Windows Phone 7/8 Catch All

The button on the side of the phone that launches the camera? It's great, and I use it all the time, but other phones don't have that? Like, for real?

ClockworkHouse wrote:

The button on the side of the phone that launches the camera? It's great, and I use it all the time, but other phones don't have that? Like, for real?

Re: ALAC support - on the Mac using WP7 Connector, I can sync ALAC files to the phone without a problem, but there is most certainly some kind of transcoding happening int he background (probably to WMA or something). But for my usage, Spotify absolutely is THE best way to consume music on WP7.

Symbiotic wrote:

Re: ALAC support - on the Mac using WP7 Connector, I can sync ALAC files to the phone without a problem, but there is most certainly some kind of transcoding happening int he background (probably to WMA or something). But for my usage, Spotify absolutely is THE best way to consume music on WP7.

I noticed that about OSX, and I'll bet you are correct about it transcoding. Using the Subsonic App will work just fine for me. It transcodes to MP3 and caches the files, so I can listen to the last 2-4 GB (or however much I specify) offline. It would basically be Spotify except it's my music.

ClockworkHouse wrote:

WP7 doesn't have Hulu+ yet. Other than that, you'll be able to do all of what you want with 7.5 very well.

Personally, I prefer the WP7 interface (especially with the Mango update) over anything I've seen. I wouldn't trade my Windows Phone for anything other than a newer Windows Phone.

I agree with the interface comments. It's fast and fun. But even more than the interface I love the email app. Bar none the best email app on any phone.

I use the camera button quite a bit and it is pretty easy. The ability to wake the phone up by holding the camera button doesn't work that well. Usually it's faster to unlock it yourself. Once unlocked, though, it's pretty quick to get into the camera.

One nice thing about gaming on WP7 (besides XBL integration) is that you get some exclusives that didn't come out on the iPhone 3 years ago (which seems to be a lot of what is on android). You do get some but there are definitely some very nice exclusives.

For me the biggest draw of the iphone now is the ability to get custom fit accessories. You don't get that with WP7 or Android (unless the manufacturer makes them which is rare).

For anyone looking for an unlocked WP7 phone, Newegg has the Dell Venue Pro for $239.99 with free shipping and a free stereo bluetooth headset. I know that when you order from Dell you choose AT&T or T-Mobile but the Newegg order doesn't seem to have that choice. My guess is that it is a T-Mobile phone as it lists T-Mobile 3g but not AT&T 3g. It's got a nice build quality, a great screen, and a slide out keyboard. I like mine quite a bit. It's currently 299 from dell unlocked. There has been speculation that Dell is leaving the phone business due to the price decrease and the lack of a new phone. The Venue Pro has been this price for several months now so I don't believe they are just clearing out inventory. It is a cause for concern if you are worried about future updates.

Filthy enabler!

For the last couple months I have been carrying around an old Razar phone and an iPod rather than having a smart phone but I just bought one of these since carrying around two things is a pain the butt plus I like some of the features of smart phones.

EvilHomer3k wrote:

For anyone looking for an unlocked WP7 phone, Newegg has the Dell Venue Pro for $239.99 with free shipping and a free stereo bluetooth headset. I know that when you order from Dell you choose AT&T or T-Mobile but the Newegg order doesn't seem to have that choice. My guess is that it is a T-Mobile phone as it lists T-Mobile 3g but not AT&T 3g. It's got a nice build quality, a great screen, and a slide out keyboard. I like mine quite a bit. It's currently 299 from dell unlocked. There has been speculation that Dell is leaving the phone business due to the price decrease and the lack of a new phone. The Venue Pro has been this price for several months now so I don't believe they are just clearing out inventory. It is a cause for concern if you are worried about future updates.

Does it use a SIM card? Any idea if it'll work with Cricket? Doesn't show them in the Compatible Carrier & Service section, but you never know. Someone managed to get the iPhone 4S working with them, and I'm strongly considering switching from Android to WP7.

It does use a sim card. From what I can tell Cricket is CDMA which would not be compatible with the Venue Pro which is GSM only.

farley3k wrote:

Filthy enabler!

I try.

Curses! Thanks anyway.

The LTE Nokia 900 looks sweet.. I believe has the same screen as the N9. Should be a killer phone.. here is hoping Verizon gets it an its a world phone..

TheGameguru wrote:

The LTE Nokia 900 looks sweet.. I believe has the same screen as the N9. Should be a killer phone.. here is hoping Verizon gets it an its a world phone..

I was talking about it a little on the previous page. I plan on switching to that from my iPhone 4. I noticed that Ars put up a hands on which wasn't all that positive today. I'm a little worried about the camera, but hopefully they're just being downers for whatever reason.

I got Visual Studio 2010 Express for Windows Phone just for fun and am going through the tutorials. So far, I like it way better than the Android SDK. And of course, I like it better than the iOS SDK because I can't even run that without a freaking mac and developer account.

Anyone played around making apps? If you have a Windows Phone, can you just stick any app you make on it no sweat?

tuffalobuffalo wrote:

I got Visual Studio 2010 Express for Windows Phone just for fun and am going through the tutorials. So far, I like it way better than the Android SDK. And of course, I like it better than the iOS SDK because I can't even run that without a freaking mac and developer account.

