A bunch of useless crap
Published on January 11, 2013 By MasonM In Mobile Tech

I've been using Android phones for a long time now, and Linux even longer, but recently I have become something of a fan of Windows 8. I am running 8 on one of my laptops and have a Surface tablet. I really like it.

I have been seriously considering dropping my Galaxy s3 Android phone for a Windows phone. As I am on Verizon and don't want to switch carriers I am currently limited to two phones, the HTC 8x and the Nokia 822. The HTC is arguably the higher end hardware and would normally be my default choice.

I have been reading all of the "professional" reviews and they all go for the HTC.

But, when I started checking the forums where people who actually own and use the phones post I find a plethora of complaints about the HTC. Lots more than the Nokia. It appears to me that in the real world the Nokia 822 is actually the better, more reliable device despite it's lower screen resolution.

I think I'll go with the Nokia.


Comments (Page 2)
on Jan 12, 2013

MadDeez
all that comes from a guy who swore he'd never use win8 after installing the preview build months ago.

Same here!  I was never going with anything Win 8 because Metro was butt ugly and really put me off, but since installing the full release I have found it to be an excellent OS that's stable, reliable and a pleasure to use... and the ones who piss and moan about it the most are those who've tried it least, if at all.  Yup, somebody rolls out the "I hate Windows 8" bandwagon and every man and his dog wants to hop on for the ride... which to me is pretty fucken silly when the destination's nowhere and it don't take the scenic route.

Oh, and Mason, while the Lumia 920 is the flagship of the line and boasts some impressive specs, the 820 does have its advantages.  I like the fact that it has a removable back, whereas the 920 doesn't, meaning that you can swap out depleted batteries on high usage days and add up to 64gb of additional memory via a microSD card.  Now those two things alone could make the 820 a more attractive proposition for businessmen who travel around a lot and need longer than usual battery life and greater storage for work related files, etc. 

At the end of the day it really depends on your needs and intended/expected usage, but in either event, whether you end up getting the 820 or the 920, you'll be getting a damned good phone.

on Jan 13, 2013

according to Windows Phone Central, AT&T has a deal going on now. if you buy one win8 phone, you get $100 off a second win8 phone. in other words, buy 1 Nokia 920, get another one for free. or buy an HTC 8X, get a 920 for zippo. i wish they had that deal 10 days ago.

on Jan 13, 2013

starkers
Quoting MadDeez, reply 12all that comes from a guy who swore he'd never use win8 after installing the preview build months ago.

Same here!  I was never going with anything Win 8 because Metro was butt ugly and really put me off, but since installing the full release I have found it to be an excellent OS that's stable, reliable and a pleasure to use... and the ones who piss and moan about it the most are those who've tried it least, if at all.  Yup, somebody rolls out the "I hate Windows 8" bandwagon and every man and his dog wants to hop on for the ride... which to me is pretty fucken silly when the destination's nowhere and it don't take the scenic route.

Oh, and Mason, while the Lumia 920 is the flagship of the line and boasts some impressive specs, the 820 does have its advantages.  I like the fact that it has a removable back, whereas the 920 doesn't, meaning that you can swap out depleted batteries on high usage days and add up to 64gb of additional memory via a microSD card.  Now those two things alone could make the 820 a more attractive proposition for businessmen who travel around a lot and need longer than usual battery life and greater storage for work related files, etc. 

At the end of the day it really depends on your needs and intended/expected usage, but in either event, whether you end up getting the 820 or the 920, you'll be getting a damned good phone.

Yeah I had forgotten that the 920 doesn't have a replaceable battery or SD card slot. Thanks for reminding me. I'll probably go with the 822, unless something else comes along at Verizon before I decide to buy. The lower resolution screen on the 822 doesn't bother me, I'm not in the habit of watching videos on my phone anyway, and web pages were perfectly readable on the one I checked out at the store.

 

I really like Windows 8 and have been running it on one of my laptops for a while now. I also really like my Surface RT, on which I am typing this now. I still use Linux for some things, but am finding Win 8 perfectly stable and fast for my every day tasks.

on Jan 13, 2013

MadDeez
according to Windows Phone Central, AT&T has a deal going on now. if you buy one win8 phone, you get $100 off a second win8 phone. in other words, buy 1 Nokia 920, get another one for free. or buy an HTC 8X, get a 920 for zippo. i wish they had that deal 10 days ago.

That's a pretty good deal for someone who needs more than one phone. I am hoping maybe Verizon will put the 822 on sale about the time I'm ready to buy, although honestly the price of the 822 isn't all that bad anyway.

on Jan 14, 2013

MasonM
Yeah I had forgotten that the 920 doesn't have a replaceable battery or SD card slot. Thanks for reminding me. I'll probably go with the 822, unless something else comes along at Verizon before I decide to buy. The lower resolution screen on the 822 doesn't bother me, I'm not in the habit of watching videos on my phone anyway, and web pages were perfectly readable on the one I checked out at the store.

