Windows 10 Mobile: Review

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Review: Windows 10 Mobile

Introduction and design

Microsoft’s new Windows 10 operating system for PCs was one of the biggest technology releases of 2015 – and it split opinion down the middle, with some Windows fans loving the new look and features, and others complaining about such issues as the absence of OneDrive support, floppy drive support, and various games and desktop gadgets.

Here in mobile phone world we sat idly by in the weeks following the July release of Windows 10, waiting for Windows 10 Mobile. It finally appeared just in time to sneak in as a 2015 release, and its availability is still fairly limited – as are some features.

Microsoft first launched the mobile OS on the Lumia 550, before rolling out two new flagship phones in the form of the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL. Microsoft has said it will update the Lumia 430, 435, 532, 535, 540, 640, 640 XL, 735, 830 and 930, and we expect that update to be free.

We hope that as Windows 10 Mobile lands on more devices in the coming months Microsoft will keep the software updates coming to improve the user experience. Right now, though, we don’t know when it’s coming to more devices – Microsoft still hasn’t announced a schedule for the roll-out.

Review: Windows 10 Mobile

Windows 10 Mobile is make or break time for Microsoft in terms of its aspirations in the mobile phone market – it’s a matter of succeeding with the new OS or dropping out of the phone game altogether.

Windows Phone has been slipping further and further behind iOS and Android as more people jumped ship from the flailing platform. Microsoft badly needs to stop the rot, keeping what users it still has and trying to hook a few million more in the process.

Microsoft sees the key to success as creating a consistent and cohesive software experience across your devices – it wants you to have one OS running across your PC, your phone, your games console and maybe even wearable tech like the Hololens, when it finally comes out.

Review: Windows 10 Mobile

So does the Windows 10 Mobile software live up to the hype? We’ve been playing around with it on different devices to pick out the highlights and lowlights, and to see how it compares to the previous version of Microsoft’s mobile OS, Windows Phone 8.1.

Design

If Windows 10 Mobile has got anything right, it’s the design element. The mobile operating system has finally fully embraced the tiled design by enabling it to be fully customisable.

The last Windows Phone update enabled you to change the size of the tiles, but Windows 10 Mobile brings with it even more personalisation.

You can now add a photo as the background on your device, or add photos to the tiles themselves. You can even adjust the transparency of the tiles, enabling you to choose how prominent you want the tiles, and your photos, to be.

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I particularly like setting a photo as the background and then setting the transparency on about 75%, so that I can just about see the tiles. There’s plenty of flexibility here, and you can also choose the colours to really make your home screen your own.

Changing the colour of particular tiles will also change related icons elsewhere in the OS, such as the key software apps in the Start menu.

Compared to the previous version of Windows Phone, this new update is very good at the personalisation elements. It offers just as much as Android does in terms of customisation, and much, much more than iOS offers.

I really like playing around with the various options to create my own designs, in a way that I don’t with other phone operating systems.

Widgets are still missing though – and that’s one of the reasons Windows can’t compete with Android. The tiles do offer more information than before, but you can’t customise what information they show.

The Outlook app, for example, will show you a little preview of your unread messages, but you can’t decide how much it shows, or when it shows it – it’s just on a loop. You’d be able to customise an email widget on Android so that it showed, say, four emails.

But it’s pretty hard to go wrong here – you’re always going to have an easy to use homepage. Some of the menus are still difficult to navigate, but that’s made up for to a degree by the handy search facility, which you’ll find at the top of the Start menu.

Everything in Windows 10 Mobile feels more aligned now. The OS follows a simple design philosophy, with those welcome levels of customisation thrown into the mix. There’s no escaping tiles, but their design is greatly improved over what came before.

However, if you weren’t a fan of Windows Phone 8, you’re unlikely to like the design here.

Key features

Windows 10 Mobile sees the introduction of a bunch of new features. Cortana was present on Windows Phone 8.1, but improvements have been made to Microsoft’s personal assistant feature, and the Edge browser, which appeared for PCs and laptops last year, has found its way into your pocket.

Action Center is one of the most-demanded features that Microsoft has added. Swiping down from the top of the display will now open the Settings menu.

At the top of the menu are the key options such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Rotation Lock and Settings, but you can customise the menu to change which settings appear here.

