What phone are you using nowadays?
In a post-Windows Phone, there's really not a lot of choices out there. Which camp did you (or will you) join? Android or iOS?
With WhatsApp putting the (very, very) final nail in the coffin for many who still remain on Microsoft's zombie phone operating system, we have to wonder: what phones are you using now, or in the future?
With Windows Phone on the ropes as a viable option for even the most reluctant app users, there's really not much OS choice out there. Unless you're considering a feature phone, most of us leapt either to Android, or iOS. For a Windows Phone fan, I'd argue that neither OS really has the same magic as Windows Phone 8.1 or even Windows 10 Mobile, either heavy on restrictions (iOS) or, a little messy and fragmented (Android).
For me, Windows Phone struck that perfect balance between full OS customization, great hardware, and at least workable app support, although Windows 10 Mobile's incredibly buggy launch really soured me to the platform. My Lumia 950XL crashed at least a few times a week until several OS updates later, with UWP apps like Twitter spontaneously closing themselves every few minutes. I shifted to a HP Elite x3 in hopes of a better OS experience, but the worst camera I've ever used, period, forced me off it pretty quickly. Microsoft's apparent ambivalence to Windows 10 Mobile became the writing on the wall for me, and I eventually jumped ship to an Android-based BlackBerry KEYone (opens in new tab). Apple's needlessly unintuitive design choices like dropping 3.5mm audio, and the inability to set some software defaults without aggressive workarounds just make iOS completely unattractive to me.
I enjoyed the KEYone for a time, it was a breath of fresh air having a full suite of supported apps with truly ridiculous battery life, and Android ties in very well to Microsoft's services, upon which I have come to depend. I still found myself frustrated by the disjointed OS experience, though. The ability to use a custom launcher just created a relatively poor UX, when the rest of the OS can't be skinned without some hackery. I was also pretty disappointed in the camera, having been spoiled by years of Nokia Lumia devices.
The BlackBerry KEY2 (opens in new tab) was a notable jump in quality across the board, with a superior QWERTY keyboard experience and a zippier OS. Yet still, I longed for something a little more premium in the camera department and discovered that Samsung Galaxy phones offer (almost) the same OS-level visual customization that Windows Phone did.
I now use a Samsung Galaxy Note 9 (opens in new tab), and have come to truly love the form factor. The gorgeous display, monstrous battery life, full-blown system themes, stellar camera, and S-Pen for OneNote inking, really makes it a winner. I am eagerly anticipating the Samsung Galaxy Note 10, too, and may eventually trade up if the upgrades are worthwhile.
So then, humble Windows Central community, I ask the following: What phone are you using now, or plan to use in the near future? Are you still rocking Windows Phone? Why did you choose iOS or Android over the alternatives? Hit us up either in our forum in the comments below, and let's beat Monday with some epic procrastination together.
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Fortunately there is good launcher in Android called Launcher 10, this is the closest i found can imitate W10M start screen. It allow you to pin apps widget to start screen tiles. Been busy for a while customizing my start screen now. Windows Central apps widget work very well with Launcher 10. And add Microsoft news widget to get latest news at glance. At least this will make my Galaxy feel like Home. Looking forward for Nokia 9.
Loved the Windows OS, not looking forward to Android, but a bad speaker and battery are forcing me to move on.
I slapped on Microsoft Launcher and used all MS apps and ecosystem that exists on android.
It worked well. Oneplus is a good choice. You can do it.
I am now back with my good ol' Lumia 950XL - though just for fun. Can't use it fully as my daily driver but man, nothing beats the beauty of Windows 10 Mobile OS.
Just got a new battery, and have no plans yet to switch to plague or cholera
Unfortunately, it isn't.
I will probably got Nokia 7.1 really miss Cortana reading texts over Bluetooth headset or headphones
I was never an Instagram person, and Telegram messenger is huge where I live so I use that.
I am sitting half way through a feature phone and a smart phone this way. I just wish there was a usable version of Windows Phone with a modern browser (W10M doesn't count), seeing as everything is moving towards the web and App Stores are likely to become obsolete (WebAssembly being the main reason). Most of these apps would work quite well in the browser if they had close to native performance.
