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    Windows or Android for first smartphone

    I'm an Android user and have no experience of Windows mobile.

    A friend of mine is looking to get her first smartphone and asked me whether a Windows phone may be her best choice, as she uses a Windows 7 computer.

    I'd appreciate any comments or recommendations accordingly.

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    IMHO, Android smartphones are much more intuitive ... even for Windows users.

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    Windows Phone is a great operating system to start with smartphones. It's very intuitive, easy to use and easy to learn. My kid started using one when he was 12 and never had any difficulties. I use Windows Phone and have some Android tablet experience. I would never, ever trade the Windows Phone experience by the Android one.
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    I completely agree with Rui. I think Windows Phone is a terrific OS. Seeing all the issues friends and family have with Android that I never see I would avoid Android.

    Joe

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    Took my 8 year old granddaughter all of maybe half an hour to figure out a Moto X running Android. She was chatting and texting with friends, taking pics and showing them off, downloading and playing music and videos, she had even learned how to talk to it and get answers.

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    Took my grandsons (8 & 10 at the time) about that or less to figure out my Windows Phone. The older one (13 now) has a Windows Phone of his own.

    Trev, if your friend has bought into the Microsoft ecosystem choose a Windows Phone for sure.

    Joe

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    I'd go by phone price and features, not by operating system. You will learn the OS in no time.

    cheers, Paul

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    Thanks all for the help, my Sister is 60 years plus and a technophobe and from the balance of opinions I'll suggest she looks at the Windows phones first.

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    Reminds me a bit of the old "Ford or Chevy"? wars.

    Whatever works for you is the "best" solution.

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    I just picked up a Nokia Lumia ICON a few days ago from Verizon.
    My contract had been due for about 9 months now and the battery on the old flip phone was in dire
    straights and not easily replaceable.

    I've previously been a longtime "flip phone" user, but decent ones are getting rare to find these days, so
    this will be my first smart phone.
    Everyone and their dog that I know of has either an iPhone or one of the others. (other than Windows)

    One of the big reasons for going for a Windows based phone was that I couldn't stomach the thought
    of attaching an iPhone to my 8.1 Windows desktop. The Windows phone is easy and seamless in that regard.
    Windows explorer is all you need to transfer whatever you want to the phone.

    Windows phones get a bad rap in many regards, and much of it is deserving, but as a
    usable hardware device with quality build and ease of use, it can't be slighted.


    *While this Windows phone is stupid easy to use, it has yet to see the WP8.1 update.
    *ICON apparently is an exclusively Verizon offering for the moment.
    *Nokia helps make up for MS's lack of apps
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    Coincidentally I was looking at suggesting she tries a Nokia Lumia, they seem good value.

    I take your point about attaching an IPhone to the computer, but would point out that it is just as easy to transfer data, pics etc from an Android phone using Windows Explorer.

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