When you tap the Expand button you’ll see another selection of apps that are great to have in easy reach – it’s a fast way to boot up the camera, set up a mobile hotspot or turn on the flashlight.

This is something that Android and iOS both struggle with, and Windows Phone seems to have nailed it with a simple button.

On the other hand, it does highlight how difficult it can be to find relevant apps in Windows Phone. I found myself using this feature much more than I would on an Android device, as it was much easier to access certain apps then going through the Start menu.

Transfer My Data is a new app that’s designed to make it easier to switch over to Windows 10 Mobile. Android has offered something similar for some time, and even Apple has its own Google Play Store app to help you switch from Android to iOS.

Microsoft’s version isn’t anywhere near extensive as those apps, though, and take-up of Windows 10 Mobile could suffer for it. Making the jump to Windows 10 Mobile is a big ask for customers, and I’d hoped this app would make the journey easier, but sadly it doesn’t.

All it will do is port over your messages and pictures, and that’s not enough in my opinion – you can’t even bring over your contacts. I’d even hoped the service might detect what apps you have and set them up for you, but you have to visit the Windows store and do it yourself.

Lack of apps

Perhaps the biggest criticism of Windows Phone has been the lack of apps on the platform, and it’s been an issue that Microsoft has been trying to address for some time.

Most developers plough time into creating iOS and Android versions of their software, and don’t have the time or the inclination to then work on a Windows Phone app.

Microsoft aims to change that by opening up the Windows platform across all devices, so apps that work on a PC should automatically scale down suit Windows 10 Mobile. But that doesn’t mean a slew of new mobile apps will be arriving anytime soon.

It gives developers more reason to work on Windows versions of the apps we know and love, but there needs to be a carrot to encourage them to put in the time and effort. And that carrot is users, of which there are at present too few.

But Windows 10 will only attract more users by offering more apps. It’s a catch-22 situation that Microsoft has faced for a long time now, and this feels like the last-ditch attempt at addressing it.

I took the Samsung Galaxy S6 I’ve been using for the past few weeks, and selected 10 apps to see if I could get them on the Microsoft Lumia 950 XL.

Seven out of the 10 apps were available for Windows 10 Mobile, which I found quite disappointing considering they weren’t particularly niche choices.

The Windows App store didn’t have Pocket Casts, Snapchat or Pocket. It did have Wunderlist, Messenger, WhatsApp, NatWest, QuizUp, Spotify and Twitter, but the availability or otherwise of an app as popular as Snapchat can make or break an OS.

You might not be a fan of Snapchat, but once you notice that such a widely-used app is missing you start to realise where the platform falls down. You may have all the essential apps there, but most people also want the latest that iOS and Android have to offer.

Then there’s Windows Hello, a new feature that enables you to unlock your phone using iris or fingerprint recognition on phones equipped with the relevant scanners.

Microsoft claims you can use the iris scanner to unlock your phone with “just a look”, but you actually have to touch as well. You need to tap the unlock button on the side of the phone to start the process, then hold the phone in a position from where it can scan your eyes.

The feature is difficult to set up – you need to go into Accounts (when I thought it would be under Security), and then you need to enter a PIN before you can begin the process.

When it is set up, though, it works very effectively – in fact I was surprised by just how well it worked, considering that iris scanners on other phones I’ve tested have been awful.

That said, indoors and in anything other than a well-lit room the scanner is going to struggle to recognise your iris, and you’ll need to enter your PIN.

Continuum and Microsoft Display Dock

One of the most exciting elements of Windows 10 Mobile, and perhaps the biggest USP for the platform, is Continuum – a feature that enables you to use your Windows 10 Mobile phone like a PC.

Or at least that’s the way Microsoft has been pitching it. Buy a little box that connects to your TV or PC monitor, plug your phone in and, hey presto, you’ve got a PC that fits in your pocket.

It makes a lot of sense. Why not have all your data in the same place, and be able to share it simply through the Microsoft ecosystem?

You can buy the Microsoft Display Dock for US$99 (£79.99, AU$149.95), but if you’re looking to get a Microsoft Lumia 950 XL it’s possible to find deals that throw in the dock for free.

Continuum was simple to set up. I took the dock out of the box, and after a quick search around for a HDMI port (or display port, which I finally settled on), I was able to get it ready to go.

