- 10-03-2012, 03:56 PM #1
So after reading about how iOS is the most polished and refined mobile operating system
..after hearing Joshua Topolsky talk about how he wish HTC would put android on the 8X hardware (video source link needed)
...after reading Vlad Savov talk about how he wish Nokia made an android phone
I got mad at first then started being pragmatic and tried to figure out what Windows Phone is missing that makes tech journalist want for more.
So I grabbed my WP phone and started looking at the features set and listed what thing were missing or needed as a fair and balanced WP user. When I talk about OS features...it is compared to other mobile OS features and sometimes desktop OS as mobile phones are moving that direction.
So before MS adds any more whiz-bang-cool-OMG feature. My desire is for them to tie up the loose ends in the OS. Especially to quite people who write this 101 Reasons Not to Buy A Windows Phone 7.5 :: My-Symbian ~ My-Maemo ~ My-MeeGo Forum although I have to admit some points are valid.
This is the list I came up with and I need help from others to cleaning up the list: These things maybe added in WP8, WP9 or WP10 so it will be a living list.
- Voice Mail scrubber (can move forward / backwards )
- Favorite List /
- Calls: reply by SMS (pre-canned reponse or user defined )
- Do not Calls List: Block Calls text messages independent of carrier services or help
- Skype integration
- Enhanced History: Call duration
- Smart Dialer
- Number Filtering (as you type a list of contact appears thatt those numbers...saw this on iPhone )
- Multiple Clocks
- Stop watch
- Live Tile support for timer / stop watch
*this has to be done at the OS level because 3rd party apps have to be suspended/tomb-stoned
- Programmer View
- Statistician view
- Show history
- Unit Conversion
- Date Conversion
- Worksheet/Mode for:
- Mortgage Calculation
- Vehical lease
- Fuel Economy
- Weekly View
- Picture Crop
- Picture rotation
- Picture red-eye reduction
- HDR Photos
- Software shutter button in camera app
- Optional HTML signatures
- Forward, Back, Refresh, Tab, Bookmarks buttons
- Save Images,PDF or Download File as...
- Private Browsing Mode
- Word wrap/automatic text reflow
- Turn by Turn navigation with street names
- 3D view
- Voice Commands
- Offline Downloading of map for non-cellular areas or data package limitation
- Traffic and indication of what the problem is
- Multiple Language support
- Alternative routes
- Speed Camera Alerts
- Detailed Report view of all messages ( like reading carrier statement )
MUSIC / VIDEO
- Integration of all music apps into music/video hub ( may need API work )
- Accurate Forward / Backward scrubbing via finger touch
- Option to stop versus pause
ME TILE I am assuming this as the default notification center
- 3rd Party notification
- Apps running in the background notification
- Missed phone calls and voice messages
- New email
- New text messages
- Calendar events
- Friend requests (Game Cent
- Stock ticker
- Weather Changes
- List voice recording
- List time, date and length
- Edit recording
- Label recording or tag them
- Share recordings
- Integration of all photo apps ( may need API work )
- Pin-able setting ( quick on/off toggle for wifi/bluetooth, internet sharing and etc )
- Themes- 'c'mon man' 10 accent colors? If each RGB value could be stored in 4bytes so if we are currently only using 40bytes? I understand wanting to filter color choices to best show off WP8 so instead of adding a color which could lead to bad product representation...have an intern usability engineer find 64 or 128 colors! Worst case scenario you consume 512 bytes of storage.
- You can now switch languages quickly with the dedicated language selector key on keyboard for QWERTY, QWERTZ, AZERTY, Dvorak, Colemak, and PC styles.
- Enhanced Emoticon Key
- Bluetooth keyboard support
- Able to access downloaded files (offline) even for devices w/out SD card support
- Multiple file deletion, selection
- Direct File transfer via bluetooth
- Universal Search for files, contacts, people and websites
- Able to specify where to search ( files or contacts or people...)
- Bluetooth 4.0
- Quad Core
- Support for USB audio docks
- Print from browser, email, pdf or Office
- Alpha Numeric Pin lock
- Picture Password
- On-device Encryption
- External storage Encryption
- Cloud storage Encryption
- System wide dictionary
- Screen Orientation Lock
- Screenshot capture
- Relocate to another country without requiring HARD reset
- Wireless syncing without tying to Zune/iTunes. Media management without additional software.
- OS updates over the air...even major updates like iPhone with iOS5/iOS6
- Multiple User support (i.e guest mode)
- Option to persist cell signal, battery, time status bar all the time
DATA USAGE /METERING TOOL
- Allows warning alerts
- Cuts off data at user specified limits
- Detailed reports of application usages w/cutoffs
- Allows cellular, wifi and both report views
- Custom SMS/MMS tones
- Custom vibrate patterns
- Sound Equalizer
- Separate volume for phone, speaker, music and etc
Last edited by andrelamont; 10-04-2012 at 09:04 AM.
- 10-03-2012, 05:00 PM #8
2 very important things u listed for me, quick toggles for settings. And smart dialer. Example being on my phone I type da and it pops up dad or David and I click on one of those to dial. So convenient
Sent from my SCH-I535 using Tapatalk 2
- 10-03-2012, 05:26 PM #9
Things that I miss on Windows Phone:
- System wide orintation lock
- Word wrap/automatic text reflow in Internet Explorer and Email Inbox
- Forward, Back, Refresh, Tab, Bookmarks buttons - all placed on Internet Explorer taskbar at all times. There is no reason to force users to do multiple taps for what should be simple tasks.
