- 05-11-2012, 01:15 PM #1
I've been using Windows Phone for two months now (Verizon/Trophy) and I'm really loving it. Previously I've had the Droid Eris/Android (meh), Palm Pixi/webOS (loved it but realized it was a dying OS so regretfully moved on) and iPhone 4/iOS5 (did everything I needed it to but still, meh) so I've experienced all the major OSes except BB. I decided to try WP due to the upcoming Windows 8 because I like the idea of having my phone & computer more in sync.
My only real complaint is the Calendar. It does the basics fine but has two major flaws for my use:
1) Only syncs backwards about 4-6 weeks
2) No way to search! (yes, I have the 3rd party app for searching but you can't edit from there--also, the search is limited by the backwards syncing issue). This is also a problem with the Hotmail Calendar, another issue I have with Microsoft calendar options.
Now these two issues are not enough for me to leave WP but I really hope future updates address them. Are other users frustrated by these limitations?
(I know members of the forum are tired of people complaining about the OS. I promise that I will eventually list everything I love about it!)
Last edited by klynngullo; 05-11-2012 at 01:17 PM. Reason: grammarical error
05-11-2012, 02:42 PM #2
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No need to apologize for this complaint. Unlike what happens in others threads, this is actually an example of what people want in the forums: constructive criticism.
Anyway, it doesn't bother me, but I'm in college and I don't really need to review older appointments. I can see how it is frustrating for other users though. Both Windows Live services and Windows Phone are getting future updates, so I expect this one to be addressed.
05-11-2012, 02:55 PM #3
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Yes the OS isn't perfect, it still has much to mature but feedback like this is necessary to help it get better. Hopefully MS is listening. I myself would like to be able to send calendar events through MMS and email. I was able to on my Blackberry Bold
- 05-12-2012, 09:07 PM #6
1) a readable month view other than showing hw many days in the month - what good is that display?You cannot zoom in to see what is written as scheduled!
2) There is NO week view. I live more than one day at a time. I schedule things more than one day at a time and I PLAN things more than one day at a time. There is NO week view to show what hours are still open.
3) Reminder settings need to be customizable, not just a selection list.
4)Alarms for different calendar entries needs to be customizable - not just one generic GERIATRIC sound!
5) Calendar setting times ( appointment dates and times) needs to be more customizable - like having the ability to set for repeat every "x" weeks, or every "x" days - NOT just a selection from an irrelevant list!
6) There should be categories too - and have the ability to colorize the category - that way a quick glance would show what days and/or times are tied up doing different things.
Yes, Iknow there are different colors for different CALENDARS - like facebook, windows live, birthdays etc - but I don't USE facebook to schedule my life, I don't need to see a bunch of other people's birthdays on my calendar - I just want to see how my life is planned out and have the ability to VIEW what is planned more than one day at a time!
The AGENDA view is a bit annoying because if you turn on TODOs they encompass the entire agenda view or if you have multiple appointments scheduled you cannot view them at one glance - youhave to scroll and scroll.
Whomever designed the calendar application obviously doesn't even USE it!A Palm Pre Refugee giving my HTC Arrive a pat on the back- cuz it's choking!
("Forgewizard" in PreCentral)
05-14-2012, 08:48 AM #8
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You seem like you have a more advanced and needy work flow in the calendars. Some of what you need are functionality things, not necessities Hope that doesn't sound as bad as it sounds. thats not my intention. Also, there is another app for things like this. Ever try the "Clearer" application? I hear it's nice. but the calendar works for me. I've been using it like crazy since I got this phone and I never used calendar outside of my job before.
- 05-16-2012, 02:05 AM #13
My business has changed a bit and isn't as intensive as it used to be, but I do need to back track sometimes to review when I last visited a client - I can't DO that with WP7! Not from the phone nor from my Windows Live calendar - but jeepers every fragging facebook friend's birthday is still visible!
My day job hours will vary and I clock them in on the phone. Check them at the end of the pay period against the time clock punches - wanted to go back to review past overtime hours to see the work flow - and cannot do that because every last entry older than a couple weeks has disappeared! For pete'ssake - shouldn't it be MY discretion when to delete information? If I want to tie up 16 GB of my phone's memory with calendar entries then so be it - don't presume YOUR idea of a calendar suits my needs.
Sorry microsoft - MAJOR FAIL of WP! Smartphones should offer a progression in technology - not a dismal dereliction of basic functions!
Have I checked out "Clearer"? Not yet, but will. Yeah, checked out Clearer -which is simply yet another TODO app of which I already added a TO DO app as well as use OneNote and Quicklist for regular todos. I want (scratch that) NEED a useful CALENDAR whose entries don't disappear according to some corporate programmer's whim.
Still, I think its ridiculous to have to locate a third party app to do what the on board programming should do now and did do in past iterations of Winmo.
If I wanted a digital pocket toy that can communicate I could have gotten a PSP or Nintendo DS - instead I wanted a SMARTPHONE that combines a PDA and a communication device in one - ability to play games should be a distant third priority for smartphones. But apparently it defines WP because basic functionality is seriously lacking. Communication connectibility is carrier driven - so what else is there? Oh yeah - Angry Birds! Which I refuse to waste my time on!
Please Digital GODS hear my plea - restore the simple tools and business functionality to WP when Apollo is released and PLEASE make Apollo compatible with my Arrive!
Last edited by Pocket_Fuzz; 05-16-2012 at 02:14 AM. Reason: Checked out "Clearer"A Palm Pre Refugee giving my HTC Arrive a pat on the back- cuz it's choking!
("Forgewizard" in PreCentral)
05-16-2012, 09:47 AM #15
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- 05-16-2012, 09:56 AM #16
I just noticed something today, I was looking at the month view on the calendar, squinting to try to see if maybe I could read the words on in the day squares..... and I could.
I swear.. they say "Hello from Redmond"
Take a look at your phone and I bet you'll see it too.
I had to laugh at that... even though it's kind of annoying that the calendar is so gimped. It would be funnier if Windows Phone were 3 months old, but it seems a little ridiculous at this point.
- 05-16-2012, 11:05 AM #18
Frustration with WP7 Calendar is waning for me after downloading "MyNextDays" from the marketplace! Check it out! Yeah, its a third party app that does what the onboard app should do automatically - but I can Read everything and I can even increase the font when my eyes are still blurry in those early morning hours!
The app is the best so far I think - after trialing all the "week view" apps in the marketplace. For $1.49 it alleviates a LOT of dissatisfaction with WP7!A Palm Pre Refugee giving my HTC Arrive a pat on the back- cuz it's choking!
("Forgewizard" in PreCentral)
- 05-16-2012, 12:47 PM #19
05-16-2012, 02:50 PM #20
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- 10-11-2012, 09:43 AM #22
maybe this thread is a little bit outdated but please test "Week View".
It has a free trial and a configurable live tile.
You can create appointments in your windows live calendar directly in Week View.
Hannes, developer of "Week View" :)
- 10-11-2012, 09:01 PM #23Your smartphone is only as smart as YOU let it be!