Discussion in 'techPowerUp! Club Forum' started by Dos101, Oct 19, 2012.
Wait for Windows Phone 10 devices.
Two Lumia 950 variants are supposed to be announced in October, but availability might not be until November/December. http://www.windowscentral.com/alleged-lumia-950-and-lumia-950-xl-continuum-dock-smile-camera
If you can't wait that long there's unfortunately not a lot of options. The Lumia 830 is still being sold I think, and is a solid phone. Otherwise maybe pick up a Lumia 640/640XL (if you can find a good deal) to tide you over until something is announced.
I actually ended up upgrading my daily driver away from Windows Phone (got an iPhone 6 Plus) but I still have my 920 and 1020 for playing with the Windows 10 Mobile builds. There hasn't been a whole lot of new or interesting hardware lately in the Windows Phone space.
My phone is defective as is. I can't make phone calls easily. The battery dies in 3 hours. I am going to upgrade when I am eligible.
My upgrade is not until October, so maybe I will have some windows 10 options available. Maybe not.
The Nokia 735 would be available free from Verizon. Verizon limits me on how many windows phones I can look at. The iphone 5s would be perfect, but I just refuse to use apple. So I am looking at android, but even then the 735 seems like a my best option with the minimal choices.
Well I have some worse news for you then. During the last Windows Weekly episode they mentioned that Microsoft is only working with carriers that are willing to work with them. Verizon is not one of those carriers, so chances of many or any Windows 10 phones coming to Verizon are slim. I went with the iPhone as I use mostly Microsoft services, and they seem to have built the best experience for them in iOS, sad as that is.
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That is nothing new. Verizon has never carried much of windows phones.
I even think I found my ideal android phone. A sony xperia z1 compact. It hits every mark, except that it does not have Windows. I could complain it was still bigger than I wanted, but I would be happy enough. Guess what, Verizon does not carry sony phones. They are supposedly releasing a sony z4v this month, but Verizon has postponed it a year already. I don't mind older hardware, but verizon seemingly has purposely postponed so Sony puts out a year old product.
I held on to my Palm Pre 2 for a long time. I really enjoyed that phone. I miss it even. I guess what I want from a phone is really far away from the mainstream.
If I were to be honest with myself, the iphone 5s is the perfect phone. It has a good camera and is very small. It is even the smallest modern phone you can buy. I just give it two metaphorical marks down for being an apple product. As I look at phones, the more I realize that I really should consider the iphone 5s. @Dos101 When you say " they seem to have built the best experience for them in iOS", what do you mean? What services do you use?
Also, @Dos101, one of my favorite things about windows phones is the navigation app. It is much better than the android navigation app. How does the apple navigation app compare? EDIT: My phone has HERE Drive+ installed by default, which is a great navigation app. It appears it is available on ios and android.
How is that working for you? On paper they have great performance. They phone looks good in my opinion. The only thing that turns me off is the camera. Every review I have read puts it as pretty mediocre.
As of right now I am debating between the Microsoft lumia 735 or the iphone 5s. I will highly consider any windows 10 devices Verizon might gain in the next month. I am also watching for the Sony Z4v to arrive, which I would also highly consider.
Lumia 735 has better battery life, a removable battery, expandable storage, windows phone, better nav app, user face I am used to, and I simply like nokia/microsoft phones.
Iphone has better camera, is smaller, and better performance, and I would rather not own an apple product.
Or, I could just buy a used Nokia 928 for about $100. It is a phone I would be happy with. I am happy with the size, the performance, and the camera.
@james888: Do it! I have a 920, and I abso-frickin-lutely love it!!
I could also have a free iphone 5s or free lumina 735. 735 is an upgrade in everything but the camera.
I use Outlook (I have an outlook.com email address), Onedrive, Smartglass for my Xbox One, and Office. Every one of those apps has feature parity with their Windows Phone counterparts, and then some. The apps themselves feel more polished and fluid, and the animations are pretty slick. The Outlook app in particular is great! And while this may change with Windows 10 mobile, the Office apps are hands down better looking and have more thought put into the UI design. The only thing I miss from Windows Phone is tiles. I still think the tile interface is the best mobile interface out there.