You need to perform a screen size calibration and watch a short introductory clip, and then you’re straight into working on your phone much as you would on a PC.

This section of the review was, in fact, written in Continuum using the Microsoft Lumia 950 XL phone and the Microsoft Word app. I plugged my keyboard and mouse into the Display Dock, and the display kept up with what I was typing.

I’d say it’s a little laggy compared to what my laptop of capable of, but it’s still an enjoyable experience.

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One annoying thing is that the app you’re working in on your main display will appear on your phone screen as well.

While typing I was constantly seeing autocorrect prompts popping up on the phone in my peripheral vision, which became really annoying. I tried turning the screen off, but the whole system went into low power mode.

This means your phone screen needs to be always on, so that you can use it like a touchpad to navigate around the software.

If you’re using your phone for a few moments to set up a video clip that’s fine, but if you’re trying to be productive then you’re likely to plug in a mouse, so you won’t need your phone to be on as well.

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That said, the touchpad functionality is responsive and simple to use, with a two-finger motion for dragging and a simple tap when you want to open an app.

It’s the easiest way to use Continuum without a mouse, but if you want to be any way productive you’ll want a keyboard and mouse to make the whole process easier.

Apps blow up to the size of the screen you’re using – this is how the mobile version of techradar.com looks when displayed on a screen via the Display Dock.

While writing this Continuum did crash once – by the time I had reconnected, all my apps were shut down and I was back to square one. Fortunately Microsoft Word saves your work automatically, but I lost all my open tabs and what apps I was using.

This is an issue that needs to be sorted out – Continuum is a feature that’s aimed at professionals who won’t be so tolerant of crashes in the middle of their hard work.

On the phone home screen that appears on your working display you’ll see all the apps available to you in Continuum. This looks much like your phone’s home screen does ordinarily, but a few apps are faded out as Continuum doesn’t support them yet.

And that’s the real problem with Continuum right now. A lot of the key Microsoft apps are here and ready to roll, including Word, Excel, Edge and Photos, but a lot of other apps aren’t supported yet.

Even Skype isn’t supported, and that’s a Microsoft-owned application. You’d think that the ability to pull up Skype on your home TV with the help of your phone would be a killer feature many users.

You’ll only want Continuum right now if you need word processing or spreadsheets to be as accessible on your phone as they are on your work computer – but that’s something OneDrive already offers.

As more and more apps are supported by the service Continuum will become more useful, but for now you’re often frustrated; I wanted to be able to play some games on my TV or monitor, but – surprise, surprise – they aren’t ready yet.

It’s always the same problem with Windows Phone.

When an app isn’t supported by Continuum you have the choice of opening it on your phone, but that’s largely useless if you want it on the big screen. If I wanted to use it on my phone I’d just disconnect it from the dock and get on with it.

Continuum and the Display Dock are great ideas. It’s taking the concept of AirPlay and Chromecast to a whole new level, and making it useful for those who want to work as well as play.

Being able to type using a keyboard and large screen and have that information saved to my phone is great. But right now it’s not enough to make it worth buying a Display Dock with your Windows 10 Mobile phone, and it’s certainly not a big enough selling point to justify buying a Lumia handset.

Microsoft Edge

After two decades Microsoft has killed off Internet Explorer, replacing it with the new Edge web browser.

When Windows 10 Mobile lands on your phone Edge will be ready and waiting for you, and it has a number of new features that make this a better browser than its predecessor.

One of the new features is a Reading List, which enables you to save articles to read later – it’s handy if you want to save a bunch of long-read features and other material to catch up with at the weekend.

If you’ve ever used Pocket I was expecting a similar concept, and I’d anticipated being able to access saved material when I was offline.

Having that feature in my browser would be great, and would do away with the need for Pocket altogether, but actually Reading List is just a way of saving favourites and reminding you to keep up with them.

You won’t be able to read articles when you’re not connected to the internet – and that’s when you really want to have those articles available, otherwise you’d just bookmark them or search for them.

There’s also a Reading View option for when you want to catch up on saved articles, but don’t want the distraction of adverts.

Tap the book icon at the bottom right of the screen and it’ll boot up Reading View, removing all the ads and page furniture for an easier reading experience.

