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03-12-2011 12:44 AM
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  1. CJ Thunder's Avatar
    News on what exactly?
    Anything we can find out in one word.

    No, your song credits are in MP3 which are DRM free.

    I'm sorry to say, but you were wrong.

    The Zune pass content comes down as DRM'd .WMA files.
    I didn't want to be right!
    03-09-2011 11:17 PM
  2. kalldrexx's Avatar
    So I have had my Samsung Focus for 4 days now. I am actually extremely impressed with WP7 so far. Some things I have noticed:

    * I am constantly impressed at how fluid everything is. More than just how awesomely smooth the interface is in general, I can exit almost any application and game and be at the home screen in less than a second. I can extremely quickly go in and out of applications one after another without experiencing any slowdown, and it feels amazing.

    * I love the integration of everything and how quickly I can go from text messages, to facebook feeds, to a person's facebook wall, to their photo collection, then to my photo collection and back. It's so seamless to navigate, and I can't wait to see how this gets built upon.

    * I love the extremely focused and no-distraction/no-frills interface. Half of the people I have showed it off to are impressed and the other half think it's boring, but honestly that's ok. It really gives people a choice of interface to use for their phone in the market. For me, the the focused (and well integrated options) really make it fast and easy to find the information I am looking for, and it being clean makes the text really easy to read.

    * I love how all my games are automatically put in the Games application and do not clutter up my app listing. It makes it SO much easier to find games when I want to, but also find applications when I'm not looking for an installed game. It's a small thing, but I like it

    * Xbox live integration is kind of nice. Achievement whoring never gets old, and I have quite a few friends who have 360s.

    * The keyboard is nice, although I still keep hitting the return key when I mean to hit backspace, and I tend to hit the spacebar when I am going for a letter on the bottom row. I've had that issue on every virtual keyboard I have used though.

    * Zune is awesome, both the desktop application and the phone app. At first I was a bit apprehensive, but between the Zune pass, wireless sync of all my music, and the music discovery options, I am having a blast. However, I do wish I could store an online list of artists I like so I can keep tabs on Zune Pass music that I like (this is an issue due to me using zune pass at work and at home).

    * Bing maps seems to have more interface polish than Google maps on Android. While it lacks turn by turn navigation, everything else about it makes me enjoy it more than GMaps did on my last android. Transitions are smooth, you can more easily see the map while looking at the directions listing, and it seems to load the actual maps faster (though that could be due to AT&T). I did encounter one bug the other day where it wouldn't load directions but it didn't last long.

    * Game trials are nothing but <3, Especially since apps cost a bit more on this platform than others (which makes sense, same thing happened on Android for a while until the platform's audience got larger). I'm cheap and don't like spending $3 unless it's something I will play or use ($3 can add up with a lot of apps), and the trials have gotten me to buy things I probably wouldn't have pulled the trigger on without trying them first.

    * Bluetooth button on the calling interface!!!! This is heaven for me, as I use my phone with my car's Sync system all the time. Many times I put the call in privacy mode, but quite a few times I have wanted phone calls to go from car bluetooth, to phone only, and back to the car's bluetooth (like if other people are in the car). With Android, once i put the phone into Privacy (in phone) mode, I could not push it back to the bluetooth (as far as I could tell). This phone makes it very easy.

    All around, this phone has been a complete joy to use, and I am very confident so far that I will be keeping this as my phone past the 30 day return period, even with the update fiasco.

    However there are some things that I don't like

    * Typing words that aren't in the dictionary is sometimes annoying. Sometimes it will force you to auto-correct to a word you didn't want, and sometimes it's annoying to get past that. Luckily once you do, it's easy to add a word to the phone's dictionary but until you get to that point I had to type the same word in a few times. The last time I used it I was trying to enter the first name of someone who is actually in my contact list. It really needs to be adding all names from my contact list into the phone's dictionary by default.

