I switched from Android to Windows Phone a year back and i have absolutely loved my new Windows Phone experience, however at times there is that ex android user in me that tells me to switch back to android because of certain features that Windows Phone misses out on. Undoubtedly Windows phone is fast expanding in terms of features but there is still this huge void between Android and Windows Phone. Now if you plan to use your phone for stuff like checking mails, sending texts, checking social networks and stuff then Windows Phone is definitely going to please you but if you want more from a phone than look no further than Android. Android has evolved over the years and Google has eventually managed to make the most stable and complete Mobile OS today.
Here are some of the key reasons to justify our hate for Windows Phone:
10. No Notifications Hub
Now this is one major disappointment that Windows Phone users are going to experience when they switch from Android to Windows OS. Unlike Android where you can view all your notifications at one Place, Windows doesn’t let you do that. Whenever you get a new message, email, miss call or any other notification you would need to check the individual apps separately. Unfortunately! Gone are the days when you could just drag from top of the phone to view everything together. You would now need to manually view the application first and then read the message or take action in order to delete the in app notification.
We are sure Microsoft Window’s Phone would easily be smoked by Android when it comes to checking all the notifications on your Mobile together.
9. We need Google Apps
Google is a leader in Internet apps: Gmail, Gtalk, Google Plus, Google Maps, Chrome, etc. These are some of the most used internet apps in the world and unfortunately all of them are still missing in Windows Os. Not a direct Microsoft issue here but most likely Google isn’t interested in developing apps for another Mobile OS yet. But all this is ultimately affecting the general end user of Windows Phone os specially because these apps are extremely essential and used a lot daily by users. This is one primary reason why a lot of People are hesitant to move to Windows Phone OS.
8. No Browser Option/IE Multi Tab Issues
IE 10/9 on Windows Phone is undoubtedly a very solid piece of software but a lot of people would have preferred more options here. Google Chrome, Opera and Firefox are the options that would have really kept the people happy but unfortunately they still don’t exist in Windows Phone’s. Hence you wouldn’t be able to see the bookmarks you make in your Google Chrome or Firefox in Windows Phone OS since there is no app that can directly sync everything unlike Android Phones.
Also with Windows Phone IE 9/10 multi tabs is a real pain, you have to visit the tab before you can close it. Also the maximum limit to opened tabs is 6 so if you are a person who opens a lot of background tabs (by the way opening background tabs is again an issue) than this isn’t the browser for you.
7. GPS Navigation
Bing Maps aren’t at par with Google Maps specially at some of the Asian countries (most like Developing countries), you wouldn’t reach your desired location if you just rely on your Bing Maps because the directions are a lot of times inaccurate and takes a lot of time to show you the correct directions.
6. Multi Tasking Issues/Task Manager
Multi Tasking is one another weak point for Windows Phone OS, closing opened apps is a real pain. You would need to get into the opened apps and then only you would be able to close the app. Whereas in Android you can simply close all the running apps or close an app manually by without visiting the app. Also a lot of time’s the opened apps get reset to main screen (first screen) whenever you open a new app and visit back the old opened app (Problem is more prominent in Windows Phone 7.5 and 7.8). The problem becomes more acute specially when you have a game or a chat app opened.
Thankfully the problem has been resolved to some extent in Windows Mobile OS 8.
5. File Manager
Yeah! believe us there is no File Manager in Windows Phone 8. It becomes really hard when you are trying to save a particular kind of file which isnt supported by Windows Phone because you would just not be able to access it. No File manager also makes it very difficult to utilize your phone’s memory in the best way. File Manager is a must whenever the next update to Windows Phone Os is released by Microsoft.
4. Price/Variety of Mobile Phones
Windows Phone has finally started to give you a lot more options and varieties in terms of Phone’s pricing (Thanks to Nokia). But it is still far behind (unmatchable) with Android, Android is backed by closer to hundred of manufacturers in the World which develops phones ranging from $60 to $1000. The phones cater to all markets from people requiring a low budget end phones to people requiring a very high end mobile Phone. These phones have different specifications and can cater to a particular niche. Whereas Windows Phone is backed by a lot less manufacturers (mainly Nokia, HTC, Huawei and others) so it gives less options for customers to choose from in terms of hardware specifications. Also less options means less competition which eventually means more price that the customer is required to pay for the phone whereas he can get similar specs on Android on a lot less price.
BTW: Nokia is bringing in some awesome hardware/phones for Windows Phones.
3. Ability to Customize
One thing that I absolutely love about the Android is it’s ability to be customized. Mobile Phone manufacturers are able to customize features in an Android Phone according to it’s price and hardware specs and over it they can also put up their custom interface and elements to please the customers they target. Whereas in Windows Phone Os, the customization are negligible. The OS can hardly be modified by Mobile Phone manufacturers and hence the user gets exactly same OS interface whether he buys a flagship phone or a base windows 8 mobile.
2. No Virtual Assistant
Siri is one feature that single handedly contributed to huge success of Apple iPhone 4S similarly Google Now and Samsung S Voice have been immensely used and liked by users. But Windows Phone also misses out on this important/essential feature. Ok, there are a lot of knock offs in the Windows Marketplace but none of them can match the reliability of Google Now or Siri.
Windows Phone apps have reached 150,000 apps but that is still significantly smaller than the total Google Play store apps which are 750,000. A lot of people would say that all the important apps are already on Windows Phone but in reality there are a lot of very important apps that Windows Phone OS still misses out on. Some such important apps are Temple Run, Google Talk, Yahoo Messenger, Opera, Subway Surfers, Instagram, Google Chrome, Firefox, Yahoo Mail, Nimbuzz and a lot of awesome games.
Let us know below in comments that what is another Important thing that you feel Windows Phone OS misses out on.
If you are still now interested in Android you can checkout our list of Best Smart Phone OS of 2013 here.