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However, Reading List can sometimes screw up the formatting – if you take a look at the Far Cry Primal article above you can see that it’s removed the spacing between the author name, posting date and category.

It’s another good idea from Microsoft, and sometimes it works well – but not always, and ‘some of the time’ isn’t good enough.

Popular Bing search terms now appear in a drop-down menu below the search bar as you type. It’s a good little feature, but it’s something Chrome and Safari have been doing for a long time – it’s what Internet Explorer should have had at least three years ago.

Personally, I still don’t understand why Microsoft thought we needed a whole new browser.

All these updates could have been rolled out to Internet Explorer, and we would have appreciated them just as much (where they worked properly at least); but I guess Microsoft wanted a clean slate to work with for the release of Windows 10.

Verdict

Windows 10 Mobile has taken a lot of what makes the Windows 10 software great and packed it into a phone-sized package, but there are still some glaring issues.

The real question is why you’d choose this platform over the ease of Android or iOS.

Microsoft has brought in a plethora of new features and enhancements to existing ones, but there’s no killer feature to make up for its numerous imperfections.

We liked

The highlight of Windows 10 Mobile is the new design. The introduction of new customisation elements means you can really make your Windows phone your own.

While the ability to resize tiles isn’t new, I still love being able to move apps around apps easily, and change the functionality of my home screen.

The new colour scheme, photo and transparency options enable you create a look and feel that’s genuinely different to what you get from Android or iOS.

Action Center is another highlight. It’s long been an irritation that on Windows Phone you could spend 10 minutes trying to change settings that should be adjustable in a matter of moments.

Being able to swipe down and have the Settings menu at your fingertips is a welcome addition, and makes the platform much more usable than previous iterations.

While Continuum isn’t without its faults, it’s a worthy attempt at a USP for the software, and I hope it continues to improve with the addition of support for more apps in the coming months.

Once you’re able to play games and use more popular apps on your bigger screen, this will be a genuinely attractive feature.

We disliked

Transfer My Data and Reading List promise a lot more than they deliver. Both features have been implemented on Android and iOS without fault, so it’s disappointing that Microsoft hasn’t managed to get either of them right.

The ability to migrate to Windows 10 Mobile easily would have made jumping ship to Microsoft’s OS a much more attractive proposition.

Microsoft Edge doesn’t feel like enough of an update to justify a change of name for the browser. A lot of the added features have been done already – and better – elsewhere, and it feels like Microsoft is playing catch-up on its mobile browser rather than moving ahead of the pack.

And at the risk of sounding like a broken record, the lack of apps is the biggest let-down on Windows Phone and Windows 10 Mobile alike.

Microsoft is right to say things are getting better – look what was missing from the platform this time last year and look at it now, and you notice how much Windows 10 Mobile has improved.

But Redmond still isn’t getting it right – Microsoft needs to give developers a greater incentive to build for the platform and bring in those must-have apps.

Final verdict

Windows 10 Mobile is far from perfect – it does feel like we’re encountering the same old Windows Phone issues, especially with the lack of some big-hitting apps – but this update is the biggest improvement we’ve seen to the platform for quite some time.

Microsoft has its work cut out for it in trying to bring people back to Windows Mobile, and retain existing users, with its Android and iOS competition offering an experience that’s nigh-on perfect.

Those platforms still offer so much that Windows doesn’t. But this update has at least seen Microsoft take a step in a different direction, with Continuum and the extensive customisation features offering something distinct from its rivals.

And if you’re invested in the Microsoft ecosystem at home or at work it makes perfect sense to add in a Windows 10 Mobile handset on top. Consistency and connectivity are big selling points, and the new Windows platform as a whole offers much more than the sum of its parts.

If, however, you don’t have a Windows laptop, Xbox One or other Windows device, I find it very difficult to recommend Windows 10 Mobile. There’s no good reason why you wouldn’t choose a handset running the more ubiquitous and accomplished iOS or Android systems.

Plus, with Microsoft’s roll-out of Windows 10 Mobile being so painfully slow, it’s going to be a long time before big app developers even take notice of the platform. At the moment there are only three phones running the software, with no official word on when it will be more widely available.

