I’ve been a long time user of Android since Gingerbread, It’s my companion for like, 4 years. But later on, I found myself getting bored on it. And my last android device, Lenovo P500, a mid-range phone failed to catch up with my need.
So there goes a search for an alternative, I wanted something new. So I risk taking chance on a Windows Phone. My first windows phone I bought just 3 months ago, was a Nokia Lumia 925. I bought it for around 18,000 pesos. I choose this device as my first WP8 as I wanted a phone with good enough specs. that can handle multimedia playback, productivity tool and a decent camera.
Apparently, it was easy enough to switch from Android to Windows Phone. WP provided an app called “Transfer my data”, to export your SMS and Pictures to your Windows Phone device.
For my google contacts, emails and calendar, I just added my google account to the “email+accounts” section. and it gracefully sync my data to my new Lumia.
Note: for those who are using their google calendar, I recommend to just switch on using the Live Calendar instead. The default WP8 calendar doesn’t allow “invites” when using a non-live account for the calendar.
I think that’s it for the switch. You may like to checkout the People Hub. It consolidate your Social Media account.
All major application is already available on Windows Phone 8. Uhm, Well, except for an official youtube application (apparently, some “corporate politics” happens between Microsoft and Google that prevent the availability of Youtube for WP8), but there’s alternatives available for it. WP8 users can just access the mobile version through the IE browser, or download the MetroTube.
Google Hangout isn’t available as well, but IM+ is available as an alternative.
For gaming apps, I’m not a mobile gamer (i have a Nintendo 3DS for my gaming needs), so it doesn’t bother me much, but some popular games like Clash Of Clan, isn’t available (yet) on WP8. You may just want to purchase an Android tablet if you really want to play those Android games exclusive games.
Below are the list of alternatives/windows app counter part of some Google services you may want to know:
Google Drive = OneDrive
Google Keep = OneNote (built-in)
Google Maps = Here Maps / Here Drive+
Google Now = Cortana (built-in to WP8.1)
The default camera app. was ok. but for those who wanted much more control, you can download the Nokia Camera app.
sample shot from my Lumia 925
I’ve been using my lumia 925 as my main device for 3 months and I think I will stay for good, it serves me pretty amazing. At first, I was in doubt, but the Windows Phone offers a fresh alternative to the already crowded Android and iOS. Glad I took the time to switch.