Phones Went to Windows Phone 8

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by Scarpad, Mar 4, 2013.

  1. Scarpad macrumors 68000

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    My Contract was up, and I had a 4s and my option was to wait for a 5s or switch to another Platform. I've been eyeing the Windows phone platform for awhile. I went with the Nokia 920 and I'm very happy with it, I used to have a zune and the music end of things are similar , I even reupped my Zune pass, so far I'm liking the phone alot.
     
  2. Beeplance macrumors 65816

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    That's good, the 920 is an excellent device. It's camera system even surpasses the iPhone 5 in certain aspects. I'm also inclining towards WP8 for my next phone. What colour did you go for?
     
  3. KentuckyHouse macrumors 68020

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    Glad to hear you're enjoying your 920, OP. I actually just sold mine the other day after giving WP8 a try (it just wasn't for me yet). But there's nothing wrong with trying out other platforms and devices, as long as they work for you. :D
     
  4. sentinelsx macrumors 68010

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    I am interested in one as well. I fine WP8 to be a better fit for me after trying out the 8X a couple of times in store only.

    Some questions:

    Is there a decent PDF reader that can handle both small and large PDF files without hesitation and doesn't introduce a small lag between page transitions? Like goodreader on iPhone or ezPDF on the galaxy (both are third party apps). Does it also support annotations, screen orientation locking in app only, brightness control and other options?

    Can you upload files from IE10? Or download files from IE10 to other apps?

    Is skydrive better than dropbox? I see there is no dropbox client for WP8 yet.

    Might have more questions too, thanks in advance.
     
  5. Scarpad thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Red.

    The only app I'm having an issue with is the windows mobile version of Plex, its not detecting my server at all.

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    Skydrive works as well a dropbox, I have'nt lloked for a PDF reader yet, I'll check some out
     
  6. aneftp macrumors 68040

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    In my opinion. Windows 8 phone is a rock stable mobile OS.

    No lag. Very modern interface. The lumia 920 has an excellent camera.

    There are a couple of cons to the phone. Just go over to the Nokia 920 lumia forums on wpcentral.

    Apps are catching up. But no where near as much as iOS or android. So if apps are your things like HBO go, epocrates, watchespn, pandora etc. windows 8 may not be for you yet.
     
  7. RenoG macrumors 65816

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    I'm looking at giving this phone a go myself. Question:

    I killed my old temporary iphone 3g. Because it was used as a hold me over phone (waiting on 5s) I never bothered to transfer my whole contact list to it.
    Is there a way to grab my contacts off of my Mac onto this windows phone?
    Or am I stuck with whatever contacts I managed to save on my iphone sim card?
     
  8. MuffCabbage macrumors regular

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    Save contacts to a .CSV and import to your Microsoft account
     
  9. RenoG macrumors 65816

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    I'm all apple at home so I'm going to assume that this Microsoft account is something you set up through the windows phone?

    This .cvs you speak of, is this a simple highlight-contact-list-save-as-.cvs or is this a cut and paste save as .cvs?
     
  10. KentuckyHouse macrumors 68020

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    This link might be of some help...

    http://www.ekoob.com/how-to-import-contacts-to-windows-phone-8-11887/
     
  11. RenoG macrumors 65816

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    Thanks this helps somewhat, the list just doesn't give me a 'how to sync Macbook contacts to Windows phone'.

    Looks like I may have to some how import all my contacts from mac to gmail and then from gmail to windows acct to phone, this seems doable, however...

    Not sure if its worth all the hassle to break up the lovely apple ecosystem I've grown to value. I really enjoy the convenience of having eveything sync across all devices without any effort from me, you know since I use all devices equally. *sigh* I don't hate the iphone at all, I would just love to try the windows Nokia 920.....
     
