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anon7416584561
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11/8/2014 | 5:50:16 PM
Re: Another review complaining it's not an iPhone
All the Android Apps in the world did not mean crap to me when my so called high end android could not even synch properly to my vehicles bluetooth system.

I switched to a Lumia and it paired as easy as 123. Streaming music, phone, text messages both receiving and replying. All the hands-free capabilties were at my disposal with the Lumia.

Made me very quickly forgt that Windows Phone does not have an "Official" Starbucks App  LOL

 
tmichael
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11/6/2014 | 11:46:46 AM
Re: Another review complaining it's not an iPhone
Note that BlackBerry addressed the app issue on their recent phones by supporting Android apps. They include a copy of the Android runtime and run the apps in emulation mode, I believe. Thus they might not run as efficiently as a native app, but this doesn't matter for something like a banking app. The other poster's comment makes sense, Windows phone could do this.

 
Michael Endler
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9/16/2014 | 3:11:03 PM
Re: Questions for the author.
Hi Greg,


Have a look at the Lumia Icon, which a lot of people seem to like, and which has a nice 20 MP camera. That said, if you don't need to upgrade immediately, there are some rumblings and rumors that Microsoft will debut new phones relatively soon. If photography is your main focus, Panasonic just introduced an Android smartphone with a 1-inch sensor in its camera, which I suspect is the same one Sony and Canon are putting in their high-end compacts. This should give the Panasonic an image quality edge, based on pure physics, compared to most smartphones.
GregK173
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9/10/2014 | 11:22:56 PM
Re: Questions for the author.
Given your experience with Windows Phones, what would you say are the current flagship products (spec- and feature-wise)? I'm looking at upgrading from my Galaxy S4 and would like to give Windows Phone (8.1) some thought. Of course, I want to try and make an "apples-to-apples" comparison (i.e. Galaxy S5, iPhone 6, <insert WP8.1 flagship phone here>) based upon my particular use case before I drop $500-$600 dollars due to my refusal to ever enter into a 2-year contract.

 

Unfortunately, the camera quality on the HTC One is a deal-breaker for me, otherwise I'd be all over that thing like Justin Bieber on a police blotter.
Michael Endler
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9/9/2014 | 9:46:12 AM
Re: Another review complaining it's not an iPhone
Thanks rradina.


And no, I'm not "all Apple." I used Windows 7 and 8 PCs 85%+ of the time, prefer Office to iWork, think Win 8.1's bad reputaton is overblown, etc. 


I think you bring up a great point about older iPhones becoming "turtles" when Apple releases newer versions of iOS-- it's definitely happened to me too, and it's aggravating.

I also think you're right about the Windows Phone app problem-- it's not just about quantity, but also quality. That's one of the points I tried to highlight in the article. Even when a popular app is available (e.g. Instagram), it's often much less functional than it is on other platforms. There are a strong Windows Phone apps, too, but even if people are sick of hearing about the app gap, it's still a factor in sales and adoption.
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9/9/2014 | 9:42:31 AM
Windows Phone
Is an epic fail...thats all

 

And any article that states this obvious fact has a horde of Microshrills descent upton them.......

 
Michael Endler
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9/9/2014 | 9:39:18 AM
Re: Obviously
That's a neat trick, anon: you admit I can probably defend myself with "objective and unbiased reasons," yet you automatically discount whatever those reasons might be. Seem a little close-minded? Were there actually any points in the article that you disagree with? Or do you just like to toss around ad hominems?
Michael Endler
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Michael Endler,
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9/9/2014 | 9:34:27 AM
Re: Another review complaining it's not an iPhone
@manmuffy

*sigh*

"I have been using my Lumia 925 dark-coloured steel phone for 2 years now." Does a 2-year-old model still count as a flagship for those looking for a Windows Phone today? Taken in context (rather than filtered through indignation), there is nothing factually inaccurate about what I wrote.

"personally I have all the apps I need (about 40) and have never paid for one in my life ... Ooh, only 300,000 to choose from, how will I manage?" Great! For you, then, apps are a non-issue. But your perspective seems to imply that just because you don't care about this point, others won't care. I can appreciate that as a Windows Phone fan, you might be tired of hearing people complain about app selection, which has been an ongoing criticism. But even if you're sick of hearing about it, the app issue is still a valid criticism.

"Most iPhone users haven't tried WP handsets - living with them, not just for 2 weeks - but still criticize them because of iPhone reviewers basically complaining that it's not an iPhone." I've used this particular phone for two weeks, but I used the HTC 8x exclusively for six months after the iPhone I had at the time got dropped in water. I mentioned in the article that I had previous Windows Phone experience, though I didn't belabor the point. In any event, I included the note about the iPhone to be transparent about how my experiences might have shaped my perspective. Evidently it's better for reviewers to feign complete objectivity, rather than admitting that their perspective is shaped by experience and perspective?

