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Oh yeah, I forgot about Wordflow. It's amazing how intuitive it is at figuring out what I'm going to type, often without having to type even the first letter of the next word. I've created many a long text message by only typing in one or two letters of the next word before I can choose it from the suggestion list, and sometimes no typing is needed at all because the right word is already there in the suggestions.
If you think 'goto' is evil, try writing an Assembly program without JMP.
As others have said, those aren't your only two choices. I got a Galaxy S4 when they came out and quite like it.
Disclaimer: this is the first smart phone I've ever owned, so I can't give a comparison review for you. I think I'm pretty unusual in that I helped develop a phone app at work before ever running one myself.
Also I'm not a heavy-duty user. Seems like it makes doing things like email, texting, calling, etc easy, and their store has the apps I need for banking, credit cards, etc, so it's quite sufficient for me.
I had the same thought about how the Windows UI was cleaner but I went for a Sony Xperia with Android because of the cheaper price than the Nokia phones
Then I found a great app called 'Launcher 8 free' which makes it look like a Windows phone.
Yes I may be a bit biased as I am a software developer and am able to write WP8 apps.
I haven't written any apps that I have put in the store, but as a developer, whenever I do play around with the development tools, I am constantly blown away as easy and smooth the whole dev experience is and how easy it is to find code samples and help I need.
Apart from that, I have never owned an iPhone or android as my main phone, I have spent many hours using iTouch devices, iPads and my wifes Android smartphone, and based on that I would never consider anything other than a Windows 8 phone.
I have not ever had a single instance after over 2 years of using Windows 7 and 8 phones of things like- "why the heck is that happenning"? or "Why is this so slow" or "Thats not very intuitive". Time after time I am saying things like "Thats so easy" or "Thats cool"
Especially with the recent developer preview for the 8.1 version, so many awesome additions.
The only thing I can say that really erks me time and time again, has nothing to do with the operating system but with the Nokia Lumia 920 itself. The 3 touch buttons at the bottom of the phgone are so sensitive that if the side of my hand touches the very edge of that area next to the search button, and it is hard not to, the phone goes into Bing. That touch area is so sensitive that I put 15 layers of scotch tape over the buttons and it didn't make any noticeable difference.
Whenever I ask people what they think of Windows phones, the most common answer I hear is that there are not enough apps. Then I ask, OK what app does it not have and usually they answer with some dumb game that they like.
That tells me that when someone has it in their head that product X is the best, it is very easy to come up with reasons why product Y is not as good.
You hear a lot of negative comments from Non WP8 users but very few from WP8 users.
I've had one Android, which I began to hate after 6 months, and my last two have been Windows Phones (7.5 and now 8). I love, Love, LOVE my Windows phone. My wife loves hers. It's easy and intuitive to configure and reconfigure, and to navigate--even for my wife, the tiles are informative for letting me know if there's a reason to open its app (number of notifications/emails/etc), and it fits well with the Windows ecosystem I'm already a part of. I do not like iTunes because it doesn't work the way I like it to, and like you I don't want to pay the Apple tax and move to their ecosystem.
That might sound fanboi-ish, but believe me, I'm getting tired of Microsoft's refusal to listen to its customers, and I'd like to move to Linux some day, so I don't think I'm so pro-MS to be biased. If stuff doesn't work well, I won't use it regardless who made it.
The one small bit of ugliness is the syncing application, the Windows Phone Application for Desktop that you need for Phone 8. It's simple, but not configurable enough, and doesn't give you enough info about the photos or music or photos you're seeing in its UI to know which ones you really want to sync if the file names aren't helpful. However, it's easier to use for syncing than Zune was, and not locked to the current Windows user account like Zune was.
Can't speak to the iPhone experience, 'cause I've never owned one.
If you think 'goto' is evil, try writing an Assembly program without JMP.
That said, if he truly got us out of Iraq and if he stays out of affairs in the Middle East - and by OUT I do mean OUT and none of this clandestine interference and weapons sales and stupid stuff like that - if Obama does that then I'd be happy to help Obama hold Boehner down for a vicious TSA style butt raping.
I hope and pray for the day when we've absolutely no investment in the Middle East.
If Obama can get us there I'll have to award him +5 internets - despite the fact I think he's a clown.
Well, I see Boehner's point in that if we have men there and we've already shed blood we should stay a few extra years and make sure it is stable. The problem with that approach is I don't see stability as an option when it comes to tribal religious fanatics/racists that enjoy killing each other.
It isn't that they've not had a chance for democracy - it's that they've no foundation to even begin to understand it and, perhaps more accurately, they don't want it.
We should open our borders to immigrants from these places so that enlightened decent folks can leave.
Let the kids who want to ride around in old pickup trucks with 50 caliber machine guns mounted on the back shoot each other in the head while rescuing those who'd like to join the rest of humanity in the 21st century.
the kids who want to ride around in old pickup trucks with 50 caliber machine guns mounted on the back
Trouble is telling the difference: the latter just get out of the truck, put on the shades and blend in with the former.
Or the latter convert the former (gawd knows how) and they are willing to become the latter.
I don't see a solution, until the people who are providing the fertile soil in which these fanatics are growing so happily wise up and stop it themselves. Any attempt to help them do it seems to just feed the animosity, and make the problem worse.
There are times when I do agree with DD on his assessment of religions...
Those who fail to learn history are doomed to repeat it. --- George Santayana (December 16, 1863 – September 26, 1952)
Those who fail to clear history are doomed to explain it. --- OriginalGriff (February 24, 1959 – ∞)
People of the Middle East don't have the same phlsophy that westerners do, so any presence on our part for any reason in that region is completely pointless. They're not interested in the democrative process, they don't have "christian values" (whatever that means), and they're not interested in our version of liberty and equality. Trying to talk them out of their religion-based belief system is a WASTE OF TIME, and is essentially insulting to them. If we hadn't started arming them, they would still be throwing rocks at each other instead of flying airplanes into buildings.
In essence, we're just as much at fault for the current state of affairs as the sand people are.
".45 ACP - because shooting twice is just silly" - JSOP, 2010 ----- You can never have too much ammo - unless you're swimming, or on fire. - JSOP, 2010 ----- When you pry the gun from my cold dead hands, be careful - the barrel will be very hot. - JSOP, 2013
Bring back Saddam Hussein. He knew how to keep the country from devolving into civil war.
He kept Al Quedia out. He was a US allie in the region.
Oh wait, we killed him!
I do not think his policies were just or fair but he kept a lid on an explosion waiting to happen.
Moammar Gadhafi of Libya did the same until some of the best and brightest in the white house decided to back the rebels who have now turned out to be Al Quedia affiliated.
Sound familiar? It should because the US supported the jihadists (Al Quedia) in Afghanistan when they were fighting the Russians.
When will the west learn that democracy is not a one size fits all. Some people do not want democracy and will fight to destroy it if it is imposed from the outside. Democracy has to be home grown with a majority of the people wanting it or it will not survive.
The US wanted regime change in Iraq and they got it. Now the chickens are coming home to roost.
At what point are we going to admit that Al Qaeda works for us?
To destroy a middle eastern government only to be surprised that Al Qaeda moves in and takes over once we leave works the fist time it happens but to be surprised after it's happened a dozen times is getting to be a bit ridiculous.
Actually there are a few of them that might be in the public domain by now (e.g. Charlie Chaplin). I considered including those for full viewing, but I'd either need to provision streaming services or bundle large files with the app.
It would be great if Amazon, Netflix, etc. provided a video-on-demand API, say for $1/movie that I could integrate.