- 02-06-2013, 12:27 PM #29
I'll be honest, there is not much different for day to day use. For example, using a tile to access facebook, email, twitter (with apps) all work the same(some little changes in email but, not much for every day use). Now you get the nice look and cusomization of having the 3 tile sizes, that was the biggest change.
if you have a device running 7.8 there is no major reason to upgrade to WP8 right now. Why ?
1. Zune sync is WAY better than the so called WIndows Phone app (it's a POS app right now)
2. FM radio support, Hardware is there on WP8 but, no software to use it
3. Day to day use is the same with 7.8 and 8 (live tiles)
4. besides nicer display, there are no games that really need a dual core CPU if any apps right now.
If you use your phone for email, facebook, twitter and phone calls, I dont see any MAJOR upgrade YET to going to a WP8 device over a 7.8 device. The 7.8 upgrade is nice, new tiles, Bing for wall paper plus a few other minor things.
Also (if you have the right phone) Wp 7.5/7.8 devices are hacked fully, so you can get access to a ton of cool apps that a factory phone wont have or even the apps appear in the marketplace. There are no unlocks besides Dev available for Windows Phone 8 yet (I really enjoyed this aspect of WP7).
I used the 7.8 update for at least 2 months(beta version then final)on my HTC Trophy before going to a HTC 8x Windows Phone 8 device and I honestly dont notice much in day to day use....
If your still on contract and ending soon, get 7.8 and wait till WP 8.5/9 devices hit, you'll thank yourself later....
02-06-2013, 05:30 PM #31
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I love my ATIV So awesome! It came with WP8-Portico OS. WMC
Will show new mature WP8.1 update! Should fix minimum of 8 things or more!
I believe in you Microsoft!
Next big update should be around Halloween say WP8 one year anniversary with a new WP8.5
- 02-07-2013, 07:10 AM #32
Bluetooth file transfer
Hardware support - multi-core processors, HD resolutions, NFC, etc
IE10 - faster, more compliant, find on page, change interface button
Fast app resume
Native code support
Bitlocker, Secure Boot, remote device management
Background VoIP, integration with People hub and dialer
Background GPS & navigation
OTA firmware updates
Backup settings - list of apps, theme colour, IE favourites, accounts, SMS & MMS, call history, etc
Apps can modify lock screen background
Custom lock screen notifications
Voice commands for apps
Edit forwarded messages
Text replies to calls
Selective deletion of IE history
Disable image loading in IE
Keep WiFi alive
- 02-07-2013, 07:45 AM #33
And what of those is something that couldn't have been added to WP7 if they had developed it further instead of doing all over again? Also I can't see a killer feature there, that helps me right now.
Many of these features are minor, for example "Keep WiFi alive", "Screenshot" etc. Others are just buzz words, "Camera Lenses". Also "Fast app resume" was already in Windows Phone 7.5.
This is a personal opinion of course. But I still think it's not enough to say Windows Phone 8 is much greater than Windows Phone 7. It's just a copy with some minor features added, and also features lost.
- 02-07-2013, 07:50 PM #34
I'll trade my FM radio for background VoIP, background GPS, fast app resume, seven screens in the task switcher and native code, thank you very much.
- 02-08-2013, 12:18 AM #35
Now, native code is great, but the app quality honestly didn't improve that much yet.
Seven tasks switcher? It shows everything in there, except usually the app you used 5 minutes ago. There are what, 2 more in this list? Killer, that was the most important feature needed ;-) ...but they couldn't even give people the 'X'.
- 02-08-2013, 02:05 AM #36
- 02-08-2013, 02:14 AM #37
AngryNil, you just give me the feeling, you're talking about the future, when this thread is about the situation right now.
Don't get me wrong, I don't disagree that Microsoft made some very good decisions that were necessary for the future, but we just don't feel them yet. I think this is the case mostly because third party developers are not very interested in the platform. Most of the features added concern things that have to be implemented externally, and nobody cares to do so. Not even Microsoft, how long did it take them to add the most basic features - like deleting files - to their PDF app? How long did it take them to update the Skype app, an update that basically removed the part that was causing problems without really adding something new?
If we ever get apps that use native code to a extend we dream of now, that implement VoIP functions, then we can make a new thread with the title: "Why WP8 has become much better than WP7.8", but we are just not there yet.
02-08-2013, 02:38 AM #38
- 103 Posts
Most of those points are related to the Zune -> XBM fiasco. We just need to keep up the pressure on MS to reverse this, via the ever popular suggestion on uservoice:
- 02-08-2013, 03:12 AM #39
Take a look over separate ringtone/media volume or custom notifications sounds.. ten of thousand votes over the years and in Portico we got text replies to call. ROTFL
- 02-08-2013, 06:54 AM #40
Thanks for the clarification Chregu. While I still believe WP8 has feature-for-feature superiority over WP7.8, you are right in saying the core advantages I see will not be surfaced until the future. They are seeping out there - we now have decent Skype and decent navigation. But I think we are going to look back in a year and wonder how anyone used WP7.x. After all, it's happened before. WP7.0 had no task switcher and no instant resume. I waited until I could flash the Mango beta before I bought my Omnia 7, and promptly did so on the same day I opened it.
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