After this i had a Honor 9 ... i really hated it. luckly i managed to break it after only 8 month, so now i am on a Xiaomi Mi Mix 2.
Combined with Microsoft Launcher it's almost ok. And it runs without any google service without hacking / rooting or so.
Have real bad feelings I have to leave Windows Phone (using it since 2012).
After I ditched my L930 and my L950XL, I used a LG G6 for about a year, before I switched to the iPhone Xs a few weeks ago. Mostly because it's the best phone I've never paid for as my employer does so.
Insurance offers Galaxy S5, I laugh and tell them no. They offer Galaxy S8 instead. Accepted.
Buy refurbished Lumia 950 on Ebay for daily driver, use the Galaxy S8 for mobile VR and learning Android. October 2018: Microsoft cancels Andromeda, switch to Galaxy S8/Android full time. Purchase Gear S3 Frontier to replace MS Band 2 and IconX earbuds (2018 version). March 2019: Pre Ordered Galaxy S10+ for modern daily driver. Loving it!
Unfortunately though, Android is the same mess as always. Things start well, then after a few months the phone needs restarts once or twice a day, some apps keep crushing or even cause restarts. I had the same experiences with every android phone I had used previously. But, for me, it's the least worst of the only two available choices (android or iPhone).
I've always been more of a PC guy than Mac and never liked the Mac OS so iPhone never really was an option for me. I don't like that I cannot customize the PC/tablet/phone to my liking and Apple doesn't want you to "mess up" with their system.
I was always on the way to get an Windows phone but lack of app support in my country made it a difficult choice so I got stuck with Android. When Nokia switched to Windows Mobile I had high hopes of getting apps for my country due to the popularity of Nokia but that didn't happen... :( When Windows 10 Mobile was released and UWP introduced I decided to try Lumia 950XL and damn... that was one fantastic phone!
Yet I couldn't let go of my Android due to lack of app support (mainly my banking app) with Windows.
When my bank published it Win10Mobile app I was so thrilled that I stopped using my Android. But the "festivities" just lasted for like 2-3 months because of problems with the screen. Got it replaced (under warranty) and was a happy camper again for 2 months when I dropped the phone and broke the screen in beginning of 2017. Replacement was an option if I would pay 390US$ which I definately didn't fancy...
So I got Galaxy S8+ which is a great Android phone. Samsung does a fantastic job with their phones.
But it doesn't have Windows 10 Mobile with live tiles etc. Am using Microsoft Launcher now, though it is flawed it is still better (more intuitive) than the launcher that Samsung provides. Did try Launcher 10 for a while, some time ago but as I am using Microsoft family Microsoft Launcher is a better option for me.
I do though think Microsoft should simply jump on the "Launcher 10 bandwagon" and offer us their users the same launcher experience that we had on W10Mobile. I'd even happily pay for that ;)
I never got rid of my Lumia 950XL and the Continuum display dock. Actually I have used the display dock as my Samsung Dex connection (which works flawlessly...). Just recently I found that the price for the 950XL screen has dropped dramatically (down to 75US$) and decide to try to change it by myself (after watching videos on Youtube ;) ). It was actually not that difficult and now I have my Lumia 950XL back :D I am not sure what I will use it for but definately will test it, perhaps as a daily driver again though I will need to have my Android on the side as Windows 10 Mobile is now lacking more apps than ever...
- wireless charging and USB C support (fit in with what I had with the 950XL)
- Microsoft Launcher and Microsoft apps were quite mature, so app transition was not as difficult as it might have been Those reasons made that LGV30 almost like a natural next gen version of the 950XL. The next gen stuff included IP68 ratings and more rugged design (which made the device safer to take out for photography in lots of situations). These are among the features I would have expected a successor to the 950XL to have. In the last month I made the leap to the Huawei P30 Pro, which meant a return to a 40 megapixel camera (and a large increase in camera functions that are the next leap up from the LGV30, like zoom lenses, night mode, and more AI, along with lots of manual controls and long exposure (sorry Samsung Galaxy S10 -- lost me on that point)). The next gen stuff with the P30 Pro include the reverse charging (wireless and wired -- so it's like a battery pack always with you). The massive battery means a whole new level of comfort in daily usage.
