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Old 04-02-2013, 17:44
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I've seen lots of threads on here about iOS and Android phones, but very little about Windows 8 devices such as the Nokia Lumia 920.

Is this because it's so good that no-one has anything bad to say about it, or more likely that not many people have adopted it!

I currently have an iPhone 5 and fancy a change. I really like the look of the OS, with the live tiles etc and it seems to have all the functionality i'd be looking for.

I realise that the App selection is rather lacking in comparison to the other platforms but everything has to start start somewhere and I think all the main apps I use are available.

So what are peoples thoughts? Any users on here?

Thanks!
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Old 04-02-2013, 18:27
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I'm a WP7 user (and have an iPhone 5 as work phone).

Windows Phone is great and fun to use, as said already lack of apps is main bugbear but not the only one.

I find the iPhone boring, but it does everything I need and want it to do and is first time I feel truly statisfied with a device.
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Old 04-02-2013, 19:13
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My mrs got a Nokia Lumia 920 on Friday from Three and it is really impressive. Very very fast and responsive compared to my iPhone. It has all the main apps and office is amazing if you like that sort of thing.

The only problem we have found is that there are no banking or tracking apps yet. Could really use a Natwest bank app but I believe this is coming soon.

There is no google latitude or find my friend equivalent as far as we can see which is a pain. This is probably the biggest problem.

Oh and the camera is amazing and the keyboard/spell check is far superior to any other phone I have seen.

I am really thinking of ditching my iphone now and getting a lumia. Hopefully more people will get them and then more apps will come.
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Old 04-02-2013, 19:23
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Windows Phone 8 - great fluid OS, looks amazing, live tiles look really good, lacks decent apps, over-simplistic, too controlled like iOS, gets very boring after a while and will probably be unsupported as soon as Windows Phone 9 is released.

Conclusion - I plan to stick with iOS and Android, though I will always have a play and admire when visiting phone shops.
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Old 04-02-2013, 19:48
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I've been using Windows phone since first release and for me anyway all the major apps I need are there or at least an alternative.

Skype
Audible
Kindle
TV Guide+ (Same as Sky+ with record etc)
Various Twitter apps
MS Office
Sky News / Sky Sports News
ESPN
Four Square
Get Glue

To name but a few, Only major one I personally am missing is Instagram.
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Old 04-02-2013, 21:00
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I've been using Windows phone since first release and for me anyway all the major apps I need are there or at least an alternative.

Skype
Audible
Kindle
TV Guide+ (Same as Sky+ with record etc)
Various Twitter apps
MS Office
Sky News / Sky Sports News
ESPN
Four Square
Get Glue

To name but a few, Only major one I personally am missing is Instagram.
I've had my Lumia 800 for a year now and I absolutely love it. The only app I was really missing from Android was Sky+. I had no idea there was an alternative! I just downloaded it and it works perfectly, thank you.

As for the lack of Banking apps mentioned by a previous poster, I just pinned the login page for my internet banking to my homescreen, almost as good as having a dedicated app.
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Old 04-02-2013, 21:48
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No Chrome and no Gmail rule it out for me and I did fancy an 8X but no. My wife's Galaxy Note is set up with Launcher 8 with gives you the WP8 look but with none of the disadvantages.
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Old 04-02-2013, 22:19
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There was Gmail until recently, those who had it set up can still use it. MS is working on the alternative to exchange ActiveSync. Looks like Google is trying to complicate things for MS.
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Old 04-02-2013, 22:27
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I recently changed from iPhone to a Nokia Lumia 820.

First appearances were very good, found plenty of apps to do what I had been doing on my iPhone.
I did notice from the start the battery life was dire. It failed to hold out for a day from full charge and this was with doing hardly anything with the phone. To get the phone through a whole day I had to switch everything (3G, wifi, bluetooth etc etc) off and only turn it on when I needed it.

Another big problem was the phone would shut itself off when it felt like it, and sometimes when you were in the middle of doing something. To sort this I had to remove the back cover and take out the battery every time.

After a week of this I'd had enough, and have returned the phone and gone back to the iPhone.

The windows 8 phone I had was great, I loved the live tiles and the design of the phone, but I obviously had a faulty unit with the battery problems I encountered, problem is I wouldn't try another one again because of it.

Have a search Op for the things I've mentioned on the internet, plenty of stories out there of people having the same problems as I did
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Old 04-02-2013, 22:55
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Looks like Google is trying to complicate things for MS.
Google have to pay MS a fee to use ActiveSync.
Why would they pay money to support their competitor?