That’s a poor showing from a technology giant – and if Microsoft doesn’t get its act together very soon it may have to kiss goodbye to any hopes of ever becoming a serious player in the mobile world.

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50 thoughts on “Windows 10 Mobile: Review

  1. I wonder how can technical people talk about two very different OS-es as if they the same one? Is the marketing people’s wish a fundamental law that forces you to ignore reality? I mean phone and desktop are just made to leverage certain services and sync – this does not mean you can run a program for the desktop on your phone even if the architecture is the same (well the modern UI ones will have a chance, but not the rest and the

  2. There already is a native facebook app and has been for some time, derp. There are third party youtube apps and the website works fine in the browser too. There will never be a first party Youtube app because Google are jerks. Look it up, they refuse to make one for it, and when MS made one, they blocked them.

  3. is windows 10 get native facebook and youtube apps ? if not then it is very useless

  4. Downloaded it with Windows Insider a couple of days ago and am very impressed. (It crashed on first download and had to reset the phone to load it properly.) It is faster than WP 8.1. A lot faster. Programs load in a snap. Project Spartan is a very fast mobile browser – it loads pages quickly. Faster than any mobile web browser I have ever used. Lots of personalization. Ability to load more tiles than WP 8.1. One con is Weather Channel live tile does not work, yet. Small complaint. Highly recommend. To get it, install the new Windows Insider app. Choose the

  5. I’m holding out hope for a refresh of the 1520 with a stylus. 6

  6. In Windows 10 for mobiles when you swipe right to your app list you will now see your background image show through which you don’t get with 8.1. I do agree that the reviewer doesn’t seem to know how to get the best out of the system and talks about functions that aren’t in Windows 10 which are mainly because it’s in its preview state but writes it like it wont be there on final release.

  7. if you look at the image that was posted along with that section, you can see that the image shows up completely, instead of only being able to be seen through certain live tiles, a feature that i really didn’t like, even though it is remedied by the ability to have no image whatsoever and just setting a color.

  8. It makes it a little hard to judge a review when it seems the reviewer doesn’t know what he’s talking about sometimes.

  9. BBM requires you to open it to check your messages because the developers have not implemented the proper background tasks (pull) or implemented push notifications. The OS has been capable of this since Windows Phone 7 back in 2010.

  10. lumia windows 8.1 in my experience is very frustrating, I’m using BBM and play game a lot. On BBM i have to open BBM app to check notification , so very much lazy to open bbm to check any message or not. (this is a prove a wp is not multitask) . For game, when play game and sms come, i reply that sms by pressing home button and then back to game,,,, the bad news is the game start from the beginning (this is a prove wp is not multtask). not just that, also lack of facebook and youtube app, failed fb app from microsoft and shortcut youtube app. this os technology is 5 years late compare to android. so much limitation and also have to use wifi if you want to download any files over than 50 / 100mb. this is very bad old and no way to replace android. about windows 10 , I think there is no much fitur added , only adding picture background and dropdown notification button. so wp is only good for backup phone

  11. Interesting article which seems more concerned with gossip journalism than hands on feedback. The significant change with windows 10 will be what the surface phone is going to highlight. This has an x86 processor which means Microsoft has overcome the engineering obstacle which put them into the mobile mess of the new kid in the block.. Remember windows mobile was the most prevalent operating system but was inferior to its desktop counterpart by a long way as a result of using a stunted version of windows desktop. The surface phone out in a few months will eliminate the poor cousin tag to a large degree by using Intel CPU inside. This fusion is going to be a lot more powerful an argument as Microsoft controls the hardware to execute its plans more rapidly than wait for its partners to find solutions. I have a lumia1520 and I seen the phone change in my hands as Microsoft keeps updating it from cyan, denim, win10 mobile (beta). The progress has been amazing but the ultimate plan of the single software ecosystem is going to be the prize for the effort which is where Windows 10 fits in. Personally I think the argument will be too strong for its competitors as the reign of the phone PC begins. This is where Microsoft’s dominance on the desktop is going to help it on the phone. Basically this will be a no holds barred from there on.

  12. Friends send me emails in Indian languages (including my mother tongue Punjabi). But Android devices do not display any Punjabi fonts. Apple iPhone does but the grapes are sour for me. So I bought a Lumia phone and I am happy with it. If Windows 10 comes on this phone, fine. Otherwise I will buy another Lumia phone with Windows 10.

