Do you have a smart phone?

Wednesday, November 9, 2011 3:22 PM
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^^My daughter loved her Windows phone. Once it was destroyed she went with Android just to have something different even if it wasn't as good. Teenagers.


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Wednesday, November 9, 2011 3:26 PM

RatherGoodBear said:
I have an Android. How smart it is is up for debate.

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Wednesday, November 9, 2011 3:34 PM

I fear that I don't use enough Microsoft services for WP7 to float my boat. Off the top of my head... Email - Gmail, browsing - Chrome, Music - mainly Spotify, Calendar - Google, no XBox (and no interest in XBox Live). Plus, Android did all of that the instant I turned my phone on the first time and linked it, once, with my google account. On top of that, the hardware that runs WP7 is a bit... lacking... compared to existing and upcoming Android-running offerings (at least on VZW).

I dislike that it relies on IE, I *hate* that the search hotkey can't be linked to google (minor, but I *loathe* Bing), I'm not crazy about (all?) media being tied to Zune, and above all, despite looking like the slickest UI out there, there's so little support for it (community, apps, etc.) compared to iOS and Android that I don't think I could own a WP... now at least.

Maybe I'm off base, but short of taking the plunge and buying one, I'm not sure how I'd be convinced. When my usual outlets of gadget-purchase-guiding (tech forums, personal recommendations) are riddled with people lauding Android and iOS, it's hard to put all my cards in with the one or two guys who occasionally come out in support of WP7 (no offense).

I'm watching them with interest though. Maybe in the year between now and when I end up with my next phone the playing field will have leveled a bit.

Last edited by BBSpeed26, Wednesday, November 9, 2011 3:40 PM

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Wednesday, November 9, 2011 4:06 PM
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Jeff said:
It's not "WinMo." Windows Mobile no longer exists. Windows Phone is different. You should try it.

My brother got the Samsung Surround (I think it is) for free from AT&T when he was working at Best Buy. He uses it as a backup phone at times. I might have to give it a try.


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Wednesday, November 9, 2011 4:07 PM
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Pagoda Gift Shop said:
Same as ApolloAndy. Data plans are still a rip off. Why would I pay for internet twice?

I have unlimited 3G data and text with 300 minutes of talk for $25/month all fees included on my Android. Doesn't seem like a ripoff. It's cheaper than my home internet, and I can take it with me.


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Wednesday, November 9, 2011 4:15 PM
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Windows Phone is good at social media integration, but I find Android devices to be superior in most other applications including a very well developed multi-tasking scheme that easily allows background services.

I'm not one to really care about social media, so Windows Phone has no upside to me at present, Android for me is a much better platform to run what I need to run. Also, maybe I drink a little too much Google Koolaid, but I don't really like Bing and the rest of the MS services. Android has a great ecosystem and really is a nice OS if you are a bit on the tech side.


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Wednesday, November 9, 2011 4:20 PM
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That's just my thing, too. I'm a huge Google fanboy - right down to my free Chromebook.


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Wednesday, November 9, 2011 4:24 PM
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The only part of Bing I prefer over Google is the maps. Google used to be pretty good, but when they teamed up with TeleAtlas their driving estimates became just as atrociously overestimated as TomTom's GPS devices. They aren't partnered anymore, but Google is still bad. Bing Maps is far, FAR more accurate in its time estimates.

I only wish the Bing app for iPhone weren't so unintuitive and cumbersome to use for mapping.

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Wednesday, November 9, 2011 4:59 PM

Yes. iPhone. When contract is up, will switch carriers, but not platforms.


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Wednesday, November 9, 2011 5:50 PM
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Currently have a 1st generation Motorola Droid, and am counting the minutes until I switch to an iPhone 4S. Should happen this month.

I didn't have a problem with Android OS; I thought it was very good. But the dogged slowness of my current hardware has left me wanting the latest and greatest, and I've played around with the 4S enough to know I (probably) won't be throwing it out the window of my car as I'm driving 80mph down the highway as I've been tempted to do with my Droid.

