Overclock.net › Forums › Mobile Computing Forum › Phones › Android or Windows Phone 8
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

Android or Windows Phone 8

Poll Results: What smartphone OS fulfills my requirements? Android or Windows Phone 8?

 
  • 100% (6)
    Android
  • 0% (0)
    Windows Phone 8
6 Total Votes  
post #1 of 5
Thread Starter 
Hi guys!


I want to ask you guys what would suit me more. I can re-contract on my mobile plan and intend to have a 3G connection and a leading smart phone. You guys get what i mean... rolleyes.gif I currently have no data connection on my iPhone 4. Long story short, 2 years ago, i got a free Nokia C5-03, it magically broke down 1 year later. A few weeks ago, my sis upgraded to an iPhone 5 and handed me her iPhone 4.

Having used the iPhone 4 has been very complicated for me. I have always hated Apple (me prefering Windows & Linux). In a nutshell, i find that the iPhone feels like an incomplete product and i have to buy apps just for it to run like i expect a good smart phone out of the box. Dare i say, in terms of functionality and practically, my old Symbian was better. Before i used the iPhone, my friend handed me his Galaxy S3 and everything felt natural and logical. Not like iOS where i had to go through so many things to access something. It feels like everything is all over the place. I have never really tried or meddled with Windows in depth before, but preliminary testing suggest that it feels similar to Android. Navigating it feels as natural and logical as with the S3.

Of course, i want to narrow it down to the OS first. I welcome any suggestions on which exact smartphone model to get.


To better illustrate my requirements, i have listed down my smart phone needs below:

- Needs to be highly customisable (software wise)
- Large number of free apps and app support
- Must be able to plug-and-play/sync my calendars, emails and contacts with MS Outlook
- Better than average battery life
- Excellent support and update
- Able to accept Micro SD
- Be able to have free/support of commonly used apps like WhatsApp, Viber, etc.
- Call and SMS reliably as i do this more than using What's app, Viber, etc.
- A reliable default alarm clock that lets me type the alarm time (not scroll through some crappy wheel thingy) and set my snooze duration
- Write notes, organiser, reminders out of the box
- Access MS documents & .pdf for free
- Provide productivity tools out of the box. if not, numerous free ones in the store.
- Simple, fuss-free, no-frills phone management software
- OS can be easily updated everytime a new version is released
- OS lasts at least 3 years

Things i rarely do on my phone:

- Watch movies, youtube
- Listen to music
- Social networking crap like Facebook, Twitter, etc.
- Play games
- Take pictures and videos


In a nutshell, i need a workhorse phone. Reliable, practical and logical. I come from a background of learning PCs from MS-Dos to Windows to some Linux. Give me a Mac, i totally have difficulties using it. Help me out here guys. I just dont want to commit to an OS that is half-baked/has ZERO support/non-existing mainstream apps. I learnt my lesson when i got my Symbian 2 years ago. Thanks! tongue.gif
Edited by crazydj - 2/18/13 at 11:39am
My i5 Rig
(15 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i5 2500k @4.4Ghz Asus P8P67 ASUS STRIX-GTX960-DC2OC-2GD5 8GB G-Skill RipJawX 1600MHz CL9 (2 x 4GB) 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
OCZ Vertex 450 256GB Samsung S182 18x DVD+-RW (DL/RAM) Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung S22B350T (1920 x 1080) Logitech K120 Corsair HX520W CoolerMaster Centurion 5 w/Side Window (Silver) 
MouseMouse PadOther
Logitech MX518 Barracuda Lite SonicGear Morro 521 
  hide details  
Reply
My i5 Rig
(15 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i5 2500k @4.4Ghz Asus P8P67 ASUS STRIX-GTX960-DC2OC-2GD5 8GB G-Skill RipJawX 1600MHz CL9 (2 x 4GB) 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
OCZ Vertex 450 256GB Samsung S182 18x DVD+-RW (DL/RAM) Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung S22B350T (1920 x 1080) Logitech K120 Corsair HX520W CoolerMaster Centurion 5 w/Side Window (Silver) 
MouseMouse PadOther
Logitech MX518 Barracuda Lite SonicGear Morro 521 
  hide details  
Reply
post #2 of 5

I have had use with both andriod and windows phone 7.

 

I have been suprisingly satisfied with the over all performance of my HTC Radar (windows phone 7) as well as my previous phone HTC Sensation Aandoird with HTC Sense 3.0 I believe). 

