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    Hi everyone, I am thinking of leaving the Apple walled gardens and venture to greener pastures. I do not have anyone around me that has a Windows phone for me to figure this out so I was hoping you guys can help me with a couple of questions.

    1. Is Windows phone 8 walled in like iOS or more open like Android?
    2. Let's say I download a different map app, can I choose which app to be my default app (like on android) or am I stuck with the stock map app (like iOS)
    3. It is possible to install things like NES emulators?
    4. Does it have a file system like android? or not, like iOS?


    Thank you.
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    I think what you are looking for, is an Android phone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vagrantwade View Post
    I think what you are looking for, is an Android phone.
    Thanks, but that's not a very helpful answer. I didn't ask for an opinion of what OS to go for. I know what Android can do, and I know what iOS can and cannot do. What I wanted to get a sense of is what Windows Phone can and cannot do. I don't want an Android phone because a) I don't like any of the current hardwares. b) I personally do not like the OS. So, no your suggestion is not very helpful.
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    1. Walled garden, like iOS
    2. You can't change the default, like iOS
    3. There is at least 1 NES emulator in the marketplace
    4. No file system access on the phone
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    Quote Originally Posted by thed View Post
    1. Walled garden, like iOS
    2. You can't change the default, like iOS
    3. There is at least 1 NES emulator in the marketplace
    4. No file system access on the phone
    Doesnt WP8 have limited file system access? (documents, music, ringtones, video and images)? Just not on the phone itself...through PC sync software though i think...
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    Quote Originally Posted by haihho View Post
    Thanks, but that's not a very helpful answer. I didn't ask for an opinion of what OS to go for. I know what Android can do, and I know what iOS can and cannot do. What I wanted to get a sense of is what Windows Phone can and cannot do. I don't want an Android phone because a) I don't like any of the current hardwares. b) I personally do not like the OS. So, no your suggestion is not very helpful.
    In Vagrantwade's defense, you didn't indicate on your OP that you didn't like Android; you just said you were ready to leave Apple. You also followed some questions with "like on Android?"

    Android is the OS for you based on your needs, however that puts you in a difficult spot because you don't like Android. You'll enjoy Windows Phone as long as you adjust your expectations towards what it currently delivers.
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    The currently available emulators aren't very good. However, native code should greatly help developers port better ones.
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    I don't know about you guys but emulators sound to me like something MS reluctantly allows and they'd rather not deal with.
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    Quote Originally Posted by aubreyq View Post
    I don't know about you guys but emulators sound to me like something MS reluctantly allows and they'd rather not deal with.
    That could be the case, but the reason they're not very good in WP7 is that they're running on XNA.
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    Quote Originally Posted by haihho View Post
    Hi everyone, I am thinking of leaving the Apple walled gardens and venture to greener pastures. I do not have anyone around me that has a Windows phone for me to figure this out so I was hoping you guys can help me with a couple of questions.

    1. Is Windows phone 8 walled in like iOS or more open like Android?
    2. Let's say I download a different map app, can I choose which app to be my default app (like on android) or am I stuck with the stock map app (like iOS)
    3. It is possible to install things like NES emulators?
    4. Does it have a file system like android? or not, like iOS?


    Thank you.
    Walled, but more customizable than iOS.

    The stock maps is what things will open in everytime. But Nokia has the best mapping system ever + free turn by turn navigation, so I don't think this will be an issue.

    There is an emulator that I used once. I had no problems with it. I don't think there's many, though.

    As far as I know there isn't a file system on the phone itself, but in WP8 they made it to where you could browse the files like a file system on your PC.

    Come on in, join us :)
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    Quote Originally Posted by haihho View Post
    Hi everyone, I am thinking of leaving the Apple walled gardens and venture to greener pastures. I do not have anyone around me that has a Windows phone for me to figure this out so I was hoping you guys can help me with a couple of questions.

    1. Is Windows phone 8 walled in like iOS or more open like Android?
    2. Let's say I download a different map app, can I choose which app to be my default app (like on android) or am I stuck with the stock map app (like iOS)
    3. It is possible to install things like NES emulators?
    4. Does it have a file system like android? or not, like iOS?


    Thank you.
    Im going to be getting rid of my iP5 for an HTC 8X. There are pro's and cons to both. WP relates more to iOS than it does android. Which is a good thing in my opinion.

    I won't re-answer your questions but here is my take... WP has always has the best browsing experience. Also there are more choices for phones to fit your needs.

    What I like about Apple:
    - There is an apple store near me if I ever have any problems.
    - Apps! Hands down the best quality apps are on iPhone.

    What I like about Apple and MS:
    - The OS is simple.
    - You don't have to worry about downloading mobile security becuase they actually control their marketplace. Where some people see an open market like android a plus I see it as a HUGE con.

    What I like about MS:
    - Best Browser.
    - Best touch-screen keyboard.
    - Best built in email app for syncing multiple accounts.
    - Mobile office!
    - Sky drive is in my opinion the best cloud service.
    - You can sync ALL media back and fourth from the phone to PC without hassle.
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    i thought i just read somewhere on a lumia 920 review that said basically you can use direct usb and mount it like a drive and copy things on and off it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by graigsmith View Post
    i thought i just read somewhere on a lumia 920 review that said basically you can use direct usb and mount it like a drive and copy things on and off it.
    This is true. But he meant a file system ON the phone. Like a file explorer.

    Quote Originally Posted by aubreyq View Post
    In Vagrantwade's defense, you didn't indicate on your OP that you didn't like Android; you just said you were ready to leave Apple. You also followed some questions with "like on Android?"