I haven't used the built in navigation too much on my iPhone, but it seems to work pretty much the same as Here Drive did on my Windows Phones. The only notable difference I can think of is using navigation didn't kill the battery on my iPhone as much as Here Drive did on my Lumia 1520.
The 920 is a solid option. I still have mine because it's such a great phone.
If you want to stay in the Windows Phone ecosystem then I think the 735 is your only option, unless you opt for paying for the 920. As much as I hated having leaving Windows Phone, I've been more than happy with an iPhone. It's staggering actually how much you miss having certain apps that will probably never see the light of day on Windows Phone.
Really can't argue with a free phone, and the 735 isn't a bad option at all. I would just prefer a 920 myself, even refurbed.
Another issue with my phone popped up yesterday. My home and search button stopped working. I luckily still have use of the back button.
Decided to try the developer preview of windows 10. It looks really great. The new features are very nice. Oddly enough, my sound problem have been gone since I updated. I doubt that will last long.
We have 2 830's and the camera is mindblowing and the screen also. And its bigger but lighter than the 920 Abrams tank which I keep as a treasure.
Anyway both models are "final ultimate phones" I can't think about anything I miss with them.
"Tank" is right. My 920 is one of the most durable and damage-resistant phones I have ever owned.
I'm in even though I only have a lowly 635
Great to be honest. Win 10 preview works well a little odd once in a great while, windows 8.1 works flawless though. Phone is very fast. The camera is great imo. way better than the S3 that replaced it but I dont take selfies or think my phone is a camera so I might be the wrong person to ask. It takes photos of small revision numbers on motherboards and high res shots of license keys when im formatting so it works for me.
If I want to take a picture of some Alaskan wilderness to keep in a photo album forever id grab a nikon.
That just about describes my interest in photography and why I want a nice phone camera. I enjoy landscape photography. I hike for fun and for work. I end up in some really pretty spots sometimes. I have a nice lightweight mirrorless camera but I never want to take it with me. It is too bulky and a pain to hike with.
I want a nice camera so that the camera I always have with me has the best pictures possible.
If it was not for the fact that I have had two 928's and both have had the same exact hardware issue, I would totally agree. My 928 is pretty much my ideal phone, but in my experience has never been a tank.
Is anyone else playing with windows 10 mobile. It is really great. I dislike the new calendar app but that is all.
I really like the recent build, not sure how long you've been running it but I was experiencing an issue with the sensitivity of the bottom of the screen that didnt allow me to move my menu back up after I dragged it down. They fixed it though.
I have been using it just a few days. It is really slow and laggy unless I have battery saver on. It is a technical build so I expect some issues and the slowness seems pretty common. With battery saver on, it is quick and an even better OS than windows phone 8.1.
Quoted from the insider hub: insiderhub://announcements/f387f175-396d-4dab-ae69-37231e628cc4?Source=ShareLink
Long read warning!
Announcing Windows 10 Mobile Insiders Preview Build10536
And, they, also, hinted that build 10536 will be out for the PC soon.
830 asking for permission to enter this exclusiv membership
Well, long story short... keep getting "Frown Face" when trying to install latest build.
So, third time trying, I decided to stay on 8.1 until the next build comes out.
Guess, 10536 gives my 822 a bad taste, since I get the "Frown Face" on re-boot every time.
And, it seems a lot of insiders are having the same problems in the latest build.
If you are getting odd error codes when trying to run the update from build 10512 (update has to install 10514 then 10536), I found it may be that you need more space for the build to run.
Try deleting unneeded items, back up your needed files, save your settings, and remove your apps. I did this and it, at least, downloaded and installed; however, it still failed on the re-boot with that "Frown Face".
Patiently waiting for next preview build.
@95Viper, have the builds progressed that far? I am on the fast ring and I am on build 10166.
Yep... this is the fast track side; however, even on the slow track (if you are using a compatiable phone) you should be, at least, on 10512.
Run the insider app again, it may have forgotten you, too.
Announcing Windows 10 Mobile Insider Preview Build 10536
and, they are already releasing 10542 today for the PC side.
Announcing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 10547
When I try to update it says I have 10512.1, 10514, and 10536.1 available. It will download them, but while preparing to install it fails. Seems I am stuck on 10166 for now.
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