Best iPhones for Windows Mobile converts
If you're the victim of the collapsing platform that is Windows 10 Mobile, you might be looking at a new iPhone and not be sure which one to choose. We've got you covered.
There are a few different iPhones to choose from — depending on your needs and what you're coming from, there's an iPhone to meet your demands. Choosing the right phone might be a tough thing but we will help you along the way. So let's approach this from the Windows Phone you're using today.
Big phones: Microsoft Lumia 950 XL and HP Elite x3
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Some people need big phones as they have big hands or simply prefer to see more content on the screen. Apple does offer a big phone which is the iPhone 7 Plus. While the screen-to-body ratio is garbage in comparison to the Elite x3 or the Lumia 950 XL, it still has a big 5.5-inch screen. This is a tad smaller than the 6-inch HP Elite x3 and the 5.7-inch Microsoft Lumia 950 XL, though the difference shouldn't be too noticeable and you should still have plenty of room on the screen.
Another benefit that bigger phones bring is bigger batteries. While Apple doesn't offer a single device which could beat the HP Elite x3 battery life, beating the Microsoft Lumia 950 XL is an easier nut to crack. If you don't care about the screen size, and only about the battery, surprisingly, the smallest phone Apple has available does an outstanding job in lasting a whole day with heavy usage. The iPhone SE is definitely a longevity beast, but the little 4-inch screen may be a deal breaker. If you're on a budget and don't mind a slightly less-attractive design around back, the last generation iPhone 6s Plus should be more than enough for you.
See iPhone 7 Plus at Apple (opens in new tab)
In the middle: Microsoft Lumia 950 and Nokia Lumia 930
If you're looking for a smaller iPhone, but not a too small one, then the regular iPhone 7 may be what you're looking for. If you happen to own a regular Microsoft Lumia 950 or the older Lumia 930, then you'll feel right at home with the regular variants of the iPhone. While the screen size is smaller than both of the Windows competitors, sitting at 4.7 inches, it doesn't feel small while going from a slightly bigger display. The biggest disadvantage of the iPhone 7 is the lack of the headphone jack (an adapter is included), and if that's a very important feature for you, buying the last-generation iPhone 6s may be a better option.
The iPhone 7 is a very fast phone which still performs wonderfully on latest versions of iOS, and the difference between it and the iPhone 7 is unnoticeable which leaves it with only one con of going with it over the iPhone 7: the support. The iPhone 6s will be discontinued a year earlier than the iPhone 7 if Apple keeps their current strategy — though Apple has historically supported older iPhones with new software updates on launch for at least a few years, the iPhone 6s will still stop getting updates before the iPhone 7 does.
See iPhone 7 at Apple (opens in new tab)
Fun-sized: Microsoft Lumia 640 and Microsoft Lumia 650
The Microsoft Lumia 640 and the 650 are both low-to-mid-end phones that amazed with their value. While Apple may not be the most affordable alternative out there, and maybe not the best bang for you buck, there is a budget iPhone with some good specifications and quality. The iPhone SE is Apple's answer to everyone asking for a compact and affordable iPhone, packing the powerful specifications found in the iPhone 6s. The iPhone SE is definitely the most inexpensive iPhone to date, and if you're on a budget then the iPhone SE is your best iPhone option.
The biggest drawback of this iPhone SE is its screen size, at a mere 4 inches. If you happen to like small screens, then it's great for you, but it might feel claustrophobic compared to the 5-inch displays of the Microsoft Lumia 640 or 650.
See iPhone SE at Apple (opens in new tab)
If none of the options Apple offers at the moment seems appealing, then waiting can be your best option. Apple is expected to release a new iPhone in the fall, and the iPhone 8 is expected to bring huge design changes to the long-stable iPhone line. Of course, you should take those rumors with a grain of salt — nothing is official until it's announced — but they're all looking quite promising.
The iPhone is a great alternative for Windows phone users who feel left out and abandoned. It's getting constant support and attention from Apple, it supports a multitude of apps and is easy to navigate. Different models fit different people and hopefully, you should now b able to make a choice which model of the iPhone is the best for you.
