Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 3rd May 2013 18:27 UTC
Windows "Microsoft's phone chief hates to call the new Nokia Lumia 521 cheap, but the lower-priced smartphone launching in the United States is the company's boldest move yet to win mass market share from leaders Apple and Samsung. The world's largest software company has so far focused on putting its Windows Phone software into expensive, high-end devices - chiefly from Nokia and HTC. But the new model will go on sale at Walmart later this month at an unsubsidized price under $150, relatively cheap for a new phone running up-to-date software without a long-term contract." Windows Phone is racing to the bottom just as fast as Android - with the difference being that expensive Android devices do not fail to sell.
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RE[2]: Forget it, it will fail.
by reduz on Fri 3rd May 2013 20:36 UTC in reply to "RE: Forget it, it will fail."
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That's strange, I haven't seen much criticism from the Windows Phone keyboard, in fact, I've seen a lot of people (both individuals and reviewers) mention that the keyboard is fantastic and responsive.



The Android one is smarter by suggesting the special characters, web stuff, etc you need according to the situation, but other than that when you have to use multiple languages or more tech language, it' just doesn't complete those worst properly. Again, the BB10 keyboard is fantastic in comparison.

Still though, I think the problem I have is the fact that either the screen of the one I have is smaller than the bigger models, or the capacitive sensor is crappier, because I make much less mistakes on the Galaxy S.



Windows Phone pervasively supports multitasking. It supports a variety of background tasks including always on turn by turn location, VOIP support, and background audio.



I don't mean background tasks, I mean keeping the damn apps open after I go do something else. Skype, Nokia Maps, GChat, al the "third party" apps just close and have to be reopened. Resuming them takes a long time, but maybe because it's a 620 and it's slow?



I do have a few which don't, but they're mostly WP7 apps that run on my WP8 device, or WP8 apps which don't opt-in to the new behavior.



That makes more sense (though i fail to see why Nokia Maps and Skype, which are kind of first party fall into this category).



The browser, like the keyboard, is also something I've almost never heard complaints about since WP8 launched.



Have you used Opera, Firefox or Chrome for Android? there's a sea of difference. Tabs are extremely cumbersome in WP8 IE, small links are harder to click/tap, and pages are not reloaded every time you go back to them (specially annoying when you are using 3G). It's easy to tap links accidentally, which is made worse by the fact that if you go back a link and it doesn't even scroll the previous page to the point you were reading. It's just kind of immature in my opinion, which would be solved if Firefox or Opera were available for the platform.

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