10 Reasons Why Windows Phone 7 is Better Than Android

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Neufeldt2002

There is another reason that WP7 has not taken off. To everyone I know, it is FUGLY. If you can't get past how ugly you find it, it does not matter how good the hardware or software is.

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athlon11

after using the Galaxy Nexus and ICS for just about a month now I can honestly saw it is that much better than anything else out there, nothing even comes close. ICS is head and shoulders above the competition. WP 7.5 does have some very nice features and there are definietly things that it may do better than ICS, but as a package ICS is just amazing.

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JeffDenver

The same things that make iOS unappealing to me also make WP7 unappealing. I do not want Microsoft holding my hand and playing Nanny. I do not like Hotmail/Live. I dont like Zune. I dont have an XBox. 

Yes Android has more and better apps. The crapware can be managed just like it is on the PC. If a clean interface means I have to live locked in Microsoft's closet and have apps spoonfed to me, I will take my chances with Android's Wild West. Thanks anyway. 

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uncleRico

From the article:

"Granted, WP7 had to forgo some of the more complex actions Androids are capable of (i.e. lack of tethering support, lack of ability to capture screenshots, no multi-tasking), but to us, that’s a worthy trade for a phone that will do what you want it do, every step of the way."

My Windows Phone/Samsung Focus S has tethering support (Settings->Internet Sharing) and multi-tasking (hold down back button to jump between apps).

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dwellman

Micorsoft games on WP7 do have ads. . . well, the free ones do, anyway, But then again, they;re free and perfectly acceptable time wasters: Soduku, Mine Sweeper. . . and some others like Untangle and Unscramble.

Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better

HTC attentive phone is quite handy, I'm not familiar with the HTC AOS handsets if they have this, too.
Send To WP7 (In understand there is an Android equivalent, finally) but this is a killer app for any platform

Siri is such a big whoop for me. I've been using the Voice Command / TellMe on Windows Mobile / WP7 and it WORKS. Yeah, Siri is newer, thus more refined (easter eggs), but TellMe gets the job done.

And then there's Scout. I've been using it more and more lately.

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athlon11

Android has had Voice Commands that work built in for longer than WP7 has been on the market.

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Straegen

Streamlined UI... because they only have a tiny number of releases on a tiny number of handsets. If WinMo can actually get more than 10% of the market lets see how long this lasts. 

WinMo is not easier to use than ICS. I personally find the tile system limited compared to widgets and Android at least has decent voice activation.

Crap Apps? You make it sound like WinMo only has good apps and all apps are crappy on Android. For every app good or bad on WinMo there are 2 great apps on Android. You get a lot of diversity in an open environment and lets not forget software openess is how the PC beat Apple originally.

Sued, who cares NMP. Stability, both are very stable. Zune... really... Zune? I personally like owning my music so I can move it to various players as I upgrade rather than paying for something I can get for free with Pandora. Keyboard? Another are you serious moment. Android has at least a dozen awesome keyboards to choose from.

 

 

 

 

 

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zematus737

I have the Zune software, and you get to KEEP 10 songs every month from a user credit you get.  That's effectively close to paying just $5 bucks if you discount the songs you can listen to before you decide to add them permanently - DRM free - to your music library.  It re-downloads any song/title when you buy it.  Lots of good stuff for those of us that try out best to stay away from pirating.

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AndrewHume1

I'm sorry but I completely diagree with you on the apps side of things, android apps are awesome, WP7 has very few apps

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big_montana

Last time I checked, WP7 had over 40,000 apps, and none of them crapware, unlike the Android ecosystem.

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leper1983

What's your point? RIM has over 40k apps also and look how great they are. I'd prefer having 100's more options then being stuck to one or two.

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shadow2201

Over 40,000 and you've downloaded and checked them all for being crapware?  Big memory card......sorry this is a false statement, as I have a few friends who love WP7 and there are plenty of apps that are crapware on the marketplace for WP7.....haven't I told you a million times not to exaggerate?

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lindethier

I switched over to WP7 after owning 3 different Android phones over the last 2 years, and I'm loving it. Android is great for customization and the extra features and functionality you can get with some of the apps, but I just like the solid feel of this OS better.

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Ledoubleu

Played with Android phones, never owned one. Played with Iphone never owned one. I have been with others shopping for phones and Android is being pushed like crazy and I agree there is a serious problem with M$ marketing. That all being said, I have had my Samsung Focus over a year which now runs WP7.5 Mango and I absolutely love it.

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rrecine

Simply 1 resaon why I'll never get one...too late to join the party. Pay for all my apps and then I'll think about it. 

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adfrancis

 

I will have to most respectfully disagree with your verdict on the WP7 platform.

  • Streamlined User Interface - I have no doubts that Windows has an engaging interface but to give it an edge over Android is somewhat ridiculous. Android has grown significantly over the years and as any early platform in this market it has gone through the learning phases that come with being an early bird. Windows has had the benefit of learning from the experience of other platforms (iOS and Android), which isn’t a bad thing but Android has taken the necessary steps to clean up certain UI elements of its GUI. Each new OS version inches toward to a unified look and its gotten great much like a fine wine.
  • Easy-to-use - Much of the preceding bullet point can be argued here too. Growing pains has molded Android to an easier-to-use-than-before platform. I find the latest ICS builds to be very user friendly and watch my low-tech colleges share this same experience.
  • Crap Apps - This was the biggest surprise comment to me. Android has many more useful apps than Windows does by far. Sure digging through crap is a necessary evil at this present time but that's to be expected when the natural open nature of Android appeals to so many. The fledgling Windows Phone will naturally have a lack of "crap apps" since it’s deprived of the wonderful develops that iOS and Android enjoy.
  • Sued - Again…everyone wants a piece of the big dogs. You think Windows wouldn’t be under attack if it had owned majority share of this market? Think again. (PS - It’s Microsoft doing a lot of the Android harassing as of late, alongside Apple).
  • Stability - Custom ROMS and vender modifications can and have caused instability of Android, won't argue that, but have you played with a stock Android device? Have you tried ICS? Pretty rock solid to me my friend.
  • Keyboard - If you can't find a replacement keyboard that you like you have bigger problems. OPEN source means you’re never stuck with anything.
  • Ad-Ware - "Again...everyone wants a piece of the big dogs." Comes with being on top...something Windows knows all too well. Enough said.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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big_montana

