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    Default Android or windows phone?

    Definitely android phone for me. I love the fact that I can do almost anything with my phone. There are also a million applications available for my choosing.
    So what do you prefer? The android or windows phone.

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    using both. both has their advantages and disadvantages.
    can't throw the android as there is no windows phone that support CDMA, but it hangs at least once a month.
    windows phone is smooth and efficient and never hangs. limited app, but most required apps are there.

    ps - I don't play games on mobile.
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    I would prefer an Android model. The reasons are many. You got a wider choice when it comes to Android market. You can see various models from different manufacturers from low end to high end phones. So, you got a lot of choices here. Moreover, nowadays Android in mobiles phones is just like Windows in computers. I mean it is as popular as Windows for computers. Even iOS is not so popular as Android in mobile world, I think.

    Another fact is that there is limited applications in Wndows mobiles as @Panchabhut has already pointed out. May be Windows phones are smoother than Android phones, but still I will stick with Android phone. May be I am used to it.

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    google play is full of junk apps. while windows store is limited, so far whatever apps I needed was readily available. The access to full MS Office is added advantage. In my view, windows phone is more for the power user who wants to use their phone as a tool for communication and support. windows phone has taken over the space that blackberry used to occupy. windows phone is not for those who mainly view a phone as a game box.
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    While a lot of the apps developed for Windows are for the more serious user, shall we say, on the Google store there are also a lot of apps that aren't just games.

    For me your right when you say that Windows phones have replaced the BlackBerry devices but look what happened to them in the end

    While I'm not saying that Windows phones will go the same way, I can't see them making any dent in the android and iOS market either.

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    If a user focus security , a light and efficient system. Windows Phone should be an excellent choice. But it is important to remember that the lack of Apps is a recurring problem in Windows Phone. I have a Lumia 830 is a great phone with a camera 10MP Pureview with Zeiss lenses, but some times I suffer from a lack of some specific apps. But I'm quite satisfied.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vinisouz View Post
    If a user focus security , a light and efficient system. Windows Phone should be an excellent choice. But it is important to remember that the lack of Apps is a recurring problem in Windows Phone. I have a Lumia 830 is a great phone with a camera 10MP Pureview with Zeiss lenses, but some times I suffer from a lack of some specific apps. But I'm quite satisfied.
    Yes, that is still a dark area for Android phones. Security has become a very weak area for Android OS and everyday we can hear news of some or other kind of Android vulnerability. May be the cyber criminals are fond of challenging Android because of its huge popularity or weak structure. Even though Marshmallow may address it to a great extent, then what about the old phones which cannot be updated with Marshmallow? I think it is really ruining the image of Android to a great extent and that is where iOS scores over Android.

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    Android has more options than the Windows phone, but Android is the least secure, despite that, Android offers security measures you can take, so I believe you should get an Android phone, with Samsung being the lead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by challengewriter View Post
    Android has more options than the Windows phone, but Android is the least secure, despite that, Android offers security measures you can take, so I believe you should get an Android phone, with Samsung being the lead.
    If you are really going for an Android phone, buy a model which can be updated with latest Android version Marshmallow which seems quite secure. As per Google, in Marshmallow they have given utmost importance for security and you can expect good secure OS in your mobile. But the worst part is that the old models are still suffering as most of them cannot be updated with Marshmallow. It is said that the latest threat of Stagefirght virus will not affect Marshmallow and there are no vulnerabilities reported till now I think. I think some will come up when people start using it extensively.
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    Quote Originally Posted by webworld View Post
    Yes, that is still a dark area for Android phones. Security has become a very weak area for Android OS and everyday we can hear news of some or other kind of Android vulnerability. May be the cyber criminals are fond of challenging Android because of its huge popularity or weak structure. Even though Marshmallow may address it to a great extent, then what about the old phones which cannot be updated with Marshmallow? I think it is really ruining the image of Android to a great extent and that is where iOS scores over Android.
    I do not know for sure, but when it appears certain threats to Android, it seems specific applications. The main concern is not to install apps that are not of GooglePlay. Also, do not click on anything that you send via messengers, a hint that it is normal for Windows OS user for PCs.

