- 01-03-2013, 01:53 PM #251
- 01-03-2013, 05:45 PM #252
Now, as far as what WP8 needs to grow... Mine goes over to the hardware... flagships should be more like the ATIV S. Good amount of on-board storage (heck, I'd be happy to accept 16GB onboard), but with removable batteries and microSD card slots. Also, where in the blazes did the FM radio go?
- 01-03-2013, 07:05 PM #253
Better performance in the music hub. If I press play all, there's an incredible lag--at least ten seconds before the song starts playing, and another five to fifteen before the screen starts responding again. Seriously, what's up with that, it's just bad.
01-03-2013, 09:36 PM #255
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I'm new here and I don't want to go through all the 8 pages (some of them are old and I'm bit lazy) so will just mention my recent experience with my brand new Nokia Lumia 920
- I read a lot on Kindle and whenever I reopen the app, it loads from scratch. super annoying
- drains so much battery when in flight mode compared to stand by mode - how's that possible?
- font is very unclear on lumia 920 - but I guess that's something MS has to address as the screen has higher res than other phones
- apps are of very poor quality - even the FB app is plain disaster. and I'm not talking looks but the ergonomics and user interface. they can do so much better and MS has shown that
- I'm sure many times mentioned - missing notification area
- the 'toast' (who the **** came up with that name?) can be super annoying and buggy (sometimes don't disappear)
- which brings me to another point - why toast notifications don't disappear when I click on the screen? can be irritating when playing a game or want to just see the time or whatever
- when adjusting volume, it also takes 'ages' for the panel to disappear and can't be sped up
- relying on back button too much in the apps which can be very inconvenient and sometimes confusing (you'll get out of the app in no time. no 'central' menu access)
- search searches web only and not the phone. not very helpful in my case
- when going back to main screen, you always end up at the top
- when playing YT videos, not much control over it (ie quality) AND
- whenever playing music afterwards or any other sounds, there's no sound coming out. not from speakers, not from headphones. have to reset the thing every time. not sure if it's HW or SW here
- inability to close apps - how the **** do I close Skype or even change its status to go offline?? uninstall? reset? (I know it's beta but it's a basic feature)
- music player - as confusing as WMP but getting used to it
Uf, got my frustration out. As a second phone to my iP5 it isn't bad but if it were my primary, it'd be most likely gone by now. However I love some of the features but this thread isn't about them so...
- 01-04-2013, 07:53 AM #257
With the majority of people using their phones as mobile music players, how is it Microsoft has not fast tracked an Xbox music match + wireless syncing feature yet? This is the only feature I'm really missing coming from Android/iOS.
01-04-2013, 08:21 PM #258
- 266 Posts
I have been using Microsoft Smartphone's for over 6 year's!
- 2006 Motorola MOTO Q 9c "WM5.0"
- 2009 LG IQ GW825 "WM6.5"
- 2012 Samsung ATIV S T899M "WP8"
Each time got 10x better 😎 I think people are looking at it the wrong way? WP8 has just begun and with first big upgrade WP8 to WP8.1 in march all will be good 😎
- 01-05-2013, 10:57 AM #259
My criticism is mostly around the bluetooth issue. I no longer get text messages read aloud to me and an ability to speak a reply when driving in my car. I had that on my HTC Titan with 7.5. That's a real step back. Also, I find that when a text message does come in while I'm in my car, not only do I not get it read out loud to me, but it somehow disables all audio (rings, music, etc.) out of my phone, such that I have to restart the phone when I get out of the car.
Other than that, I really have no complaints. Love the OS and love the 8X.
01-05-2013, 11:52 PM #261
- 93 Posts
I write this coming from a Lumia 710, and an LG Quantum before that, and several WM 6.x devices before that.
Only minor issue that I have discovered so far with the HTC 8X is that the maps app is not very smooth when compared to the maps app on WP 7.5. i.e. swiping around the map seems laggy, where as it is much more fluid on the older phones.
- 01-06-2013, 12:45 AM #262
One thing I liked in Android was that you could see in your settings what was using up your battery. Given how buggy and paranoid some users tend to be about what's causing their battery to drain (including me), seeing it in the settings would help.
- 01-06-2013, 04:01 AM #263
Well, I like the WP8 UI, so I may as well add my input.
So, here's a list of changes:
-Change the number of "screens". Well, there are only two of them, the Start Screen and the App List. I'd like to have five of them: In order from left to right- Lock Screen, Notifications Center, Start Screen, App List, Multitasking Screen
-For the so-called Lock Screen, I'd like to see the actual Lock Screen, and to lock the phone, you swipe up or down. This would technically be a novelty, but I'd like to stare at the Lock Screen, and see it in all its glory.
-For the Notifications Center, I'd like it to be a simple left swipe from the Start Screen. And, I'd like it to log changes in Live Tiles. So, for notifications to work, Devs MUST enable Live Tiles for their apps.
-Start Screen: Let it stay as it is. If people don't like Live Tiles, let them be. Or, better yet, make then unpin everything :)
-App List: Let it stay as it is as well. Though, I'd like a slightly smaller font and icons.
