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Michael Endler
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9/16/2014 | 3:11:03 PM
Re: Questions for the author.
Hi Greg,


Have a look at the Lumia Icon, which a lot of people seem to like, and which has a nice 20 MP camera. That said, if you don't need to upgrade immediately, there are some rumblings and rumors that Microsoft will debut new phones relatively soon. If photography is your main focus, Panasonic just introduced an Android smartphone with a 1-inch sensor in its camera, which I suspect is the same one Sony and Canon are putting in their high-end compacts. This should give the Panasonic an image quality edge, based on pure physics, compared to most smartphones.
Michael Endler
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9/9/2014 | 9:46:12 AM
Re: Another review complaining it's not an iPhone
Thanks rradina.


And no, I'm not "all Apple." I used Windows 7 and 8 PCs 85%+ of the time, prefer Office to iWork, think Win 8.1's bad reputaton is overblown, etc. 


I think you bring up a great point about older iPhones becoming "turtles" when Apple releases newer versions of iOS-- it's definitely happened to me too, and it's aggravating.

I also think you're right about the Windows Phone app problem-- it's not just about quantity, but also quality. That's one of the points I tried to highlight in the article. Even when a popular app is available (e.g. Instagram), it's often much less functional than it is on other platforms. There are a strong Windows Phone apps, too, but even if people are sick of hearing about the app gap, it's still a factor in sales and adoption.
Michael Endler
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9/9/2014 | 9:39:18 AM
Re: Obviously
That's a neat trick, anon: you admit I can probably defend myself with "objective and unbiased reasons," yet you automatically discount whatever those reasons might be. Seem a little close-minded? Were there actually any points in the article that you disagree with? Or do you just like to toss around ad hominems?
Michael Endler
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9/9/2014 | 9:34:27 AM
Re: Another review complaining it's not an iPhone
@manmuffy

*sigh*

"I have been using my Lumia 925 dark-coloured steel phone for 2 years now." Does a 2-year-old model still count as a flagship for those looking for a Windows Phone today? Taken in context (rather than filtered through indignation), there is nothing factually inaccurate about what I wrote.

"personally I have all the apps I need (about 40) and have never paid for one in my life ... Ooh, only 300,000 to choose from, how will I manage?" Great! For you, then, apps are a non-issue. But your perspective seems to imply that just because you don't care about this point, others won't care. I can appreciate that as a Windows Phone fan, you might be tired of hearing people complain about app selection, which has been an ongoing criticism. But even if you're sick of hearing about it, the app issue is still a valid criticism.

"Most iPhone users haven't tried WP handsets - living with them, not just for 2 weeks - but still criticize them because of iPhone reviewers basically complaining that it's not an iPhone." I've used this particular phone for two weeks, but I used the HTC 8x exclusively for six months after the iPhone I had at the time got dropped in water. I mentioned in the article that I had previous Windows Phone experience, though I didn't belabor the point. In any event, I included the note about the iPhone to be transparent about how my experiences might have shaped my perspective. Evidently it's better for reviewers to feign complete objectivity, rather than admitting that their perspective is shaped by experience and perspective?

"The bit about the feeling comfortable - very subjective - if you're used to one size any other will feel too large/small." The article is listed as commentary and described in the headline as a "hands on" review-- isn't it obvious that aspects of this are subjective? Moreover, the article said that unfamiliarity with the new size was a certainly a factor.


But, hey, you seem to live in a world in which people are either iOS-loving sheep, or free thinkers who shun Apple. I tend to think we live in a slightly more complicated world in which there's room for more than one device to be appealing, and in which it isn't anathema for a single reporter to subjectively explain why he prefers one type of one to another, while still praising aspects of both phones.


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