    Android is the OS for you based on your needs, however that puts you in a difficult spot because you don't like Android. You'll enjoy Windows Phone as long as you adjust your expectations towards what it currently delivers.
    Yea he made it pretty clear in the way he worded his questions that Android already did what he wanted.
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    well, looks like most ppl already answered ur question, just thought id still throw in my 2c

    1. I see it as a middle ground between iOS and Android (hey, u can get different hardware :P )
    2. as far as i know, no you can't change defaults, but i'd rather get my hands on wp8 before i say it for certain (thought i saw something about that some where...), but ya Nokia map is going to be on all wp8 devices and it is one of the best mapping solutions around, so i don't think it will be an issue
    3. yes, there are a few different ones for most consoles i think, i haven't used any so... u will have to try them out to see how they are
    4. USB will get you a file system for some stuff, just not everything, this is so that malware can't get into it easily (another reason why i said it's middle ground)

    i think you will be delighted to use wp :]
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    Quote Originally Posted by haihho View Post
    Hi everyone, I am thinking of leaving the Apple walled gardens and venture to greener pastures. I do not have anyone around me that has a Windows phone for me to figure this out so I was hoping you guys can help me with a couple of questions.

    1. Is Windows phone 8 walled in like iOS or more open like Android?
    2. Let's say I download a different map app, can I choose which app to be my default app (like on android) or am I stuck with the stock map app (like iOS)
    3. It is possible to install things like NES emulators?
    4. Does it have a file system like android? or not, like iOS?


    Thank you.
    Make sure you check out the 8X from HTC. Much better design that the 920. Less memory, but looking like a better phone according to the people who have reviewed it. Check out Vlad's review on The Verge as to why.
    "when I look at the deluge of smartphones flooding my desk, the only one I care to pick up and play with today is the Windows Phone 8X. Not the new iPhone, not the quad-core Galaxy Note... not even Nokia's Lumia 920, which is almost trying too hard with its laundry list of extras and enhancements."

    http://www.theverge.com/2012/10/30/3...ndows-phone-8x
    Make with the WP purchase already one time why dontcha for pete's sake. Honestly.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by baseballbert View Post
    Make sure you check out the 8X from HTC. Much better design that the 920. Less memory, but looking like a better phone according to the people who have reviewed it. Check out Vlad's review on The Verge as to why.
    "when I look at the deluge of smartphones flooding my desk, the only one I care to pick up and play with today is the Windows Phone 8X. Not the new iPhone, not the quad-core Galaxy Note... not even Nokia's Lumia 920, which is almost trying too hard with its laundry list of extras and enhancements."

    This is my next: the HTC Windows Phone 8X | The Verge
    While I think the 8X is a beautiful phone, saying it's a much better design is really, really subjective. Personally I prefer the look of the 920 to the 8X in a number of areas (I r== don't really like the main speaker being a different color than the bezel around it) but I wouldn't say it's a much better design. They're both well designed and in the end beauty truly is in the eye of the beholder.

    But, to the OP, by all means you should check out the HTC 8X as well. It's also a very high quality flagship phone that's just as good as any modern smartphone in terms of hardware.

    And that's why I like WP8. A quality, stable OS like Apple and hardware choices like Android's (minus the crap options like Pantech). Add in the UI that is completely unique and you have a recipe that I can't wait to get my hands on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TaliZora View Post
    - Sky drive is in my opinion the best cloud service.
    How in the name of all that is holy could you have possibly typed that without your fingers snapping off? BEST?!?

    It takes 24-36 HOURS to upload a GB of data. It is completely useless as a real time cloud service. (And yes, I have Dropbox, iCloud, Cubby, and SkyDrive)
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    I'd consider giving the switch a try. I switched from an iPhone 4S to the Lumia 920 and love it. It's such a great change and WP8 is amazing.
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    Give it a try, got 14 days to return it:)
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    Quote Originally Posted by haihho View Post
    1. Is Windows phone 8 walled in like iOS or more open like Android?
    Hey haihho, first, welcome to the forum!

    Many seem to define "walled garden" simply as "unsupportive of the wild-west type openness of Android". With that definition, any OS somewhat more controlled than Android is a "walled garden", but I strongly disagree with this, IMHO, naive point of view.

    I've attempted to offer a slightly more nuanced explanation of the differences than "not like Android" in this post.

    Hope it helps you with your decision.
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    Quote Originally Posted by baseballbert View Post
    Make sure you check out the 8X from HTC. Much better design that the 920. Less memory, but looking like a better phone according to the people who have reviewed it. Check out Vlad's review on The Verge as to why.
    "when I look at the deluge of smartphones flooding my desk, the only one I care to pick up and play with today is the Windows Phone 8X. Not the new iPhone, not the quad-core Galaxy Note... not even Nokia's Lumia 920, which is almost trying too hard with its laundry list of extras and enhancements."

    This is my next: the HTC Windows Phone 8X | The Verge
    Yeah the Lumia 920 isn't as good because it has too many extras and enhancements.

    OK.
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    I'm not a huge fan of The Verge's reviews on WP. Most of their reviews say "this 8X would be GREAT if it ran Android." Ugh.

    I'm doing a comparo of the 920 and 8X when I get an 8X next week. I'll share my thoughts. So far my 920 is growing on me.
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    I did, and so far the Lumia 920 is better, quicker and more fun. You can miss one or two apps if you depende on them.

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