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  1. Llordy's Avatar
    Windows Phone Is great. I have loved the power of Windows since Windows Mobile (my first smart phone), I love the simplicity and smooth performance that Windows phones have. For me, I thought that Windows Phone 7 was going to be awesome since I was on Windows Mobile 6.5. But after hearing about all the lack of capabilities of Windows Phone 7 compared to Windows Mobile I was greatly disappointed; and when my friend got his first Android phone I was blown away by the array of features, apps, and customizability, it was like Windows Mobile with smooth performance, and modern refresh (at least how I wanted Windows Phone 7 to be like.

    My point being, I like the simplicity of the OS and Its performance compared to competitors, but it is being held back by the "Iron fist", so to speak, of Microsoft on the OS, and the innovation that developers can achieve on competing platforms. For the sake of security on the platform, some of the lock downs are necessary, but I don't see why Microsoft, when they know they don't have a feature, put a security control on the OS to stop developers from supplementing that feature on their own. I believe that if Microsoft wants developers to come to the platform, in order for the platform to grow, the OS has to be like an open canvas for developers to create new apps, rather that looking for workarounds and loop holes just to make their apps work like they do on competing platforms.

    To be truthful, Apple paved the way in the innovation of the smartphone, and made it what it is today, in terms of popularity, and has made the OS simple with its OS limitations. Microsoft seems to be trying to recreate that same effect for Windows Phone with it OS limitations; but it can't work now because when IOS did that, it was the first time that it was happening in the market ever, and now they have had time to mature and gain experience as to want consumers want.
    Microsoft on the other hand, now have realized that the features that they offered Since Windows Phone 7's inception, were appreciated in minority compared to the global market, such as the Hubs and Start Screen customizations, so now they have to change and even roll back some features to the likeness of other platforms and even to Windows Mobile.

    Everybody wants to get the most possible out of want they have. That's why a lot of people on Android and iOS refuse to move to Windows Phone because when they find that they have more options and capabilities with Android or iOS compared to Windows, they feel that they need to have those feature even though they may never use them.

    For now, I still use Android, because sometimes when I'm doing something on my phone and a situations comes up and I have to do some unusual things on my phone, I think, " I wonder if I can do this on my phone?", and then I try it and android has an option to do what I wanted, without me even needing to ask Google to included that feature (I mean seriously, I have to beg just to be able to download in the background). Though I will recommend new smartphone users to go with Windows because of its simplicity.

    Microsoft needs to appeal to users, not by just saying, " Hey! We can do what everyone else is doing just a little bit better", or, "We have Apps!"
    But rather that, "You can do what you want, when you want it, and how you want it even before you know you want it"

    Its thanks to committed people like those on forums like these, who genuinely want the platform to be better, that are keeping 'Windows Phone' alive today.
    Last edited by Llordy; 08-21-2014 at 09:02 PM.
    08-18-2014 09:17 AM
  2. Biju Nair's Avatar
    Hi

    I am from india. I bought lumia 520 by accident. But i fell love with its user interface

    I think windows require only one phone to change everything. atleast by 50%.

    a phone with Lumia1320 Tech spec with Lumia 625 design Body with dual sim, expandable memmory and priced around 12000 to 15000. Because Lumia 1320 is listed now 16 to 17500

    Now the apps. Make the apps complete.

    Smart dial/Speed dial is not available in Phone dialing pad. But the same is available forMessaging
    Notification center does not include Mobile data connect. I use wifi at office. to Switch between i had have to download another app.
    Focus on Music...Provide some Different Headphone which gives Good Soung Carity
    most Important Battery back up to last for 2 days....I think Nokia Lumia 625 Battery last for 2 days in continious use.

