1. iMore Question's Avatar
    With Windows Phone, i can make my start screen really unique and pin my favourite apps and websites for easy access. I can also make the tiles transparent to show a parralax background. Even though it has less apps that iOS, everything I need is available in the 250000+ selection of apps currently available. I find the UI clean and fresh, and it also seems to me like iOS7 stole Windows Phone's flat design sense.

    I would love to know your opinions on why iOS is better than Windows Phone 8.1
    p.s. I am asking this as a Windows fanboy, really because I want to know your opinions. Sorry if this comes across as biased
    05-17-2014 03:34 PM
  2. iOS Gravity's Avatar
    Nothing really makes any OS "better". It all depends on your personal preference.
    05-17-2014 04:29 PM
  3. baseballbert's Avatar
    I use both, I really like WP quite a bit. 8.1 is a great update, and it works really well.

    A larger screen and iOS 8 could be a nice combo. Can't go wrong either way.


    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    05-17-2014 06:09 PM
  4. Speedygi's Avatar
    First off, apps. iOS beats Windows Phone hands down in that department. Some of the apps that are missing on Windows Phone can be really indispensible, but you can't lament the fact simply because so many less users are on Windows Phone compared to the much higher volume iOS users.

    Secondly, the software of Windows Phone, inclusive of the interface and the keyboard and pretty much everything software-wise has never been as polished as iOS, which is why I think Windows Phone is still a niche novelty. People get into Windows Phone need to know they are buying into a platform that's still really young in the scheme of things, especially given Microsoft's typical slow pace.
    Beyond Fire likes this.
    05-17-2014 06:23 PM
  5. zerog46's Avatar
    For me it was the apps. I tried the icon for a few weeks but the lack of apps I used for work just did me in. Also the keyboard in my opinion was really bad compared to apple.
    05-17-2014 06:28 PM
  6. Beyond Fire's Avatar
    To add to what Speedygi said: ACCESSORIES!

    iPhone has hands down the best Accessory support then any other platform out there. From cases that have built in stun guns or shot pourers to camera lenses. It's crazy what kind of accessories you can find for the iPhone.
    05-17-2014 06:31 PM
  7. Jaguarr40's Avatar
    You already said you were asking because you are a Windows Phone fanboy and nothing wrong with that.
    You named what you like and what it can do. I would not even try and convince you.
    I love the CS Apple provides and would not ask you to convince me but thank you and please feel free to stop here anytime the time motivates you.
    taz323, phreddyl and nikkisharif like this.
    05-17-2014 07:19 PM
  8. phreddyl's Avatar
    You already said you were asking because you are a Windows Phone fanboy and nothing wrong with that.
    You named what you like and what it can do. I would not even try and convince you.
    I love the CS Apple provides and would not ask you to convince me but thank you and please feel free to stop here anytime the time motivates you.
    You took the words out of my mouth.
    nikkisharif, Jaguarr40 and taz323 like this.
    05-17-2014 08:45 PM
  9. rdiddy_25's Avatar
    Don't feed the troll.
    taz323 and Speedygi like this.
    05-17-2014 11:48 PM
  10. Speedygi's Avatar
    To add to what Speedygi said: ACCESSORIES!

    iPhone has hands down the best Accessory support then any other platform out there. From cases that have built in stun guns or shot pourers to camera lenses. It's crazy what kind of accessories you can find for the iPhone.



    This is so true, I was searching for a case for my new white Lumia 1020 yesterday and I struggled to find any, and those I found were really plain looking. Sigh, I guess I just have to look on WPCentral...
    nikkisharif likes this.
    05-18-2014 12:21 AM
  11. iOS Gravity's Avatar
    Don't feed the troll.
    How are they trolling?
    05-18-2014 11:28 AM
  12. HankAZ's Avatar
    Don't feed the troll.
    Careful, buddy. A comment like that could get you 35 points toward a suspension as a "personal attack". #politicalcorrectnessrunamok
    05-18-2014 12:51 PM
  13. Highrisedrifter's Avatar
    I've not spent much time with Windows Phone but I can say that I have owned and used both Android and IOS devices extensively.

    For me, the best thing about iOS is the rock solid stability it has; it far and away outstrips Android in that regard.

    I had a Nokia Lumia for about a month and whilst the phone had great build quality, I just felt that the operating system wasn't as fully featured as Android and not as robust as iOS. I realise that this is just my perception but these things are important, right? After all, it is me that will have to live with and use a device, so my feelings towards one particular OS over another are important.

