- 03-14-2013, 02:14 PM #1
I really wanted a Windows phone when they first came out. I finally got one in June a couple years ago. I wanted to love it, and I did and do, but we all have to admit it that there are some problems. I am hoping they are fixed in WP 8.
The Me tile for instance, the check in part of it doesn't let you edit much. I have to use the crappy FB app. for anything more than just checking in myself. I'm hoping social networking is as good on WP8 as it was supposed to be on WP7.
With WP8 being able to utilize stronger hardware components, I'm hoping the sporadic hang ups and slowness won't happen.
I hope I can set my own sounds for text message tones.
I noticed on WP8 the app. list doesn't have letters over each alphabetical section, which I loved because I could jump to apps very quickly in WP7. I hope this is available in WP8. I couldn't find an option in WP8 to do this. I hope it is.
Basically, I want you guys who have WP8's to help me decide whether or not to get one. I don't want to go to iOS or android. Especially not iOS, What I want is the WP OS to be what it's supposed to be and not have a bunch of annoying problems.
So, if you people can share any knowledge with me to help me feel better about getting a WP8 or if I need to just deal with an android phone, that would be great.
- 03-14-2013, 02:22 PM #2
What features are you looking for in posting to facebook from the me tile? It suites my needs most of the time. I have not had many hangups etc but they do happen on any modern day hardware from time to time, I actually had my iPhone 5 lock up more than I have had my Lumia 920 lock up. You can set different tones for text but they are limited in selection compared to ring tones. The app list gains the letters somewhere around 50 apps installed.
Hope that answers at least some of your questions. I personally am very happy with WP8, it's super quick and looks awesome.
- 03-14-2013, 02:25 PM #3
I want to be able to use my own tones for texts, not whatever the phone allows. Also, I'm hoping to get a 920, so I'm glad to hear from someone who has one. With the Me tile, on WP7 you can only checkin yourself and the only way to do more than just check yourself in with a message is through the crappy FB app. The 50+ app thing makes sense. Thanks for your input.
Anyone else have anything to say? :D
- 03-14-2013, 04:04 PM #4
My Lumia 920 is missing basic phone functionality. Its as simple as that. There is no universal phone search . There is no way to exit an app directly (you have to constantly press the back button to exit an app). heck there is no way to turn vibrate on and off without manually going into settings and doing it every time. No sound profiles either. No LED notification. No way to set custom alerts for messages , email etc. Infact the notification sound for facebook , twitter , whatsapp etc. CANNOT be changed.
There is no way to actually stop the music you are playing. You can pause music , but to stop music and erase the player from the volume UI you have to download an app ( stop the music). There is no way to search for music in the music player , u have to download a separate app for it. I could go on and on with my annoyances with the OS but i'll stop here.
The apps are not an issue for me. I have all the apps i need.
When it comes to the choice i made , i made it because i wanted a stable, silky smooth operating system. That means iOS or WP8.
Being that i am hugely anti-apple i went for the lumia 920 .
I like the design and i like that its rock solid.The phone works as intended. I have had no problems , no hangups . Battery takes a few charge cycles to stabilize.
I think i made a mistake and should have gone for an android phone , because in the grand scheme of things I miss basic phone functionality :(. Oh well I'll do more research next time instead of putting blind faith in Nokia again.
03-14-2013, 04:07 PM #5
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The Me tile checkin on WP8 lets you specify a message, which services you want to check into and (for FB) who should see the checkin (if memory serves the options are "use facebook settings", "friends", "friends of friends" etc)
You can install custom ringtones but not custom message tones.
- 03-14-2013, 04:24 PM #6
1. Universal search - I'm not sure if I really want that to be honest...when I search it already searches on the web, what's close by, etc...If I want to search emails I open the email app up and there we go...search away...perhaps I'm missing something
2. There is really no reason to exit an app as they are tombstoned...they are not taking away resources like with android
3. Sound profiles - don't bother me but I would like to have individual volume's for more things...this is a definitely an area of basic functionality that is missing
4. Stop music - I don't understand the problem here at all...again, perhaps I'm not as anal as you are
5. Search is there in the marketplace...for songs on your device they are listed alphabetically
No system is perfect...you will find you have issues with any of the platforms if the above bother you that much
- 03-14-2013, 04:59 PM #7
- 03-14-2013, 11:11 PM #10
- 03-15-2013, 12:41 AM #11
Astraith, on my Windows 7 phone, I can't do everything the FB app can do through the check in on the Me tab. That's why I asked. You're saying this was finally corrected in WP8?
And if what you say is true, then they down graded a little because on my WP7 I can make different tones for each contact (and custom tones, not just the ones that come with the phone) but I can't do that on WP8?!?!
Basically I want the WP8 to be a big improvement from WP7. I'm getting mixed reviews. Some things I'm unhappy with on my current Windows Phone are things that shouldn't be a problem in the first place. Some people are saying the issues are still there. I'm still really uncertain on whether or not to get one. I really love the OS, but it has too many issues that shouldn't be there in the first place. It's not like their the first cell phone or smart phones made. They have basic things they can build off of. But Windows seems to like to leave stuff on accident or on purpose.
I'd like the phone to not hang up or slow down or reset like my current one does. I'd like to set my OWN ring tone for text messages, and I'd like to be able to do everything I can on social media through the OS itself, like its supposed to, but doesn't. I believe those are my main issues. If you're saying those are fine, then I may give it a go. Like you said, all I'll be out is a restocking fee in the event I am not happy with it.
- 03-15-2013, 03:42 AM #12
- 03-15-2013, 09:01 AM #13
LMAO .. welcome to the windows phone forums.
To reiterate on my earlier post , The phone has worked like a charm for me. ( that is to say it works as intended)
However you cannot set custom tone for texts. It annoys me quite a bit along with other things i already mentioned. Here's a wonderful thread that got closed recently because it had "run its course". Why do all apps have the same notification sound? .Notifications on this phone are quite restricted to say the least.
- 03-16-2013, 07:42 PM #14
Here are two threads you might find helpful.
One thing you should keep in mind is Microsoft wants the three screen experience. My WP is my pocket screen I use to do things quickly. Its not always feature rich. Your not going to buy a WP and get rid of your tablet or laptop. Your WP will do all the necessary things well especially work related stuff like office apps. WP is also very secure many times described as the most secure platform. The OS is fast and smooth with many of the every day needs covered in house. When I get to the end of what my WP can do its time to pull out my Surface. Honestly who wants to publish a novel from their phone. Seriously!
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- 03-16-2013, 08:27 PM #16
The thing is, I'm not looking to write anything. I'm not trying to replace my PC. I want it to be a phone. A smart phone. And it's lacking things smart phones before it have. That's what I don't understand about windows phone. I love the OS. I really do. But this is their second phone now and they sill haven't figured it out. If you look on their site, for example, everyone and their mom is suggesting custom alert tones.
Now, I still haven't had my other question answered, really. Can someone who uses the Me tile a lot tell me that they've improved it from WP7? I hate having to use the FB app if I want to check in with more than one person and ad photos and stuff.
- 03-16-2013, 08:57 PM #17
Let's break this down shall we
- 03-16-2013, 09:36 PM #18
That's news. WP7 was not doing too well. I'm glad it's picked up steam. But for the Me tile thing, how is it not an OS thing? In my WP7, I don't have any options to do more than just myself and a message. Perhaps both sides need to work it out...
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