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Windows or Droid? IDFK

Posted: Mon Oct 06, 2014 12:59 pm
by Ian7
This weekend I finally gave up on my ancient (in tech standards) Droid 4 and "upgraded" to a HTC One M8 Windows Phone. The change has been rough interface wise to say the least. As for the apps and what I can do with it I feel very restricted with customizability in how the phone operates and don't think I want to keep it. I miss all my old apps, they made my phone run great and do what I wanted it to. Not to mention how I could customize the setting and how open the phone was from a dev stand point. Windows feels so closed off to it's user.

HOWEVER, Cortana is just as good of a feature as I expected. Her and Office were the reasons I decided to try the change over. Since I lost my physical QWERTY speech typing was going to be my new way of texting. And I can text with Cortana without even being near my phone. That is probably the best thing about the phone. It is the feature that keeps bringing my back to possibly not trading it in for a Moto X (I know the Turbo is rumored soon but I don't need my phone to be THAT much of a work-horse).

I guess my general concerns are this:

Is switching OS always this difficult/rough or is it just Windows?

Can newer Androids also text without being picked up (i.e. announcing to me I have a text and asking to read it or ignore it/reply to it).

How does the HTC One M8 compare to the Moto X (2nd gen)?

I have done some research on these matters but wanted your guys input as well.Also any other advice you have on what's going on is greatly appreciated. THANKS

Re: Windows or Droid? IDFK

Posted: Mon Oct 06, 2014 1:56 pm
by Muffin
I've never messed with a windows phone myself but they don't really seem like something I would enjoy.. I have the One M7 android and absolutely love it. Granted I prolly shouldve waited another couple months for the M8, but I don't feel behind on tech right now.

"Can newer Androids also text without being picked up" I'm pretty sure my M7 cant do that, but idk about the M8. My buddy has a moto x and i've messed around with it (not very much) and I strongly prefer my htc one. Though that could be because I'm coming from a droid razr before and the moto x feels too similar, I like a change. Not sure about any specs but it cant be too big of a difference

Re: Windows or Droid? IDFK

Posted: Mon Oct 06, 2014 2:17 pm
by Ian7
The reason I would go to a Moto X is I have always preferred Motorola's version of Android over the others.
Also I just did some web browsing with the Windows Phone and it's pretty awful compared to Android. Bad even compared to my old old Droid 4.

Re: Windows or Droid? IDFK

Posted: Mon Oct 06, 2014 3:32 pm
by scobywhru
Newer androids can text without touching them just like Cortana, not sure about the announcing incoming texts but I am sure if they don't do it automatically there is an application for that. Google now is the default application for this and one that can be disabled or enabled as you see fit for screen off listening.

Google Now can be setup to listen all the time just like Cortana, but different keywords.

I know my Droid 1-HD Maxx all read texts aloud when in driving mode, but not when in the standard mode. I know the settings for the blind would allow it but not sure what they are and if it wouldn't be annoying over all.

Re: Windows or Droid? IDFK

Posted: Mon Oct 06, 2014 9:11 pm
by Ian7
Switched to the Moto X. It has a program called Moto G that does something very similar for certain things on top of the Google digital assistant. Stoked and glad I made the change. I will miss Cortana though. She was a really cool and useful feature but not enough for me to make the switch. Just playing with the customization of the Moto X's settings in the store was enough to re-assure me I had made a mistake and needed to go back to Android.

Re: Windows or Droid? IDFK

Posted: Mon Oct 06, 2014 9:30 pm
by Nightwolf

Re: Windows or Droid? IDFK

Posted: Tue Oct 07, 2014 10:46 pm
by scobywhru
Android uses the linux kernal and just runs a version of java ontop of it you can install linux tools and use them, like busybox, super user, etc but many require root privledge.