    I honestly believe that if you feel that one OS/device gives you the experience you desire and the functions you need that go with that and let everyone else worry about themselves.
    05-18-2014 03:12 PM
  14. Not Quite Right's Avatar
    How are they trolling?
    You really have to ask?
    05-18-2014 09:03 PM
  15. boovish's Avatar
    Hardware, and the quality of it, that is if you actually take good care of your devices. If you don't, I advise you to not buy any smartphone. Anyway, you can also "Pin" sites to your iPhone home screen as well, and the while the parallax wallpapers are neat, you are not making the tiles transparent, just giving them a wallpaper. Finally, iOS 7.1 looks pretty nice once you get over the icon designs. I especially like the small little touches that add to the experience, like certain transparent design elements, and the volume overlay, and apps moving slightly with the device's position. Trust me on these points. I use an iPhone 5c, Lumia 822 with the dev preview 8.1, and an HP Pre 3. If you still haven't decided by the end of my comment, I suggest you try webOS. It may be old, but we may see a reboot of webOS done by LG with the new Mochi design. Which would have given webOS an iOS 7 like design in 2011. Read here: The lost secrets of webOS | The Verge
    05-18-2014 09:27 PM
  16. nikkisharif's Avatar
    I haven't used a Windows Phone, so I can't begin to tell you how I think iOS is better. iOS works for my needs currently & when that changes, I'll change platforms. I'm no fanboy to any company, I just want what works for my lifestyle.
    phreddyl likes this.
    05-18-2014 11:25 PM
  17. Speedygi's Avatar
    Hardware, and the quality of it, that is if you actually take good care of your devices. If you don't, I advise you to not buy any smartphone. Anyway, you can also "Pin" sites to your iPhone home screen as well, and the while the parallax wallpapers are neat, you are not making the tiles transparent, just giving them a wallpaper. Finally, iOS 7.1 looks pretty nice once you get over the icon designs. I especially like the small little touches that add to the experience, like certain transparent design elements, and the volume overlay, and apps moving slightly with the device's position. Trust me on these points. I use an iPhone 5c, Lumia 822 with the dev preview 8.1, and an HP Pre 3. If you still haven't decided by the end of my comment, I suggest you try webOS. It may be old, but we may see a reboot of webOS done by LG with the new Mochi design. Which would have given webOS an iOS 7 like design in 2011. Read here: The lost secrets of webOS | The Verge
    Why would someone choose a platform that might never see any actual hardware in the near future, I wonder?
    Not Quite Right likes this.
    05-18-2014 11:28 PM
  18. nason54's Avatar
    Nothing really makes any OS "better". It all depends on your personal preference.
    I really couldn't have said it any better.

    If you think windows is great and better than ios, then in your opinion it is true. Every one on earth has the gift of individuality and not be copies of each other. Meaning we have different tastes and preference.

    Still, not to sound like I'm bashing you, I think what Microsoft did with windows phone, I give them mad props.


    Sent from my awesome iPhone 5, soon to be 6 later this year.
    05-19-2014 12:18 AM
  19. Grabber5.0's Avatar
    Why would someone choose a platform that might never see any actual hardware in the near future, I wonder?
    Because it's the best!
    boovish likes this.
    05-19-2014 12:20 AM
  20. wbkm85's Avatar
    who cares? its a phone

    use what you like. move on...
    anon4757448 and nikkisharif like this.
    05-19-2014 04:07 AM
  21. petvas72's Avatar
    For me it's all about integration with all of my computing devices. I use OS X primarily, so my phone should integrate well with everything I have on OS X and need to access when I am using my phone.
    The combination OS X, iPad and iPhone is for me the best. I tried using Android, but it doesn't integrate as well in my workflow, so that is why I choose to stay with iOS.
    The ecosystem is just the best out there
    05-19-2014 07:39 AM
  22. warcraftWidow's Avatar
    Why should we convince you one is better than the other? iOS and iPhones are best for me. Since I don't know you, I wouldn't even want to guess which smartphone is best for you.
    nikkisharif likes this.
    05-19-2014 08:22 AM
  23. Michael M Maslowski's Avatar
    I personally object to discussions like this post, as it is a decision made entirely on your own personal concept of comfort, as well as rather intimate connection between yourself and the device.

    I am a recent iPhone 5s -> Nokia Lumia 1520 switcher and I can attest that some of the arguments that you have raised are definitely valid. While The App Store on WP is a vast improvement compared to what it used to be in 2012 (I got my Lumia 800 at that time), it still lacks some cool and useful apps, and quite indispensable like Day One. That being said, some multi-platform apps that do exist suck big time on WP i.e., Path that is nowhere as polished and elegant as its iOS counterpart.

    On the other hand, the photo UI of Nokia devices + PureView are notably better, and quite substantially better, respectively in photo and video recording. Those were the actual reasons that made me switch to WP.

    While I have not tested the WP 8.1 iteration (waiting for the stable release), it looks fantastic and most definitely invalidates the feature gap. In addition, customization of the home screen in WP to me is very elegant and allows you to obtain the latest info and feeds without the need of opening specific apps. Naturally, Notifications in iOS is nice, but far from being as elegant and functional as WP live tiles; naturally, IMHO.

    Overall, I feel that with releases like WP 8.1 MSFT has bright future ahead with their mobile services & products departments. Plus they have something that Apple does not have, that is their own search infrastructure that powers MSFT's Cortana; let's not forget that the latter is entirely customizable and plugs in nicely to devs' apps, something that Siri definitely lacks. I believe the last two factors give MSFT competitive advantage, no matter how you look at it.

    Finally, MSFT's new CEO has made numerous pronouncements about ramping up the pace of WP development and seems to position his vision on cloud and mobile computing. In this context, WP 9 is believed to follow in approximately one year after WP 8.1 release. We'll believe it when we see it, I guess.

    Take care.
    Last edited by Michael M Maslowski; 05-19-2014 at 08:06 PM.
    davebolton likes this.
    05-19-2014 08:37 AM
  24. Septembersrain's Avatar
    Personally, I don't like the lists. I like the tile layout but I don't like the apps listing on the next page.

    I'm a current user of an iPhone, BlackBerry 10, and an Android device. I had a Windows phone which I put 8.1 on. I just never could get used to the UI.

    Sent from a larger than life device using Tapatalk!
    05-19-2014 08:49 AM
  25. melbsteve's Avatar
    who cares? its a phone

    use what you like. move on...
    if that's your attitude I do wonder what you're doing on iMore.
    05-19-2014 08:58 AM
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