Microsoft is Selling the Galaxy S9

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  1. rgMekanic

    rgMekanic [H]ard|News Staff Member

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    While the Windows phone may be dead, Microsoft is selling the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ on it's website, and it doesn't come with Windows Mobile. The phone is being sold unlocked, and with the "Microsoft Launcher," as well as Skype, Cortana, Excel, OneNote, PowerPoint, and Word. In a statement to Trusted Reviews, a Microsoft representative stated that when the devices are unboxed and connected to WiFi, a "Microsoft Customization" is applied to this ,the "Microsoft Edition" Galaxy S9.

    A bit surprising seeing Microsoft selling the Galaxy. At least it's better than the Microsoft Kin... *shudder*

    Those interested in the Microsoft Edition of either the Galaxy S9 or Galaxy S9 Plus can reserve one through Microsoft’s store from Friday. Units are scheduled to start shipping to customers on March 16, in line with the standard release date.
     
  2. viper1152012

    viper1152012 [H]ard|Gawd

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    All for the apps, but how is the "customization"
     
  3. TwiceOver

    TwiceOver 2[H]4U

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  4. cageymaru

    cageymaru [H]ard|News

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    The MS launcher is pretty slick. I am trying it on my Moto X4.
     
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    Babbster [H]ard|Gawd

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    Every bit of it is available for download from Google. Unless Microsoft is offering significant discounts, I don't see the point of buying from them.
     
  6. viscountalpha

    viscountalpha 2[H]4U

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    719.99$ thanks but no thanks. If my cellphone provider offered me a payment plan, maybe? But that? Nope.
     
  7. Factum

    Factum [H]ard|Gawd

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    Everytime someone shows me their new Andriod/IOS phone...I think "That UI/Frontpage sucks...looks like "Candy Crush"....yuck!.

    I still have a Lumia 950 as a work phone...since I don't need stuff like "snapchat" ;)
     
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  8. ManofGod

    ManofGod [H]ardForum Junkie

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    It is a fully unlocked phone, what is the problem with that? I know I will not spend that much on any phone but, a payment plan will still.cost you the same amount on the end.
     
  9. ManofGod

    ManofGod [H]ardForum Junkie

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    The 950 had issues with the hardware that I could not overcome. However, my Idol 4s works good and it only cost me $99.
     
  10. hlfbkd420

    hlfbkd420 Limp Gawd

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    Just gave up my 950xl for a v30+. Miss the windows ui... Cracked the screen dammit.

    I immediately downloaded all the windows apps so I'm a sinner. Hate Google apps...
     
  11. Viper87227

    Viper87227 [H]ard as it Gets

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    This is exactly what everyone has been asking for. Hats off to Microsoft for knowing exactly what the people want.
     
  12. odditory

    odditory [H]ardness Supreme

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    The fact you actually have the choice to customize an Android to look and act however you want - even those horrid metro tiles - is one of the main strengths of Android, and how windows phone should've been.

    But Microsoft chased the closed and locked down iPhone model, while Google ran the Windows PC playbook, and made the OS agnostic to hardware, OS customization and branding. Unsurprisingly it's now the biggest OS in the world.
     
  13. Vercinaigh

    Vercinaigh Gawd

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    Uhhh....I'd hardly call windows(Desktop OS) anywhere close to as flexible as Android.....Linux outright puts Windows to utter shame. This has nothing to do with why Windows is large.
     
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    daglesj [H]ardness Supreme

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    Yeah its the best one. You can make it so clean and simple.
     
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    steakman1971 2[H]4U

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    Curious here - I have we can get all this Microsoft software for our phones. I have it on mine via my employer. Besides Outlook (and maybe Skype, we use Cisco software instead) - how useful is MS Office on your phone? I am sure you could open a document up for viewing and maybe a quick edit. I'm just wondering how practical it is? I know I hate using my phone for stuff like that unless I have no other choice. I'd rather use my computer.
     
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    I switched over to android (currently a Nokia 8), and immediately put the Squarehome2 launcher on it. It's sad that even a 3rd party launcher has more features than the original live tiles on Windows Phone.
     
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    Spreading it out over even 12 months makes it much more palatable then all upfront.
     
  18. ManofGod

    ManofGod [H]ardForum Junkie

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    Android is not so much "flexible" or "customizable" as it is a disjointed mess with completely no integration, whatsoever. Adding a launcher on the top of another built in launcher does not make it a good thing. Windows Mobile was good because of it highly integrated and smooth operation. The fact that you have to hunt down things, just to get the phone to work sort of the way you would like it too, is not a good thing at all. Heck, Android cannot even do something as basic as reading and responding to texts through the car bluetooth system automatically where as Windows Mobile had that ability years ago, baked right in.
     
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    Chupachup Limp Gawd

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    They totally lost me at "Cortana"!
     
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    heatlesssun [H]ard as it Gets

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    I use OneNote on my Note 8 and it integrates seamlessly with Windows clients, being able to view and edit notes among different devices is very practical. That doesn't mean that I want to do a lot of content creation on my phone.
     
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    Nice to see that pimping Korean junk with your software wrapper (NSA injected for your pleasure) is what you have been reduced too.

    Well done Microsoft, for finger fucking every Nokia employee, as well as every Windows customer that has to put up with your god-awful mobile first Metro shit.


    Stay real classy, Microsoft.
     
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  22. Spire3660

    Spire3660 [H]ard|Gawd

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    SO thats their play....
     
  23. gunbust3r

    gunbust3r Gawd

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    I mean they have to give the mob of brick and mortar store employees something to sell the handful of people who accidentally walk in thinking it was the apple store.
     
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    Bigbacon [H]ardForum Junkie

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    Me too, i just switched to android and i ended up usings apps to make it look like windows phone as much as i possible could.
     
  25. Vercinaigh

    Vercinaigh Gawd

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    Not sure what your commenting to here really. I never said anything against Windows phone, i have one in my desk right now, can't use it with my carrier so. Loved my 920, tool not a toy, it took awhile to figure out how to make Android how I like it but the fact is you can. But this has nothing to do with that I said originally. So again, what was your point?