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    these features are so damn needed.
    Lack of Notification Center : I remember during Mango release, I was
    constantly on twitter chatting with MS
    devs and asking them for a
    notification center and they gave the
    standard reply that you will still get if
    you ask the Redmond folks “Live tile IS the notification center – you get all the
    updates and information /
    notification on your homescreen”. Fair
    enough but am I supposed to sit
    blankly at the screen every second of
    the day or wait 30 minutes for a tile to be updated or better yet wait for a
    push notification to come and decide
    to pick between a sip of coffee or
    clicking on the notification before it
    goes to a never to be discovered black
    hole? The answer is simple: Get us a notification center immediately. This
    is 2013 and the supposed no.3 mobile
    ecosystem doesn’t have a notification
    center boggles me and there are
    reports suggesting that Microsoft is
    working on one so hopefully we’ll see it soon. What is intriguing to me is how
    Microsoft will bring notification
    center into the UX. Right now, w/o the
    notification center – just like wp7 – I
    am not paying for push notification
    applications and my WhatsApp and Facebook application becomes useless
    when I get a lot of notifications so it’s
    kinda pointless to have at this
    moment. What about apps not pinned
    on screen? What about notifications
    for those apps? Yeah, no two thoughts on need of Notification Center
    hopefully. Me Tile: Me Tile was probably last updated when Windows 95 was
    released. Not really but I don’t even
    understand why there’s this amazing
    utility is sitting on my homescreen
    that I use all the time isn’t being
    updated to it’s full potential. I am a heavy twitter user and there’s no auto
    “Reply to all” for tweets (this should
    be by default btw and would be done in
    matter of minutes but who cares,
    right?) which means I have to go to a
    twitter client and do it. This destroys the purpose of the Me tile twitter
    integration mechanism. Another thing
    that I would love is auto complete and
    of course, a favorite button on the
    application which is probably the least
    time consuming task and if you think it doesn’t matter – then let me tell you,
    it’s the small things that matter and
    this statement will become even more
    important when Google and Apple
    release their new OS this year. There’s
    no escape but to make both large level and small level changes. Second
    problem with Me tile is the lack of
    friend tagging during check in. So
    basic but not implemented. I have to
    open the Facebook app for it which is
    great but then again – half baked and mostly useless. I know Me tile is for
    glancing at notifications but it should
    do more than just that. It has
    incredible potential, it’s fast and I
    would love to see MS upgrade it in next
    version. The upgrade:- So I upgraded from Windows Phone 7 to Windows Phone 8
    last week and the upgrade was pretty
    good as expected but there was one
    critical problem : my installed apps.
    Just like every other OS all your app
    purchases and installed apps are linked to your account so when you switch
    devices you can fetch your
    applications and use on your new
    device – as simple as that. Windows
    Phone does that too but with a little
    twist that made me give up using this feature. WP8 doesn’t allow you (still)
    to download and install all the
    applications at once so instead you
    have to go to every single one of them
    and click on the download button on
    the website. Extremely frustrating and I didn’t bother with it after some time.
    This needs to be fixed. The elusive search button: Okay, this is where my fellow rabid MS and WP
    fanboys are going to rip me apart but
    let me be honest about it. Bing sucks.
