From the Forums: Windows Phone up against competing voice assistants and favourite features of the Lumia 900

It's time for another 'From the Forums' where we bring you only the latest and greatest threads from the Windows Phone Central community forums. If you have been absent for the past few days, this round-up will provide you with everything you need to know.

Kicking us off is rsuter who poses the question "Will WP8 beat this?", where he asked the community if they thought the next Microsoft mobile upgrade could compete with Google and Apple when it comes to voice recognition and assistance. We've already got commands that can be performed by a Windows Phone when speech is detected, but how will it evolve?

"I'm a real WP fan and I didn't use an iPhone or a Android phone since more then a year. I just saw the following video and realized how much our os is behind the other two operating systems (there are a lot more missing features like file type registrations, notification center, ...)."

So what do you think of competitor voice recognition and assistant technology, and how do you compare it with Windows Phone? We believe Windows Phone 8 has a lot to bring, and I've always been one who rates the functionality of Windows Phone above Siri and Android alternatives. Using Windows Phone, it simply sounds less robotic, but it could just be personal preference. We're interested to hear your thoughts and opinions.

What do you like about the Lumia 900?

Lumia 900

The Lumia 900, Nokia's flagship Windows Phone. How do you rate it? ptath2 has created a thread asking other Windows Phone Central members what they love most about the smartphone. Is it the massive AMOLED display, or the LTE connectivity? 

"I'll go first (as basic as it may be), I have always enjoyed the fluidity of my zune, and WP7 phones, and it took me a while to appreciate the integration with social services, I figured it would be watered down compared to the native app, but it does what i need with out calling up an app.the phone it self is well constructed, my wife jokes that it should be called Ninja not Nokia as she thinks the corners of the phone can take some out if thrown properly."

Do you agree with ptath2's points? If not, what's your favourite feature(s)? Head on over to the "What do you like best about your Lumia 900?" thread to voice your views. We've previously reviewed the Lumia 900 and rated it highly with its impressive Windows Phone experience.

No wonder Windows Phone is losing?

based_graham has created an interesting thread, which highlights a number of potential reasons why Windows Phone hasn't been able to take off just yet. 

Just doing some research working on my new blog and decided to peep the Windows Phone to Android ratio on Amazon Wireless.ATTAndroid = 23Windows = 9Ratio > 2:1T-MobileAndroid = 18Windows = 3Ratio: 6:1

We'd have to agree with the massive challenge Windows Phone has to at least make a dent in both iOS and Android marketshare. The beauty of such a position is the underdog status. Windows Phone has more criticism than praise, but when it's a good time the times are super sweet. With the announcement of Windows Phone 8, coupled with Windows 8 and Xbox Live, this is what Microsoft has in its arsenal that both Apple and Google lacks - ecosystem. 

Apple has OS X, which is no where near as established as Windows, and Chrome... well... not really much to comment on this? It's the beauty of Microsoft's product line and foundations. With such an array of services and products available, it's going to have a massive impact on Windows Phone when Windows 8 sports a similar interface. If one loves the Metro UI, and they're aware of Windows Phone, why wouldn't they switch over? Head on over to the "No wonder why Windows Phone can't barely grab marketshare" thread for more details and to voice your opinion.

Miscellaneous: More Android refugees

While windows Phone continues to grow, we're seeing increasing numbers of refugees from other platforms - especially from Android. Flippzii, a disgruntled Android owner, has published his somewhat dissatisfied experience with the Samsung Galaxy S II. From freezes and 'lag' all the way to phone rebooting at least once per-day, it's not a good story:

"I'm currently on a Galaxy S2 that I've had for a year now and the latest months my phone has started to be a pain to use. Those mini freezes and lags while scrolling have only been increasing, and i have to reboot the phone at least one time a day. And It's starting to **** me off. So I started to look around for other OS and i have always liked the style of Windows Phone. So i started to looking after what kind of WP phones that are available for now, and the lumia series look really good!"

If you have any tips, advice or information for Flippzii, be sure to reply to his "Unsure Android user" thread.

So there you have it folks. If you haven't already, check out our Windows Phone forums for more juicy discussions and heated debates.

Rich Edmonds
Senior Editor, PC Build

Rich Edmonds was formerly a Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.