Why I Switched to the iPhone 6 from Windows Phone

By on October 14, 2014 2:39:03 PM from JoeUser Forums JoeUser Forums

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Back in 2012, I wrote an article called Lumia 920–Best Smartphone I Have Owned.  It’s gotten a nice amount of views and several pages of comments since then, mostly about Windows Phone 8. That was my second time trying a Windows Phone, and after a couple of years with it, I’ve gone back to the iPhone with the iPhone 6 and will most likely stay with that going forward.  I still stand by most of what I said in that article.  The Lumia 920 is a great piece of hardware, and Windows Phone 8 is a nice mobile OS, but it isn’t for everyone and I needed a platform that’s going forward, so I ordered the iPhone 6 once it was available.

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Windows Phone 8 has made some decent improvements in the app ecosystem over the years, but it’s still lagging behind and in all honestly, developers just don’t care much about it.  It has roughly a 3% market share, so priority for developing or updating apps just isn’t there.  Many long-awaited apps like Instagram finally made their way to Windows Phone, but are slapped with a Beta in the title, and then they go back to working on the iOS and Android versions of their apps.  When something new comes out, you can guarantee it will available for iOS/Android.  Windows Phone might get it eventually, and usually a dumbed-down version.  Latest example: Flipboard (which doesn’t flip on Windows Phone).

Outside of the home or office, my mobile device is key for my music collection.  I’ve really tried to like Xbox Music, but it’s a huge embarrassment not only on Windows Phone, but in Windows itself.  It’s slow, clunky UI, playlist feature is just horrible, and syncing with Windows is frustrating.  Being branded with Xbox, these apps should be top-notch, but they feel like they were put together by people who don’t even use it.

I do still like the Live Tiles concept.  It’s a big part of what sets Windows Phone apart, although I really haven’t missed the feature much when using the iPhone. As far as hardware goes, wireless charging was a neat feature on the Lumia phones, but again, I really haven’t found myself missing it.  Yeah, it would be nice to have, but not something that’s a deciding factor for purchase now.

So overall I’m happy I switched, and I don’t see myself going back to Windows Phone again.  For me, it’s just not worth the hassle.

Let me mention though that I’m not trying to sell iOS 8 or the iPhone 6 here.  I recommend you use and purchase whatever mobile device works for you regardless of the OS or hardware brand.  As I said, Windows Phone is a good mobile OS, it’s just no longer working for my needs and wants. 

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October 14, 2014 2:52:44 PM from Sins of a Solar Empire Forums Sins of a Solar Empire Forums

Good for you. I bought iPhone 5S 64GB last week myself to replace my current 4S, which works just fine even after 3 years. but its only 16GB and i wanted more. I was planning to get 6 originally, basically waiting for it to be unveiled, but i just cant stand its size. Way too big for me.

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October 14, 2014 5:21:34 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums


Outside of the home or office, my mobile device is key for my music collection. I’ve really tried to like Xbox Music, but it’s a huge embarrassment not only on Windows Phone, but in Windows itself. It’s slow, clunky UI, playlist feature is just horrible, and syncing with Windows is frustrating. Being branded with Xbox, these apps should be top-notch, but they feel like they were put together by people who don’t even use it.

Think a lot of that could also be said about iTunes for windows as well.

 

 

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October 14, 2014 5:22:49 PM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Quoting Timmaigh,

Good for you. I bought iPhone 5S 64GB last week myself to replace my current 4S, which works just fine even after 3 years. but its only 16GB and i wanted more. I was planning to get 6 originally, basically waiting for it to be unveiled, but i just cant stand its size. Way too big for me.

Yeah, not caring much for that larger size myself. Staying with my 64GB iPhone 5 (still on iOS6something) for now.

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October 14, 2014 8:23:57 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Always found it 'cute' how tech dev in mobiles saw initially them ever-constantly shrinking....ultimately to the point you had to banzai your fingers just to use it/them....and then the reverse happens....now big is better....

 

That whole saga could have been negated if the designers simply checked what size the average shirt pocket was/is...

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October 14, 2014 9:12:04 PM from Sins of a Solar Empire Forums Sins of a Solar Empire Forums

Quoting Jafo,

Always found it 'cute' how tech dev in mobiles saw initially them ever-constantly shrinking....ultimately to the point you had to banzai your fingers just to use it/them....and then the reverse happens....now big is better....

 

That whole saga could have been negated if the designers simply checked what size the average shirt pocket was/is...

