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[–] not-impressed 1 point 84 points (+85|-1) ago 

Good, phones are hardware not software. You should be able to install anything you want on them.

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[–] Neongreen 0 points 27 points (+27|-0) ago 

I agree. I am looking forward to Mozilla OS and Ubuntu.

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[–] Nicolay77 ago 

I had already tried Ubuntu.

The app switcher is better than anything else.

But of course it has almost no apps, nothing compared to waze and no whatsapp, to name a few.

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[–] Thermite 0 points 21 points (+21|-0) ago 

I absolutely want my phone to be more like my PC. A piece of hardware that I can install/uninstall whatever I want, including the OS.

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[–] glassuser 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago 

Well it would be, if the software running on it wasn't locked down to disallow it. They just used signed UEFI bootloaders on the things, exactly like the average PC.

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[–] AlexandraReese 1 point 4 points (+5|-1) ago  (edited ago)

edit - spelling

Thats exactly what I felt about this.

While I would more than likely not use Windows 10 on my smartphone past experimenting, I think this is a step in the right direction.

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[–] thelordofcheese 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago 

past*

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[–] pythagorean 17 points 44 points (+61|-17) ago 

That's as appealing to me as a ROM that would allow my android phone to smell like dog shit.

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[–] patentedenemy 0 points 15 points (+15|-0) ago 

I haven't tried Windows Phone so I don't actually know how it is to use, but I trust Microsoft as far as I could throw Steve Ballmer.

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[–] vanities 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago 

But Cyanogenmod > Windows 10

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[–] LordBritish 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

I actually really miss my Win 8 phone, it worked really well, was easy to navigate and the Lumia range are really well built. My biggest criticism of android coming from Win 8 is that my typing accuracy has nose dived, and this is on exactly the same screen size. I'll certainly be trying the ROM, but if they haven't solved the lack of apps then the OS can be the best in the world, if I can't do anything on it then it's about as useful to me as Amiga OS 4

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[–] the_madman 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

It failed to grab people's attention when it needed to: on release.

Part of the reason was they limited the hardware selection (including screen, processor etc.) to devices that were 9 months too old, at a time of rapid development.

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[–] 1516974? 2 points 11 points (+13|-2) ago  (edited ago)

That sounds like a good theft deterrent.

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[–] jackO_fAll_Trades 1 point 0 points (+1|-1) ago 

There could be a market for that!

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[–] living_the_stream 2 points 30 points (+32|-2) ago 

I can only imagine the privacy issues being even more scrutinized with the release of the Windows 10 smartphone OS.

And it's funny that Google is outside of the shitstorm even though data-mine just as much, if not more, with it's various services.

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[–] hahanobutreally 2 points 8 points (+10|-2) ago  (edited ago)

Not at all. You can use Android without Google's applications/services. You can't (to the best of my knowledge; I haven't actually used a Windows phone extensively) separate Microsoft's applications from their mobile OS.

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[–] Fuckery 3 points 14 points (+17|-3) ago 

Google doesn't run an astroturfing campaign. Microsoft is in the spotlight because it keeps itself there.

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[–] thelordofcheese 2 points 7 points (+9|-2) ago 

No, it just ran a salary limiting program violating several anti-trust laws with Apple and Oracle, who all forced other companies to participate as well or they would scalp their top engineers.

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[–] zombieshogun 6 points 16 points (+22|-6) ago 

I just switched from Android to Windows Phone (a Lumia 640), absolutely no regrets. WP10 looks to be shaping up great.

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[–] diggy 1 point 5 points (+6|-1) ago 

With so many people upgrading to W10, developers will hopefully be incentivized to actually develop Windows Universal apps now instead of sticking only to WPF applications. I've messed around with the format and made simple things with it in Visual Studio but never bothered to spend the time to properly study it due to nobody I know being able to run what I'd be making.

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[–] zombieshogun 2 points 5 points (+7|-2) ago 

I had been a little worried about the "less apps" babble before I switched, but I don't use Snapchat or game much on mobile, so it hasn't been an issue for me.

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[–] Kovaelin 2 points 1 point (+3|-2) ago 

It's mostly just games. Also, a bunch of my friends want to switch, but feel they've already invested too much money into the app stores.

I've held off on getting a smartphone until last year, and IMHO the technology is only now starting to become impressive enough to help people become as productive on mobile as on desktop. Gaming on the other hand still has a looong way to go. So, arguing about which platform is superior is just so silly to me. Many people are way too attached to their toys, unwilling to try out new ones, and instead waste their time trying to validate their choices.

From my experience, I see iOS as super locked down, but it has all the apps. Android has Tasker, but still has... problems. It also has more memory leaks than Firefox. WP has great low budget camera phones, but they spent so much time making a great phone that they completely neglected the store and now it's full of pirated GBA games (some which surprisingly work perfectly).

