Register FAQ / Rules Forum Spy Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read
Go Back   MacRumors Forums > iPhone, iPod and iPad > Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old Aug 11, 2012, 05:43 AM   #1
wrkactjob
Banned
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: London
Will You look At the Windows 8 Phones?

Especially if your not keen on the next iPhone would you consider a move?

There are a variety of screen sizes (4" 4.3" and 4.7") available both from Nokia and HTC.

http://blog.gadgethelpline.com/windo...evealed-month/


http://www.techradar.com/news/phone-...mber-3-1091634
wrkactjob is offline   1 Reply With Quote
Old Aug 11, 2012, 06:08 AM   #2
ChazUK
macrumors 603
 
ChazUK's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Essex (UK)
I'll be checking them out. WP7 isn't bad at all and WP8 should bring some nice features to the table.
__________________
Windows 8 Desktop | HP Chromebook 11 | Moto G GPE | iPhone 4s | iPad Mini Retina | Nexus 7
ChazUK is offline   2 Reply With Quote
Old Aug 11, 2012, 10:07 AM   #3
scott craft
macrumors 6502
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Louisiana
I am very interested in a WP8 from Nokia. I am currently using a WP7 device and I really enjoy it. I'm looking forward to what WP8 brings to the table.
scott craft is online now   5 Reply With Quote
Old Aug 11, 2012, 10:16 AM   #4
ixodes
macrumors 601
 
ixodes's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Pacific Coast, USA
While I wait for Apple to catch up to the mainstream smartphones with full sized displays, I have decided to buy a Windows 8 phone. It should be an interesting experience.
__________________
An Ultra Fast Mac Is...My Favorite
ixodes is offline   3 Reply With Quote
Old Aug 11, 2012, 10:25 AM   #5
Quotenfrau
macrumors 6502
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Quote:
Originally Posted by wrkactjob View Post
Especially if your not keen on the next iPhone would you consider a move?
No not at all. IMHO Android and iOS are the most attractive mobile environments. The rest is too far away.

By the way: M$ released the Windows Phone 7 Connector in App Store for free:

Quotenfrau is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Aug 11, 2012, 10:30 AM   #6
AustinIllini
macrumors Demi-God
 
AustinIllini's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Austin, TX
If you're an android user, I'm sure there will be a launcher for it soon enough anyway. Try launcher 7, the interface is absolutely crazy.
__________________
Victory ILLINOIS Varsity!
Early 2011 13" MBP iPad Mini Retina 32 GB Google Nexus 5
AustinIllini is offline   2 Reply With Quote
Old Aug 11, 2012, 10:36 AM   #7
Calidude
Banned
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
I would definitely look at them, but I can't see them becoming a major player for smartphones for another 3 years.

Also, I really hate the interface. It's really childish and simplistic looking, like I'm not using a phone but rather some kind of electronic mall kiosk menu. If they can actually deliver an interface that doesn't make me feel like I'm being sold some flashy crap like a futuristic display from Minority Report, I'll consider a Windows Phone.
Calidude is offline   1 Reply With Quote
Old Aug 11, 2012, 10:41 AM   #8
Dr. McKay
macrumors 6502a
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Belgium, Europe
WP7 is good, and is a match for Android and iOS. But MS were too late with it. In any case, the fact that you're more or less screwed if you bought a WP7 phone, really makes me ignore WP altogether.

It puzzles me : is a phone that runs WP7 not powerful enough to handle WP8 ?
In any case, I'll be getting an iPhone 4S when the 5 is released (it's too expensive right now) or Google Nexus with Android (a LOT cheaper and just as good)...
Dr. McKay is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Aug 11, 2012, 11:39 AM   #9
sentinelsx
macrumors 68010
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Yup. 90% chance i will also flip my S3 for a WP8 from Nokia. Love the Metro UI and the app design consistency. Give it more apps and i don't care at all about android.
sentinelsx is offline   1 Reply With Quote
Old Aug 11, 2012, 11:54 AM   #10
noteple
macrumors 6502a
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Quote:
Originally Posted by scott craft View Post
I am very interested in a WP8 from Nokia. I am currently using a WP7 device and I really enjoy it. I'm looking forward to what WP8 brings to the table.
It brings a whole new phone. The WP7 device can go in the closet.
Even so I'm looking forward to a test drive.
noteple is offline   1 Reply With Quote
Old Aug 17, 2012, 08:05 AM   #11
greygray
macrumors 68000
 
