Why I like Windows Phone better than iOS

Customizable live tiles showing unread counts and information
Customizable live tiles showing unread counts and information

The goal in the post is for me to document my running list of why I like Windows Phone better than iOS (iPhone/iPad).

  • Customizable home screen with three different tile sizes.  This enables users that have a hard time seeing small text or hitting small buttons can make them bigger.
  • Live tiles show more information when not using the small size which shows alerts directly on the home screen whereas iOS only shows the number of notifications.
  • Swipe right enables viewing all installed apps with search and jump by alpha.  Unlike iOS where every app installed has to be in a home page somewhere
  • Can have a combined tile for all email, separate tile for each email address or link several mailboxes together such as Gmail and Hotmail can be linked together as a personal inbox and keep work inbox separate

    Swiping right shows all apps with easy to find by alpha or using search
    Swiping right shows all apps with easy to find by alpha or using search
  • Can combine tiles into a tile folder
  • Driving mode
    • Reads texts to you over bluetooth
    • Can dictate responses over bluetooth
    • Does not popup or sound notifications for anything except phone and text
      • Can also turn off phone and/or text as well
  • Kids corner
    • Swipe right to show a start screen that you configured just for your kids and the apps they are allowed to use
    • Need PIN to get back into normal phone mode.
    • No longer can your child send your boss an email by accident.
  • Gadgets app
    • Run apps when accessories connect
    • Find accessory by seeing on a map where you last disconnected the accessory
  • Near Field Communication (NFC) can be used for more things than just payments like in iOS

    The Glance Screen is like a low powered notification screen.
    The Glance Screen is like a low powered notification screen.
  • Wireless charging in some models
  • Standard USB charging cable (micro or newer type c)
  • Full desktop class browser which can switch from mobile user agent to desktop one
  • Social integration with contacts so when you get a new friend in Facebook or twitter they can show up as a contact
  • Glance screen
    • Low powered screen that shows the time, date, next appointment and notification count.
  • Expand storage with SD cards
  • Battery Saver
    Wi-Fi can automatically turn back on
    Wi-Fi can automatically turn back on
    • Turns off checking for email and other background tasks to help save battery
    • Can automatically turn on at 20% battery
  • Configure apps from within the app instead of needing to leave and go to settings
  • When turning off WiFi, option to turn back on based on a time frame or when at a favorite place such as home
  • Cortana – Personal Digital Assistant with voice recognition
    • Quiet Hours
      • Inner circle can break through
    • Collection of news and other information that is important to you
    • Reminders
      • Place
        • Cortana is your personal digital assistant. Here she is giving me a run down of my interests.
          Cortana is your personal digital assistant. Here she is giving me a run down of my interests.

          Remind me to buy print cartridges next time I’m at the Best Buy off Rea road

        • Remind me to pick up groceries when I leave work
        • Remind me to start laundry when I arrive home
      • Person
        • Remind me to ask my Mom how her cat is doing next time I’m in contact with her (phone, email, text)
      • Time
    • Text message with nicknames
      • Text message my wife on my way
      • Text message my manager I’m running late

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