-Multitasking Screen: Um, I'd like it, Live Tiles Style. Of course, you could just recycle the current interface for multitasking, but with scrolling up or down. Or, better yet, an actual Task Manager. Either way, you should be able to close apps from there.
Anyway, here are my inputs.
Take note that I only played around for around an hour with demo units at a phone exhibit center. So, you might be able to call that "experience".
What do you think?
BTW, first thread started.
- 01-06-2013, 06:52 AM #264
The multi tasing screen that you arrive at via the long press of the back button needs the ability to close apps from there (in the same way that you can looked at open internet tabs and hit the X in the top right to close)
I want to see them do more with the volume button. It may sound odd, but it already calls up volume information. I want it to do more. I want the volume, obviously, but also want more toggles. Currently it just gives you the option to go either up or down the volume and also go on or off silent. Real wasted opportunity in my eyes. I want to see:
Volume - (Media/ringtone/notification)
List of apps running
- on/off toggles for all of the following
The volume buttons even work on the lockscreen, so is pretty useful in terms of quickly altering the sound profile withou having to trawl through numerous menus. Also using the volume buttons mean that you avoid some of the issues when on webpages/other areas. It would avoid conflicts with items on a webpage etc.
I even think that you could have it bring up a shaded area at the bottom, with other options on. Much like the "charms" listed in another thread on here.
- 01-06-2013, 01:38 PM #269
After having my WP8 device for about a month I'll start by saying that I love it. However, there are a few things that I find a bit... annoying?
The biggest issue for me, and something that WP needs to address is their music player. For... the.... love... of... God..... Fix it. I came to my WP8 from an iTouch, and I really liked my iTouch. It was the best music player I've ever had (still is) and I enjoyed the layout of the music player a lot. It was simple, easy, and fast. WP8 does not take any clues from this. Instead the music player is cumbersome and obnoxious. Here's why:
1. When I click music it doesn't go right into my music, or my last song played. It brings me to this screen "Music+" which gives me a list of things I can do in the app. That's all well and dandy, but I don't care much for the extra click to get to my music. I think music and video should be separated and when I click the music link it should bring me to the last "section," i.e. songs, albums, playlists, genres and let me pick up from there, if not the last song I listened to.
2. syncing music is a hassle. I decided to use WMP (windows media player) and didn't have too much of an issue there. However, it should work like itunes. I should be able to click on my device within WMP, see the media on my device and edit such media. I like dragging and dropping selected songs. Also WMP needs better ways to list music, like listing the songs alphabetically. However, this is mostly a WMP rant, but I'm going to assume WMP is the iTunes of Windows Phone, and if not, I need to know what is, and Microsoft should make that clear. For the record, I hated iTunes, but geeze, I hate WMP more.
3. Playlists. Who at microsoft forgot the most integral feature of a music player: Playlists. Making one on the phone is more painful that giving your 90 year old grandmother a spongebath while she complains about her various medical conditions, and your grandfather whom you love dearly. The only way to make one on the phone is to add all the songs you want to "now playing" and then select "save as playlist" however, you can't remove songs on a playlist from the phone, you have to delete the whole playlist. You also have to remember what songs are already in your "now playing list" lest you make a repeat. There is also no way to order the songs easily, unless you write them down, and then find each song in that order. You can also add playlists from WMP or iTunes, but that means you have to be at a computer, so no playlists while you're on a plane or train, unless you want to spend a solid 30 minutes making a playlist only to find out that you forgot that one song, so you have to add your new playlist to the "now playing" and then add that one song to "now playing" and then save it as ANOTHER playlist, or you accidentally added the whole album to your playlist, in which case you have to start all over.
4. Switching from Songs to Playlists takes too long, swipe swipe, and they added a, in my opinon, pointless "genre" option for music. I don't know many people, if any, who listen to their music by genre or use the genre menu to find music.
5. When I'm playing music, I'd like to see my album art on my lockscreen, but that is the least important thing in the world.
An orientation lock is also something that needs to find it's way to WP8. I find it horribly annoying to pick up my phone, when it rings, while I'm laying down to have the screen play games with me. Round and round it goes, when it will stop, nobody knows!
I'd like to see different volume controls as well. I have to currently go into settings to throw my phone on silent. If I put in my headphones it should change volume settings, like in IOS.
Night-time mode: If I don't want woken up there should be an option for this.
Finally, better microsoft apps:
The microsoft youtube app is terrible, but I realize that this may be attributed to google itself, however that makes no excuses on the Facebook app, which lacks many basic features, and the native twitter app, which I can't even understand.
Support different NFC tags. Android tags don't work for WP8. NFC was supposed to be a standard, but microsoft has muddled it. Read all types or no types. Also allow NFC to interact with core settings, like tapping an NFC tag should be able to turn wifi on and off, not take me to the wifi menu.
But all these things seem to be software issues, so hopefully they'll be fixed.
- 01-06-2013, 05:42 PM #270
- 01-06-2013, 05:49 PM #272
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