Here is a list of the things you would like, i will put the phone that would be better in that category

To better illustrate my requirements, i have listed down my smart phone needs below:
- Needs to be highly customisable (software wise) - Android
- Large number of free apps and app support - Android (Windows phone marketplace I have found to be limited)
- Must be able to plug-and-play/sync my calendars, emails and contacts with MS Outlook - Windows Phone
- Better than average battery life - I have had great battery life with my Windows phone, but i believe it will depend on the phone
- Excellent support and update - Would need to look into this more
- Able to accept Micro SD - Draw, both have SD card support
- Be able to have free/support of commonly used apps like WhatsApp, Viber, etc.-  Adriod will have more apps, but I checked on my phone, it has the apps you mentioed as well
- Call and SMS reliably as i do this more than using What's app, Viber, etc. - My windows phone has had great call quality 
- A reliable default alarm clock that lets me type the alarm time (not scroll through some crappy wheel thingy) and set my snooze duration - Andoid, but you could just find an alam app :D
- Write notes, organiser, reminders out of the box - without futher infomation, i would say they are about the same
- Access MS documents & .pdf for free - Windows Phone
- Provide productivity tools out of the box. if not, numerous free ones in the store. - Draw
- Simple, fuss-free, no-frills phone management software - windows phone, I have been very happy at the ease of access to my phone
- OS can be easily updated everytime a new version is released - not too sure abot software support for either phone
- OS lasts at least 3 years - Draw

 

Now, I have not been able to try Windows phone 8, but i have used WP7 and have loved it as well.

but overall, if i had to choose, I think I would go with Andorid, 

 

 

Hope this helps, if you have any questions, or if i havent been clear, let me know


Edited by zer0d3gree - 2/18/13 at 12:00pm
Hackintosh
(16 items)
 
   
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5 3570K Z77X-UD5H XFX Radeon HD DD 7870 Black Edition G.SKILL Sniper Low Voltage Series (2x4Gb) 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Western Digital Caviar Black 500Gb Crucial M4 128Gb Sony 24X Optic Drive Cooler Master Hyper 212 plus 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
OSX Mavericks 10.9 ASUS VS Series VS238H-P Cooler Master CM Storm Trigger Corsair Gamming Series 600W 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Raidmax Aeolus  CM Storm Recon Cooler Master CM Storm Speed RXL Corsair Vengeance 2000 Wireless Headphones  
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
2.4Ghz Core i5 Intel Iris 8Gb 256Gb Pci SSD 
OS
OSX Yosemite Beta 
  hide details  
Reply
Hackintosh
(16 items)
 
   
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5 3570K Z77X-UD5H XFX Radeon HD DD 7870 Black Edition G.SKILL Sniper Low Voltage Series (2x4Gb) 
Hard DriveHard DriveOptical DriveCooling
Western Digital Caviar Black 500Gb Crucial M4 128Gb Sony 24X Optic Drive Cooler Master Hyper 212 plus 
OSMonitorKeyboardPower
OSX Mavericks 10.9 ASUS VS Series VS238H-P Cooler Master CM Storm Trigger Corsair Gamming Series 600W 
CaseMouseMouse PadAudio
Raidmax Aeolus  CM Storm Recon Cooler Master CM Storm Speed RXL Corsair Vengeance 2000 Wireless Headphones  
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
2.4Ghz Core i5 Intel Iris 8Gb 256Gb Pci SSD 
OS
OSX Yosemite Beta 
  hide details  
Reply
post #3 of 5
Unfortunately, I just double-checked, and it seems the WP8 default alarm uses one of those virtual code wheels like what you were talking about. I worry that it was put in place because it was popular, not because it was functional. Plus, it does not let you set Snooze time. You may want to go for a custom application on this one, whatever platform you end up going for.

Accessing MS documents is really the one thing Windows Phone will have a big advantage on - I'm not even sure what your options would be on Android. And, you can connect to SkyDrive, plus no need to actually buy Office as an app itself - it comes with the phone.

I can't speak with Android experience, but it seems that with Android, you won't get quite so much out of the default functionality, and need to get custom apps that tend not to really integrate with each other. What I liked about my HTC 8X is that Windows Phone does quite a lot right out of the box, made by Microsoft.

WP's PDF reader isn't great, but I haven't needed it for much besides consulting train schedules.

