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Windows vs. Android?

by PastorPaul / April 3, 2013 12:28 PM PDT

I only found one thread on this topic (which means there were probably a bunch of them), and I didn't really see any reply that answered the question.
I'm giving consideration to upgrading my Verizon phone. Prior to my upgrade eligibility date, a high end Android phone went for $50 with an upgrade. Now that same phone is $150 on upgrade. The salesman suggested that I upgrade to a free Windows phone (seems to be high end also), stating Windows phones were as good or better than Android phones, but he really couldn't give a reason why. I didn't get a demonstration of what the phone would do, because that would require activation of the phone. ??? Seems to me you want the customer to know what a phone can do.
I talked to a super IT specialist I know, but his only response was "It's a matter of preference." I realize that features and benefits vary by phone brands and models, but in general... without taking price into consideration... which operating system is the better choice? And is there a reason to consider the fact that my tablet is an Android into the equation, or is it of no consequence?
My gut says go with the free phone and save the $150 I don't have, but I keep hearing about how great Android phones are. No rush... I'm nearly 2 hours from a real Verizon store and on Saturday I'll be passing the one I visited last week.
Pastor Paul

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I stay away from stores that don't have demos there
by Pepe7 / April 3, 2013 1:09 PM PDT
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I guess it might depend on where you reside, but in my area, the stores that don't have adequate demonstration models don't get as many sales. Just my observation.

That said, ask yourself what you NEED from a new phone upgrade. If you are comfortable with the selection of apps you currently are enjoying on your tablet, you may very well find yourself enjoying the Android environment on your phone too. If you are somewhat of a minimalist regarding what you actually do on the phone (e.g. only talk/text a little and not much else), then going with a Windows Phone may not be a bad idea either. So you can quickly see it's going to be somewhat subjective to one's tastes/preferences/use patterns.

Right now Android has an overall leg up though, but knowing exactly WHICH handsets you were looking at (makes/models please) helps a great deal. IOW, the lower end Android handset may not be particularly stellar, while the entry level Lumia (etc.) might actually be a better performer. Give us a little more info if you can.

Also, you might simply look online @ the Verizon site for your upgrades. It's so easy now that it might not be worth driving 2 hrs for IMO.

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The Two Phones
by PastorPaul / April 3, 2013 1:30 PM PDT

The Windows phone is a Nokia Lumia. The Android phone is a Razr M. I'm on chat with Verizon now. They are quoting me $30 upgrade fee and the phone if free. I just learned that there are a number of models of Razr and he may have been quoting a really high end one to steer me toward the Lumia.

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I see that one's free online
by Pepe7 / April 4, 2013 1:26 AM PDT
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Further Mess With Verizon
by PastorPaul / April 4, 2013 4:10 AM PDT

Thanks for the tip on Amazon. I'll definitely check that out. Both the online rep and the in-store salesman said the pricing applied to new customers and upgrades alike. After more online research... and staying up WAY too late... I think the Droid Razr M will really meet my needs.

To further complicate things, the online rep told me that the upgrade would raise my portion of the bill by $30 a month (It's a shared talk and text plan with my ex? girlfriend). The in-store salesman said it would raise it by ony $15.

The salesman said that my upgrade would not affect the current plan, just extend my commitment for 2 years and raise my portion of the bill. The online rep said that my upgrade would require an entirely new plan, which would cause my ex to lose her unlimited data With her data usage, that would raise her bill by $200+ a month. I just won't do that to her. Then she said it might not require a new plan, but we wouldn't know until she processed the upgrade. She said we can stop the upgrade process anytime if we discover it will change the plan, but her flip-flop makes me skeptical about that. It may not mean anything, but I'm used to companies sending me an e-mail transcript of any on-line chat I have with them. None came for last night's chat.

My plan for now is to check out your Amazon suggestion, call Verizon so I can talk with a person live, and then call the salesman back and see what he has to say about what I was told online. I'm getting excited about the Razr M, but not at the cost the online rep is giving me... both for me and for my ex. I like the idea of 4G and having a data plan, but I'll stick with my simple Samsung Reality and be happy without those if I need to.

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Amazon May Not Be Better Option
by PastorPaul / April 4, 2013 4:18 AM PDT

Love the phone on Amazon, but terms are the catch:

"If you're an existing customer and are eligible to upgrade your device, you have the option to upgrade your individual account or upgrade a line on your family account. If you want to upgrade an account with one line of service, select "I have an individual account." If you're interesting in upgrading a line on an existing family account, choose "I am part of a family account."

Wireless service providers generally approve upgrades for lines of service that are at least 22 months into a 24-month contract and are in good financial standing. We'll determine your eligibility with your service provider during the checkout and order placement process.

You may be required to select a new phone, plan, and service options."
That could leave me with the same problem as the online rep offered.

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Understandable
by Pepe7 / April 4, 2013 4:42 AM PDT
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Which sub-forum?
by PastorPaul / April 8, 2013 11:11 PM PDT
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While in Arkansas on a family emergency, I did a quick look and found a bunch of Verizon sub-forums. Is there one that would be best for posting my question?

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Just try the base Hofo Verizon URL above and post there
by Pepe7 / April 9, 2013 4:34 AM PDT
In reply to: Which sub-forum?

It will get more traffic that way.

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re
by lyeileen / April 8, 2013 1:16 PM PDT
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I never used windows phone, i use Android phone, i think Android is an open system, maybe has more apps than Windows phones.

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Andoid Apps
by PastorPaul / April 8, 2013 11:09 PM PDT
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From the little research I've been able to do, it seems that way to me.

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Mine opinion
by Etechnology / April 8, 2013 4:30 PM PDT
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I think issue with the Android system is there is not much support from google to its devices.

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Google Support
by PastorPaul / April 8, 2013 11:08 PM PDT
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I just bought a new tablet with Google's version of Android and they seem to really be on top of things. At our computer users group meeting last week, the presenter pointed out lots of advantages to some of the stuff Google is coming out with for cross-platform/device use. I'll reserve my opinion until I get a little more familiar with it.

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You might be surprised
by Pepe7 / April 9, 2013 4:35 AM PDT
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The device can often make the difference with Android. It's still buggy enough sometimes that the annoyances are still there, although getting better IMHO and E.

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It all depends
by Etechnology / April 11, 2013 10:25 PM PDT
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Windows phone rocks.

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For some, maybe
by Pepe7 / April 12, 2013 12:32 AM PDT
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For others, it needs a better overall ecosystem & app marketplace to be currently viable.

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