 

Yup, I HATE small phones... I have average sized hands and good dexterity but damn those tiny touch screens!

I currently have an Xperia Z and so far it is the best damn phone I've ever had. Also, Sony phones generally have really good music players by default which is an important consideration for me.

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October 14, 2014 11:51:29 PM from JoeUser Forums JoeUser Forums

No JB equivalent for Windows phones, IIANM.

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October 15, 2014 8:12:16 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

i agree with your opinion of xbox music. it is a joke. apple with their itunes app and iphone does a vastly superior job when it comes to the syncing and playback of music. the other thing i dislike about my 1520 is that when anyone using an iphone sends a video to me, the vid quality sucks due to windows phone 8.1 converting the vid. if a vid taken with adroid or windows phone is sent to me, the vid quality is great. these two complaints are huge but overall, i love my 1520. going back to an iphone may be a possibility down the road but not yet.

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October 15, 2014 8:29:26 AM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

iTunes isn't the greatest, but after trying to use Xbox Music for years, I'll gladly stick with iTunes any day. Their first mistake was making it a modern app.  It should have been a regular desktop app that first focused on music organization, playlists, and playback with an interface that was good.

It's a shame really, as you would expect the music app with the Xbox branding to be one of the best.

 

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October 15, 2014 8:42:28 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

I'll stick with my Samsung Galaxy S4 Android.  Every phone I've ever owned has been Samsungs.

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October 15, 2014 11:41:52 AM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

Quoting WOM,

I'll stick with my Samsung Galaxy S4 Android.  Every phone I've ever owned has been Samsungs.

 

Then there's a chance you're missing out on another brand of phones you might like better (unless you've tried the other brands).

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October 15, 2014 11:46:26 AM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

About the size of the iPhone, I have the regular iPhone 6. I debated back and forth on which to get, but ultimately decided on the 6 as I thought it was the right size as it was nearly the same as the Lumia 920.

I've played with a 6 Plus at Best Buy, and while it's nice, I think the 6 is the perfect size.

 

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October 15, 2014 12:50:06 PM from Sins of a Solar Empire Forums Sins of a Solar Empire Forums

Quoting Island Dog,

About the size of the iPhone, I have the regular iPhone 6. I debated back and forth on which to get, but ultimately decided on the 6 as I thought it was the right size as it was nearly the same as the Lumia 920.

I've played with a 6 Plus at Best Buy, and while it's nice, I think the 6 is the perfect size.

 

 

If you got used to the size of Lumia 920, then indeed the 6 was the ideal size for you. I was looking toward it too, but then my colleague bought Galaxy S5, which i had a joy to play around with, even make a call and i could barely hold it with a single hand. Especially those calls felt really awkward, it barely fit my palm.

Then i saw the dimensions of the 6 and even better, saw this video>

where its obvious the difference in sizes between them is almost negligible, so i decided to go with 5S in the end.

 

I wonder if the next year there will be some kind of 4inch iPhone Mini to replace 5S, cause if not, they are seriously fucking up with all those customers with smaller hands/preference for smaller phones. Not to mention some people still need cellphones primarily to make calls, not to browse net, play games or watch utube.

I understand they needed bigger model to compete with Androids and Lumias, cause there were many people craving for bigger size display, but i would hazard a guess there are still quite a lot of people like me, who considered the smaller size of iPhones to be actually advantage in comparison to other brands, as it was basically the only high-end small phone left on the market.  

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October 16, 2014 9:43:08 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

I watched the video.  Does it really matter how fast a phone is when your talking about fractions of a second?  Who the heck is in that big of a hurry over 1/4 of a second?  Comes down to which one you like the best.

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October 16, 2014 2:24:56 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

So Island Dog, when are you going to step up to an Android system?

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October 16, 2014 2:27:12 PM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

Quoting kona0197,

So Island Dog, when are you going to step up to an Android system?

I said I needed something useful.  Why would I step down to Android?

 

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October 16, 2014 3:38:06 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting Island Dog,

I said I needed something useful. Why would I step down to Android?

as my two year old granddaughter would say, "SNAP!"

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October 16, 2014 4:41:29 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting Island Dog,

I said I needed something useful. Why would I step down to Android?

You got it wrong. iPhone is a step down from Android. S5 is so much better. Android market is bigger. And you're not locked into Apple's DRM crap.

