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So, I recently made a thread asking for upgrade opinions from my iPhone 4 to Android (or you could call it simply a change, rather than upgrade).

I pretty much ended up deciding on the HTC Inspire 4G. Well, I said I'd consider it in one month, and if nothing better comes out, I'm getting it.

Then I saw this....




Source and more info: Engadget

An HTC HD7S. Basically it is the HD7 from T-Mobile, but with a much better, more epic "Super" LCD screen. Also, "The phone also comes with the so-called "NoDo" update of Windows Phone 7 preinstalled."

O_o

I've been fairly iffy on Windows Phone 7, based on lack of apps, etc. But honestly, it seems MS is improving on that fairly quickly (with quality apps). And, there's more software updates coming soon to improve multitasking, and other features. I have mostly found rave reviews for the phone, the OS, etc.

What do you guys think about it, what apps does it not have that you feel makes it not worth it? Post your opinions/comments...
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Protip:



Android does that all the time.
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Does what? You mean you can skin it to look like Windows Phone 7? From my experience, skins hardly give the same experience. It doesn't look nearly as good as the actual Windows Phone 7. Could be my imagination though...
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Does what? You mean you can skin it to look like Windows Phone 7? From my experience, skins hardly give the same experience. It doesn't look nearly as good as the actual Windows Phone 7. Could be my imagination though...
Dude, we've been getting every single WP7 feature - from the contacts to the Zune and lockscreen. I'm pretty confident that Android could definitely emulate the entire WP7 ecosystem no problem, because of the talented devs we have. Sure, you could go for the HD7S for the authentic experience; I'm just showing you that Android can do it too.

Here's an Alpha build of an upcoming music app:

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I love my windows phone because the OS is so fast and smooth. However, I don't use any apps... I'm guessing it's pretty weak in that department.

If you just want phone calls, texts, and internet, it's a perfect phone though.
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I've got a WP7 phone too, primarily for Zune support. Love the software, love the unlimited subscription. <3 WP7 itself is pretty damn cool too. By the way, I've used Symbian^2, iOS4, Android Froyo (and custom roms), and WiMo 6.5 (and custom roms), so I have quite a feel of the various OS's. Now, WP7 is not without it's annoying bugs and quibbles though.
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Dude, we've been getting every single WP7 feature - from the contacts to the Zune and lockscreen. I'm pretty confident that Android could definitely emulate the entire WP7 ecosystem no problem, because of the talented devs we have. Sure, you could go for the HD7S for the authentic experience; I'm just showing you that Android can do it too.

Here's an Alpha build of an upcoming music app:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W_hawITY-XM
I'm aware that people can theme phones to look like other platforms. You can even theme an iPhone to look like an Android, or a Windows Phone 7. This is nothing new. However, the original is always better.

Take this screen shot (click to full view):



It's not mine, I found it on DeviantART, but there's tons like this. Windows XP modified to resemble Mac OSX. I made a thread on how to do this a long time ago here.

My point is, it's still a Windows under the skin. Much like a person theming their Android to appear to like a Windows Phone 7 is still not a Windows Phone 7.

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I love my windows phone because the OS is so fast and smooth. However, I don't use any apps... I'm guessing it's pretty weak in that department.

If you just want phone calls, texts, and internet, it's a perfect phone though.
This is what I mean. I have heard a lot about how fast, smooth, fluid, etc, the OS is. I doubt, and I could be wrong, that the Android theme is able to emulate things any further than appearance. While the Android crashes, slows down, or whatever, your Windows Phone 7 performs well.

One could argue that the Android is super fast even with the theme, but I still don't see it being as solid as the original. No one can deny that Windows Phone 7 is great, besides the lack of apps, and flash, multitasking, etc. These issues are likely to be addressed in future updates.

It is weak in the app department, but getting better. I just noticed recently. I'm very impressed at their limited selection, and I see it getting larger fairly quickly.