If MS offered to let Google use ActiveSync for free and they declined, then it could be reasonably assumed that they were deliberately trying to mess MS around but as things stand, it's just simple business sense.
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Old 05-02-2013, 12:09
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I've had my Nokia lumia 820 for just over 2 weeks now. An outstanding phone having switched from android.

thought the 920 was a bit chunky, but so far I cant fault the windows phone, love it. Facebook app is a bit poor mind.
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Old 05-02-2013, 14:35
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Well, Microsoft may have maybe beaten Apple to fuller regionalisation of hardware.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-21325535

A strange article considering the smartphone payment revolution that has already taking place there.
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Old 05-02-2013, 15:34
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Hopefully getting a Nokia 920 on the weekend after playing with the wifes htc 8X - I quite like it. I do have an android tablet for backup.
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Old 05-02-2013, 17:05
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Slick O/S, simple to learn and use which means its ideal for our Luddite executives, utterly frigging boring to use after an hour.
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Old 05-02-2013, 19:17
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I had a muck around with one last week at work, i did not like the idea of the tiles to be honest. Takes too much space up on the screen, even if you shrink them. It seemed pretty fast and done what it is suppose to do, but like someone else on here the owner found that the battery life was awful. That was the lumia 820.

shame really that Nokia decided to get into bed with Microsoft, because I may have gone for one of their phones as Nokia phones used to be well made and worked well
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Old 05-02-2013, 19:21
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It's a decent OS, I just prefer Android due to the better customisation, better support and more apps.
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Old 05-02-2013, 22:09
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No Chrome and no Gmail rule it out for me and I did fancy an 8X but no. My wife's Galaxy Note is set up with Launcher 8 with gives you the WP8 look but with none of the disadvantages.
There was Gmail until recently, those who had it set up can still use it. MS is working on the alternative to exchange ActiveSync. Looks like Google is trying to complicate things for MS.
Google threatened to withdraw support for new Exchange ActiveSync connections on Jan 31, although existing connections will still work. This has now been extended to July 31st, meanwhile Microsoft are working on adding support for the open CardDAV and CalDAV standards for contact and calendar sync. Email will still work through IMAP.
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Old 05-02-2013, 22:44
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No Chrome and no Gmail rule it out for me and I did fancy an 8X but no. My wife's Galaxy Note is set up with Launcher 8 with gives you the WP8 look but with none of the disadvantages.
Thanks for that, have installed on my Android phone to see if i like the feel of it.
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Old 05-02-2013, 23:39
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Thanks for that, have installed on my Android phone to see if i like the feel of it.
That's interesting! Let us know what it's like. Could be better to have the full range of apps this way...
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Old 06-02-2013, 00:48
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if you have an android device just install from play store, i really like it thus far, this might just have saved me going out and buying a new phone
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Old 06-02-2013, 10:07
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I've got an S2 as my main phone but I've been playing with an HTC HD7 recently and find the OS very easy to use and nice to look at, I like the tiles so I'll be buying a W8 phone shortly; problem is I really can't make my mind up as to which model (it has to be sim free, no contract). I would like to buy the phone same time as a Surface Pro tablet, so decision time.

I'm stumped at the moment.
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Old 06-02-2013, 11:15
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Compared to others Nokia offers interesting own apps and they also offer regularly apps from a general marketplace for free or discounted, so that's nice.

High end is Nokia Lumia 920, HTC 8X, and Samsung Ativ S. I have Lumia 920 and was considering the Ativ as well, but it wasn't available yet, so 920 it was for me. I do not regret it, I like the phone, like the OS, and freebies from Nokia don't hurt either
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Old 06-02-2013, 11:21
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I've got an S2 as my main phone but I've been playing with an HTC HD7 recently and find the OS very easy to use and nice to look at, I like the tiles so I'll be buying a W8 phone shortly; problem is I really can't make my mind up as to which model (it has to be sim free, no contract). I would like to buy the phone same time as a Surface Pro tablet, so decision time.

I'm stumped at the moment.
Can I humbly recommend the HTC 8S. Nice mid range phone, a shade over a couple of hundred pounds.
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Old 06-02-2013, 11:37
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Can I humbly recommend the HTC 8S. Nice mid range phone, a shade over a couple of hundred pounds.
At least it got a SD card slot,
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Old 06-02-2013, 12:14
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I'll make my choice this week, at the moment, leading the way by a small margin is the Samsung ATIV S
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