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    When it comes to downloading apps, I only download the ones with great reputation. I avoid apps with pop up ads. I don't mind ads in apps but if an app opens my appstore to convince me to install something, I uninstall them right away.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vinisouz View Post
    I do not know for sure, but when it appears certain threats to Android, it seems specific applications. The main concern is not to install apps that are not of GooglePlay. Also, do not click on anything that you send via messengers, a hint that it is normal for Windows OS user for PCs.
    I would say you are not even safe in Google Play. Hackers entering and going of of Google Play is quite common now. So you cannot even blindly believe Google Play.

    I believe the best strategy would be to stay away from unnecessary applications even if it looks lucrative. The hackers mostly choose free applications as the medium which is very attractive and cater to the large section of the society. So stay away from it. Above all your common sense is the best guard in all cases.

    Also don't forget to upgrade your OS to Marshmallow as soon as it is possible. I heard that hackers are having a tough time with Marshmallow. Though it may change soon. Also important is to pay heed to updates from the OS company as they release regular patch-ups for vulnerabilities.

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    I think both OS has its pros and cons. Android is also good since it has lots of features and I can do a lot of things on it while Windows has its limits. But the next phone I am planning to buy is Windows phone because it is less buggy, I think. I have an Android phone now but it doesn't mean I will abandon it once I got a Windows phone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by webworld View Post
    If you are really going for an Android phone, buy a model which can be updated with latest Android version Marshmallow which seems quite secure. As per Google, in Marshmallow they have given utmost importance for security and you can expect good secure OS in your mobile. But the worst part is that the old models are still suffering as most of them cannot be updated with Marshmallow. It is said that the latest threat of Stagefirght virus will not affect Marshmallow and there are no vulnerabilities reported till now I think. I think some will come up when people start using it extensively.
    A lot of models wouldn't be able to get Marshmallow sadly, and there is such a wide and vast market range for this phone. There isn't a high marketing and advertisement of the Android Marshmallow here in my country, just a few people even among the computer students know about it. Before Marshmallow can truly make it's mark and self known, it would take awhile because of the high number of cheap android phones, that won't be able to upgrade to the latest Android version.

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    Android devices are being updated all the time, and while it's true that a lot of devices may not be able to update to the latest release, that doesn't mean to say that they aren't worth buying.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pwarbi View Post
    Android devices are being updated all the time, and while it's true that a lot of devices may not be able to update to the latest release, that doesn't mean to say that they aren't worth buying.
    But you need remember an important thing, Androids do not receive the recent updates to have more chance to get problems with threats and security.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vinisouz View Post
    But you need remember an important thing, Androids do not receive the recent updates to have more chance to get problems with threats and security.
    I agree with your point. For example most of the old Android phones cannot upgrade to their new version Marshmallow. Even though Marshmallow has some good security features, it is not useful for old models. They will remain to be vulnerable for cyber attacks and that is a sad part of the story indeed.

    I think Google should come up with a solution for this. But from a business point of view I don't think they will do it as it will not help them boost sales of their latest models. But as Android is becoming a target for frequent security issues, it may affect its popularity in due course of time.

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    To be honest, I haven't received a new update to (or of) Marshmallow. I think it's because of my device which is Alcatel. Or maybe the current version of my phone is the problem.

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    There aren't many phones on the market these days that are able to upgrade to the new version of Android to be honest. While the brand new phones come with that capability, a lot of even the new devices realeased in the last few months arent able to upgrade.

    I'm not even sure if that capability will come at a later date either and what device your using now might have to stay with the older version of Android until your ready to upgrade in the future.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pwarbi View Post
    There aren't many phones on the market these days that are able to upgrade to the new version of Android to be honest. While the brand new phones come with that capability, a lot of even the new devices realeased in the last few months arent able to upgrade.

