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What do people not like about Windows Phone 7?

Windows Phone 7 seems pretty slick. Is it style over substance?

Most Useful Answer Repo  Nov. 17, 2011 at 13:37

@ecu. M$ are not the first company to have problems with their handsets. There have have plenty of problems ith iPhones - both hardware and software related - over the years.
Currently a WP6.5 user but going to WP7.5 when I can afford it!

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blizzard7  Sep. 13, 2011 at 19:49

Most people who complain about WP7 don't really have any major complaints against underlying system, just its appearance.

It is certainly a very fast running OS and I think a lot of people find it a bit unsettling that Microsoft have beaten Apple at the simplification game when it comes to the homescreen.

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 13, 2011 at 20:11

Here:
yes the UI in my personal opinion is p*ss ugly.
I won't pay for an OS that forces me to use a giant PC suite for things like transferring 1 song. (hello, iOS...)

Multitasking is a joke. Browser is fast but limited. Email client is fast and intuitive but, yes, limited.

Without windows or mac PC access WP7 is totally useless. I mainly use Ubuntu. Can't transfer anything without stupid cloud workarounds. So, Microshaft don't want my custom...

I could go on, but hey.... we all have different needs and wants. Apps buying aside, I wouldn't have classified WP7 as "smartphone" upon launch.

I am wondering what Nokia will make of it, though.
Nokia users are used to mass storage, (now) usb-on-the-go, flash (lite), tethering with any computer (even Linux), copy/paste, multitasking, opera mini, a competent, though clumsy email client etc etc...

Wonder how many will happily put on Elop's straightjacket.

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 13, 2011 at 21:09

Yep, Blizzard is right (as is Jan, just he wrote more and I'm feeling lazy), it's the UI I can't stand, it's ugly and child-like IMHO. Those blocks remind me of LEGO/Crayola all rolled into one...not the right look for a smartphone, well not for me anyway.

blizzard7  Sep. 14, 2011 at 10:00

If you're looking at getting a WP7, don't let these two Captain Grumpingtons put you off. I think the UI looks great ;)

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 14, 2011 at 10:38

blizzard, noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo

you're just saying it cause you know soon all PCs will look like that **canwehaveapukeemoticon :p

blizzard7  Sep. 14, 2011 at 11:48

Don't worry, very soon you'll be able to skin Linux to look like Windows 8 and then you can join in on the Metro fun. Mwahaha!

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 14, 2011 at 14:00

I really hope windows 8 doesn't have a compulsory Metro UI, I really hope I can go back to a Windows 7 look and feel on my main laptop.

Blizzard, oi :p, I'm not a grumpington haha ;)

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 14, 2011 at 14:00

omg hahagargh

matt101101 / MOD  Sep. 14, 2011 at 14:03

What's so funny, Jan :p?

blizzard7  Sep. 14, 2011 at 14:32

I don't think he's laughing as much as that's the sound he makes when he's having a seizure. :p

mrew42  Sep. 14, 2011 at 14:43

Well I've decided to take a proper look at WP7 by installing it on my currently Android only HD2. Sense 3.5 has just been ported for NAND and SD so I'll take the chance to 'refesh' the Android side and sual boot it for WP7. Then I'll have some semblance of what all the ire is about.......

sparkymakr75  Nov. 7, 2011 at 22:07

I sometimes wonder if the folk that comment on these phones have actually owned them or just go by what's posted online or what others say? I owned an iPhone for a couple of years (3GS and 4) and got rid to get a WP7. A decision I don't regret. Firstly, unlike iTunes, Zune is far better for managing your music, not insisting that you manage it via iTunes, instead it let's you manage it yourself and put it in "watched" folders. Zune will then index it. iTunes is ok if your the only one accessing your media but when your sharing it amongst multiple users, it's a nightmare.

Secondly, Zune allows you to wirelessly sync your phone (something that iOS 5 has just added) so there's no need to "tie" your phone to your PC.

Being a developer, the development platform for Windows Phone is far superior and more mature in my opinion. Apple uses an old language with OO bolted on and then there's the minefield of certificates and profiles to navigate their way through.

The only gripe I have is the lower availability of apps and the fact that apps are published to Android and iPhone, with WP7 usually being last to get it. On the flip side, the majority of the thousands of apps available once these app stores pass a certain point are duplicates and usually consist of stupid fart apps!

As a phone, it does what I need, and I don't have to follow the Apple shepard.

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 9, 2011 at 09:03

@ sparkymakr

I sometimes wonder if the folk that comment on these phones have actually owned them or just go by what's posted online or what others say? I owned an iPhone for a couple of years (3GS and 4) and got rid to get a WP7
Not speaking for anyone else - I got the HTC HD7 on launch day. And I had another one after Mango came out. I don't waste time talking about stuff I don't actually know.
I am not saying that WP7 "is BAD". It's not good - for me! That is why I said what I didn't like - things a LOT of people agree with.
C'mon - WP7 gained a 2% (-ish)) share in over a year.

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 9, 2011 at 09:20

PS I do agree about the flood of duplicate apps for iOS/Android. And if YOU are happy with your WP7 device - good for you :)

equ  Nov. 16, 2011 at 18:13

Wp7 1.5% down from 2.7% last year.
And true I do not own one.
- points
Adverts (In the uk anyway) don't even show a device being used, when updates brick phones, a UI looks very "Toyish", forum complaints about limited functionality (various)

+ points
phones are really cheap for the hardware you get.
would be the only person in Surrey to own one

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 16, 2011 at 18:33

Agree, equ - hardware-wise you probably get the most bang per pound... I'd love the Lumia 800 with pretty much any othEr OS!

Repo  Nov. 17, 2011 at 13:37

@ecu. M$ are not the first company to have problems with their handsets. There have have plenty of problems ith iPhones - both hardware and software related - over the years.
Currently a WP6.5 user but going to WP7.5 when I can afford it!

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 17, 2011 at 16:09

Repo,
Going from 6.5 to WP7 Series will be a real bummer! No registry tweaks, no mass storage mode, no real 3rd party browsers etc etc...

Repo  Nov. 17, 2011 at 16:30

I only want it for XBLA games and ebook reading. I don't really use the net/phone side that much. Having said that, I'll be keeping an eye on xdadevelopers.com. I don't think it will be too long before cooked WP7.5 ROMS make an appearance ;]

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 17, 2011 at 16:54

Repo,
I think we'll need a bestselling WP7 device before ROM cooking really builds up some steam

mrew42  Nov. 17, 2011 at 20:27

Yebbut the best selling WP7 device isn't even a WP7 device...
HD2 anyone?
:)

matt101101 / MOD  Nov. 17, 2011 at 21:01

Mrew, that's actually probably true, sadly :p...it also made me laugh :D.

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 18, 2011 at 07:02

It is phenomenal - the HTC HD2 still sold for €449 at expansys! That is more than I paid, what, 2 years ago?

matt101101 / MOD  Nov. 18, 2011 at 08:04

Well expansys is a rip off, tbh...but the HD2 was, well is, a fantastic phone, basically a Desire with a bigger screen and a release date of well before the Desire. Imagine how much of a splash the HD2 would have made if it was launched with Android....wow...there's a thought...

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 18, 2011 at 08:50

matt, granted, Expansys is not the cheapest place to buy it - but I know you can still make around €250 with a used HD2... That IS pretty impressive ;)

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