greygray's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
All i can say is that I'm keeping an open mind. If other phones are better, I wouldn't mind considering jumping ship; that's technology, it always gets better.
greygray is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Aug 17, 2012, 11:59 AM   #12
Prototypical
macrumors 6502
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Nebraska
Quote:
Originally Posted by AustinIllini View Post
If you're an android user, I'm sure there will be a launcher for it soon enough anyway. Try launcher 7, the interface is absolutely crazy.
Launcher7 is what woke me up to Windows Phone when I had a Droid. I switched launchers like underwear before I discovered L7, and stuck with that for the remaining six months I owned the phone. So much better than the stock Android launcher and so much different than any of the other launchers out there.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Calidude View Post
Also, I really hate the interface. It's really childish and simplistic looking, like I'm not using a phone but rather some kind of electronic mall kiosk menu. If they can actually deliver an interface that doesn't make me feel like I'm being sold some flashy crap like a futuristic display from Minority Report, I'll consider a Windows Phone.
IMO, it's beautiful in a simplistic/minimalistic kind of way. And it is by far the easiest interface to use of the three major players... at least for me. Get in, get out, get on with my life. Exactly what I want from my device.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Dr. McKay View Post
WP7 is good, and is a match for Android and iOS. But MS were too late with it. In any case, the fact that you're more or less screwed if you bought a WP7 phone, really makes me ignore WP altogether.

It puzzles me : is a phone that runs WP7 not powerful enough to handle WP8 ?
A lot of the WP8 issue is hardware, from what I understand. Display, scaling, NFC, etc. That said, Windows shot themselves in the foot by proclaiming that all WP7 devices couldn't be updated to WP8. The average consumer wouldn't know the difference between WP8 and WP8.01, the latter of which could be the Windows 7.8 (stripped down WP8) they plan to release to all legacy phones.
Prototypical is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Aug 17, 2012, 01:13 PM   #13
AustinIllini
macrumors Demi-God
 
AustinIllini's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Austin, TX
Quote:
Originally Posted by Prototypical View Post
Launcher7 is what woke me up to Windows Phone when I had a Droid. I switched launchers like underwear before I discovered L7, and stuck with that for the remaining six months I owned the phone. So much better than the stock Android launcher and so much different than any of the other launchers out there.
Honestly, after owning the GS3 for a month, I have to agree with you. The Windows feel was actually really enjoyable.
__________________
Victory ILLINOIS Varsity!
Early 2011 13" MBP iPad Mini Retina 32 GB Google Nexus 5
AustinIllini is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Aug 17, 2012, 02:20 PM   #14
Technarchy
macrumors 68040
 
Technarchy's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2012
I like Windows 7 and I am sure I will like Windows 8.

The app situation is atrocious though. That's my biggest point of contention.

In terms of user experience, it's very very good. I think it looks good as well.
__________________
Steve Jobs, January 9th 2007, 10:44am: "We filed for over 200 patents for all the inventions in iPhone and we intend to protect them."
Technarchy is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Aug 17, 2012, 10:04 PM   #15
Vegastouch
macrumors 601
 
Vegastouch's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Quote:
Originally Posted by AustinIllini View Post
If you're an android user, I'm sure there will be a launcher for it soon enough anyway. Try launcher 7, the interface is absolutely crazy.
Giving this a shot today and so far, its pretty cool and works great. Dont think it is the best looking home screen using th tiles but its a change of pace.
Vegastouch is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Aug 17, 2012, 10:14 PM   #16
AustinIllini
macrumors Demi-God
 
AustinIllini's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Austin, TX
Quote:
Originally Posted by Vegastouch View Post
Giving this a shot today and so far, its pretty cool and works great. Dont think it is the best looking home screen using th tiles but its a change of pace.
It also doesn't really fit the phone. It feels really "not native". However, it really does make a case for Windows phone.
__________________
Victory ILLINOIS Varsity!
Early 2011 13" MBP iPad Mini Retina 32 GB Google Nexus 5
AustinIllini is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Aug 17, 2012, 10:20 PM   #17
Vegastouch
macrumors 601
 
Vegastouch's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Quote:
Originally Posted by AustinIllini View Post
It also doesn't really fit the phone. It feels really "not native". However, it really does make a case for Windows phone.
Looks like it fits fine to me

Vegastouch is offline   1 Reply With Quote
Old Aug 17, 2012, 10:25 PM   #18
AustinIllini
macrumors Demi-God
 
AustinIllini's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Austin, TX
Quote:
Originally Posted by Prototypical View Post
That said, Windows shot themselves in the foot by proclaiming that all WP7 devices couldn't be updated to WP8. The average consumer wouldn't know the difference between WP8 and WP8.01, the latter of which could be the Windows 7.8 (stripped down WP8) they plan to release to all legacy phones.
You nailed this 100%. If I'm Microsoft, I either
A) bring WP8 to Lumia
B) Don't announce that the Lumia isn't supported until a WP8 phone is an option.