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I've got a WP7 phone too, primarily for Zune support. Love the software, love the unlimited subscription. <3 WP7 itself is pretty damn cool too. By the way, I've used Symbian^2, iOS4, Android Froyo (and custom roms), and WiMo 6.5 (and custom roms), so I have quite a feel of the various OS's. Now, WP7 is not without it's annoying bugs and quibbles though.
Ah yes, it's a new platform, but I'm sure Microsoft is doing their best to get it sorted. I just love the look of it. I read a lot of great reviews, and it's hard not to feel... drawn to the phone. Especially that beautiful HD7S. O_O

Tough decision, but I am leaning more to Android even now because of apps. Future says: I am gonna own Windows Phone 7. Heck, maybe I'll buy both. hahaha

Thanks for your comments.
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You might have already made up your mind but I figured I'd throw in my .02 cents.

Bought the Focus when it came out, and so far I love it. I'm not much of an app person though, but it has the occasional fun little app that I download. But the OS is (like others have said) so fluid, fast, very easy to just jump into. I love the facebook integration with the contacts, the xbox live support, zune support, and the ease of using my phone. At least with the facebook integration I just sync'd with facebook, added other numbers in manually and I have a picture for everyone whenever they call

So far the only thing that has somewhat bothered me is how you see some app commercials on TV and they always say available for iOS or Android. But hopefully that will change with time. For now the only app I really wished I could get that I don't have is the ProPresenter remote.

I also noticed that before the "NoDo" update that if you never deleted a conversation with someone and accumulated several thousand texts in that conversation when you opened it, the phone would dramatically slow down. But thats understandable Haven't accumulated enough texts since then to notice any difference though after the update.
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My vote would be for an android phone. A couple of my buddies have gotten a Win7 phone, and lost enthusiasm quickly. The first couple of weeks they were in love, and don't get me wrong the interface is one of the best seen to date with its simplicity and responsiveness, but the app world is lacking. Android has much more to offer in that department at the moment, though if you don't mind waiting we all know the Win7 app market is going to grow as well. If a bigger screen is something you are after have you checked out the Samsung infuse 4g with its whopping 4.5" AMOLED and it's only 8.99 mm thick!
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You might have already made up your mind but I figured I'd throw in my .02 cents.

Bought the Focus when it came out, and so far I love it. I'm not much of an app person though, but it has the occasional fun little app that I download. But the OS is (like others have said) so fluid, fast, very easy to just jump into. I love the facebook integration with the contacts, the xbox live support, zune support, and the ease of using my phone. At least with the facebook integration I just sync'd with facebook, added other numbers in manually and I have a picture for everyone whenever they call

So far the only thing that has somewhat bothered me is how you see some app commercials on TV and they always say available for iOS or Android. But hopefully that will change with time. For now the only app I really wished I could get that I don't have is the ProPresenter remote.
Well, a lot of apps are becoming available for Windows Phone 7. Facebook, Netflix, Twitter, YouTube, Google Maps, Weather Bug, Weather Channel, Last.fm, AP, USA Today, etc. Plus, plenty of games.

There's certain Apps though, like Crunchyroll, or Hulu, that it lacks. There are others but I'm not gonna get into a list, we both know it is lacking, but getting better.

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My vote would be for an android phone. A couple of my buddies have gotten a Win7 phone, and lost enthusiasm quickly. The first couple of weeks they were in love, and don't get me wrong the interface is one of the best seen to date with its simplicity and responsiveness, but the app world is lacking. Android has much more to offer in that department at the moment, though if you don't mind waiting we all know the Win7 app market is going to grow as well. If a bigger screen is something you are after have you checked out the Samsung infuse 4g with its whopping 4.5" AMOLED and it's only 8.99 mm thick!
Yes, Android as of now seems like the best choice. My main issue, as you pointed out, is the lack of Apps. I really, really want to try it out, but I feel that an Android ultimately, will be my best option.. for now.

Actually, if you saw my other thread I actually went over that Infuse lol. I was requesting opinions between the Atrix, Infuse, and Inspire. I am planning to switch from my iPhone 4 to Android (for a change).

I ended up deciding that I would wait until mid July before switching, just in case a new phone is released (I heard rumours of this), if not, I was planning to go with the HTC Inspire.

I liked the Sense UI vs Touchwiz and Motoblur. Plus, I like the build quality of the HTC device. Nice size 4.3" screen, and for only $99, vs the Infuse being $199. (I'm getting the upgrade pricing)
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