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My foray into Windows Phone

Discussion in 'Microsoft Windows Mobile Phones' started by QLR, Aug 21, 2013.

  1. QLR

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    Ok, the flight mode trick worked. It really didn't occur to me because it was buried in the settings.
     
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    I finally bought one of these "entry level" Lumia's, the 520 for a little under $100 yesterday (same as Quint's, but the European version I believe). I have to say, for the price, it's an excellent bang-for-the-buck phone. The feel of it is nice, I like the rubberized back, and the rounded edges. It's also pretty slim, it's almost as slim as my BlackBerry Z10, usually entry-level phones are kind of thick and chunky. The screen is a reasonable 4" size, and colors seem ok, resolution maybe not as good as higher end phones, but does reasonably well in any case. This is the first "Windows Phone" I've had, but the OS is pretty intuitive. The "Live Tiles" are nice. The processor (whatever it is) is pretty snappy. Battery is something like 1400mA, so not as large as alot of higher end phones, but we'll see. The overall feel of the OS is pretty smooth, but still there is still something very "Windows" about it that I can't put my finger on, but I don't like. I don't think I will go any further into the Windows Phone world, and stick with BlackBerry and Android. But all-in-all this is a really nice phone for the price, and a great deal for someone who is a light user or getting a first smartphone.
     
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    I think it's great that you tried a new OS. It's always nice to try new things to see whether we like them or not. At least it gave you a better understanding of how the Windows platform performs. For me it's all about the Apps and since a lot of the ones that I currently use with my Apple and new Android device aren't available for Windows I can't see myself trying that OS out just yet.


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    Oh, two other comments:

    -the phone has the HD voice codec, which is a nice surprise, I wasn't really expecting it in an entry-level phone

    -the phone has a micro-SD card slot, which I was surprised to see as well. I thought Windows Phone didn't allow for external storage?:confused: (But there is no SD card included in the box, I guess they had to cut corners on price somewhere :rolleyes:)

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    If you are really an "app freak" then I think you'd be best off with Apple or Android, however the other platforms (Windows Phone, BlackBerry) recognize the need for apps as well, and are proactively going after developers. I haven't looked too much at the selection of Windows Phone apps, but the basic ones seem to be there, FaceBook, YouTube, etc. The last few months I have carried both a BlackBerry 10 phone and an Android, and have pretty much the same apps installed on each.
     
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    With merely 8GB (before internals), I'm expecting a microSD slot. Lol

    And I'm not aware of anyone including a microSD card in their phones nowadays. How time has flown.

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    WP 8 introduced memory card support. Using WP myself the only reason to include a memory card is for pics and music. The size of apps are much smaller on WP. I still had about half my 8GB with all the apps and games I had installed.

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    After we switched to the MSV plan on AT&T I bought my mother-in-law a Lumia 520. At $60 it was a steal (GoPhone) and AT&T has unlocked it right away for me. She can now Skype with her grand-daughter in Moscow, so that's the only app that matters :)
     
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    I really enjoyed WP, it was buttery smooth and quick. I was pleasantly surprised by how well they played with my MacBook

    There were basically 3 apps that were lacking for me.

    1. A medical app for my father

    2. A data counter app - interestingly Nokia had their own app in 7.5 but never put it back in 8.X

    2. A Do Not Disturb or a Bedtime mode - mostly when I am overseas.

    If I moved from iOS, I would go back to WP before Android.

    Just my 2 cents. :)


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    I hear the data counter app has been taken out by AT&T. Allegedly it is there in international version.

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    Yep! Death Star doesn't want the app included on their devices. My international 720 had it, but my 820 & 1520 don't.





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    That's what I had heard as well. I wonder what about Nokia's data counter was the issue?

    Does the Android have a built in data counter?

    Didn't know about the international version, Thanks


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    I've never had an AT&T Android, so I don't know if it has the data counter or not. Mine does.
     
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    Yep, Data Sense -- that's what is missing on the AT&T versions.
     
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    Why would AT&T want to remove that? :confused: Do they have their own version or something?
     
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    Now you're acting like everything AT&T does should have common sense behind it :)
     
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    A fellow Forumite, tells me that AT&T said it was inaccurate. A myth that was promptly debunked my many users including myself :)

    Yeah that too. :p


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    I don't know if this is the same thing as what others are referring too, but on my AT&T Galaxy Note 3 there is a data counter within the settings menu that allows me to set a data limit and reset the counter on the first day of my billing cycle.

    I don't know if all Androids from AT&T have this or not. Here is what it looks like on the Note 3. My AT&T App shows that for 6 days so far with the Note 3 it is pretty darn close to my actual usage.

    [​IMG]

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    Thanks Eileen, that's a good app and the information I was looking for.

    I was curious as to if data counters were allowed on other OS. As you know iOS has a built in counter, although not as elaborate but it still helps, so was interested to know if Android had a built in one.

    Apparently it's the WP/Nokia one, they didn't like, why?

    Who knows?



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    Charlyee is right that the AT&T app gives accurate numbers on data usage.

    The iOS built in data counters match up, but you have to reset them manually. However with the data share plan of 10gb I'm not even getting close to 20% usage of my allowance. It's nearly unlimited. So I don't look at it much.

    But the separate data roaming counter in iOS is very useful. Especially since my foreign travel may only be for a week in the billing cycle.


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    Eileen, your app looks pretty much the same as the stock Android app which is on my phone, so it means that AT&T has not removed it from their branded firmware.
     

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