    I could think only these now :-)
    Last edited by Biju Nair; 08-23-2014 at 07:17 AM.
    08-23-2014 06:59 AM
  3. senthil gnanasekhar's Avatar
    These things would be nice to have
    1. Schedule SMS delivery. Type an message and schedule it to send at a time
    2. Search contacts from dialing app by typing in the dialer. Mow I need to go to people to search for a contact if I have not called that contact before
    3. Save contact with phone number and pause with commas and then pass code. This is very useful when I want to dial a conf bridge and then put a pass code after an initial announcement
    4. All latest games or exclusive games only on windows phone
    08-23-2014 06:32 PM
  4. DavidinCT's Avatar
    Microsoft needs to FIX the Xbox Hub on Windows Phone 8.1....ASAP

    I was never a big achievement guy before Windows Phone, once I got WP7 and saw the features of the Xbox Hub, I loved it, I love seeing gaming status and seeing my achievements in real time. I went from having a 3500 gamer score to over 12,000 in one year.

    This is what we should see and be asking for.

    1. Allow the option to keep all games in the hub (a toggle option for people with a lot of games) like you could in WP7
    2. Update the Hub to show all achievements including Xbox One with games and details (MAJOR)
    3. Start pushing the advantages of using Xbox live to Devs....#SaveXboxWP

    Social
    How about enabling features from Xbox One and 360 ?
    -Videos
    -Hear audio messages from Xbox one and 360 users on the phone
    -See better detail on status on fellow gamers like the feed on the xbox one.

    MOST of all, put it in one place, not an extra app, make the built in Hub a place for ALL games and Xbox related things.

    Windows Phone 8.1 as been a MAJOR disappointment for gamers, we all expected them to expand on the Xbox Hub, instead they just stripped out features like they forgot about it...It's sluggish, does not update correctly, it's full of bugs....(even last played games is not accurate on the DP 8.1.1)...

    Microsoft needs to get their act together on this Aspect, one of the coolest feature for a gamer for WP was Xbox support with Achievements.....and we watch this die day by day... If I just wanted a phone for games, I would of gone Android or iOS, we all know they have more games and get them quicker.

    There really needs to be an advantage for gamers to go to Windows Phone and Microsoft is just screwing it up....

    If your on twitter, use the hashtag #SaveXboxWP.... Let MS know this is important to you.
    Last edited by DavidinCT; 08-24-2014 at 11:32 AM.
    08-24-2014 11:21 AM
  5. El_Burro's Avatar
    Comparing to my old Droid DNA, SMS delivery status would be nice. It makes it look like it sends the message instantly, then in areas with poor service...will turn around and show it did not send, there is no hour glass or anything that shows if it completed its send or not. I liked the option on my DNA as well that if it failed, it asked you if it could automatically retry when there is service available. Would be neat.
    Actually I hate the hourglass in the Android OS. I prefer the method WP uses.
    08-25-2014 02:58 PM
  6. Terry Bernstein's Avatar

    2.there should b complete redesign of app list if the applist is big with no. of apps the if don't know the app name we installed we have to go search by scrolling n only 1 app in a row takes lot of time,