    I'm not even sure if that capability will come at a later date either and what device your using now might have to stay with the older version of Android until your ready to upgrade in the future.
    In my country, cheaper brands particularly the local brands are even more advance. They come out with new model with the latest version and octa core at a reasonable price. However, durability is not expected.

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    Durability will always be a key issue with devices that are at the budget end of the market. They have to cut their costs somehow and the material they use to build the phone is what usually suffers the most.

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    Well, the more people buy pirated copies of a phone the more he problems will be, so durability isn't the issue, it's the selecting of the proper phone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ipol12 View Post
    To be honest, I haven't received a new update to (or of) Marshmallow. I think it's because of my device which is Alcatel. Or maybe the current version of my phone is the problem.
    I have an Alcatel too and I also have not received a new update. The problem may be in the brand and model of the smartphone, what I mean is that maybe the specifications of the smartphone ( like RAM and Processor) are not the best to withstand an update and that is why companies like Alcatel does not offer upgrade of operating systems, instead they would prefer 1000 times that you buy a new one. Phones are build and made to last a certain amount of time and then you should buy a new one if you want to keep on enjoying.

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    Android over wivdows any day. Is so funny when people are talking about phones/tablets its always between android, iOS and even Windows but hardly those BlackBerry makes it into the mix if not at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by challengewriter View Post
    Well, the more people buy pirated copies of a phone the more he problems will be, so durability isn't the issue, it's the selecting of the proper phone.
    I do agree with those pirated copies but the ones being sold in our country were not pirated. they were actually original but local brands. They were more advanced with regards to features compared to leading companies. But i do feel durability is at risk. I heard a lot of users with those brands that their phones took just a year or several months. However, there were some that their device is still running for years. It may be depending how one uses it. Still, I am not yet convinced with its durability.

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    Quote Originally Posted by challengewriter View Post
    Android over wivdows any day. Is so funny when people are talking about phones/tablets its always between android, iOS and even Windows but hardly those BlackBerry makes it into the mix if not at all.
    I think BlackBerry is out of focus now. Even BlackBerry phones are using Android nowadays. They are going through a bad phase of business these days and as a last resort they started usng Android in their new handsets. Their management has made it clear that it will be their last chance for a makeover. Otherwise they are left with no other option but to close the business.

    I still remember those cute BlackBerry phones with its stylish QWERTY keyboard. I think this model was particularly famous among office goers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by webworld View Post
    I think BlackBerry is out of focus now. Even BlackBerry phones are using Android nowadays. They are going through a bad phase of business these days and as a last resort they started usng Android in their new handsets. Their management has made it clear that it will be their last chance for a makeover. Otherwise they are left with no other option but to close the business.

    I still remember those cute BlackBerry phones with its stylish QWERTY keyboard. I think this model was particularly famous among office goers.
    Yes, I think it was the bold 6. Very small and cute, you're right, my mum was talking to a friend about switching to Samsung due to the fact that the blackberry wasn't worth her usage anymore, but her friend convinced her that they is an android blackberry now in the market, and she is getting one, I can't wait to see it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hurtadoluisalex View Post
    I have an Alcatel too and I also have not received a new update. The problem may be in the brand and model of the smartphone, what I mean is that maybe the specifications of the smartphone ( like RAM and Processor) are not the best to withstand an update and that is why companies like Alcatel does not offer upgrade of operating systems, instead they would prefer 1000 times that you buy a new one. Phones are build and made to last a certain amount of time and then you should buy a new one if you want to keep on enjoying.
    To be honest, I love Alcatel. Apart from the reasonable prices of its smartphones, I think it is durable too. The one you mentioned is the problem regarding the upgrades. I think the reason why they do not offer upgrades is because their handsets has low prices. I have no idea though with their high ends.

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    Of course, I am happy android user. I like my phone as OS very much. Performances are great and a lot apps for andrid are available in their store.

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