We still don't know to what degree Microsoft has screwed up on this. Honestly, I feel like for us power users, this is kind of like strike one. Microsoft probably doesn't want to fall into the same boat as android where updates never happen.

----------

Quote:
Originally Posted by Vegastouch View Post
Looks like it fits fine to me

Image
Well yeah, but it's not really Windows phone. Choose a tile and it just opens the android app (duh), which really isn't the whole windows experience. It does look great, but there's definitely a chrome logo tile in the launcher so you don't have the IE logo on your Chrome tile!
__________________
Victory ILLINOIS Varsity!
Early 2011 13" MBP iPad Mini Retina 32 GB Google Nexus 5
AustinIllini is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Aug 17, 2012, 10:47 PM   #19
thejadedmonkey
macrumors 604
 
thejadedmonkey's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Pa
Send a message via AIM to thejadedmonkey
Yes.

I'm already using a Lumia 800 as my main phone and love it. I'll definitely switch to a WP8 device asap.

The iPhone isn't even an option anymore.
__________________
MacBook 17" MacBook Pro iPod Nano Apple TV
PS4 Custom Windows 8.1 Desktop WP8.1
"Good judgment comes from experience,
experience comes from bad judgment."
- Mulla Nasrudin
thejadedmonkey is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Aug 17, 2012, 11:27 PM   #20
scott craft
macrumors 6502
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Louisiana
Quote:
Originally Posted by Vegastouch View Post
Looks like it fits fine to me

Image
That looks pretty nice. I ran launcher 7 for a time when I used my Motorola Droid.
scott craft is online now   0 Reply With Quote
Old Aug 18, 2012, 02:18 AM   #21
Calidude
Banned
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Quote:
Originally Posted by thejadedmonkey View Post
Yes.

I'm already using a Lumia 800 as my main phone and love it. I'll definitely switch to a WP8 device asap.

The iPhone isn't even an option anymore.
You're not upset that you bought a phone that you can't even upgrade from 7.5 to 8?
Calidude is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Aug 18, 2012, 02:28 AM   #22
thejadedmonkey
macrumors 604
 
thejadedmonkey's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Pa
Send a message via AIM to thejadedmonkey
Quote:
Originally Posted by Calidude View Post
You're not upset that you bought a phone that you can't even upgrade from 7.5 to 8?
Not at all. The phone I purchased was a Samsung Focus, so it's already old and pretty beat up. I actually got the Lumia 800 after WP8 was announced for a great price.
__________________
MacBook 17" MacBook Pro iPod Nano Apple TV
PS4 Custom Windows 8.1 Desktop WP8.1
"Good judgment comes from experience,
experience comes from bad judgment."
- Mulla Nasrudin
thejadedmonkey is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Aug 18, 2012, 02:35 AM   #23
irDigital0l
Guest
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Sure, but I wont buy it.
irDigital0l is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Aug 18, 2012, 12:07 PM   #24
Grolubao
macrumors 6502a
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Quote:
Originally Posted by Calidude View Post
You're not upset that you bought a phone that you can't even upgrade from 7.5 to 8?
If it works fine, then why bother with windows 8? Same for iOs6, why bother upgrading to ios6 if I'm losing maps, and basically not gaining anything?

I think for all that matters, windows 7.5 is more than enough for what one needs.
Grolubao is offline   1 Reply With Quote
Old Aug 18, 2012, 12:13 PM   #25
LostSoul80
macrumors 68000
 
LostSoul80's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Yes, why not. WP7 is gorgeous, I'd recommend to try it out. I think the aestethics will play an important role though, so we'll see how that goes.
__________________
Automatic Fans: UltraFan
LostSoul80 is offline   0 Reply With Quote

Reply
MacRumors Forums > iPhone, iPod and iPad > Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Similar Threads
thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Russin mobile companies dropping iphones for Windows 8 phones bobenhaus iPhone 1 Jul 15, 2013 12:11 AM
Google Maps cut off from Windows phones? Rogifan Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices 33 Jan 7, 2013 10:12 PM
HTC's new 8X Windows Phones look slick! Technarchy Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices 58 Sep 21, 2012 10:25 AM
When did small phones become crappy phones? Rogifan iPhone 12 Sep 20, 2012 09:27 AM

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:46 PM.

Mac Rumors | Mac | iPhone | iPhone Game Reviews | iPhone Apps

Mobile Version | Fixed | Fluid | Fluid HD
Copyright 2002-2013, MacRumors.com, LLC