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  1. Interested Now

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    Hi. I would like to know the main differences between Android and windows because I want to go for one of the two but don't know much about the two OS. Please answer me these questions.

    a) Can I download Apps and games from Google play store using a windows phone?

    b) Is it possible to share Apps and games using Flash share between a person with Android and the other with windows phone?

    c) in brief what is the advantage and disadvantage of each of the two operating systems?
     

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    A) windows phone won't run android apps and vice-versa
    B) see A
    C) in brief they are different... in slightly more verbose fashion, one is a major operating system with a broad and diverse ecosystem of apps and developers, the other is Windows Phone.
     
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    @psionandy, You mean Android phones have very many Apps and games and stores than the case with windows phone (Lumia phones)?

    On Android Google play store is used for downloads, what about for Lumia phones?
     
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    Google play is not used for apps on Lumia phones... it uses whatever the Microsoft windows phone market place is...
     
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    At this point the main difference is that Windows as an OS is more polished, and unless you're on a high end Android device, it's smoother since it is better optimized for the hardware since the manufacturer and OS developer is a single company. However, the number of apps really puts the kink on things. Depending on your usage, if you'll be going for a low end cheap phone with not much requirements apart from texting and calling, a Windows phone may be ok. But if you're going higher mid range to high end with lots of computing expectations, an Android phone may be better.
     
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    @chanchan05, Thanks that is part of the information I needed, I am going for higher
    mid range to high end with
    lots of computing
    expectations, I sought that information as around here I find many enticing Lumia phones but I didn't know a thing about them.
     
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    I just recently moved back to Android from Windows Phone and @chanchan05 pretty much nailed it. If you're looking for a $200.00 phone something like a Lumia 735 is a very nice solution at that price point. I really liked Windows Phone but moved back to Android because I was becoming frustrated with the lack of apps in the Windows app store.

    If you don't want/need a lot of apps it may be worth your while to investigate WP. If there are some apps you can't live without, check to see if they are available in the Windows app store before you decide. Here's a link.
    https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/store/apps/windows-phone
     
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    only 8GB of storage... will mean its tight when it comes to installing apps...

    whereabouts on the planet are you btw...
     
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    @ psionandy, But I understand it does support SD Card upto 32GB, What's your suggestion on a pocket friendly device?
     
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    Depends on your rough budget and whereabouts in the world you are....
     
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    Just suggest a pocket friendly device in the US, By the way which make of device do you use?
     
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    OK... If you're looking for something at the budget end.., then the Moto G would be a sensible starting point. (although you're still stuck with the 8GB storage on the cheaper model, 16 on the higher end)

    I have a oneplus one, and am very happy with it, so maybe the oneplus X would be a good fit if you're looking for a smaller device (although it is going to be more expensive than that leonovo one which is definately closer to the budget end, rather than the mid range.... ), Also an old Galaxy Note II, which despite its age manages to keep going with everything that I want it to do (good option if you're looking for a second hand phone)

    And if you're not going for a brand new device, the Nexus 5 is still worth a look

    The Honor 5X also looks like a lot of phone for the buck...


    But feel free to ignore all of that and go for whatever device you feel works best for you
     
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    In connection to Memory I heard rumour that the larger the RAM size of an android the faster the phone in it's execution of tasks and the higher the internet speed on WI-FI & mobile internet. Is it really true?
     
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    If you multitask a lot then more RAM is preferable as more apps can be active simultaneously. RAM capacity makes no difference to data throughput however, which is completely dependant on signal strength.
     
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    I agree on the storage. My phone has 16GB and I wouldn't recommend anything smaller. The sdcard is fine for music and pictures but you can't install apps to it.
     
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    Doesn't matter. The SD card will only take photos, videos, music, and some files like ebooks. But apps will only use the onboard memory and ignore the SD card on installation.
     
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    If I am right, you can still move the App installed on Phone memory to SD: menu>Manage App>Memory Card> Move to Data storage.

    Differentiate between RAM and ROM Memory?
     
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    Ram is "Random Access Memory" which is what any OS uses while it's booted and running. The OS and all running programs are loaded into RAM. The ROM is where program files are stored including the OS boot image, apps and other associated files the device needs to function. While booting the device the OS will pull files out of the ROM and load them into RAM for the device to use while up and running. Think of ROM as a hard disk in a computer. It has a fixed size and depending on how big it is to begin with some of it will be consumed by all the OS stuff and unavailable for user storage.
     
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    Android has stopped supporting moving apps to SD card a few years back. Some manufacturers like Samsung support it still, but don't expect complete support from Google's end. You're bound to run into a few problems. Also, the entire app won't move, just parts of it.
     
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