  13. Microsoft Edge is a major pos so far. It’s just too barebones, and I’m noticing plenty of freeze-ups that don’t happen in any other web browser.

  14. Windows 10 won’t make consumers switch from Android or iOS.

  15. strangly my 930 has nfc that works with my nfc speakers, I believe iPhones cant do that and gestures like placing my phone on table and speakerphone comes on. Then I have live tiles where I can read and see quick information I feel that windows in a lot of areas is ahead of the competition I mean the things I just mentioned have been missing off my 6 years of iPhone experience and I believe its still missing from the iPhone. Strange thatreviewers still manage to say windows phones are behind lol. Ive also used a android phone, and no that was not a experience I want to have again. I find it strange that more people aren’t on the windows phone platform cause its really great. Ive not seen the new phones so I cant tell you if the design is good or bad just yet. Ive built 3 mates windows pcs they use android and 1 iPhone user, this year they are all buying windows phones, so windows 10 desktop is working for them already lol, I can see a lot of people going this way and well once you go windows phone you wont wana go back to android. Maybe after 5-6 years youll try iPhone lol.

  16. Reviewing an incomplete beta version of a mobile OS with the headline making it seem like it’s the final product is irresponsible by Techradar.

  17. I do think W10 Mobile has an awful lot of potential, but it’s imperative that Devs get on board!

  18. I weep for the future of technology when a platform’s viability hinges on whether or not an app such as SnapChat is supported. I can’t think of a more uselessly redundant app.

  19. I think the recent updates fix the majority of those issues you mentioned. Don’t forget all the universal apps on Windows 10 PC & Mobile are in preview. It’s good to have subjective complaints but at least make your readers aware that this is not a finished product yet so I don’t think you can really call it a disaster.

  20. Months from being finished?? It feels as though it is years from that… If Windows 8 was mobility poorly tacked onto the desktop then Windows 10 Mobile (Phone) is Android/iPhone/desktop poorly tacked onto the phone. Have you used the Outlook app on Windows 10 Mobile. A total disaster that might feel somewhat OK on a desktop but certaily not the sleek and efficient mail system that Windows Phone 8.1 is. There is no speech for composing, there is no new mail tile updates, checking mail from the notification center launches the Calendar in the mail app. You cannot tell which account has new mail unless you go to each account and open the inbox. The theme does not follow the system theme, etc. etc. It is a disaster…

  21. to be fair w10 phone now dows it great by putting app in the recent list, mostly this works so well.

  22. Can’t understand why it is that users and reviewers find it necessary to scroll to the bottom of a list of apps to get to the bottom of the list. The ability to tap on a letter to bring up the alphabet and then tap on the first letter of the app wanted has always been in Windows phone. If reviewers don’t know this trick how can they do a fair review of the Windows phone S?

  23. Their just talking about Windows Phone as consumer platform and Techradar’s points are valid. I don’t like Windows Phone either but Windows 10 is something special.

  24. tech radar doesn’t like windows phones their reviews about windows phones have mostly been negative, you aint gona change their approach.

  25. I honestly think Techradar should update this because it can be misleading to the people who don’t know about Windows 10 Mobile – Microsoft Edge is here and Cortana works.

  26. Android being smooth is not completely true. My brother had an Xperia ZR and after finishing his phone’s warranty period, he rooted his phone and installed Cyanogen mod. Of course it seems smoother (since OEM’s bloatwares have been removed) but every now and then it has hiccups. Also worth mentioning is that his phone’s battery became worse the longer he uses his phone with that mod. Also, as much as customizability is concerned, it all comes down to personal preference, I agree. But then the customizability of Android in the end badly affects the performance of the phone (battery life and general smoothness) after some time, while Live tiles, though lacking customizability, still wont affect the performance of the phone that badly.

  27. Agreed Android isn’t as smooth as it can be but it’s mostly the fault of the OEM rather than Google as Android runs as smooth as Windows with the occasional lag. But also I want a bit than simply customising the live tiles how about the ability to change your default browser, music player anything you like, you can do this on Windows. Even iOS is more customisable now albeit with only third party keyboards. To be honest Apple is better than Android with updates and Security and no lag at all and I’d put Windows 10 in that category as well.