    * The web browser sucks. I'm not sure why every review I read claims it was awesome. For starters, it can't render WPCentral's gradient correctly, and the color transition is extremely broken up and staggered. It reminds me of the old VGA days. My second annoyance is that scrolling quickly produces the blue "loading" areas, so while scrolling is smooth, you still have to wait until things load. Finally, I miss Android's zoom buttons, as it seems the only way to zoom out of a spot is to pinch to zoom, and some areas (like WPCentral's top bar) you can't double tap to zoom in close enough to hit a button, so you have to pinch to zoom. I like using my phone one handed (what I do with my other hand is my own business :P)

    * The only reason I will really enjoy copy and paste is due to my reliance on LastPass. It makes it hard to get at some of my passwords for services without it. It's not a deal breaker though, I have found ways to manage without it so far.

    * The default ringtones and (more importantly) alarms suck. I usually don't care about custom ringtones and notification sounds, but the ones that come with the phone I am not impressed with at all.
    03-10-2011 08:32 AM
  3. kalldrexx's Avatar
    Oh yeah and one more thing I absolutely love about WP7. I can perform Play/Pause/Next/Previous for music without unlocking my phone. The only other OS I have seen be able to do that is WebOS.
    03-10-2011 09:05 AM
  4. Luisraul924's Avatar
    Glad you liked it! Suck it WP7 haters!
    03-10-2011 10:36 AM
  5. dtboos's Avatar
    * The web browser sucks. I'm not sure why every review I read claims it was awesome. For starters, it can't render WPCentral's gradient correctly, and the color transition is extremely broken up and staggered. It reminds me of the old VGA days. My second annoyance is that scrolling quickly produces the blue "loading" areas, so while scrolling is smooth, you still have to wait until things load. Finally, I miss Android's zoom buttons, as it seems the only way to zoom out of a spot is to pinch to zoom, and some areas (like WPCentral's top bar) you can't double tap to zoom in close enough to hit a button, so you have to pinch to zoom. I like using my phone one handed (what I do with my other hand is my own business :P)
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    The browser is great in that it is highly responsive like the iPhones. Androids was always choppy. However, androids zoom buttons, and fit to screen text wrap ect were better. It would also be nice to be able to double-tap or zoom button for getting closer without having to pinch (more than one time).

    The browser works great for now, but can definitely use improvement; but that will come. Check out the blogs/videos for the mobile IE9 which is coming later this year. That will probably be the best browser on a mobile phone. Then hopefully they start adding the nice 'little things' like zoom buttons and all that jazz.
    03-10-2011 12:08 PM
  6. kalldrexx's Avatar
    The browser works great for now, but can definitely use improvement; but that will come. Check out the blogs/videos for the mobile IE9 which is coming later this year. That will probably be the best browser on a mobile phone. Then hopefully they start adding the nice 'little things' like zoom buttons and all that jazz.
    Yep, saw the videos. It looks good, but I am more of a "I'll believe it when I see it" type of person :P
    03-10-2011 12:40 PM
  7. Pete C's Avatar
    Does the double-tap to zoom work differently on Android? It works exactly the same as the iPhone as far as I can tell. You have to tap on text in order for the 'fit to width' to work correctly.

    As for the loading screens...how else can it possibly work? If the data isn't there yet would you rather it just not allow you to scroll down? To me it works superior to the iPhone's implementation, which kicks you back up to the top of the screen several times while loading a page.
    Last edited by Pete C; 03-10-2011 at 01:07 PM.
    03-10-2011 12:59 PM
  8. Rich Edmonds's Avatar
    Does the double-tap to zoom work differently on Android? It works exactly the same as the iPhone as far as I can tell. You have to tap on text in order for the 'fit to width' to work correctly.

    As for the loading screens...how else can it possibly work? If the data isn't there yet would you rather it just not allow you to scroll down? To me it works superior to the iPhone's implementation, which kicks you back up to the top of the screen several times while loading a page.
    Couldn't agree more really. How IE on WP7 handles loading web pages is one feature I love about the mobile version of the browser. Not to mention the Metro UI look of the browser itself is so minimalistic that the focus is entirely on the webpage content.

