08-12-2012, 07:56 PM #1
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I used to use Android, now WP. Whilei do like it, one thing that bugs me is how MS seems bent on now allowing options, real alternatives to things like browser and key board. If I like anything about Android, it was more options. Some hate it but I loved Swype. And DolphinHD was the best mobile browser I've ever used. I like to surf on my mobile phone and IE is average at best. From bookmarks to keeping text fittable on page, back button/forward, you name it, IE is not a very good browse. Even copy and paste is a pain to use.
I don't know what to expect from IE 10, but if it's not way better than what we have now, I hope MS hears an outcry from WP users and starts to allow Real alternatives to browser and keyboard
08-12-2012, 08:23 PM #3
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It's a widespread myth that MS doesn't allow alternative browsers. Not true. It's just that nobody has bothered to write one. Writing a browser is hard, and it would probably be hard to make it run smoothly in .NET code. Maybe we'll see some options with wp8 and native code
As for the keyboard, its an MS design decision. Maybe they felt it would be difficult to keep things smooth and secure if they allowed plugins like that. Who knows. If customizability is the most important thing to you then I think Android is really the best choice.
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- 08-12-2012, 08:53 PM #4
I think things are locked down the way they are is to prevent a 3rd party application bricking your phone or causing havoc with the OS.
I think the lack of a memory card and bluetooth transfer has to do with DRM issues, but that's just my opinion.
I also have a Samsung Galaxy S2 and a Nokia N8. I agree, the Dolphin browser is the best mobile browser out there. I use Opera on my N8. I have Swype on both by S2 and my N8 and I really like it.
I do like the Windows OS the best.
- 08-12-2012, 08:53 PM #5--Laura Knotek (formerly known as lak611)
- 08-12-2012, 10:02 PM #9
Why? Because they want to offer a CONSISTENT experience throughout the devices they will be offering: Xbox, Win8 and WP8. WP7 was the beginning of this new way. Like I posted in another thread, if you let OEMs and users do whatever they want you end up with a market saturated with cheap POS devices and OSes rendered useless and bloated by average users (I'm sure you have met at least once this person with half of his / hers IE windows filled with toolbar addons).
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- 08-13-2012, 09:36 AM #14
I don't think it has to do with wanting to be consistent at all. The options for programming apps in WP7.x are pretty limited. Developers didn't have the access to do things like keyboard replacements. Now W8/WP8 will change that so we will see what they will allow. I'd love keyboard options... not a deal breaker since they Windows Phone keyboard is pretty good.
Now, if it had a keyboard like the craptastic default Sammy Galaxy S3 keyboard, I would riot. I couldn't replace that thing quick enough.
- 08-13-2012, 01:11 PM #15
Can't be from a real person ?
I'm more used to this :
Regarding OP, I really believe MS will have to step it up a few notches if they want to keep f**ing around limiting everything. I don't think they'll keep this up for very long. Not like this.