    Yes, this is one crazy bit of weak design. Apps are listed only by alphabetical name. Any app that has a poor or unhelpful title (like the ones that start with the publisher's name) sort of get lost unless you can remember what the dratted things was called. There should be the opportunity to group according to function, for a start.
    Laura Knotek and Timbre70 like this.
    08-29-2014 04:21 PM
  7. chezm's Avatar
    Went to my local ISP store today to pick up a new cable modem, the woman next to me was returning her 635 saying "it was too complicated compared to Android, I can't figure out how to setup email or get on the internet", she wanted her sim back in her old S2 and said she'd think about what phone she wanted to switch to later. The rep offered to set it up for her but she seemed sort of ignorant, mainly because "its just too different from Android". I guess you can't argue that the general public are comfortable with what they're used to, and that's that. This is a trouble WP will find in succeeding I guess, the mass group of people who started off with one type of OS and just don't want to try something else out. But you have to presume she was in the store when she picked the phone up, so it could mainly be an excuse to save her hw upgrade? I don't know how that stuff works. I find it so hard to believe people coming from Android find WP 'complicated'...
    vepac likes this.
    08-30-2014 03:38 PM
  8. jgservices's Avatar
    They need to implement almost all features customers are requesting like the Xbox team is doing. WebM, mkv and GIF support is just a few they need to add for video compatibility given the application numbers are lacking. They simply just need to look at what User voice feedback is telling them and get those features rolling!
    09-01-2014 08:06 AM
  9. igorhk's Avatar
    I think Microsoft needs to rebuild a product that breathes Microsoft. I like wp mostly for their ui choice but if you compare to what MS did in the past 20 years, wp with its limitations it is a bit odd. I think they were trying to make an os like ios because thay are more comfortable fighting Apple than Google. So they just did like Apple. They made a very good choice for the ui but the way the os functions is so not windows. I use Windows because i know i can mess around with the os if i need and IMO they should allow the same for wp.
    Also they should remove the Windows brand from their mobile os.
    They should close the uservoice website for good because given the time they need to implement requests from users, it is doing them more bad than good.

    ...and last but not least, somebody needs to let MS CEO know that no, MS doesn't have 90% market share in mobile os :)
    Bodeanicus likes this.
    09-01-2014 09:18 AM
  10. herbertsnow's Avatar
    MS needs to start air dropping WPs all over LA. Right the hell now.
    09-02-2014 01:37 AM
  11. Mallguvner's Avatar
    I'm not a gamer but I do have two small businesses, one entirely web based. I am a bit tired of Google tracking my every move or purchase and therefore by extension Android.

    I think MS should look at what businessmen need and easily put together packages for segments of the economy that need apps. It wouldn't be much of a stretch to make an app for banks or credit unions that with very little work on the master template could be adopted to get out to everyone. I found Bank of America but not Neighbors Credit Union. Hardly any other banks that I noticed unless they had convoluted names for their apps. They developed the OS for the PC. Why not just hire up programmers to do this instead of the system they have right now that apparently gets the newbies off to a start but doesn't keep them after they start to write for the other OS's.

    I really don't like Google or their world operations and thought the world of the Microsoft commercial on getting Scroogled. That's why when the HTC One for Windows came out the other day I finally had a phone I liked and now I want it to succeed. MS doesn't seem to have any suggestion boxes anywhere so I hope they read these forums. I already posted my rant about credit card apps for the Windows phone earlier. Just amazed that they don't listen to more of you guys here constantly helping with suggestions many of which would serve them well and they're not even paying you. What better help can you get?