Rebuttal time:

Streamlined User Interface- Sorry, but moving from one Android handset to another, even within the same manufacturer has a learning curve, as they leave out features or add in their own. My EVO 4G has an Exchange client, while the EVO Design does not, nor does the Samsung Epic. I can manage folders and send out of the office rules and appointments, others you can not. You fail on this point.

Easy-to-use - See above point

Crap Apps - You made the authors point here, as there is a lot of crapware, not to mention bloatware, in teh market and pre-installed on Android handsets. And some apps you cannot even access as the carriers have them blacklisted so you can not download them. With WP7 all are free to download any of the 40,000 apps available regardless of carrier, no restrictions.

Sued - I doubt they would as they are receiving royalty payments from Android OEM's due to them infringing on their patents. MS hold more patents then Apple.

Stability - Again you miss the mark, as several Android updates have caused instability, and some bricking, of Android non-rooted devices. Apps not coded properly crash the UI, and the force close all the time, and even cause the phone to reboot. Miss the mark again.

Keyboard  -This goes back to the streamline UI, and ease of use, as every Android OEM installs their own KB, and you should not have to find one the works properly. Sotck KB's just do not respond to well to touch, and a lot of the market KB's I have tried have the same issue.

Ad-Ware - Then why does this not affect iOS?

 

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cj100570

I'm lucky enough to currently own Android, iOS and WP7 devices and I'm 99.999% sure you're "Full Of (S)ugar (H)oney (I)ced (T)ea! WP7 is no easier to use than Android and actually seems to go out of the way to make things more complicated than they need to be. Case in point: Live Tiles vs. Widgets. Live Tiles show very little information and force you to click on them to see what's going on. Widgets on the other hand show the info without any interaction at all. I glance at my Android homescreen and immediately see the info I want. You can't with WP7.

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JeffDenver

This. 

I really dont get what live tiles are adding to the experience. There is nothing they do that widgets cannot also do. I kind of like the Metro interface, but it does not really add any functionality. 

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Baer

I agree on Win Phone 7 but I am talking about Win Phone 7.5 and the new devices that were introduced last Monday.

I respect your opinion and I thought that also untill this week. Anyway, read the reviews, and most important take a look and decide for yourself.

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bibleverse

Not getting sued by Apple is not a concern for the consumer. 

No Carrier IQ is a plus

Easier user interface is more preference than fact

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Kromix

android or M$, as long as its not a crApple device

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Baer

I am also just back from CES. I have clients that were just about to go from BBRy and a few iPhones to Droid. My advice after having a chance to try the new Windows Phone 7.5 and the Nokia devices is to WAIT! I was so impressed with the new WIn phones that I cannot begin to tell you in this limited space. If you are considering a new phone you owe it to yourself to at least consider it. The ease of use, the amazing integration with Office Apps and the live tiles all add up to a winner if the released products perform like what I saw at CES.

Don't get me wrong, the Razor is a superb phone but based on what I saw I am going to reevaluate.

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big_montana

I think the biggest problem as to why it has not caught on well is the hardware is not as good as those running Android. By that I mean screen size for one, as I know you do not need quad core procs to run WP7, but going from an EVO 4G with a 4" screen to a crappy HTC plasticy WP5 phone with a 3.5" screen is not a move I want to make. When vendors start to make better quality WP7 phones (Nokia) then I will move over to the WP7 platform, but not before.

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Acewalters

You obviously haven't seen the Samsung Focus S or the HTC Titan. The Samsung has a 4.3" screen while the Titan has a 4.7" screen. Both with 8mp back cameras and 1mp front facing. 1.5ghz qualcomm processor, which can knock the socks off many dual core processors. They are both 4G, and both have amazing screens. Titan has a Super LCD and the Focus S has a Super AMOLED Plus. (Personal Preference is the Focus S). Now the Titan 2 and the Samsung Ace (tentative name) have been announced which are all of this plus 4G LTE. These new phones have the specs to back up and make this amazing OS even better. 

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big_montana

And you obviously missed that I own an EVO, which means I am on Sprint, which means I have no plan to give up my inexpensive uncapped plans for a pricier capped plan on AT&T. RIF

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Bullwinkle J Moose

10 reason that Windows 7 phones are just as bad or worse than any android phone whether stock or rooted>

1. Spyware

2. Spyware

3. Spyware

4. Spyware

5. Spyware

6. Spyware

7. Spyware

8. Spyware

9. Spyware

and last but not least

10. SPYWARE

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spacemonkiee

 Bullwinkle J Moose you have no idea what your talking about do you.

Troll.

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big_montana

Sorry, but that is something normally associated with Android handsets

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Baer

This post sounds like it is from a Fanboi who has never even seen the new Nokia (and others) Windows phone 7.5. I am not saying that it is the best or anything like that but I suggest that you at least take a look before you post spyware a bunch of times.

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Bullwinkle J Moose

You are both incorrect

If it is a cellphone, it is by definition a data collection point on the Global Spyware Platform regardless of who makes it

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afunyun

You need to loosen your tin-foil hat

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