Reposting here - Looking for a simple solid smartphone.. windows 8?

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by Fouracre44, May 20, 2013.

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  1. Fouracre44 macrumors regular

    Jun 6, 2012
    Hi guys,

    Recently I posted in the iphone forum and was told to repost here because I used to own an iphone and still use mac in my home but am talking about windows. It was stolen a few months ago from my bag while I was at work, and I'm getting a new phone but I'm certainly not getting an iphone 5 as it's just not built that well and past iphones aren't exactly what I want either.

    I work as an electrician, I need a phone that will be good for work and personal use and is easy to use and I'm not comfortable with android, I don't necessarily think the interface is that great and I think iOS does it better. but I had the pleasure of using windows 8 the other day and I loved it, I've not had the chance to use this OS long term but I think I would love to use this in the long term.

    For anyone using windows phone 8, what phone should I be looking at and how is this OS? I don't need all the fancy apps and crazy live wallpapers and crazy stuff, just want a solid smartphone, with good call quality, and good durability, I will be putting a case on it anyway.

    Can anyone help me?

  2. MuffCabbage, May 20, 2013
    Last edited: May 20, 2013

    MuffCabbage macrumors regular

    Nov 11, 2012
    Who's your provider? Whats your price range (Subsidized or full price?)?

    Higher End:
    The 928 on Verizon for $30-100 (subsidized)
    Lumia 920 on ATT

    Lower End:
    Lumia 520 and 720. These phones wont play the more demanding games since they have limited RAM.
    720 gets you a solid phone besides the RAM.
    520 gets you a super cheap phone for around $150 unsubsidized, but the screen is going to be a bit washed out and no camera flash. It should still be a solid phone though.
  3. ChazUK macrumors 603


    Feb 3, 2008
    Essex (UK)
    Go Nokia if you can. The Here Drive GPS app is superb and free features like Nokia Music is also a great addition.

    Some of the Nokia exclusive applications make it worth going for a Lumia over rival handsets.
  4. scott craft macrumors 6502a

    Feb 10, 2011
    I have the 8X on Verizon and I really like it, but if you are on Verizon or AT&T the price of the 920/928 with 32gb of storage are hard to beat. I owned a Lumia 822 for a while and for the most part think the Nokia exclusive apps are slightly overrated, but they are pretty neat. I don't think you will be disappointed with a high end Lumia, especially the camera.
  5. otismotive77 macrumors 6502

    May 18, 2013
    nokia has the best windows8 smartphones. you should consider these 2: lumia 920, lumia 925.
  6. MuffCabbage macrumors regular

    Nov 11, 2012
    Here Drive is in all Windows Phones now, but Nokia allows its phones to have a worldwide license vs just their continent or something like that. They also do provide a lot of other good apps and features for their phones that make them a good choice.
  7. jrswizzle macrumors 603


    Aug 23, 2012
    McKinney, TX
    Along these same lines (sorry to hijack the thread OP) - what would ya'll consider the best WP8 smartphone for checking out WP8.....

    I'm looking for cheap and unsubsidized, likely $300 and below if at all possible. It won't be a phone I use a lot, don't care about the camera or playing tons of games. Would like a decent display though. Storage space is a non-issue.
  8. scott craft macrumors 6502a

    Feb 10, 2011
    I wish Nokia would put an amp on the headphone jack like the 8X. I was skeptical of the sound because the 822 I had sounded nice, but it doesn't compare to the 8X. HTC certainly got that part right. If the 8X had a memory card slot and a slightly bigger battery it would be perfect in my opinion. As it is the 8X and 928 are both $99 on Verizon so the 8X is really a tough sell with what the 928 has to offer.
  9. BigRed1 macrumors 6502

    Dec 13, 2011
    The Lumia 521 is suppose to be remarkable for its price - you can find it for $129 unsubsidized. It'll work on TMobile, but perhaps Att as well?
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