    It’s decent for media queries but it’s
    just bad when compared to Google
    results. Microsoft should offer a choice to bind search key to a search
    engine of user’s choice. I know it’s a
    bad Bing business decision but I am
    confident it will be a great decision
    from consumer point of view and
    consequently for WP. Search button could be a bit more useful, it’s a big
    darn button on your phone, right? I
    know some of you have been asking
    for it since ages but a lot of people
    apparently like Bing so giving users an
    option shouldn’t be a bad thing. Search button can also be used for universal search (long press search button for universal search?) which is another
    BIG feature missing from Windows
    Phone 8. Lack of volume profiles: Lack of independent tone selection for stuff
    like calls, messages and Bluetooth
    headsets and lack of volume/sound
    profiles just boggles my mind. I
    remember using them in good old
    Symbian phones but I don’t understand what’s stopping Microsoft from doing
    it. The fact that we don’t have custom
    tone options for contacts is just
    infuriating. This reminds me of one
    thing that annoys me everyday – I have
    vibrate ON in settings along with a ringtone most of the time, now when I
    am in a class or at a meeting – I need to
    make it silent and WP8 offers a silent
    mode but it still has vibration and now
    you need to switch vibrate off and
    switch it ON again when you need it. Minor annoyance I know but
    sometimes you need a bit of peace of
    mind. The pseudo Windows 8 - Windows
    Phone 8 relationship: When WP8 was coming out, we were excited about all
    the amazing possibilities of
    synchronization among the two
    platforms. Now that both platforms
    are out and available for months – I
    think W8 has done an incredible job at gestures and WP8 has done nothing to
    improve WP7 gestures. I love the app
    closing gesture on W8 and would love
    to see it on WP8 but most importantly,
    what I’d like Microsoft to do is to
    implement the app switching gesture on Windows 8 to WP8 (left to right
    swipe from edge to switch between
    apps) – this is very cool and incredible
    easy to do (Ubuntu OS even has it!). A
    Charms bar would be a hard to do WP8
    considering screen size but app switching and closing gesture would
    make the experience consistent and it
    would be refreshing for the
    consumers. What’s also funny is that
    there’s no sync between IE10 desktop
    and IE10 mobile – not even a “open in IE10 mobile” option in IE10. This is
    incredibly useful but Microsoft isn’t
    too bothered with it. There are so many
    possibilities of sync with W8 – control
    music and movie apps natively and lots
    more – but I don’t see MS doing anything about it. A broken promise,
    IMO. Lack of WinJS on WP8 SDK
    bothers me way more than I can explain
    it to you. Rotation lock – Why, Microsoft. WHY. How long do we have to wait for this?
    What’s stopping Microsoft from
    adding rotation lock to Windows
    Phone? They did succumb to pressure
    of screenshot but not rotation lock
    which is something that users expect to be there when they pick up a
    smartphone. Ridiculous to expect all
    developers to implement rotation lock
    on their app. Fix Multi tasking: A simple suggestion: Don’t make developers write extra line
    of code for fast app resume, just
    bundle the code when the dev compiles
    it. Every single wp8 app should have it.
    Makes the OS feel inconsistent. Store – WP8 store is great but right now I don’t know which apps are WP7
    and Wp8 apps unless I open them.
    There should be a dedicated WP8 only
    marketplace category and that should
    NOT be hard to add for Microsoft. It
    will make the experience for new users a lot better. Always visible status bar – This annoys me because this isn’t something
    Microsoft is responsible for
    completely, majority of the developers
    choose to remove it and you have to
    get out of the app to check date, time
    and battery. So instead of giving options to developers – just remove
    the option and make it visible at all
    times. Better – make it visible and tap
    to hide instead of tap to show. Don’t
    see how current way of showing it
    works for anyone. Gapless Audio playback – I don’t think I need to explain this. Just do it,
    Microsoft. FM radio – I live in a third world country and we are definitely NOT in
    the kind of place where everyone can
    afford to stream their music online
    for a monthly fees with their 3G
    networks on all the time. No. I do not
    know what prompted Microsoft to FM radio but whatever did is absolutely
    the worst possible idea. What do you
    listen to in case of emergency? Xbox
    music? Make features available to wider
    audience – There’s something called Xbox Music on my Windows Phone –
    fancy, right? Wrong. Xbox Music
    doesn’t work in India and many other
    countries and it’s been 3 months since
    launch and there’s no launch in site.
    Same thing happened with the Bing audio detection feature in
    Windows Phone 7. Xbox Music is
    extremely important, especially for
    HTC and Samsung users who not only
    are excluded from Nokia Music access
    but they also do not have services like Spotify on Windows Phone 8. Making a call is still time consuming : Just make “RapDialer” the default
    application experience on Windows
    Phone 8. I know MS hasn’t prioritized a
    lot of things so just buy the company /
    dev team who made it and make it
    default. Not asking too much now, am I? Fix the calendar: Not exactly sure what changes Microsoft has made to WP8
    calendar coming from WP7 but I don’t
    see any. There’s still no weekly view!
    One thing I do not understand is why I
    cannot see more than one event/
    appointment on the wide tile. It’s a wide tile now, show us more
    information! Settings page: If somebody can explain to me the logic behind the ordering of
    the items in settings page, a free WP
    goodie for you. I am serious. Make it
    alphabetical or rearrange it
    dynamically based on usage pattern.
