04-19-2014 11:55 AM
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  1. Reui's Avatar
    I'm loving the extra tiles. I use the smallest tiles for the less informative apps but is always in used, medium for nice looking icons and where Notif count is a must, large tiles for messaging and emails. 3 Medium tiles lined up in a row looks pretty too. I feel much organized now that I see all tiles in one glance.
    04-16-2014 08:04 AM
  2. metalchick719's Avatar
    I have a question as someone who is waiting for the official 8.1 release instead of updating via the developer preview... Is it possible to go back to the normal amount of rows in tiles after you've used the extra ones? I'm afraid I'll probably find the extra tiles too odd.
    04-16-2014 09:38 AM
  3. Zulfigar's Avatar
    I have a question as someone who is waiting for the official 8.1 release instead of updating via the developer preview... Is it possible to go back to the normal amount of rows in tiles after you've used the extra ones? I'm afraid I'll probably find the extra tiles too odd.
    Yeah, the feature is a simple toggle switch. :)
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    04-16-2014 09:47 AM
  4. Rem97's Avatar
    I have a question as someone who is waiting for the official 8.1 release instead of updating via the developer preview... Is it possible to go back to the normal amount of rows in tiles after you've used the extra ones? I'm afraid I'll probably find the extra tiles too odd.
    Yeah, you can toggle it on and off as much as your heart desires. :)
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    04-16-2014 09:47 AM
  5. RumoredNow's Avatar
    I've been using the extra tile column and the background a few days now...

    Everything is smaller, but not so bad that the 1x1 isn't usable or text can't be read. I'm a bit older and use "cheaters" for dedicated reading time. The 925 has great clarity and the screen resolution is pretty high at 332ppi. I can see what I need to see without my reading glasses. I haven't missed a tile yet and opened a neighboring one by mistake.

    My verdict: I love it. One of the strengths of Windows Phone that I always espouse is how the tiles put the things that you use right out front for quick access and the live tiles bring so much info to you at a glance. It's more of what I love about the OS so how could I not embrace it.

    I'd say anyone with a 4.5" or higher screen that is pushing a lot of ppi should definitely take a few days to get used to it before deciding if the new layout is right for them.
    RusB likes this.
    04-16-2014 11:01 AM
  6. waazzupppp's Avatar
    I did it on the 8x and now my 925... So far, the tiles are perfect for the things I want a count on, but don't need a name on... They really remind me of my old 'BlackBerry' Themed icons. The little tiny ones on the Today screen that got the little red * over them when something new came in. I like it since I really just want to see when something new comes in but don't need to know what it is.

    Currently I have a row of 6 emails - which I tried the linked inbox feature with, but didn't like - so small tiles are great... A row of games... and a row of websites...

    All of which take up way less space, but I still have one click access to them! It's a perfect solution!
    04-16-2014 11:08 AM
  7. RumoredNow's Avatar
    I used Cortana to find my background pic. I asked her for "red leaves" and this was the images result I picked:

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    I've tried to make this screencap of my tile layout as close to life-sized as I could:

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    <edit> Sorry about the size. The original on my screen looks exact. Either my host or this forum is resizing the upload.
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    04-16-2014 12:32 PM
  8. HoosierDaddy's Avatar
    I have a question as someone who is waiting for the official 8.1 release instead of updating via the developer preview... Is it possible to go back to the normal amount of rows in tiles after you've used the extra ones? I'm afraid I'll probably find the extra tiles too odd.
    You can switch back and forth. Of course when switching to 3 columns you will have to fill the new blank column with what you want. And when you switch back to 2 columns, the things in the 3rd will have to go somewhere so check into what it does with them (add them to the bottom of the other columns or ???). So as you can see, you can't just jump back and forth instantaneously because of the arranging that has to be done either way.
    Guytronic likes this.
    04-16-2014 06:14 PM
  9. Guytronic's Avatar
    Wasn't sure about the third row at first.
    5 days later I wouldn't have it any other way.

    Looks like living with this option has made me a fan.
    Now I have a new micro-phablet
    04-18-2014 12:59 PM
  10. JimWPan's Avatar
    I have multiple live tiles for many eMails and exchange eMails. The backgound make it reading difficult, I turned it off. The extra tiles make everthing small, not useful unless you're running phatablet. Folder option is nice, cortana was ok as my personal opionon.
    Guytronic likes this.
    04-18-2014 01:56 PM
  11. Paedin's Avatar
    Ive always not like the scrolling start screen so I kept my icons to just one screen. I like the ability to now have more of what I want and to have facebook and photo hub as large tiles to utilize the live tile features. Wont ever get turned off back to normal 2 column mode.
    Guytronic likes this.
    04-18-2014 07:01 PM
  12. SatinSpellbinder's Avatar
    Yes I would prefer that too. Especially for "People" and "Facebook."
    04-19-2014 07:29 AM
  13. SteelSteve's Avatar
    Maybe I didn't give it enough time, but I just felt it made the tiles to small on my 925. I'm sure its better on larger screen devices like the Icon.
    04-19-2014 10:10 AM
  14. freestaterocker's Avatar
    I love the extra row on my Ativ S! With the start screen background and mostly translucent tiles it's just a fantastic look. And not having to scroll on my start screen is great!
    04-19-2014 10:20 AM
  15. Demitel's Avatar
    For my L820 it was supposedly decent for my opinion, but it really sucks when you see the text on live tiles having kinda like blurry appearance in it, well for 4.3 inch display with low res. Of 480x800 well i will just accept the fact 😁
    04-19-2014 10:43 AM
  16. Moonbase0ne's Avatar
    I tried it. It's a nice ideal, but the tiles are way too small on the 925's screen for me. If I were using a phone with the screen size of my Note, I might, but I am loving the size of the 925.
    SteelSteve likes this.
    04-19-2014 11:55 AM
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