Well, I bought me a new phone a couple of days back.  Thanks for the tips everyone, you'll be happy to know I bought something completely different.  :p  I did heavily consider getting a Moto G5, as I think Raven pointed me towards.  It was getting a lot of good reviews, but in the end I went with a new Nokia 5, mostly because of the design.  These new Nokia phones (Nokia in name only, it's a new firm apparently) really are a cut above everything else in the design department.

As for Android.  Everything is so COLOURFULL.  I hate it.  The settings don't make sense.  I can't find settings for stuff I want to change, and some settings just have me circle between different menu's without allowing me to change anything.  I miss winphone.  People can crap on it all they want, but it was the cleanest and easiest OS by far.  Now that I'm on Android I also can't understand the claims that Winphone is much less flexible.  There were more settings in my winphone than on this.  I get that Android is more flexible though, in that you can download skins and whatnot.  Which is exactly what I did.  I downloaded a launcher so I could make my phone look just like my Winphone.  And by God, am I glad I got rid of the eyesoar that stock Android is.

Syncing contacts and stuff from Winphone to Android is also a headache.  The short story: it can't be done.  You can't sync your outlook account with Android.  There are programs that claim they can do it for you if you install it both on your android phone and windows pc, but they cust upwards of $30.  The long story: I had given up on it, had transferred my contact list to my gmail account (which I don't use for anything).  Later on I was looking for a calendar that would at least accept an outlook account, so that my calendar's would sink between my pc and phone and I found the Blackberry calendar.  It's free with adds.  But to install it, you had to download the Blackberry Hub+ app.  To which you could then link your outlook account.  After fidgetting around with some more arcane setting screens, I managed to link up my outlook account.  And behold, it actually worked.  Better yet, Blackberry also has a Contacts app, meaning I can keep my contacts synced as well.

Even better yet, for some reason, Google accepts a Blackberry account as a valid, syncable account.  To my surprise I could all of a sudden see my outlook agenda's in the google calendar and my contacts showing up in the android contacts.  I tried deleting the Blackberry calendar and contacts apps (free with ads) and only keeping the Hub+ and lo and behold, everything still works.  I have conquered Google, outsmarted the internet.

So, to all you Winphone users out there (GG, Aspro), when the day comes that you bust your phone and are forced to move on to Android (the less said about iOS the better), remember that not all is lost.  Check out these apps that have made me a happy chappy again:

Squarehome2

A launcher that reskins the start screen and allows you to recreate the look and feel of a Winphone.  Your apps will still be fisher price colloured, but at least your startscreen will be clean.  It allows you to have an app tray when you swipe to the right like you have on Winphone, it has clean widgets (live tiles) for your agenda and a better contacts list.  It's free for 2 weeks, after which some functions are hidden behind a $4 paywall.  I have yet to see how much this affects my settings, but I think that with some concessions I'll be able to keep it free.  And if not, this launcher is worth more than the asking price.

Wicons

a set of a couple of thousand white Winphone style icons that you can use to replace Google's horribly colourfull ones.  It doesn't cover everything, but it covers most apps you'll need.  It's also free.

Blackberry Hub+

Set your outlook account as your main account in this app and watch how the impossible becomes possible as Google will sync your outlook calendar and contacts.  It works and for some reason, the internet isn't aware of this little wonder app.  The Hub+ app is free.

Posted by SupremeAC Mon, 31 Jul 2017 09:13:04 (comments: 12)
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Mon, 31 Jul 2017 10:08:59

I use an android phone as my podcast device, so I am up to date on their features.  And while I don't like many things about it compared to winphone it's workable, in fact very good in some aspects.

What I cannot tolerate is that you have to tie your personal identity (via your sim card) into googles advertising tracking.  I'd even take Apple over android, despite all of it's backward UI (I use an iPhone for work -- yes I weild three phones) because at least all they are selling me is hardware and shit OS (as opposed to google spying on me and selling my information to advertisers and the government intelligence agencies).

When it comes to my next phone (assuming Winphone is dead, which it is), I think I am going to go for a burner with no modern OS and continue using android tied to a dummy account for an MP3 player.

 
Mon, 31 Jul 2017 11:04:38

Yeah, for some reason I trust Google the least with my information.  Whenever they ask me if I chose to share my usage I'll always opt out, even if it means giving up some functionality.  I really don't get why some calendar app needs access to my phonecalls and should be able to make calls of its own.

But hey, since I don't want to spend a lot on a smartphone, Iphone is out of the running.  And I don't regret it, my wife has one, I can't find shit on it.  And they don't have expandable storage, so you have to use the cloud for everything, something I also don't do.

Oh, and one more issue: I store my pictures on an SD card, with geotagging enabled so I can view them on a map through a dedicated app.  I figured that I could format my SD card to work with Android, and then just load my old pictures into the correct file.  I can view them without a problem, but for some reason the location data has either not survived the move, or Android just doesn't want to play nice with my winphotos.  Sad  I don't get what Google's gripe is with everything winphone, it's like they actively go out of their way to prevent them from being compatible.

At least I got my outlook account synced through the Blackberry app.  Now all I need is to sort out why my 200 something contacts have multiplied themselves into 9500+ contacts.  Hrm

 
Mon, 31 Jul 2017 13:41:10
I like the idea of the government spying on me. I'm so god damn boring that it's almost enough to make me cry. But then I remember that there's some guy in a suit in the basement of a government building who is forced to monitor my activity, and is slowly going insane by how I do nothing of interest.

"oh look, he's reading reviews of a 20 year old video game and researching formulas for Excel....again."
 
Mon, 31 Jul 2017 13:45:44

the government I could live with, they just take my money for some vague promises of things I'll get in return.  It's the fact that it's businesses spying on me that will then exploit my weaknesses to sell me goods I might like I can't stand.

 
Mon, 31 Jul 2017 14:01:35

Fuck phones.

Windows 10 phones suck btw. Winphone 8 is the best.

 
Mon, 31 Jul 2017 17:30:27

I just got a Galaxy S7; I had an S4 for about 4 years now.

 
Tue, 01 Aug 2017 10:17:06
SupremeAC said:

the government I could live with, they just take my money for some vague promises of things I'll get in return.  It's the fact that it's businesses spying on me that will then exploit my weaknesses to sell me goods I might like I can't stand.

I agree.

gamingeek said:

Fuck phones.

I agree.

 
Tue, 01 Aug 2017 10:18:43
robio said:



"oh look, he's reading reviews of a 20 year old video game and researching formulas for Excel....again."

I used to save my formula cheats in a text doc, I got sick of trying to re-find them online.

 
Mon, 07 Aug 2017 11:06:59
I have achieved a new level of android usership.  When looking for an app that would allow something like the Glance screen (low enercy screensaver with clock and notifiications), this just didn't appear to exist.  so I downloaded Automate and built my own little script.  Happy  Now my phone kicks in to screensaver mode when I put it down for half a minute.  Hugely satisfying that I managed this.
 
Wed, 16 Aug 2017 13:53:07
I hated the only winphone I have ever owned not too long after buying it. I eventually switched it for an LG phone my wife wasn't using and after that I tried an old iPhone 4S one of my daughters left unused when she upgraded it. It was such a pleasant surprise in every conceivable way I just cut the bullshit and got an iPhone 7 a couple months ago. I wouldn't change it for anything else.
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