"The bit about the feeling comfortable - very subjective - if you're used to one size any other will feel too large/small." The article is listed as commentary and described in the headline as a "hands on" review-- isn't it obvious that aspects of this are subjective? Moreover, the article said that unfamiliarity with the new size was a certainly a factor.


But, hey, you seem to live in a world in which people are either iOS-loving sheep, or free thinkers who shun Apple. I tend to think we live in a slightly more complicated world in which there's room for more than one device to be appealing, and in which it isn't anathema for a single reporter to subjectively explain why he prefers one type of one to another, while still praising aspects of both phones.
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9/9/2014 | 9:28:18 AM
Re: Another review complaining it's not an iPhone
Regarding going "all Apple": Michael said he was an Office 365 customer and happily reported the HTC synced with his Microsoft accounts.  This leads me to believe he's not "all Apple" and that isn't why he'll upgrade to the new iPhone.

I used to be an iPhone customer however I was tired of two year contracts, I took my iPhone to a post-paid plan on Straight Talk.  Then iOS6 made my iPhone 4 feel like a turtle.  I'd like a new iPhone but I'm way too cheap and I won't go back to carrier contracts.  I decided to try Windows Phone because I could get a Lumia 520 for $50.  I swapped the SIM from my iPhone and found WP8 limited.  I upgraded to WP8.1 and it's much nicer but not really better than iOS.  Why?  Microsoft has an app problem.  It's not JUST quantity.  It's also quality.  A staple like The Weather Channel app is much slicker on the iPhone -- radar animations specifically.  Perhaps that isn't important to everyone but when you are at your child's swim meet and the clouds look ominous, the difference is night and day.  I was seriously jealous of both the Android and iOS versions of TWC app!  Further, whenever a product or service benefits from an app it's always advertised for the iPhone, Android and increasingly the Amazon store.  Windows is nowhere.

As Windows 8.1 update has pretty much turned my 520 into the same turtle I had with iOS6 on an iPhone4, I'm in the market for a new phone.  I think it'll be an Android for one simple reason -- apps.  I'd really love to get top-of-the-line Lumia with a fantastic camera but I don't want to be limited by lack of apps.  It's just that simple.

Microsoft isn't going to solve the apps problem.  That boat sailed and they weren't on it.  Perhaps if Window Phone ran Android apps, I'd stay in the Windows fold.  Are you listening Microsoft?
manmuffy
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9/9/2014 | 4:47:24 AM
Another review complaining it's not an iPhone
Some factually incorrect statements: 
- "you were basically stuck with bright-colored, plastic-encased Nokia models" - I have been using my Lumia 925 dark-coloured steel phone for 2 years now.
- "Many apps that are free on iOS and Android also cost a few dollars on Windows Phone" - personally I have all the apps I need (about 40) and have never paid for one in my life. I travel a lot and the freely available downloadable HERE maps for any country in the world is a massive bonus, not available free ony any other phone.
Ooh, only 300,000 to choose from, how will I manage?
If you had used the communication/people focussed OS for any length of time you would soon find the app-centric world of Apple/Android frustrating, clunky and inconvenient. But obviously you come from the other side, so being able download the latest "rate my fart" app is more important than communicating with actual people.
You mention almost in passing that WP users are less likely to switch to iPhone 6 than any other handset user. Why is that? Don't you think we've all tried it? I have 2 iPads (bought by my work I hasten to add) and had an iPhone. The designed incompatability with anything else really bugged me - you have to buy into the whole Apple house for it to be useful and the handset was so dull. Am I the only person who can't look at an iPhone screen without thinking of Winows 3.1 from 1990? The battery was poor and I know so many people whose battery failed almost dead-on 2 years that you have to wonder if it's designed to fail on their release schedule. How many iPhones end up with shattered/cracked acreens? More than any other type of phone in my experience. How do you think a review of an iPhone by a die-hard WP user would come out? Very bad indeed. Most WP users have tried iPhones and found them wanting. Most iPhone users haven't tried WP handsets - living with them, not just for 2 weeks - but still criticise them because of iPhone reviewers basically compaining that it's not an iPhone.
The bit about the feeling comfortable - very subjective - if you're used to one size any other will feel too large/small. Incidentally the larger iPhone 6 it's almost identical size to the m8, despite the just to be released iPhone being vastly lower resolution and pixel density. The larger-screened iPhone 6 version is even lower pixel density than my 2-year old Lumia 925 and utterly miles lower than the recently released Lumia 930. Apple really are trailing the field yet Americans still seem to be acting like sheep. "Baaa - iPhones are cool - baaaa".
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