    Right now, important stuff are at bottom and everything is mixed up. Lose the password on Kids Corner: I love the concept of Kids Corner
    (corrected!) but I hate the name. I’d
    love a Guest Corner instead – A Kids
    Corner without a password. The
    password defeats the purpose of a
    separate homescreen. Homescreen sync/backup: Creating a perfect homescreen is an art, isn’t it? I
    am spending a lot of time tweaking my
    homescreen on both wp8 and w8 and
    would appreciate a homescreen
    synchronization between multiple
    devices or backup of your homscreen so you can switch between different
    layouts immediately. Select All – There’s no way to select all messages ( I stand corrected, thank you noroom – pretty crazy how I didn’t see this one – was expecting select all
    on the app bar icon) and emails and
    delete them at once and this is
    something that is so basic it’s hard
    to comprehend why it’s still not there.
    It’s there for music and they just need to do a tiny bit of work to add it to
    application bar, simple – right? It’s
    already there for music so don’t see
    why it isn’t in email and messages. Revamp Podcast support in Windows
    Phone 8: Bundle “PODCASTS!” app with all Windows Phone 8 devices or
    make a similar app. That is how you
    make Podcasting work. IE10: IE10 is amazing. I use it a lot on desktop and loving the performance
    on Windows Phone 8 so far. However,
    the UI isn’t good enough. There’s no
    forward button on IE10 and no speed
    dial like feature which every single
    browser has it now and even Opera Mini had it for years now. This reminds
    me of a simple request : Open
    marketplace to more browsers
    Microsoft - help Opera develop Mini
    for Windows Phone 8. Allow apps and attachments to be
    installed on SD Card: My friend bought a HTC 8S recently and he is genuinely
    frustrated. Games + apps + map
    data and less than 3GB of usable space
    – you are in for trouble and I can see
    Nokia doing a 4GB phone soon and it
    would suck to see 510 issue (it didn’t even have SD card support to
    make matters worse) happening all
    over again. A better Zune alternative : I am using the Windows Phone App Preview 3
    right now to sync playlists and yes I
    know it’s a preview build but it’s
    extremely basic. Had issues syncing
    playlists multiple times but it went
    through in the end. If you want to just transfer stuff – just use the good old
    file system method – this app
    experience is not good enough.
    Another issue which puzzled me was
    the lack of Xbox Music playlist sync
    ability. I have been told Xbox music playlists are synced to cloud and they
    automatically appear in the app on
    your phone (it didn’t work for me but it
    did for many) but it still streams your
    stuff via whatever connection you are
    on – it doesn’t download em all at once immediately which is puzzling but not
    surprising, if you went through the
    whole upgrade process from wp7 to
    wp8. VPN: Businesses need VPN. You cannot call it an enterprise smartphone
    without VPN support. Remember Xbox Live?: When Windows Phone came out, I was personally very
    excited about the potential future of
    XBL on WP and future iterations. When
    WP8 came out, I was even more
    excited. Now the devices have power
    and potential via the software for some cross platform action – where
    are the games taking advantage of it?
    Why isn’t MS flooding marketplace
    with XBL games? I remember seeing
    more XBL games during mango launch
    than I remember post WP8 launch. MS needs to realize Xbox is BIG and they
    cannot just take a break and stop
    releasing games. Now if Quad Core
    WP8 devices rumored this year, I am
    sincerely hoping for cross platform
    action. ..and that’s about it.
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    btw i copied them from here:
    Why Windows Phone 8 is strictly mediocre and why Microsoft should be worried.
    but i would have written the same
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    Quote Originally Posted by paras chugh View Post
    btw i copied them from here:
    Why Windows Phone 8 is strictly mediocre and why Microsoft should be worried.
    but i would have written the same
    I could tell.
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    Agree, but pretty much the same things that have already been stated in other threads.

    The issues with the 8S' low storage have been mentioned in many places. AAWP called the device borderline unusable as a smartphone. IMHO a bad purchasing decision. Nokia has already released their lowest end WP8 phone, the 520, and it has 8GB storage. I can guarantee that you won't see a 4GB Lumia from Nokia.

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