there are some bugs, but the dev community has nothing better for him at the moment, unless he wants to root his device.
Anyway, as he does not even know that rom is, I don't think he can benefit from that at this moment.

Also, I have a Galaxy Note 2 and Samsung has done a great job with software now, very sophisticated and closed, and it is getting harder for the dev community to improve that, competing with a huge company with billions to invest and resources to offer, compared to a group of independent devs.

I'm not really dismissing the indie dev community, but it is just that I feel their losing appeal ATM. :)


I have an ASUS Transformer and their own stock ROM was buggy and almost unusable, XDA ported JellyBean and is easily the best experience I have had since getting my tablet, 100% bugs that ASUS failed to fix, XDA fixed

#13 yardmanflex

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Posted 25 November 2012 - 16:00

I got mine on Nov 12th..i am loving it...it's the smoothest phone I have ever used.

#14 Luis Mazza

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Posted 25 November 2012 - 16:02

I have an ASUS Transformer and their own stock ROM was buggy and almost unusable, XDA ported JellyBean and is easily the best experience I have had since getting my tablet, 100% bugs that ASUS failed to fix, XDA fixed


Yes, but the Transformer is not so new compared to his Google branded cutting-edge devices.
Maybe I'm actually arguing towards Samsung's and Google's newer devices.

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Posted 25 November 2012 - 16:10

Yes, but the Transformer is not so new compared to his Google branded cutting-edge devices.
Maybe I'm actually arguing towards Samsung's and Google's newer devices.


:) I wasn't trying to argue or disprove anything you said, just commenting my experience with XDA, stock is probably great for most people, just nice to have devs when you need them like in my case

I flashed a custom ROM to my Lumia and fairly quickly returned to stock, stock was a much nicer experience