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[–] strongdoctor 2 points 6 points (+8|-2) ago 

From what I've seen and read the Lumia 640 is ridiculously cheap for what it is.

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[–] zombieshogun 4 points 3 points (+7|-4) ago 

Indeed. Great camera, only need to charge every 2-3 days, SD slot, all for $100.

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[–] xeromage 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

I've had an HTC 8X for a good while and I really like it. My only real gripe is how so many apps still don't have a windows version. And whenever you try and ask the companies why you always get like a generic "well, we're thinking about it..." kind of response.

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[–] Malphius 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

I have a M8 and while I prefer the quality of the M8 I definitely don't look back. The 640 is a great phone for the price. NFC, BT, Mobile Hot Spot, LTE, 5" Screen. Those are qualities unheard of in a phone at this price. Windows is also a pleasure to use, unlike Android or iOS.

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[–] Malphius 4 points 9 points (+13|-4) ago 

A lot of people like iOS and Android. I get that and that's your choice and preference. For me though, Windows phone is a superior user experience. It operates faster, you get information quicker with live tiles and it's prettier. Apps have been holding it back I guess, though I really don't know how many apps people actually need? If you like to game on your phone then that's a valid criticism. I don't think it holds much water anywhere else though. With Universal Apps and Continuum I hope that the Lumia line and Windows phones will gain momentum. I picked up the Lumia 640 for $99 and I can't believe how feature rich this phone is for the price. Soon as they get some flag ships out i'll be snapping one up.

http://wmpoweruser.com/report-lumia-840-lumia-940-and-lumia-940-xl-windows-10-mobile-devices-coming-this-year/

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[–] PlasmaDistortion 2 points 5 points (+7|-2) ago 

After switching to WP it would be pretty hard to get me to switch back to Android. WP works extremely well, we just need more apps.

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[–] thelordofcheese 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago 

The problem was Microsoft didn't develop apps when Windows Phone 7 was released, and it wasn't backward compatible with legacy Windows Mobile apps, not even an emulator layer. iPhone and Android had years on them. Same thing for WebOS for that Palm phone. Great hardware, no software.

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[–] LordBritish 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Nice to hear from someone who has actually used it. I really miss my Win phone for the reasons you've described.

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[–] datjedi 8 points -2 points (+6|-8) ago 

We gots Microsoft shills here

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[–] Malphius 4 points 6 points (+10|-4) ago 

If you say so. I'm gonna take this moment to also "shill" for Reynolds and suggest you purchase their wrap product for your new hat. Enjoy. http://www.walmart.com/ip/Reynolds-Wrap-Aluminum-Foil-150-sf/21129702

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[–] Dark_Shroud 1 point -1 points (+0|-1) ago 

Yes shills, it can't be that some of us have actually used MS's software/services.

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[–] Zbruh 11 points 6 points (+17|-11) ago 

Lol, Microsoft is becoming a joke.

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[–] roznak 4 points 4 points (+8|-4) ago 

They have simply accepted that they are no longer in the dominate position in the market and they need to take different steps to try and get people back over to Microsoft...

Making Windows 10 into one giant spyware is not going to make them very popular.

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[–] Zbruh 3 points 2 points (+5|-3) ago 

I doubt there are many people wanting a Windows 10 mobile OS. Windows 10 is already a shit show for computers.

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[–] Malphius 2 points 2 points (+4|-2) ago  (edited ago)

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[–] the_madman 0 points 1 point (+1|-0) ago 

And Gizmodo is much better?

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[–] infam0us 3 points 3 points (+6|-3) ago  (edited ago)

….Why?

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[–] Malphius 1 point 0 points (+1|-1) ago 

To subvert the android market in China and make users familiar with your primary product - Windows. If they like the Rom they would more than likely change their OS - something many Chinese phones and tablets are capable of.

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[–] infam0us 1 point 1 point (+2|-1) ago 

Speaking as an Asian with family and friends still back in China and Taiwan, there are little to no users that are willing to make this switch.

Not only does windows phone have a horrible 'AppStore' with only a niche market, but in the East having an Android or iPhone has a lot to do with the status symbol of having one, let alone relearning a whole new OS…I don't see many users switching over.

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[–] Brainotomy 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

I'm a bit surprised Microsoft didn't start by partnering with OnePlus. They have a loyal and vocal (social media) clientele.

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[–] Angusvigerous ago 

There were plans (or rumours) that Microsoft was teaming up with CyanogenInc.

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[–] vanities 1 point 2 points (+3|-1) ago 

Please, no. :(

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[–] nonlogicality 1 point -1 points (+0|-1) ago 

I switched to iPhone because Oneplus or android is so bad that I can't stand it anymore.

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[–] Brainotomy ago 

That is interesting. Care to elaborate?

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