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Dennis Bednarz is a former writer for Windows Central and the guy behind ModMy. He has been a recognised member of the Microsoft community for years and owns everything from Lumia phones to Surface PCs. He occasionally likes to rant about Windows Phone and drink tea. You can go ahead and follow him on Twitter at @DennisBednarz
IOS is crammed down people's throat everywhere, if we wanted it, we would not be here.
I have a 950 for my personal use and I cannot WAIT until my work day is done and I can drop this little **** and start using my 950 again (I cannot use my 950 for work because our Enterprise Control system does not support Windows 10 Phones.)
The iPhone 5 SE is slow, inconsistent, and Safari has to be the absolute WORST BROWSER in history.
Sure I have access to 30 million (slightly different) versions of IM apps, anything a 13-year-old-Girl would crave, and 2 million versions of Candy Crush Saga, and yes, all the Microsoft Apps are available: Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook, Skype for Business, etc.
It's just that I HATE the dinky little screen and fiddly touch response that randomly swerves from Poor to Awful at will.
Safari SUCKS and the built-in Mail app is a PITA to use.
The only GOOD thing about it is the wonderful battery life. Compared to the 950 it runs a good 2x the battery of the 950.
There are also TONS of accessories available in every shape and size.
If you just want to use the latest and greatest Snapchat and Pintrist apps and don't want to think about using your phone, then the iPhone is for you (and I really would recommend it for your kids.)
If you really want to control things, go with a GOOD Android phone, not the low cost junk, they are just terrible.
Again, just my opinion, but I have to use this 5 SE daily.......sigh.
All iPhones still run iOS. Are there skins now, like Android? If you want an iPhone, you just want one. I don't see the need for all the breakdown.
1. There are many applications not compatible with this MacBook and their OS.
2. I found many features missing in Macbook version of Applications compare to Applications made for Windows.
3. Where is my Touch screen?
4. If there is no touch screen then how do I do all cool and productive tasks I do with Windows? I can write more but I gotta go.
2ooo ma difference and the 6s Plus lasted way longer for me.
<.< Mileage varies but yeah. It makes me sad. You just get tired of getting spanked for being loyal. Eventually. I have had at least 20 Windows Phone devices overall. And loved the UI. Now the UI is just simply not worth it.
I will keep an eye on stuff though. For now and the forseeable future, though, I am an Apple convert.
I tried Android on the Galaxy On5 and as much as it allows you to customize your launcher, text message, replace OK Google with Cortana, Android is still a mess. You can't even sync your Outlook contacts to the native Contacts app.
If you're thinking about making the switch and miss the glory days of WP7-8.1 stability, the iPhone is hands down your best choice. I feel its definitely a lot more welcoming to Windows users. Outlook contacts sync, Onedrive uploads your cameras on it too, you can use Word with 365. etc
Ironically I switched from iPhone 4 to WP7 because I hated hamburger menus.
Which don't seem to be nearly as featured on iOS as they used to be. (They've adopted pivot menus and other gestures to replace it, how you like that irony?)
My favorite feature is the fact that "Hey Siri" works every time without fail whereas Cortana was a hit or miss.
Mostly a miss..
Fingerprint reader works 90% of the time rather than 50% of the time on Idol 4s
Oh! And I forgot to mention; when I plug headphones in, the audio switches from phone speaker to headphones 100% of the time.
My only complaint is that I can't seem to find a way to download maps for offline use on stock iOS app. Although judging by
Sigh.. maybe one day Windows will stop being an unfinished buggy mess. Actually, I have full intentions of coming back when its good and ready. Give it 2 years.
And thanks for reminding me even though I didn't even mention it. But the app selection is indeed much better on iOS as well. But we all knew that. At least I can use GasBuddy again. Which was retired from the Windows store a few months ago :/
I miss Windows 10 home screen. But I'll get it back when jailbreak releases for my iOS version
Do you even know what that word means?
I'm going to continue posting here. So you'll see my comments around whether you like it or not. :) All because I am still using Windows on desktop.
iOS is great. Windows Phone was BETTER. Windows 10 Mobile..? Its eh. Get over it. I'm sure it'll get better eventually. Esp as we shift to VR/AR UIs.