    I actually feel Google is the first real government/business the world has ever known. I'm an agnostic yet I got a bit offended when on Easter Google paints Hugo Chavez's face on one of their circles in their search engine for just Easter that could have easily been an egg. What's wrong with this company and their founders? I sure hope MS listens.
    09-03-2014 02:19 PM
  12. harry2345's Avatar
    It needs app switching just like windows 8
    09-04-2014 07:58 AM
  13. anon(9057135)'s Avatar
    To view your own number in the people app. Post to facebook from lock screen (Ios 6). And that's really it for me lol.
    09-07-2014 04:07 AM
  14. Hawk Tartaros's Avatar
    I want Cortana to tell me i have a new e-mail, Facebook message, Whatsapp message or someones name when that person is calling me instead of hearing a ringtone.
    I want to say to Cortana "Wikipedia search, Grand Canyon" and show me the wikipedia search page on that screen and read it out to me.What WP needs are more apps or instant access to Android apps.
    A good music app that supports flac and a good user interface like the one on IOS or Android.
    More codecs support.
    Wifi on/off toggle from the notification center instead of going to the settings where you need to turn it on/off.
    More functionality to Whatsapp.
    A good Youtube app.
    An addblock.
    Google Chrome to sync with pc bookmarks.
    Allow widgets for home automation (i have the philips hue lights and can look a pin to the homescreen but when i press it it does what it is supposed to do but also brings me into the app, what i do not want).
    09-07-2014 09:58 AM
  15. Sheamartin's Avatar
    May be really simplistic, but need to be able to play your music randomly instead of alphabetically. Also, ability to hold down camera button for multiple quick shots would be great.
    09-11-2014 10:57 AM
  16. chris2707's Avatar
    Surely all these little quibbles are pointless the only major improvement that's needed is improved app store/marketplace as it is nowhere near the level of android and apple in terms of quantity or quality I'm using a 520 atm whilst my one m8 android version is being repaired and the marketplace is the only thing that keeps me away tbh if there were more high quality apps/games I'd be sorted but its just poor (however improving from last time I used wp8) its good just not quite good enough
    09-12-2014 06:01 PM
  17. hotphil's Avatar
    I couldn't disagree more. I use about ten apps, a couple of games and then a browser.
    The fact there's more talking cat, farting minions, rip-off (non) anti-virus, 3rd party apps that are just costly shortcuts to a mobile site or other tosh in the Play or App stores is irrelevant to me.
    Terry Bernstein likes this.
    09-12-2014 06:16 PM
  18. Terry Bernstein's Avatar
    Chezm's post "......its just too different from Android" etc
    This is one major reason why Microsoft tried to foist the Win 8.n interface on desktop devices. And we all know how well that went down.
    Last edited by Terry Bernstein; 09-15-2014 at 04:43 PM. Reason: There's no way to link responses to posts ( no thread headers).
    09-15-2014 04:42 PM
  19. anon5999636's Avatar
    I want Cortana to tell me i have a new e-mail, Facebook message, Whatsapp message or someones name when that person is calling me instead of hearing a ringtone.

    I want to say to Cortana "Wikipedia search, Grand Canyon" and show me the wikipedia search page on that screen and read it out to me.What WP needs are more apps or instant access to Android apps.

    A good music app that supports flac and a good user interface like the one on IOS or Android.

    More codecs support.

    Wifi on/off toggle from the notification center instead of going to the settings where you need to turn it on/off.

    More functionality to Whatsapp.

    A good Youtube app.

    An addblock.

    Google Chrome to sync with pc bookmarks.

    Allow widgets for home automation (i have the philips hue lights and can look a pin to the homescreen but when i press it it does what it is supposed to do but also brings me into the app, what i do not want).

    Download Wikipedia app and just say to Cortana: Wikipedia Grand Canyon and she will open The app and read the first lines to you...
    09-15-2014 05:56 PM
  20. anon(9089215)'s Avatar
    I'm sorry, but if we post our thoughts here, will Microsoft and team Windows read? because I dont want to waste my ideas here...
    09-16-2014 10:12 AM
  21. DANIEL HAULSEY's Avatar
    It would be nice if there was some kind of option to have preset start screens. making it possible to switch from a work mode to personal and have a completely different start screen/app layout. I get tired of swapping out or having to have all my apps on my start screen things get too cluttered after awhile.
    thrash994 and JamesPTao like this.
    09-16-2014 10:39 AM
  22. salmanahmad's Avatar
    I'm sorry, but if we post our thoughts here, will Microsoft and team Windows read? because I dont want to waste my ideas here...
    Definitely not if you have Johnny Ive as your profile photo.
    09-16-2014 11:06 AM
  23. phasar's Avatar
    They need hardware specs no one else has. They also have to make the phone capable of performing tasks others can't. Which they don't seem to be interested in doing.
    09-16-2014 11:34 AM
  24. theefman's Avatar
    The OS is good, the management is straight up the highest levels of crap. Until that changes WP will get nowhere.
    09-16-2014 11:45 AM
  25. salmanahmad's Avatar
    They need hardware specs no one else has. They also have to make the phone capable of performing tasks others can't. Which they don't seem to be interested in doing.
    IMO hardware isn't the problem as much as software not taking advantage of the hardware.
    09-16-2014 11:50 AM
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