- Software shutter button in camera app (much easier to press a big SW button on the screen when you are trying to take a bunch of quick photos rather than pressing the HW button which is not very fast or intuitive)
- Option to persist cell signal, battery, time status bar all the time. If people want to auto hide it, they should be able to. But it should definitely be availble as an option if you want to keep it on your screen at all times.
It is possible to sometimes over do the minimalist design philosophy, and the very basic features which I list above show that Microsoft has made that mistake. Give users the choice of how they want to use the phone. Don't just leave it off altogether. It is very frustrating.
10-03-2012, 05:59 PM #10
- 4 Posts
All due respect, but consider the source of that "101 Reasons" list -- it's mainly an exercise in expressing frustration for Nokia ditching Symbian and Meego in place of WP. While some things on the list are valid/useful, many others are simply not true or inaccurate; the main theme is that the person who compiled it is stuck in the past and doesn't recognize the evolution of smartphone user experience that would render a bunch of those features irrelevant. I was a long-time Symbian user, my N-series could do everything... but nothing well or with class; the experience was simply horrible.
Likewise, take The Verge's or Engadget's or whatever iblog's opinions on the WP platform with a 50 lb. sack of salt.
That said, I recognize some useful things in your personal list, especially bothersome for me are the lack of:
- Better volume controls
- turn-by-turn with street names (I use a combination of Nokia maps/drive and Bing maps, but overall they are not as as useful in their current state as Google Maps on Android).
10-03-2012, 06:18 PM #11
- 383 Posts
i don't understand some of the stuff... i mean as far as i know some of the stuff listed can't be done "by default" on other os as well and apps do exist for each os for those functions
portrait gives u standard and landscape gives u scientific (i think thats what that is... right?)
Integration of all music apps into music/video hub
aren't these already there? or u mean something else other then listing the apps?;
the section u describes sounded like notification center... which i want too, but i wouldn't shove that under me tile, won't be as easy to get to
this one i think needs overhaul, lol
well i agree with most of your listed item, and like ExcaliburII says, alot of the listed item should vaporize when wp8 comes out, hopefully u can shrink this list dramatically when it happens :P
EDIT: each ----- signifies they have no relation to the previous item... just to clarify...
Last edited by Nataku4ca; 10-03-2012 at 06:21 PM. Reason: clarify
- 10-03-2012, 07:06 PM #12
Timers and stopwatches can work just fine, and some already do. They are based on time, so an app can easily resume by taking the difference between the two times. I use an app called Timer by Christian Dullweber, it schedules alarms for its timers and resumes the stopwatch even if you relaunch the app.
- 10-03-2012, 08:48 PM #19
- 10-03-2012, 08:53 PM #20
I have owned 2 WP devices and will own three. (to be transparent I did purchased an iPhone 2007 but I no longer use it so dont hold it against me )
If my poor writing skills have led you or others to think that's my agenda then I apologize for it.
I know about complaining as I hear it every year when my Cleveland Browns season tanks after the 3rd game! Trust me this is not my agenda NOR is it my agenda to have a list sent to MS!! This is not a complaint thread.
Instead of me crossing off my own personal list of features MS needs to implement for feature parity I'd figured a community based one would be better. Hence this thread. I hope it stays this way and hope that it doesn't turn south
10-03-2012, 10:20 PM #23
- 1,365 Posts
Both new Nokias are BT 4.0 certified, all the on-device encryption has already been confirmed for WP8 for some time now, Skype integration for WP8 is old news, music scrubber is on WP7/7.5-can even be done from the lock screen by long pressing the >>| & |<< buttons, Smart dialer and number filtering are both available through 3rd party apps, same with conversion functions you requested, you can already turn off the camera shutter sound in the main sounds settings menu, WP7/7.5 already allow you to take a picture by tapping anywhere on the screen-also focuses on that area, all the browser things you want are available with a 3rd party app called UC Browser, (except text reflow) *pauses to breathe* offline downloading of maps currently available on all mango/tango Nokia devices, same with traffic data and alternate routing, don't even why you want all that in the me tile when pinnable tiles already gives you that info at a glance, current camera software already integrates all photo apps, with deeper integration already announced via WP8's "lenses" feature, additional theme colors already confirmed for WP8, BT file transfer being rendered irrelevant by NFC, *another breath* Sound Equalizer confirmed for Nokia WP8 devices.
I would also like custom alerts and vibrations, as well as separate volumes, and weekly view would be nice too. Much of your list, however, seem to be non-issues solved by simply getting accustomed to the fact that WP does some things differently from the competitors. Hope my list helped... :)
Last edited by freestaterocker; 10-03-2012 at 10:27 PM.
10-04-2012, 06:17 AM #25
- 257 Posts
Has anyone seen whether you can customise the refresh times for the live tiles - someone mentioned that to me as an annoyance with WP7.5??
His exact words were "You can't trust that what you see on the tiles is the very latest information, it could be an hour old" He was referring to the weather app and live travel info..
Im a WP noob, no experience until I get the 920, so thought Id ask