  28. Android offers customization, true. But at what cost? Lags? Battery life? And saying Windows 10 not offering customization is plain BS. The home screen, the place where you can pin all sorts of tiles be it a webpage or apps or pictures or important contacts is not just saying that WP is highly customizable, but also more productive and intuitive than Android will ever be. Also, the Live Tiles functions to provide infos at a glance, unlike Android where you MUST open the apps to see updates. Also, these features all run LAG FREE. Settings page? Heck. I wanted to enable the hotspot on my mother’s Xiaomi Mi3. Took me like 4 taps to get there. WP is just a swipe and tap away. Even better, i can PIN that setting to my homescreen so i just need to tap it. Most people who wants to point out the cons of WP have never actually used it, and this irritates me very, very much. Please use it thoroughly first before saying anything, thanks.

  29. Android limited. You clearly haven’t used an Android phone properly. Android is unmatched in Customisation and with what you can do and it’s versatility something Windows 10 just can’t match and Android is more intuitive than Windows Phone or Windows 10. It is Windows 10 and Windows Phone that are limited not Android.

  30. You obviously never held a WP in your hand. It is so much more customizable and the exact opposite of limited, compared to Android. My parents have Android phones and everytime I use them I feel like crying with frustration :)) so laggy and … limited. Oh, and it does multitask, maybe you need to learn how.

  31. of course wp can not compare to android os, wp is so much limitation, and no multitask.

  32. actually if you wana be accurate then Microsoft has said its windows 10 mobile, hawking back to days of past lol, but people are always gona add mobile or phone to their sentences when talking about a mobile or phone, they just are.

  33. Let get one thing straight, there’s no Windows Phone 10, just Windows 10. Windows 10 will rewrite the tech industry at all levels. Maybe right now the numbers are not in favour of Microsoft on this piece of pie (smartphones) but the wind of change is coming, at first for office and business area, because is obviously that Windows has an outstanding os, and the strategy is on the right path, an example: quality at a small price vs the competition. I have a lumia 925 since almost 1 year and a half, this phone never let me down, Office, Orientation, Social, Photos, everything u need in one pocket, no lags, no problems.

  34. I’d like Windows 10 to succeed where Windows Phone failed and it has a really good chance after seeing the Windows 10 devices event and continuum is definitely a game changer. But then there us the problem with apps and convincing developers to develop for Windows 10. I know the universal apps will be a big feature and Microsoft has made it easy so developers can port their iOS and Android apps to Windows 10 but will it be enough to make it appealing as a consumer platform? But as a business platform Windows 10 wins hands down. ‘because I can be productive like a boss wherever I am now’

  35. Your comment is untrue as I am a personal user, not business; was Android, went to Windows Phone 8/8.1 dropped back to Android; was very disappointed and moved back to Windows, now on 10 preview; Android had too many lags, and SD Card storage is broken, doesn’t work with lots of apps – an 8GB MotoG with 64 GB SDCard fills up the 8GB storage too often with lots of space on the SDCard – I use Kindle and it’s a real pain on Android that it cant use SDCard

  36. That’s just it, only the business and corporate world will be interested in Windows 10, there is no reason for the consumer to choose Windows 10 over Android or iOS.

  37. I would think the security side of Windows 10 mobile will actually make this one of the best OS’s for the corporate and business world with what it will offer them.

  38. Microsoft is starting to release Lumia phones with Microsoft branding. 4 of the new models are less than a 5

  39. I straight love my Samsung Ativ A Neo (Sprint). I just wish there was better support with accessories (wearables and the like). The OS kicks ass.

  40. My next phone will definitely be a Windows phone. Last year I found all the models just a little under-specced, or priced slightly high. I’m hoping by next year there’ll be some better models to choose from with a screen under 5

  41. I’m a developer and I’ve always been an android user. But then I decided to change and last year I bought a Windows Phone. I love it. The user experience is awesome and the OS is very fast & fluid. No lags. The only thing I miss is some very specific apps, like Snapchat. I recommend people to stop saying

  42. How can you ‘review’ something that’s still in development and months from being finished? A large percentage of Win 10 for phone’s features aren’t even in it yet. This is a ‘preview’, at best. Also in relation to

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