- 01-29-2013, 12:31 AM #26
I still think most of the notification center is taken care of by the lock screen :).
One thing I found annoying with a notification center with my Android (and current iPad) is that it gets WAAAAY too cluttered. I don't even use it because of the ridiculous amount of unneeded information on there. Once I see that I have a few texts on the menu (Android), I just pop open my messaging app. Once I click the home button on my iPad and see a message, I just pop open messaging, calendar, whatever...
01-29-2013, 01:42 AM #27
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I think the OP has a very valid point, its nice to friendly discuss stuff like this and see different opinions. I myself have been an iphone user for a couple of years now but i cant lie that sometimes i want something different, tried android for half a year but it simply wasnt for me, made me value stuff that i was probably used to on ios but didnt really gave it proper credit.
Now, since a couple of months ago im starting to notice WP8, i like the way it looks, i believe it has a lot of potential and i definitely see myself trying it and giving it a chance in a near future, but that depends on many things for now.
I have a family member working for nokia for a while now, he is very loyal to whatever that brand makes or uses, of course he loves WP8 and is always bashing or degrading anything else. He is constantly trying to make me switch to wp8 saying ios ''is trash'', that he dosent undersand why i use it all the time, i simply reply that it does what i need, it has the right apps and the best support on them. At first he would point out that i wasnt informed of what other os could do for me. Funny thing is that i believe that in the end he always wanted to use an iphone , that came true last october when he asked to buy my 4s from me arguing that one of his favorite games was better on ios. He used it for a while but in my opinion was too proud to accept ios was fine and would be good for him, he would complain in front of me about issues related with third party blaming the iphone when it clearly had everything to do with the app itself (facebook app for instance sucks on most devices) and whenever i pointed out notable and useful apps that he would benefit from he would always find an excuse to say he didnt want it, (even if they were FREE). Anyway, he is simply just too proud and stubborn, ended up selling the iphone to a coworker of his and is waiting for an upcoming nokia device.
i like the iphone but that dosent make me an ''ishep'' or whatever, i use it because it offers most options on useful things i need during the day. I really hope wp8 catches up and will sure love the day i could decide between both OS based on just looks, specs, or 'prettiness' of the icons.
Last edited by RJ G; 01-29-2013 at 03:23 AM.
01-29-2013, 01:54 AM #28
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- 01-29-2013, 02:18 AM #29
Id love to have an iPhone for half a year to try it out, but what holds me back for the most part is the UI, actually.
The phone clearly does most main things I use my 920/sgs3 for, but it has no real advantage for the price of an iPhone for me.
Maybe when Ios gets overhauled and iphone6 comes out it will have something attractive.
Until then I personally dont see a valid excuse.
01-29-2013, 03:29 AM #30
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- 01-29-2013, 04:47 AM #33
I wanted to see if I can live without missing features and weather rest of the features will make it worth while. I recently releised that it doesnt at least for me. I say now that I will eventually end up with WP, when its more developed and better polised.
- 01-29-2013, 07:16 AM #35
- 01-29-2013, 08:34 AM #36
2. Agreed, it needs a better notification center. You can place 1 app on the lock screen, if you could place multiple apps there it might work. I also have said elsewhere that I do not like the way WP8 displays the status icons.
3. I haven't noticed this, but if you need a compass, there's an app for that. This would be what Apple calls a "third party opportunity."
4. Can't argue this point. It is a limitation of a new OS. Apple has the advantage here; iOS was much the same when first released and has matured over time.
As for the physical attrributes of the phone, absolutely. I have a tough time manipulating the device with one hand - the iPhone is king here. That said, if you want the larger screen that is going to be the trade off.
A lot of people will say "it is just different." True. But different is only a good thing if different is better. I admit, I moved to the Nokia out of boredom as much as anything. It turns out it actually has a few features that are an improvement on the iOS (in my opinion of ocurse ;) )
1. Nokia drive is a far better application even in Beta than Apple's offereing if you are using your phone for driving. It beats Google's offereing too.
2. The live tiles are an improvement over iOS's static rows of icons. I am not sure if it is a revolutionary leap, but I find it better.
3. The integration of social media like Facebook and Twitter is far suprior to the iOS way.
Overall, I find WP to be a viable, although less mature, alternative to iOS. Depending on what you need it for, it may work as well, better, or not as well as your current choice.
In broad terms, I find WP8 to be in between iOS and Android in practice. It has the tight control on app and specs that iOS has but is open enough to work on multiple devices like Android.
Pickup an Android device and there is going to be a learning curve, Pick up any Apple device and the OS works the same, but it has to come from Apple. Pick up any current WP8 device and the OS funtions the same, but you have options on whose device to purchase, Nokia, HTC etc.
- 01-29-2013, 09:44 AM #41
There is always going to be some limit to the number of apps you can have running simultaniously, regarless of platform. Any device has a finite amount of memory space. It appears based on what I have read in the forums here, that WP8 has a hard coded limit of 8 or 9 apps open at once. This may change to a more dynamically set limit as the OS matures and be based on not only RAM but the ability to memory swap with the permenant storage. Or maybe not.
You actually want apps to close automatically, otherwise your device will slow to a crawl and eventually just freeze as it runs out of memory.
01-29-2013, 10:18 AM #45
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25 Windows Phone 8 tips | Reviews | CNET UK
7. Saving battery
Under settings is a 'battery saver' option. When it's switched on, you'll get more hours of battery life, but keep in mind you'll need to manually check for new emails, and apps will no longer run in the background. At the bottom is a summary of how much battery life you have left, assuming you don't suddenly start streaming cat videos on loop.
When this feature is turned on, you can tap on 'advanced' at the bottom of the screen (it's greyed out when the feature is off) and choose a point at which it should automatically turn on, or if it should stay on all the time.
- 01-29-2013, 10:36 AM #47
By actively shutting down apps youre actually wasting battery.
Apps in the background (ie not backed out of) consume no battery.
01-29-2013, 11:29 AM #48
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1. using the back button closes the application. though depending on the application it does indeed take of where you left off when you closed it. Though personally i think this is a benefit rather than a detriment.
2. notifications. havent been an issue for me actually. I play with the damn phone so frequently that glancing at a live tile is hardly an inconvenience. and if i reply to a text an hour or two late. well if it was urgent they should have called :)
3. yup that annoys me as well. but tbh hasn't been that much of an issue. just annoys me on a principle level that the phone has hardware i cannot use.
4. you can add a word to the wordbook and the autocorrect should suggest it pretty quickly. true not the samething. but.... i can almost touchtype on this keyboard and i havent been able to do that on any other phone. this after 3 weeks of use
Hardware. yup it is a big phone. going back to iphone will definitely solve that :)
oh battery. i have found battery apps which have lockscreen support but i cant recommend them as they themselves drain quite a lot ironically enough.
Biggest gripe is some buggy apps (whatsapp im looking at you!!!) draining the battery.
biggest pro is the readabillity of the screen and the accuracy of the keyboard autocorrect.
no shame if you decide this phone isn't for you, you gave it an honest chance :). I do expect that a lot of these isssues will get ironed out. in the meantime though i enjoy being an early adopter, and some of the things WP gets right it does awesomely well. other things awesomely ****ty. *shrug*. cant have everything