I find the cell and wifi connections on the Huawei to be much better than the LG.
Only negatives I've found are in getting headphone USB-C dongles. Managing the interface has been about the same as the LG variation -- lots of custom settings, and a bit of fiddling. Indications are that the P30 will get timely updates, including Android Q. And as good as the cameras are, I can see them pushed even more with some software tweaks and updates -- a good investment for at least the next 2 years.
Recently fitted a new battery but it started random reboots so I went back to the original.
My friend uses my old 635 which I managed to get to W10 but it is very slow, but still good for telephone and sms.
It really is sad MS have pulled the Windows phone, it was so easy to set up and use and looks wonderful with live tiles. Helped a friend buy a new Andoid phone last year but what a nightmare getting it all working as so she could use it fairly simply.
I think about getting a Nokia phone (never used something else). Not sure which one it will be.
Apple will never be a choice for me, but Google/Android isn't better.
I really like my Lumia 735 and Idol 4s.
It's a shame that Microsoft is abandoning what I believe to be the best OS & platform of all.
That said, I moved on to a Motorola E4.
I can't find much to complain about the Android. All the stuff works. Obviously a lot of quality work went into the OS, the phone and the ecosystem.
I installed Microsoft Launcher & MS apps on the E4.
And I like it.
One Note and Outlook look and work good on my lower end to mid range priced phone.
I'm not going to spend a thousand bucks for a phone......at least, not for what's currently available.
Most Smart Phones really don't excite me.
A foldable device like the rumored Andromeda would have been great.
The Kyocera Duraforce Sapphire Shield is a good phone....tough, durable and waterproof.
All phones should be that tough. I don't understand why cell companies don't push them. I can't buy a thousand dollar phone that flies to heck if you drop it.
I'd like to have a phone with a 5-6" screen that folds like an old flip phone running some version of Windows 10 and is as tough as the Kyocera Duraforce and is scalable and upgradeable.
More choice and innovation should be offered. You shouldn't need to buy a new phone every two years.
Microsoft made a mistake dropping its mobile OS until it had something better to replace it.
I prefer the Windows Phone experience by far.
But if we have to choose.....which we do.....I'm ok with Android.
I am happy to confirm the 3a's camera is superior to the 1020's by a fair margin. Pretty amazing considering it's 12MP vs 40MP/downsized to 34MP.
Outlook, OneNote work perfect on Android. I'm happy.
Shopping around. Samsung Note 9 looks tempting but would be hard on my finances, as I'm still working on bringing down my accumulating debt used to finance my Windows Phone habits. Had all the best Lumias and some Blu's, the recent Alcatel Idol 4S, and currently on my Elite. Still I enjoy my elitist HP Elite XP3 experience even though occasionally some things annoy me, yet I still manage to get things done with it, and I'm afraid I am gonna miss my tiles and how easily I get to what I need. Both iOS and Android look pretty boring and hard to organize with icons all gridded and aligned like ducks. I have an Android tablet and get annoyed at how hard it is to find the app I want in garden of apps.
This was the best platform that I found when I was looking for a smartphone in 2010 (WP7) and have never looked back.I have a feeling that if Microsoft doesn't get its act together on the phone side of what we as consumers are asking for I might have to go back to a pager! lol
But seriously guys please get on the same page with us. YOUR LOYAL CUSTOMERS
Looks like I'm going to have to jump ship soon with no announcement of Andromeda and all apps leaving (Instagram, WhatsApp...….).
Looks like I'll have to go to Android, real shame as I don't see them properly supporting the Windows ecosystem., more so Google's.
Now rocking a Note 9 using the square home 3 launcher,
So I feel like back on W10M. But I get all the awesome Apps on Android, I just got my Note 9 in March I should have held out till Aug to get the Note 10, but the Note 9 is working awesome. My S8 was having some major issues phones calls were breaking up no matter what I did speaker phone was doing the same, it was very frustrating.
Square Home 3 gives me live tiles almost like W10M did.
Very happy now, but still miss W10M best OS EVER!
If I need though, I'd get an iPhone, but for now, I'm waiting to see what Microsoft is working on. 😆
I combined it with square Home Launcher to mimic the windows mobile interface. Wow, what a combination.