Anyone played around making apps? If you have a Windows Phone, can you just stick any app you make on it no sweat?

I think you either have to pay the Dev fee, or you could have used ChevronWP7 to unlock the phone to allow side loading. But I think they ran out of keys and haven't decided if they're going to sell more or not.

The biggest impediment to me enjoying a Windows Phone is the almost universally dated hardware and the especially lackluster DACs I've found on the Samsung Focus and Venue Pro. Are there any of them that actually sound good? Not equalized so it sounds ok, but I mean clean audio, where I won't hear hissing when sound starts and stops with my cheap iPhone headphones plugged in.

I think from what I've read, processor wise Win Phone doesn't need as much as other OSs. iOS and Win Phone both prioritize UI threads over everything else, where Android doesn't. So it takes more power to make Android's UI feel smooth than the other two.

Screen resolution is something I hope they up their game on later. And I'm sure more HP will come, too.

Rumor is that they'll move the OS over to the Win 8 ARM kernel at some point. I assume that would be Win Phone 8. That would make tablet/phone apps easier to co-develop.

I preordered a black Lumia 900 today. I managed to keep my unlimited data, but they made me pay 5 more dollars to go from 2000 to unlimited texts. Those texting plans make me so frustrated. They haven't throttled me yet using 5 GB up to almost 12 GB of data per month, so I'm going to stick with the unlimited plan until they do. If they do, I'll go with the 5 GB plus plus tethering. I would have waited for the white one, but I don't really want a glossy phone.

I hope windows phone gets a Hulu and HBO Go app soon. At least they have netflix and a subsonic app. That's enough for me because I don't play mobile games. If there are gems, I'll still have an iPhone 4.

Anybody else order it?

No, but only because my carrier doesn't have it.

EvilHomer3k wrote:

No, but only because my carrier doesn't have it.

Well, if GWJ is any indication, the Nokia/Windows Phone deal is going to be a colossal train wreck.

tuffalobuffalo wrote:
EvilHomer3k wrote:

No, but only because my carrier doesn't have it.

Well, if GWJ is any indication, the Nokia/Windows Phone deal is going to be a colossal train wreck. :(

I would have one if a.) it were on my carrier, and b.) I weren't still paying off my HD7.

And anecdotally, I've noticed more GWJers posting on Twitter and elsewhere that they're switching over to WP7 of some kind or another.

I would replace my Verizon iPhone 4S with one if Verizon had it.. as it is I'm replacing my AT&T Nexus with one since I find it superior to Android.

I suspect if I used it on a daily basis I would probably like it more than my iPhone 4S

ClockworkHouse wrote:

And anecdotally, I've noticed more GWJers posting on Twitter and elsewhere that they're switching over to WP7 of some kind or another.

Well, that's good to hear. I'm just nervous that we're not going to get app developers to even consider the platform. For example, I sure would like to see HBO Go and Hulu Plus apps. That's really all that I need other than the Subsonic and Netflix apps which are already available.

ClockworkHouse wrote:
tuffalobuffalo wrote:
EvilHomer3k wrote:

No, but only because my carrier doesn't have it.

Well, if GWJ is any indication, the Nokia/Windows Phone deal is going to be a colossal train wreck. :(

I would have one if a.) it were on my carrier, and b.) I weren't still paying off my HD7.

And anecdotally, I've noticed more GWJers posting on Twitter and elsewhere that they're switching over to WP7 of some kind or another.

It seems it is only available on AT&T. They will also be carrying the HTC Titan II. I think the lack of the Lumia 900 on other carriers is going to have a pretty large effect on sales overall. Unless MS can get more phones out there on ALL carriers I don't see them improving much in market share. T-Mobile, Verizon, and Sprint have one WP7 phone and the only one that I would consider great is the Lumia 710 on T-Mobile. Android is available everywhere and if MS wants to increase market share they need to be as well. The 900 should be available on every major carrier here.

tuffalobuffalo wrote:
ClockworkHouse wrote:

And anecdotally, I've noticed more GWJers posting on Twitter and elsewhere that they're switching over to WP7 of some kind or another.

Well, that's good to hear. I'm just nervous that we're not going to get app developers to even consider the platform. For example, I sure would like to see HBO Go and Hulu Plus apps. That's really all that I need other than the Subsonic and Netflix apps which are already available.

On that note, Plex just released a WP7 app. MS is doing a nice job with developers. Considering their market share there are a lot of quality apps and games out there. Way better IMO than android was in it's infancy (and arguably better now).

I just hate At&t but otherwise, I'd be ready to switch.

Well, I'm weak and through my employer I could get the phone for $75 so I ordered it.

Ulairi wrote:

I just hate At&t but otherwise, I'd be ready to switch.

As much as I hate AT&T, I don't consider any of the other phone companies to be any better (or any old media business for that matter). They all have the same type of business model. My phone is the one main thing in my life where I let myself get effed in the A because the alternate option is to go with a prepaid phone which would be nearly useless to me. One of these days, though, I may just do that. My A is getting a little sore these days.

My Lumia 900 arrived today. I like it so far.

This phone is awesome. I am very happy to have ditched iOS. I have a few minor nitpicks, but overall, the experience has been wonderful.

The best thing I just found out is that with my corporate plan with an LTE phone, I get the hotspot for free.