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Need help deciding between Windows Phone and Galaxy Note II

by Joanne1121 / April 30, 2013 4:42 AM PDT

Hello everyone,

I need help deciding between two cell phones, the Nokia Lumia 920 and the Galaxy Note II.

I understand that ultimately the decision is mine as to which phone will work better for me. I need help deciphering the specs.

My carrier is AT&T (very happy with them), I've spoken to the sales people in the stores and besides the plans they offer they don't seem to know much about the phones besides what is on the little information cards on the side of the phone which is of no help to me.

My current phone is a Samsung Focus Windows Phone. I love it, but it is getting old and it's starting to freeze up. I've also looked at the Galaxy SIII and the Note II.

The issues I have with both phones are:

* I do like Windows over Android
* Not a lot of apps for Windows (most are publicized for iPhone or Android only).
* I like the "tap the phones together" feature to share playlists, pictures etc... of the Note II (Nokia doesn't do this)
* I like the rapid picture taking of the Note II (I have two children in activities and I can see this being useful
* I love having Word and Excel on my phone for note taking.
* I had a Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet and didn't really like it. The S Note app couldn't keep up with the speed of my handwriting.

So, I'm right on the fence with between both phones being very useful. I do not upgrade my phones often so I need one with a lot of "staying" power. The size of the phone doesn't matter, I want it to hold up.

I've done numerous searches for compares between the two phones (I've included a link below, I hope that's allowed) and a lot of specs do not make complete sense to me which is why I came here looking for help.,Nokia-Lumia-920/phones/7254,7471

Any advice you can give me is greatly appreciated. If you have any questions or need anymore information I'll be happy to give it.

Thank you

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The problem I have with Windows Phone.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 30, 2013 5:00 AM PDT

1. MSFT tosses buyers under the bus. Read

They don't care so why should we go near them for this product?

2. Back to the dark ages. Read

MSFT is playing hard ball or bully so again, why would I choose to be subject to their draconian, you can only run what apps we say you can system?

3. Hey, it's your money. If you feel the above are not a problem for you, why not?

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Bob summed it up nicely regarding Windows Phone
by Pepe7 / April 30, 2013 11:49 AM PDT

I find the Note 2 to be a much more flexible device. Don't let the handwriting feature be the one that keeps you away. Handwriting on any touch screen tablet is still on the gimmicky side IMO and E. There's a whole world apart from Word & Excel too, btw. Unless something from Windows is required for your employer, the flexibility of the Android marketplace should help you in your decision.

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Need help deciding between Windows Phone and Galaxy Note II
by Joanne1121 / May 1, 2013 12:20 AM PDT

Thank you both for your responses.

Bob, I read both links you provided. They are a help, thank you. When I bought my Windows phone and found out that I could not upgrade to W8 I wasn't all that happy, but I just looked at it as a business decision and they want people to buy their newest phones. There are a lot of companies out there that don't make the best consumer decisions and I personally feel it falls under the saying "You can't please all of the people all of the time." The phone works for me, and that is what is important IMHO. My big issue with Microsoft is that there are not a lot of apps for the phone. Everything is always advertised for the iPhone and Android. There is an app for the Red Cross that I want to get but can't because it's not for Windows Phone. That is really my biggest hang-up. If I want apps I have to change to Android.

The other issue is that if Microsoft feels that their phones are not making them money they can discontinue them and then I would be left scrambling for a phone that will be supported and not left in the dust.

Pepe7, you do make excellent points. The notes I make are for myself and for my writing. I do like a lot of the other technologies that are in the Galaxy line that the Windows phone doesn't do.

When I had the Galaxy Note 10.1 I looked through their apps and read some comments from the developer of one of the apps. One actually said not to leave a bad review or they will not release updates to the app. I didn't like that. Of course I'm not lumping all app developers to this one person and their comment, I'm just listing it as something I noticed. Also, there were other negative comments from other app purchasers saying that Google/Android will not refund their money for a broke app because it was after the 15 minute limit for "app returns." Is this a common practice? I've only downloaded free apps so far. I wouldn't want to lose even $3 on a broken app. That doesn't seem right to me.

AT&T is now advertising the Galaxy S4, this could be another option for me. The part that is really holding me back is that I don't want to get tied down in a 2 yr contract with a phone I'm only "lukewarm" with. I want to love my phone and be able to get a lot of use out of it.

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At the office we work on Apps.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 1, 2013 12:45 AM PDT

But due to the draconian system MSFT went with, and it's far worse than Apple's garden, no one I know is writing for the MS phone. That's a bad sign.

Not only is there a lock to only the store but MS wants a cut on each sale that was about 33% at the time I last looked into this.

There are some exceptions if you are a Redmondite which smacks of cronyism or "are you a member?" club. The biggest turnoff is the return to the dark ages where you could only get apps from the machine's maker. I don't know if you recall those days but I do.

For me I use a (simple?) Android phone and a Windows 7 or 8 laptop. I see folk trying to get away from the laptops but for me that doesn't work.

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Good points all around
by Pepe7 / May 1, 2013 5:22 AM PDT

Keep in mind that a phone is only a device, and rarely meets 100% of user expectations.

That said, you can always exchange your phone in the first 30 days w/ ATT. This has been useful for me in the past when upgrading for family members. I walked them through the hoops, and after that point, if they weren't happy with the device we found a substitute (sometimes even looking at unlocked phones outright w/ no contract).

For someone who does not plan on moving/changing jobs, the subsidized model is still a great way to go for healthy discounts IMNSHO.

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So helpful
by Joanne1121 / May 2, 2013 12:59 AM PDT
In reply to: Good points all around

Bob, I did not know any of that. You're right, that is a bad sign. What is Apple's garden? I have also seen many people trying to get away from their laptops. I love mine and will never go to just a tablet. But that's just me.

Pepe7, I didn't know it was 30 days. That is very helpful.

After all this, I think I'm leaning more towards the GS4. I looked at the phones again yesterday and I think there is a lot to the Note II that I just don't need. I think the GS4 may be the way to go. I want to go into the phone, not grow out of it.

Then, just when I think I've reached a decision, I come to this site and see an article about the new LG phone. I need to stop looking at other phones and stick with a decision. Happy

Another question I just thought of. Can the battery be replaced by the consumer on the GS4? Or does it have to be shipped somewhere?

Thank you both for your time, I greatly appreciate it. You both have been so helpful.


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Links about the Apple Walled Garden.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 2, 2013 1:05 AM PDT
In reply to: So helpful

The idea is pretty simple. If you can control all the apps you can (hopefully) avoid apps that are not all that great. This to some is censorship but Apple does have some doors to the garden so I'm not as put off by this as I am on Microsoft's jail house approach.
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Thank you.
by Joanne1121 / May 6, 2013 11:35 PM PDT


Thank you for the link. I wasn't aware how some of this stuff works. The only thing I knew about Apple products is for some things to work or be installed the device has to be jailbroken.

Thanks again for all of your help!


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