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My first days with a Windows 8 phone

  1. #121


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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Apparently the 8.1 update has been poorly safeguarded as there are videos showing off the Nokia Lumia 630 with what appears to be for sure, custom image backgrounds that can skin your tiles. Neat thing about that, the tiles are actually more transparent in that mode as it uses parallex motion like in Windows 8.1 when you scroll.

    But anyways... FEATURES!! FEATURES!! FEATURES!! WOW!

    Windows Phone 8.1 Features | Windows Phone Central

    LOTS of goodies expected in 8.1. This will definitely take the platform being solidly between android and ios in terms of capabilities. It's not over the top like android, but it's not so lower end like ios. It's definitely enough I'd imagine to pull over android users (those especially on lower end handsets to new lower end 8.1 phones) as it has a swipe keyboard equivalent (never would have imagined that one happening), more fine grained controls, and I'd assume the picture backgrounds will be a huge plus.

    So far, no new accent colors...

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  2. #122


    Thanks again for posting, Cokie.

    Wow! Lots being added. It'll take me a while to get through the list.
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  3. #123


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    I am not sure whether I share the enthusiasm that you guys have. I think the beauty of the W8P is that it is simple. It took me 10% of the time to set it up compared to my Android tablet. I hope they don't destroy that simplicity because more function is also more complexity.

    There is really nothing new I can think of that I need on my W8P. It does a perfect job for what I use it for. Note - since I got it, I only made 2 phone calls with it, just for testing, LOL.
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  4. #124


    I understand what you're saying, whs, but I on the other hand use my phone for a lot of communication mediums. This is a phablet size device also. No land line, so all phone calls. Texting, emailing, Skype, and messenger apps. Then browsing, navigation, Office, TapaTalk, calendar, contacts, etc. Facebook, Twitter, or other social apps if or when I did/do that.

    As I was telling that new member, I feel one is no more difficult than the other, but it does have to do with the entrance level of any OS and/or device. A lot of us have been using cell phones for years.
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  5. #125


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    Yeah, you are the pro's. None of the stuff you listed I am using on the W8P - except navigation and once in a while I look into my Gmail because that is my mailbox. But only 2 people know the number. So there is not a lot of traffic and I can also look at the Gmail with the PC or the tablet.

    My main apps are navigation, my very nice on-line music app, Tom and Jerry, the Flintstones, weather, the Michelin maps and then playing all the stuff I have on my MicroSD card. Everything else I can do better on the PC. And I am not a big 'communicator'. I don't even use my landline phone very much.
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  6. #126


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    Windows 8.1 Pro x64 bit


    And I am not a big 'communicator'. I don't even use my landline phone very much.
    Had to laugh when I read this, cuz I personally hate phones.
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  7. #127


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    Quote Originally Posted by LittleJay View Post
    And I am not a big 'communicator'. I don't even use my landline phone very much.
    Had to laugh when I read this, cuz I personally hate phones.
    Yeah right. I think they made them for women. When my MIL is in the house, I think I am in a call center. What a pain - especially since they really have nothing to say. Just wasting time.
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  8. #128


    LOL on call center.

    I'm not a phone guy either, but I was in construction/building business and raised/have 6 children so a cell phone was a great tool in my life. I'm old enough to know what it's like without them, but I really don't know how I would have made it without one in later life.
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  9. #129


    Germany/Florida
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    Vista and Win7


    If you are in business the cell phones make sense. But for a retiree there is hardly ever 'essential communication'. Those that have something to tell me can always write a letter - although with USPS you never know whether you will get it, LOL.
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  10. #130


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    Windows 8.1 Pro x64 bit


    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    If you are in business the cell phones make sense. But for a retiree there is hardly ever 'essential communication'. Those that have something to tell me can always write a letter - although with USPS you never know whether you will get it, LOL.
    How about e-mail? I like it because I can read and/or reply at my leisure. Unlike the phone where it always rings at the most inopportune times.
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