Customizability will be Android's biggest advantage, as you can rip out and reinstall the entire thing if you so desire (from what I understand)
Calvin
(12 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5-4670 @3.40Ghz ASUS Z87-A eVGA GTX 670 8 GB 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
SSD + 2TB internal Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit Two of them! Logitech 
  hide details  
Reply
Calvin
(12 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel Core i5-4670 @3.40Ghz ASUS Z87-A eVGA GTX 670 8 GB 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
SSD + 2TB internal Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit Two of them! Logitech 
  hide details  
Reply
post #4 of 5
i think they are both great and it really comes down to do you like metro or not. I love my nokia lumia 920. the new windows phone 8 device are pretty fast.
GW2 Special
(16 items)
 
Redstroyer
(14 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Phenom II X2 555(unlocked to X4 B55) Biostar ta870u3+ 6950HD msi twin frozr OC 2x2gb g.skill ripjaws ddr3 1600 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
OCZ Solid 3 Lg combo with IDE to sata adapter H50 win 7 x64 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
dynex hdtv 22''(HD)/philips 19''(VGA) k260(logitech wireless combo) corsair 650tx azza orion 
MouseMouse Pad
m210(logitech wireless combo) INFOREM custom mouse pad 
  hide details  
Reply
GW2 Special
(16 items)
 
Redstroyer
(14 items)
 
 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Phenom II X2 555(unlocked to X4 B55) Biostar ta870u3+ 6950HD msi twin frozr OC 2x2gb g.skill ripjaws ddr3 1600 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
OCZ Solid 3 Lg combo with IDE to sata adapter H50 win 7 x64 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
dynex hdtv 22''(HD)/philips 19''(VGA) k260(logitech wireless combo) corsair 650tx azza orion 
MouseMouse Pad
m210(logitech wireless combo) INFOREM custom mouse pad 
  hide details  
Reply
post #5 of 5
Thread Starter 
When i read about WP 8, the more i think it suits me. My heart wants it, but logic dictates that you cannot go wrong with android... I am just afraid that support for apps are hard to come by and in the future, i may not be able to get apps that 'the others' have/do not fully support.

I used to have a Nokia C5-03 Symbian phone. It was a good phone, laggy, but it was reliable. It could be used. Problem was that when using whats app, i could not turn off data. So in other words, i could not use it as i had no data connection subscription. The phone all of a sudden spoilt by itself, i didnt drop it or anything. My previous nokia phone also spoilt by itself.

The issue is that, i dont want to make a decision and get 'tied down' by a 2 year contract with a phone that will screw up half way or in the process, cannot cater to my needs or is not adaptable. I wanna get a new contract now is because i can get some student discount thingy where i get 2 years of unlimited free SMSes all day, everyday and free calls at certain locations. I am graduating from university in May this year and if i decide to be tied down then, i do not get this perk. Haha. Simply put, i do not want to have a crappy phone then when i wanna change it halfway, i have to buy a phone without any contract, for the FULL retail price. I dont know, what do you guys think? Android or WP 8?
My i5 Rig
(15 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i5 2500k @4.4Ghz Asus P8P67 ASUS STRIX-GTX960-DC2OC-2GD5 8GB G-Skill RipJawX 1600MHz CL9 (2 x 4GB) 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
OCZ Vertex 450 256GB Samsung S182 18x DVD+-RW (DL/RAM) Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung S22B350T (1920 x 1080) Logitech K120 Corsair HX520W CoolerMaster Centurion 5 w/Side Window (Silver) 
MouseMouse PadOther
Logitech MX518 Barracuda Lite SonicGear Morro 521 
  hide details  
Reply
My i5 Rig
(15 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Intel i5 2500k @4.4Ghz Asus P8P67 ASUS STRIX-GTX960-DC2OC-2GD5 8GB G-Skill RipJawX 1600MHz CL9 (2 x 4GB) 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
OCZ Vertex 450 256GB Samsung S182 18x DVD+-RW (DL/RAM) Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung S22B350T (1920 x 1080) Logitech K120 Corsair HX520W CoolerMaster Centurion 5 w/Side Window (Silver) 
MouseMouse PadOther
Logitech MX518 Barracuda Lite SonicGear Morro 521 
  hide details  
Reply
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Phones
Overclock.net › Forums › Mobile Computing Forum › Phones › Android or Windows Phone 8