1. EauRouge's Avatar
    To the OP: I'm glad that solved your problems! Just out of curiosity, which problems did you have with iOS and how did WP fix them? I've had "problems" with each mobile platform I've used, so Im a bit surprised that all your problems were solved and no new ones turned up
    11-26-2013 05:03 PM
  2. tgp's Avatar
    All 3 OS's? I believe there are 4..although I cannot for the life of me remember which OS that is.
    Ha you're right, I wasn't very clear, but it seems you figured it out! Maybe I should've said "The 2 real OS's plus WP" or something like that; you know, like the ad about New York City having "Six professional sports teams, and also the Mets".
    11-26-2013 08:35 PM
  3. Grabber5.0's Avatar
    Ha you're right, I wasn't very clear, but it seems you figured it out! Maybe I should've said "The 2 real OS's plus WP" or something like that; you know, like the ad about New York City having "Six professional sports teams, and also the Mets".
    I think you misspelled Jets.

    I will never understand why MS made such radical changes from WM to WP. The interface is so uncomfortable for me. I admit I've never given it a chance, mostly based on appearance.
    11-26-2013 09:35 PM
  4. tgp's Avatar
    I think you misspelled Jets.

    I will never understand why MS made such radical changes from WM to WP. The interface is so uncomfortable for me. I admit I've never given it a chance, mostly based on appearance.
    I was an avid WM user back in the day. It was very functional, much like Windows. I could browse files and edit the registry. But, it was not user friendly at all! If I handed my phone to someone else it was difficult for them to figure out how to place or even answer a phone call. I think that changing WM's UI was necessary.

    Microsoft very much restricted the functionality in WP. It's very tightly controlled, making iOS seem open source by comparison. But as controlled as iOS is, it's very functional due to having almost every conceivable app available. Right now I would say that in functionality and day to day use that iOS & Android are a lot alike. I had no trouble switching back and forth between them. Speed, stability, smoothness, appearance, and apps were all very similar.

    WP is simple at first, but once you get into it the learning curve becomes steep very quickly. I found that I spent a lot of time trying to figure out workarounds to do simple stuff, or just simple do without. I was to the point where I began to question whether WP's functionality even justified the cost of a data plan. And there are still plenty of bugs. MLB release an At Bat app partway through the season, but it didn't work half the time. I don't know whether it was the fault of the app or the OS, but because of other issues I found with WP I suspect it was more the OS's fault. Sometimes MLB At Bat crashed upon opening, and I would manually set the date to a day earlier, and then it would work.

    I also found WP's UI to be very inefficient. Everything is way too big. That's fine on a desktop or even a tablet, but on a <5" screen it's not acceptable. I spent a lot of time scrolling and tapping.
    kataran likes this.
    11-26-2013 10:55 PM
  5. Grabber5.0's Avatar
    I was an avid WM user back in the day. It was very functional, much like Windows. I could browse files and edit the registry. But, it was not user friendly at all! If I handed my phone to someone else it was difficult for them to figure out how to place or even answer a phone call. I think that changing WM's UI was necessary.

    Microsoft very much restricted the functionality in WP. It's very tightly controlled, making iOS seem open source by comparison. But as controlled as iOS is, it's very functional due to having almost every conceivable app available. Right now I would say that in functionality and day to day use that iOS & Android are a lot alike. I had no trouble switching back and forth between them. Speed, stability, smoothness, appearance, and apps were all very similar.

    WP is simple at first, but once you get into it the learning curve becomes steep very quickly. I found that I spent a lot of time trying to figure out workarounds to do simple stuff, or just simple do without. I was to the point where I began to question whether WP's functionality even justified the cost of a data plan. And there are still plenty of bugs. MLB release an At Bat app partway through the season, but it didn't work half the time. I don't know whether it was the fault of the app or the OS, but because of other issues I found with WP I suspect it was more the OS's fault. Sometimes MLB At Bat crashed upon opening, and I would manually set the date to a day earlier, and then it would work.

    I also found WP's UI to be very inefficient. Everything is way too big. That's fine on a desktop or even a tablet, but on a <5" screen it's not acceptable. I spent a lot of time scrolling and tapping.
    I can relate to most of that. I also agree that many elements in WP are way too big.

    My first two smartphones were Windows Mobile - a brick of a slider in the PPC-6700 and then the Treo 800W. The Treo was a great phone, with Palm making a few nice UI changes. They were definitely not geared toward consumers, but were very capable devices.
    11-26-2013 11:05 PM
  6. Nodnerb's Avatar
    Why is anyone replying to this thread at all? WTF, let it end.
    11-27-2013 01:42 PM
  7. i7guy's Avatar
    Why is anyone replying to this thread at all? WTF, let it end.
    I think people are replying because in spite of the snarky question by the original poster there is still an interesting discussion waiting to be had.
    CDG likes this.
    11-28-2013 10:38 AM
  8. Danzoman's Avatar
    Why is anyone replying to this thread at all? WTF, let it end.
    It's way more interesting than the thousand or so what color should I buy/what storage should I buy threads. And that's sad. Maybe we should ask which color did he buy and why. And then expect an apology thread in a month about buying another brand phone.


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    11-29-2013 07:27 AM
  9. Trees's Avatar
    Before iOS and Android, Windows Mobile based phones were some of the best smartphones available. Palm, of course, was another as was RIM. For the curious, this gives a good overview for what Windows Based phones used to be Windows Mobile - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    Last edited by Dog5000; 11-29-2013 at 10:27 PM.
    11-29-2013 09:27 AM
  10. Jaguarr40's Avatar
    Indeed if you ever need any help from us please let us know or sign up through your passport for windows phone and link us together. Seek out Laura over there who is a Moderator and a good friend of our forum and she will be happy to show you the ropes there. Again best of luck and enjoy your new phone.
    11-29-2013 10:12 PM
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