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Wednesday, November 9, 2011 6:13 PM
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I moved from Gen 1 Droid to the Bionic and have been very pleased with the increase in performance.


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Wednesday, November 9, 2011 6:33 PM
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iPhone 4.

I'm curious to know how many buzzers use a touch to browse...


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Wednesday, November 9, 2011 6:39 PM

Android.
Google fan boy.
(and I don't want a phone that's name will always remind me of Tom Cruise's daughter)

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Wednesday, November 9, 2011 7:29 PM
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Have a Droid2 here. Android OS seems good and functional for what I need out of it.

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Wednesday, November 9, 2011 8:16 PM
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No.

:)

Am I weird?

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Wednesday, November 9, 2011 8:37 PM
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BBSpeed26 said:
I fear that I don't use enough Microsoft services for WP7 to float my boat. Off the top of my head... Email - Gmail, browsing - Chrome, Music - mainly Spotify, Calendar - Google, no XBox (and no interest in XBox Live).

Shouldn't matter. It's not a Microsoft-centric device. I use Gmail, multiple calendars, FB, Twitter, all no problem. Like I said, you set up your accounts, it all just magically works. The big win is that it knows how to join all of the data. When I got mine, my iPhone was syncing with Address Book, which synced with Google, which means all of my phone numbers and addresses were simply there on the new phone. I can look at my wife's profile, and it has a history of all contact with her, via phone, text, e-mail and FB.

On top of that, the hardware that runs WP7 is a bit... lacking... compared to existing and upcoming Android-running offerings (at least on VZW).

Lacking for what? I see this argument all of the time, and in this day and age, it doesn't even make sense because the average phone already has enough power to launch a space shuttle. Most of the WP7 phones are nearly the same, from the same OEM's, as the Android phones.

I dislike that it relies on IE, I *hate* that the search hotkey can't be linked to google (minor, but I *loathe* Bing), I'm not crazy about (all?) media being tied to Zune, and above all, despite looking like the slickest UI out there, there's so little support for it (community, apps, etc.) compared to iOS and Android that I don't think I could own a WP... now at least.

None of those statements are true (except maybe what you hate)... you should give it a closer look.

Pete said:
Windows Phone is good at social media integration, but I find Android devices to be superior in most other applications including a very well developed multi-tasking scheme that easily allows background services.

Mango does that as well, only the implementation is actually better, because it won't allow poorly written apps to kill your battery.

birdhombre said:
The only part of Bing I prefer over Google is the maps.

They did a nice job with that. It just knows to speak the directions to my car via Bluetooth.

Microsoft has done an awful job marketing this thing. What I learned when I switched from iPhone was mostly that the WP7 approach is more task based, and challenges the "icon grid." As it turns out, I like this better. When I see the weather icon, it shows the temperature, then flips and shows the radar. I love that.

I've very excited about the new phones coming out. The Nokia's are beautiful. The HTC Titan is pretty awesomely huge.


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Wednesday, November 9, 2011 8:39 PM
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I have a cheap pay-as-you-go AT&T Go Phone, and it's not very smart. I don't want to be enticed to spend every waking moment connected to the internet. How would I ever get any work done? I might make 5 phone calls a week on it.


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Wednesday, November 9, 2011 9:20 PM

HTC EVO with Android 2.3

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Wednesday, November 9, 2011 10:19 PM
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^^LK, "5 phone calls a week"... that got me thinking. I looked at my minutes used. Last month it was 17 minutes. Back in 2006 it was around 1,400 minutes a month. Things sure have changed. It's mostly texts now.


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Wednesday, November 9, 2011 10:39 PM
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I stopped keeping track of my rollover minutes because after a year they expire, and I think I have over 4,000 minutes. My data usage isn't normally under 200 MB a month, because I typically have WiFi.


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