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crackrdbycracku

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#116431 29-Apr-2013 10:25
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Hi All, 

I'm considering moving to a lower end Nokia Lumia, possibly a 720 or 520 as my next phone. The reviews, particularly of the 720 are very positive in the most important specification for me, battery life. 

However, I have had an Android for about three years now and I'm kind of tied to Gmail, Google Drive and Google Calendar. I figure there will be some pain involved but I'm really not keen on migrating everything to a new platform. 

Does anybody have experience or insight on moving from an Android to a Win Phone? 

Thanks, 

J




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  #807138 29-Apr-2013 10:32
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There is also the 820 which has a very good (and tempting) pricepoint, plus most of the features of the 920 - I've moved from Android, whilst like anything there are things I miss there is other points about it (stuff just working like it should, awesome battery life) that make up for it.

People around here know me as being a bit bias towards Android, but I am really enjoying my experience with WP8 so far, no doubt I'll end up on Android again with the S4 but it's got me thinking - should I spend that money upgrading from the Windows Phone 8S to something like the 8X or 820 or switch to the S4

You'll enjoy it :) Gmail seems to work well on it too.




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  #807158 29-Apr-2013 10:54
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My son's Windows 8 RT "Surface" had an app for Google Drive in the Appstore, so I would expect it to be provided in WP8 too.  I'm also a Gmail, Drive and Calendar user and will be using these on my Lumia 720, expected to arrive this week.





 
 
 
 


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  #807160 29-Apr-2013 10:57
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There's no Google Drive app on Windows Phone 8. Calendar and contacts won't sync because Google is moving away from the ActiveSync protocol (obviously they have no fear of an antitrust lawsuit, yet) so you will have problems synchronising those.





 

 

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  #807170 29-Apr-2013 11:01
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freitasm: There's no Google Drive app on Windows Phone 8. Calendar and contacts won't sync because Google is moving away from the ActiveSync protocol (obviously they have no fear of an antitrust lawsuit, yet) so you will have problems synchronising those.


Oh ... that's a bugger!

Maybe I'll have to switch to Live Drive or whatever they call it these days.  Presumably Gmail should be OK though as it's just a web page?





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  #807173 29-Apr-2013 11:03
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Google is notorious (as Apple) for blocking access to its services. For a few weeks earlier on they blocked Google Maps mobile website on Windows Phone because... Because they could. Once it was proved there was no technical reason to block it, they relented and removed the redirection they had put in place.

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  #807197 29-Apr-2013 11:29
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Thanks for the feed back.

Looks like it will be a question of whether I want to move over to a Windows platform. I'm guessing it will be similar in terms of function but the move is a pain. 

Lots more thinking to do as a tablet may be part of the upgrade and ... well Windows Tabs are expensive. 




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  #807201 29-Apr-2013 11:37
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Did you ever synch your Gmail mailbox / calendar to an Exchange ActiveSync client, ever?




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  #807210 29-Apr-2013 11:46
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Yes. All the time in fact.

Google Apps for Business is an incredibly awesome product. Their sync method for mobile devices is/was ActiveSync.

My Windows Phone syncs my Google Calendar and Email using... ActiveSync.



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  #807272 29-Apr-2013 12:42
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Activesync is still provided with google apps for business. It has been removed for new windows phone activations to standard google accounts since a couple of months ago. Windows phone team would need to build in caldav and some other new contacts syncing protocol to windows phone if they want the full google apps sync again. 

I just started forwarding everything to outlook.com, exported my contacts from gmail and then cut my losses with the calendar. I didn't have much on it anyway.

Other than that, get a windows phone with 8gb rom, 4gb fills up way too fast. Go the 620 over the 520, its an awesome phone. I am really enjoying WP8 though the interface is fast and smooth. It looks great and everything has been really stable. The only app I don't have is google plus, but I don't miss it that much. The rest of my move to WP8 has been awesome.




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  #807311 29-Apr-2013 13:06
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crackrdbycracku: Thanks for the feed back.

Looks like it will be a question of whether I want to move over to a Windows platform. I'm guessing it will be similar in terms of function but the move is a pain. 

Lots more thinking to do as a tablet may be part of the upgrade and ... well Windows Tabs are expensive. 


Forward your gmail emails to outlook.com and start switching account emails slowly to outlook.com. In no time, all your data will be on outlook.com

You can also transfer over your existing gmail emails to outlook.com via an email client on your desktop or use a free service like trueswitch.

Edit - Buy a Nokia Lumia 720. Best phone ever for your money.




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  #807601 29-Apr-2013 18:18
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freitasm: There's no Google Drive app on Windows Phone 8. Calendar and contacts won't sync because Google is moving away from the ActiveSync protocol (obviously they have no fear of an antitrust lawsuit, yet) so you will have problems synchronising those.

Actually, I just found that there is a Google Drive App for Windows Phone 8:

http://www.windowsphone.com/en-us/store/app/gdrive-wp7/1a2c2d85-ebda-47c0-ae7c-d60ba15ca19f

It sounds like it may have some problems, but is there any reason why it wouldn't be worth a try?





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  #807683 29-Apr-2013 20:46
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Yes, there are third party apps. And sometimes the experience is not all that it should be. There is only one Google app in the Windows Phone Marketplace - the search app.




 

 

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Just coming up to speed with WP8 options.

Am I right in saying:
1) A WP8 phone can see Google mail and Contacts and download/Sync with Gmail.
2) A WP8 phone can't see or D/L gCal though, so you either have to export your stuff to an outlook.com or to Office 365.

Q: Is MS working on a calDAV solution etc?

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motorwayne: Just coming up to speed with WP8 options.

Am I right in saying:
1) A WP8 phone can see Google mail and Contacts and download/Sync with Gmail.
2) A WP8 phone can't see or D/L gCal though, so you either have to export your stuff to an outlook.com or to Office 365.

Q: Is MS working on a calDAV solution etc?

Cheers

I'll answer just the bits I can:

1)  The built-in mail app works fine with a Gmail account.  I use IMAP so all folders are visible, just as they are on my laptop or desktop.  You can set individual folders to sync or not, so you don't need to bother downloading zillions of messages in All Mail, just Inbox, Spam and Sent Items are what I use.

I am finding myself using my phone mostly to reply to messages that have come in since I was last at my PC, so the lack of contacts isn't an issue for me.  However, if it was, you can use the webpage for Gmail and copy any contacts you need from there.  This approach may or may not be good enough for you, depending on what you are doing.

I did try several other Gmail apps, but none of them were as good for my purposes as the one provided with WP8.

2)  I haven't tried using Google Calendar yet, but suspect I will probably use WP8's built-in calendar instead.  It may turn out to be easier to sync with other PCs via SkyDrive, but I haven't looked into it yet.





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I don't mind using the built in WP8 apps as long as they can see gmail/gcal/contacts..if they can all do that then great!

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