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#1 Mainer82

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 16:50

I have had an iPhone 4 that I used as a "touch". I don't use a lot of apps, I mostly use it to check my email and Facebook along with light web browsing. I normally use my desktop or laptop when I want to do anything other than checking the news quickly in Feedly or whatever news app.

I made a chart of the apps that I have used on the iPhone and checked to see if they are on Android and WP. There were a few that were not (ones that weren't that important to me) but the important ones were:
  • Skydrive
  • Facebook
  • IMDb
  • Evernote
  • Weather Channel
  • eBay
  • Zenfolio
  • Paypal
  • CNN/Fox News
  • Feedly (WP8 coming soon)
  • Youtube
  • Xmarks & Lastpass
  • Angry Birds, Cut The rope, Fruit Ninja, Words with friends, Countre Jor (I'm not a HUGE mobile gamer)
  • PosingApp (Really handy for portrait photographers)
  • WebMD
  • Shazaam
I know that the Market Place is just starting out and has had a slow start but it seems as though they have all of the ones important to me. I've never owned a Smartphone either, the only reason I'm getting one is when I'm on the road, there have been times where I needed to look something up. It can't and won't replace my home internet connection and desktop/laptop devices. One app that would be really nice to have is the BabyCenter.com app on WP8. I put in a request for it.

What are your opinions and experiences with the two OSes? I think that I need to spend some more time expirementing with web browsing on WP8 as well.


#2 articuno1au

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 16:54

Personally I find WP8 amazing.

I have droid on my tablet, and I really like it also. The big trade off is you lose pretty much all customisation with WP8. You can change colours and the size/placing of tiles, you can have a lot of good info on your lock screen, but beyond that, not much.

I find the voice controls on WP8 in my care MUCH better than Android, I can reply/read/call et all with ease. The dictation tools are better on Android imo.

App support (in all) is better on Android. WP8's app support is coming along. What apps are on WP8 are generally very well designed, but it depends on whether the developer is serious or not.

WP8 supports Hotmail brilliantly, but less so for Gmail given their recent removal of EAS. Android supports Hotmail well also, but depending on versions, support for Gmail is mixed.

Hmmm... Yeah :o

I like WP8 >.<

#3 OP Mainer82

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 17:00

My wife and I use Hotmail and its calendering feature a lot which is why I'm leaning towards WP8 but I wish I had the option to test it out for awhile, similar to the way I did with the iPhone-Touch. How well does WP8 handle that?

#4 articuno1au

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 17:04

Calendering is amazing.

I use Outlook + Outlook (the Hotmail replacement because it supports EAS). It syncs my calendar, contacts and email seamlessly. It even syncs todo lists generated in Onenote onto my phone and integrates it into the calendar.

There's a room feature where in you can kind of join both of your accounts/info together and share whatever you want in one place. I don't use it (I'm something of a solo guy :p) but it seems brilliant :)

The only complaint I have about the functionality, is the todo lists sync, but don't show up on the live tile >.< That's the only small niggle I have with it :)

Android does the Calendar/Contacts/Email well, but am unsure of todo lists and shared calendars >.<

#5 +techbeck

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 17:05

My wife and I use Hotmail and its calendering feature a lot which is why I'm leaning towards WP8 but I wish I had the option to test it out for awhile, similar to the way I did with the iPhone-Touch. How well does WP8 handle that?


What provider do you use? I know Verizon will allow you to return the phone within 14 days for a full refund. Can always try that approach.

#6 articuno1au

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 17:08

You can have a bit of a play with this: http://www.windowsph.../cmpn/demo-link

There are other ways you can trial it too >.<

#7 OP Mainer82

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 17:09

We're with US Cellular right now, but am planning on switching over to Verizon once the Lumia 928 comes out if we decide to go to WP8.

#8 +techbeck

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 17:13

We're with US Cellular right now, but am planning on switching over to Verizon once the Lumia 928 comes out if we decide to go to WP8.


Off topic, but didnt Sprint buy out US Cellular?

Anyway, when you switch to Version you can demo the phone for 14 days. So I would recommend going that route. You pic an android, your wife WP. Then both use it for a while and then decide which platform to keep.

#9 articuno1au

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 17:16

It's seriously worth trying the demo online. You have to do some walk through BS for a little bit, but then you get to play with the phone :)

#10 tsupersonic

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 17:18

WP8 is nice, but it's definitely not as feature/app rich as Android. But, since you've never owned a 'smartphone' and your needs are not really anything for a powerful device, then you're probably fine with WP8.

#11 SadJoker

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 17:24

If you're close to a Best Buy or other tech store, why not go in and play around with both for awhile? Personally, I prefer Android for its extensive customization options and Google app integration.

#12 articuno1au

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 17:26

I'm a power user, so I find I really miss the technical info and customisation on Android.

You can see to the second power reports on Android, I can see battery level on WP8 :p


Also, custom roms on Android. If you're really willing to put the time in and customise your phone extensively, Android is perfect. Most people don't though >.<

#13 firey

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 17:32

Personally, I'd go with Android. I haven't used WP enough to say that it is or isn't better, however I do have experience with Android and I know that you will be able to find everything you want on Android. If there isn't an official google app for what you want there will be 30+ other ones that will do perfectly.

#14 BajiRav

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 17:40

I have used Android up to 4.0 (work phone) and WP7.8/WP8 - I would honestly recommend going for WP8 especially because you are a Hotmail user. The experience on WP8 is first class - you sign in once and everything flows in including Skydrive/Office/OneNote/Photos.
There are obviously lower number of apps but I think almost everything in your list checks out. You can browse windowsphone.com for available games + apps.

Android's user experience is still not on par with WP8/iOS IMO.

My wife and I use Hotmail and its calendering feature a lot which is why I'm leaning towards WP8 but I wish I had the option to test it out for awhile, similar to the way I did with the iPhone-Touch. How well does WP8 handle that?

Have you tried Windows 8 with your hotmail account? Windows Phone works in exactly same fashion but the experience is miles better. The mail/calendar/contacts are much more refined and polished on WP compared to W8.

#15 articuno1au

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 17:43

That's a good point, W8's EAS support is identical to WP8. It feels and works the same >.<