  12. KentuckyHouse macrumors 68020

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    I had a 920 up until the end of last week (I sold it as it turned out WP8 just isn't for me yet). The reason I say this is because I keep my contacts with Google. I simply added my Gmail account to the 920 and then selected to have my contacts synced to the phone from there. It worked flawlessly. It works pretty much like Gmail on an iPhone used to work (before Google removed the Active Sync option). Just add your mail account and let the phone sync with your Google contacts. No CSV business needed. :D
     
  13. RenoG macrumors 65816

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    Thanks this is actually very helpful.

    edit: I just got back from AT&T my third now 30min session messing around on all three platforms. I noticed some things that didn't quite jump out at me before.

    -Windows phone:
    Again I love the look and smooth feel of the UI the absolute most however I paid more attention this time.

    Immediately I noticed that I quickly swiped to the second page to access the list items to select.

    Why,
    I found the tiles to be either overly busy and or too consistantly generic to bother with. I wanted to see as much at a glance as possible, the odd square/rectangle shapes took up to much screen-estate resulting in a bunch of scrolling often passing up what I actually wanted. To tell one square from another you really have to pay attention to the text within it due to the same color and shape of most the squares, this caused me to slow down with the scroll swipes. Ever thumb through a deck of cards? the jokers standout (animated tiles) but you easily pass up the 3 of diamonds or the 2 of clubs (same color square/rectangle). That really bugged me. Just may be though one of those things to get use to.

    Also I don't really think I'll like the calander (I use it ALOT), the full month view was too small. I like most things at a glance especially the month view, but the zoom from what I was able to discover was only by a single day at a time, blasted.

    Other than that I found myself stuck on the Nokia..

    Android: simple, I found that each time I played on it the more I hated it...

    Going from both Android and windows phone and then hopping on the iphone 5 (the phone I'll most likely end up with after-all)
    I will have to agree with many here on Macrumors. Although most ergonomically correct and super simple to use (which has greatly spoiled me) the UI is now stale and dated, it needs a much needed refresh.

    For the amount and type of media we consume and the various methods of communitcation we all use it for, wider would do it some real good. For dumb phones one hand use is absolutely neccessary it only make perfect sense, for a smartphone where the use case is much more dynamic no. The nokia 920, the galaxy3 felt very natural to view, I never felt the need to pinch to zoom on those as I did on the iphone.

    After today I realized that I prefer (not note big but..) a bigger phone. For now though I'll have to make due with a perfect but hugely dated UI on a beautiful high quality ergonomically narrow smaller than it needs to be phone.
     
  14. Scarpad thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I Still actually own an Ipad 4 and Mini with no plans to replace either, so it's possible to live off both ecosystems.
     
  15. sentinelsx macrumors 68010

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    Hmm, anyway those tiles can be individually colored? I mean change the color of a blue tile to green instead of changing them all? Or is it app settings only?
     
  16. RenoG macrumors 65816

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    I really don't know, but my guess is no, and if you can its probably like you mentioned, all inclusive i.e. all tiles blue, all tiles green. I did notice however that the tiles were blue on the black phone and green on the yellow phone.
     
  17. KentuckyHouse macrumors 68020

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    You have to choose an overall theme color which changes all the tiles to that particular color (unless it's a third-party app that has it's own pre-designated color that's different from the phone's theme). So, yeah...you can't change individual tile colors (at least not yet).
     
  18. cameljockey, Mar 7, 2013
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    aestethic as **** cuzz + they are pretty rare

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  19. tensiondeadache macrumors regular

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    Its a great phone. I bought a Nexus 4 and can't bring myself to sell the Lumia 920, so I use both. When I'm in an LTE market, I'll pop my AT&T SIM in the Lumia, when I need Google services, the N4, etc.
     
  20. MuffCabbage macrumors regular

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    zyzz would use Windows Phone
     
  21. charlyee, Mar 7, 2013
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    The default tile color is whatever your theme color is. Some apps have their own color for the tile. For example the CNN tile is red irrespective of the theme color. Some apps also have a choice between the theme color and their generic default. So you could bring some variation in that way.

    Here are a couple of examples from my Lumia 820

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