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October 16, 2014 4:59:35 PM from Stardock Forums Stardock Forums

Quoting kona0197,

Quoting Island Dog,

I said I needed something useful. Why would I step down to Android.


You got it wrong. iPhone is a step down from Android. S5 is so much better. Android market is bigger. And you're not locked into Apple's DRM crap.


Let me mention though that I’m not trying to sell iOS 8 or the iPhone 6 here.  I recommend you use and purchase whatever mobile device works for you regardless of the OS or hardware brand.  As I said, Windows Phone is a good mobile OS, it’s just no longer working for my needs and wants. 


I don't want anything to do with Google or that Android stuff.  And yes, Android is a step down for me.  Marketshare based on Android being on every cheap device (it's a generic OS) means nothing.

 

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October 16, 2014 5:13:14 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Sounds good. Use what you like.

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October 16, 2014 5:22:56 PM from Sins of a Solar Empire Forums Sins of a Solar Empire Forums

Quoting WOM,

I watched the video.  Does it really matter how fast a phone is when your talking about fractions of a second?  Who the heck is in that big of a hurry over 1/4 of a second?  Comes down to which one you like the best.

It does not really matter. Its just technophiles having field day, I cant really blame them. The technological progress is awesome and this is just another aspect of it.

Anyway, while the posted video is bit over the top, i saw another one comparing speed of every single iteration of the iPhone, i mean CPU speed via the Geekbench utility. IPhone 4 scored 210 points or whatever, while latest iPhone 6/6+ about 2950. Thats 14x speedup in 4 years. While arguably its not as important, since you could make calls with 4 as good as with 6, its still awesome.

I think its safe to say by now the cellphones are "almost" true portable computers. The only thing i miss is the ability to plug them to bigger display and/or hook it up to some wireless keyboard/mouse and use it as regular computer anywhere you go, if you wish so. Without the need for some other hardware like Apple TV and similar useless shit. I always thought the whole point in beefing up hardware in these devices is to replace all those clunky desktop computers and notebooks, where you would just bring your computer with you everywhere in a form of a small box and just plug it to bigger screen and i honestly wonder, why we are still not there.

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October 16, 2014 9:43:18 PM from JoeUser Forums JoeUser Forums

They need to disinter Steve Jobs to bring quality back... that new phone just doesn't seem to have the same quality. I'm not all that happy with my Samsung S4 as the last update hit the battery life hard, but I'm not sure what phone I want to get next. I'm sure it wont be an Iphone and I'm almost certain Samsung has lost me as well. Samsung releases updates that diminish the quality of the phone.

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November 6, 2014 11:08:28 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Nah, I could not go from my Nokia Lumia 820 Windows phone to either an Apple or Android phone.  If ever I needed to replace my 820 I'd go with another W8 phone from Nokia, me thinks.... though now that'd be W8.1, I guess.

And what's all this fuss about X-Box and iTunes?  I load the music of my liking on a 64gb memory card and play what I want when I want using the inbuilt media player, no 3rd party apps or anything.  Can't get any simpler/better than that.

 

As for the so-called lack of apps, everything I want or need is available on the W8 platform, so I am content and have no need [or desire] to switch to another phone.  Main thing is, I can send and receive calls [texts too]... everything else is a bonus.

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November 17, 2014 5:24:35 AM from Sins of a Solar Empire Forums Sins of a Solar Empire Forums

iPhone 6 is a good phone, yes. But I do wonder why Apple gets pulled into all these controversies of various kinds each time they come out with a new model of an iPhone. I mean, first there was 'Antennagate', with some problem occurring in the inbuilt antenna part of the phone in one of the earlier models of the iPhone, then this new iPhone 6 and even the iPhone 6 Plus became a part of both the 'Bendgate' and 'Hairgate' controversies. Bendgate is somewhat understandable, what with the smartphones today coming in their ultra-slim avatars and all; but Hairgate? I mean, can it get any more ridiculous than this?

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November 17, 2014 7:11:44 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

that has the same reason why you read more about problems with Windows than with various Linux distributions.

the iPhones sell way more units than each of the plenty of Android models. and while there are few Windows Phone models, nobody buys these anyways.

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November 17, 2014 7:27:19 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

 

I assume you feel a need to distinguish androids by 'type/make'- the totals are equivalent ....but overall they don't have the shit-poor development standards as Apple feels free to foister on it's rabid fan-base.

Sure...maybe Apple has half the world on rubbishy phones...but they are rich all the same...

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