Even if you do watch video on your phone, like if a family member sent you a memorable moments clip, the display is quite decent and you're not going to be disappointed.  We have been getting clips of the grandkids from my step-daughter in Tasmania for just on 4 years now, and the picture quality on the 820 is superior to previous phones we've had....

on Jan 14, 2013

I would just stick with what you have, the S3 is an excellent phone I have heard. Me, I'll just stick with my Motorola Atrix 2 Android, it does what I want, I don't need anything else.

on Jan 14, 2013

"hey look at me... I have a penis-substitute stuck to my ear...".

No, no - that was an actual penis.

on Jan 14, 2013

I don't think you can go wrong with a Windows Phone.  I'm very happy with my Lumia 920 and definitely recommend it.

 

on Jan 15, 2013


Quoting Jafo, reply 4"hey look at me... I have a penis-substitute stuck to my ear...".

No, no - that was an actual penis.

Hmmm, that's a bit close to the bone... if you don't mind the pun.

Yeah, last time I saw a penis stuck to something... well it was more in something, was when I was in A&E and his bloke came in with his engorged member firmly stuck in a vacuum cleaner pipe  Talk about embarrassing!! 

Anyway, BOT....

Island Dog
I don't think you can go wrong with a Windows Phone.

Definitely not, and going by most reactions when people see mine, the WP8 stands head and shoulders above IOS and Android phones, for looks and usability.  Yup, users of both have been saying: "I gotta get me one of these."

On another note, regarding IOS and iPhones, I read earlier today that Apple has cut back on its iPhone 5 production due to weaker than expected demand.... see more here.

Now I could have told them that 6 - 8 months ago, not that they would have listened.  I could also tell them that they need to tighten their belts for the very lean period they're going to go though in the next couple of years and beyond, but no, I think I'll just sit back and watch Apple crumble [pun intended].

on Jan 15, 2013

starkers
I'll just sit back and watch Apple crumble

Someone hit him.....

on Jan 15, 2013

Don't know about phones but I hate W8 PC.  Took mine back to the store.  Yey said a ;ot of people are doing that.

I got the tablet.  It is ok.  What I love about it is Office comes bundled.

But I have played with the PC - and yes, I hate it as well!

on Jan 15, 2013


Quoting starkers, reply 24I'll just sit back and watch Apple crumble

Someone hit him.....

Sadly, he is correct.  It has nothing to do with their loss of innovation and excellence.  It has to do with unrealistic expectations.

Dump your stock now.  The company will be around for a lot longer, but the stock is a money loser.

on Jan 16, 2013

Dr Guy

Quoting Jafo, reply 25
Quoting starkers, reply 24I'll just sit back and watch Apple crumble

Someone hit him.....

Sadly, he is correct.  It has nothing to do with their loss of innovation and excellence.  It has to do with unrealistic expectations.

Dump your stock now.  The company will be around for a lot longer, but the stock is a money loser.

Yeah, Apple will be around alright, but it will be an 'also ran' as Samsung, LG, Nokia and others beat Apple at its own game.  The loss of innovation and excellence hasn't helped any, though.  When I've been out and about in tech stores, I've been a nosy body and asked people looking at iStuff why they were choosing it, and honestly, the amount of people who said they were only comparing and actually considering a Samsung alternative was quite staggering... say 8 out of 10, perhaps.  The reason?  Most thought that Samsung had surpassed Apple in both phones and tablets, that the Galaxies were superior products.

Also, my local Telstra store, where i do a bit of business, ordered in 50 Apple TV units in November 2012, they have still to sell just one, while other TV/Media Players are selling reasonably well.  In fact, most tech stores in my area report a drop in Apple product sales... and I know this because I'm an inquisitive body and I like to ask about these things.

Yup, I saw the writing on the wall for Apple long before the mini iPad and iPhone 5 failed to meet expectations for consumers and the company alike.  I've seen it for 6 to 8, maybe even 10 months now, probably before Steve Jobs tok ill and passed, that Apple is on a downward spiral and will not recover in this or the next couple of decades. So yeah, the stock is a money loser, not that I would ever have purchased any anyway.

Oh, and Dr Guy, apple crumble is a dessert we enjoy here in Oz, so there was an intended pun, for which Jafo felt it appropriate to incite a mob to put me in the stocks and throw rotten fruit at me.

on Jan 16, 2013

starkers
Oh, and Dr Guy, apple crumble is a dessert we enjoy here in Oz, so there was an intended pun, for which Jafo felt it appropriate to incite a mob to put me in the stocks and throw rotten fruit at me.

For that bad pun, we should lock up Jafo and throw rotten fruit at him!

on Jan 18, 2013

LightStar
I would just stick with what you have, the S3 is an excellent phone I have heard. Me, I'll just stick with my Motorola Atrix 2 Android, it does what I want, I don't need anything else.

Yes, well, if I weren't interested in making the switch from Android to WP8 I doubt I would have written the post in the first place. Unlike many, I actually like Windows 8 on my laptop as well as my Surface. Some folks fear change, I am not among those.

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