    I foresee a healthy future for WP7, it simply needs to mature (and have working updates).
    03-11-2011 04:40 AM
  9. kalldrexx's Avatar
    As for the loading screens...how else can it possibly work? If the data isn't there yet would you rather it just not allow you to scroll down? To me it works superior to the iPhone's implementation, which kicks you back up to the top of the screen several times while loading a page.
    Sorry I loading was the wrong word. I was more referring to when zoomed in, if you scroll down you will get the blue area for the part of the page that hasn't rendered at that zoom level yet. This is after the page is already loaded. It's an issue where it's not rendering the parts of the page as fast as you are scrolling
    03-11-2011 07:01 AM
  10. Pete C's Avatar
    Sorry I loading was the wrong word. I was more referring to when zoomed in, if you scroll down you will get the blue area for the part of the page that hasn't rendered at that zoom level yet. This is after the page is already loaded. It's an issue where it's not rendering the parts of the page as fast as you are scrolling
    Ok, I see what you mean. You can see this right on the wpcentral home page even zoomed out if you scroll very fast. I am pretty sure the iPhone had the same issue on this one...perhaps a memory issue?
    03-11-2011 09:21 AM
  11. CJ Thunder's Avatar
    Bluetooth button on the calling interface!!!! This is heaven for me, as I use my phone with my car's Sync system all the time. Many times I put the call in privacy mode, but quite a few times I have wanted phone calls to go from car bluetooth, to phone only, and back to the car's bluetooth (like if other people are in the car). With Android, once i put the phone into Privacy (in phone) mode, I could not push it back to the bluetooth (as far as I could tell). This phone makes it very easy.

    * Typing words that aren't in the dictionary is sometimes annoying. Sometimes it will force you to auto-correct to a word you didn't want, and sometimes it's annoying to get past that. Luckily once you do, it's easy to add a word to the phone's dictionary but until you get to that point I had to type the same word in a few times. The last time I used it I was trying to enter the first name of someone who is actually in my contact list. It really needs to be adding all names from my contact list into the phone's dictionary by default.

    * The web browser sucks. I'm not sure why every review I read claims it was awesome. For starters, it can't render WPCentral's gradient correctly, and the color transition is extremely broken up and staggered. It reminds me of the old VGA days. My second annoyance is that scrolling quickly produces the blue "loading" areas, so while scrolling is smooth, you still have to wait until things load. Finally, I miss Android's zoom buttons, as it seems the only way to zoom out of a spot is to pinch to zoom, and some areas (like WPCentral's top bar) you can't double tap to zoom in close enough to hit a button, so you have to pinch to zoom. I like using my phone one handed (what I do with my other hand is my own business :P)
    1. Explain the bluetooth thing more. I have no idea what you mean?

    2. How do you add words? I wish I could auto fill my damn username into the browser.

    3. The browser is mostly fine, flash colors but I wish I could lock the screen rotation.
    03-11-2011 02:20 PM
  12. kalldrexx's Avatar
    1) When on a call, if the phone is connected to a Bluetooth device, such as my car's media system, the call's audio is automatically played through the device (e.g.my car speakers). The Bluetooth button allows me to toggle between having the cll go through Bluetooth and having it come from the phone. This means I can have conversations privately on the phone, but then push the call back out to my car's audio system if I want others in the car to participate.

    Previously with Android, once I moved the call to my phone for privacy, I couldn't then push it back to my car.

    2) to add a word, after typing it tap the word. When it highlights, the auto correction should show a + sign next to the word. If you hit that, it all add it to the dictionary.
    03-11-2011 02:35 PM
  13. CJ Thunder's Avatar
    1) When on a call, if the phone is connected to a Bluetooth device, such as my car's media system, the call's audio is automatically played through the device (e.g.my car speakers). The Bluetooth button allows me to toggle between having the cll go through Bluetooth and having it come from the phone. This means I can have conversations privately on the phone, but then push the call back out to my car's audio system if I want others in the car to participate.

    Previously with Android, once I moved the call to my phone for privacy, I couldn't then push it back to my car.

    2) to add a word, after typing it tap the word. When it highlights, the auto correction should show a + sign next to the word. If you hit that, it all add it to the dictionary.
    1. Ah, don't use bluetooth often enough to have noticed that.

    2. I did that but in online forms I type half of the added word and the added word does not populate as a suggestion. Hmmmm....???
    03-12-2011 12:44 AM
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