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Windows Phone 8 - Daily Driver

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JohnTW

Some days are great, and I love my Lumia 925, enjoy using the OS and all my apps.

 

Other days, everything becomes annoying. Podcast apps lose my last played location, apps don't respond to bluetooth connections correctly, push notifications never come, and whenever I am in a hurry, every app takes FOREVER "Resuming..." or loading new data.

 

My friends on 920 state the same, but seem more tolerable. Coming from iOS and Android (iPhone 1 through 5, and the Nexus 4, Nexus 7 and Optimus G Pro)... I am not use to this behavior. Those experiences are far more consistent, love them or hate them.

  • How does everyone else feel using Windows Phone 8 as their daily driver?
  • Everyday can't be great, when it gets tough... where are the problems?
  • Those days that are pleasant, what really stands out?
  • General question... are the issues OS level or app/dev level?

I plan to explore the answers to the above more thoroughly, and am curious on the thoughts of others.

 

Thank you!

 

 

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bowulf

As a guy who mainly uses his phone for reading news, GPS tracker for his runs, and audiobook listener on MP3 and Audible, my biggest probem with my Nokia 820 is the audio applications.  Audible for the longest time would crash with its Bluetooth integration (if interrupted with notification sound would not reconnect with the Bluetooth device).  That seems to be a bit better with latest version. Xbox music also pales in comparison to DoubeTwist my Android favorite audio player.  It will routinely change songs -- undetermined FF or REW, and lose my place.  Bluetooth may be more the issue.

The best part of the phone though IMO is that it generally performs as a phone better than any Android I have owned. I don't routinely have to shut off the phone to get a signal again.  The phone's battery life is twice as long as any Android I had.  Every Android I have owned required to be plugged in each night or you had no phone the next morning.  My WP can typically last 2 days of  rather extensive usage including running the GPS for more than a hour -- something that would normally have killed my Android phone.  My need to carry around a supplemental battery charger in my bag has gone away.

So I can actually use my phone rather than have to worry if I'll have enough charge when I need it.

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ikon

I don't think my Lumia 900 would make it 2 days without charging, but it's not really an issue for me as I put it on charge every night anyway -- it's good for the Li-ion batteries.

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WolfJT

I use an HTC 8X for personal use and a Galaxy S3 for work. Personally I like Windows Phone for sheer ease of use. It's so much easier moving my apps to where I want them to be. I really like the live tiles as well. I personally like the Xbox music podcast app. I think it handles podcast in a very convenient way. I don't really understand why people don't like it.

 

On the negative side, I find with apps tend to work better and have more features on the Android OS. I'm hoping it's because companies are spending more resources on the Android apps. To name just a couple, the fly Delta app works much better on Android. it has a checked bag tracing feature on Android and not WP, also the user credentials are stored better on Android in that I don't have to enter them each time like I do on WP. The Hertz app works better on Android too. I would love a developer to explain if it's the OS or do people just spend more time getting the droid apps to work better. 

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FinsUpDNC

I sway so much on this issue everyday.  For e-mail, contacts, office (Skydrive), work (office365) I love my Windows Phone and at the end of that day that should be what the phone is good at as I use it as a tool for work.  However, there are times when I also want to play on my phone and using a Windows Phone 8 (920 for me) is frustrating as hell.  I was very excited that there is finally an MLB At Bat app, however it has not worked in days.  Compared to a device with Google Maps (iphone or android), I feel we are losing out.  While Drive+ is a nice GPS it is no where near Google Maps.  Turn by turn without using street names is a killer.  Being in NYC the Nokia transit app does a nice job, but again a step behind the other platforms.  I told the story on the podcast of being on a work trip and the guy I was with was able to do things faster then I could.  He even made me jealous controlling the bars touchtunes jukebox from his phone.   Then there are the media apps from HBO, Starz, Showtime, Time Warner, ESPN (i lived on the watchespn app) that I really miss. The camera on my 920 is killer, so there is that!

 

I love supporting this platform, and I want every great app on it.  However a person said to me a few weeks ago, you need to go back to Windows Phone in 18-24 months to see where it is at because right now you are not getting all you can get out of a device.  

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FinsUpDNC

All that said I think I have the perfect solution to my problems.  I used to say a blackberry + ipad was the perfect relationship.  For me I think a WP + ipad MIni with LTE will be my perfect mix.  

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JohnTW

All that said I think I have the perfect solution to my problems.  I used to say a blackberry + ipad was the perfect relationship.  For me I think a WP + ipad MIni with LTE will be my perfect mix.  

Interesting. I was thinking Moto X (or Nexus 5) and the new Nokia RT tablet with LTE as a solid combo. Fun on the phone, work on the tablet. A little cross talk of course :)

 

I could keep the Lumia 925, and add an Nexus 7 with LTE. I feel the N7 is a tad too small for a tablet though. I loved my iPad mini, but can't image using iOS 7. I really can't stand the direction they went, but the hardware is tough to beat. New LG 8.3" G Pad could be decent, but tired of skinned Android devices.

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 On the negative side, I find with apps tend to work better and have more features on the Android OS. I'm hoping it's because companies are spending more resources on the Android apps. To name just a couple, the fly Delta app works much better on Android. it has a checked bag tracing feature on Android and not WP, also the user credentials are stored better on Android in that I don't have to enter them each time like I do on WP. The Hertz app works better on Android too. I would love a developer to explain if it's the OS or do people just spend more time getting the droid apps to work better. 

 

I miss the apps, but it is not a deal breaker. However, I think I should have one, non-Windows device. Right now the Samsung Ativ Tab (WinRT) and Lumia 925 really have me limited in app selection. I think it could be another year before both get fully caught up. Things do look promising though.

 

I can't add any feed I want to the built in (Xbox Music Hub) podcast app. I subscribe to almost 30 feeds and not all can be found there. My Lumia 925 does not sync well with my Mac, and even if it did, I want podcasts managed on the device.

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 However, I think I should have one, non-Windows device

 

I agree with you. I've been thinking about picking up one of the new Nexus 7's for some time now. I went all in with Windows 8 and Windows phone 8 for all my devices and now I am definitely feeling app envy, especially since I am the only Windows phone in all my friends and family. The only thing is if they release a 7" or 8" surface device and it's as beautiful as the current surface tablets I'm gonna be mad that I caved.

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I picked up a Nexus 7 on Sunday. Really want the LTE, but thought I would try the WiFi for a couple weeks to be sure. (I also can't keep myself from buying stuff!)

 

So far I am very happy, and it is nice to be back on Android for a bit. I forgot how great it can be to customize everything.

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