DalyDose of…Windows Phone 7 Wish List

Let me start out by stating that I absolutely love my Samsung Focus running Windows Phone 7 (wp7).  I am a fan, but I am not a cultish type of user.  I am well aware of the shortcomings and I’m confident that they will be addressed.  In fact, an update is due in “early 2011” and the rumor mill says it is massive and will be in January.

I have had my hands on the phone for just under a week and have been a heavy user.  I’ve put it through it’s paces.  I’m not ready for a full-on review as of yet, but I do have my “Top 20 Windows Phone 7 Fixes” that I’d like Microsoft to take care of ASAP.  I’m sure that Mr. Ballmer will not be reading my blog, but hey you gotta put it out there if you want something to happen, right?

OK, here’s the list:

Everyone is talking about multi-tasking and cut/paste so I’ll leave those off my list!  Here’s the rest of what I’m wishing for:

1. A way to synch with Outlook for people who don’t have Exchange. I had a heckuva time getting my calendar/contacts from my PC to my phone.  My old Windows Mobile (WM6) devices did it…heck, even the iPhone can synch with Outlook.  Pssssst….hey Microsoft, you own both  products, maybe have a conference call or a corporate retreat and get the teams to play nice together. And while I’m thinking about it, you own a piece of Facebook too so make that better. I know it’s pretty cool as is, but there’s always better and I like to keep a good rant going once I get started, besides it looks really cool with both the bold and the italics on.

2. A way to synch with my PC version of OneNote.  This is another no-brainer…this is a note taking product and the notes should be available everywhere you work.  I hope they either fix it or “HEY EVERNOTE…make a wp7 app”!

3. I’d like the math symbols like (+, -, =) to show up for use in email and texting. Seriously.

4. Bing needs turn-by-turn voice navigation. (It also needs to have the direction that you’re driving appear on the top of the screen)

5. More volume management. Right now it’s all in one, but I’d like to have a different volume for music than I do for my ring or my typing noises.

6. Zune Player should be able to work in landscape mode…period.

7. Flash for IE please.

8. Custom ringtones would be nice.  I need to show how cool I am by having my favorite song play for my ring.  Hmmm…maybe Zune Pass could handle this.

9. Email all in one spot. Don’t like having separate tiles to toggle between to get to email from different accounts.  I have two tiles taking up valuable glance-and-go space on my start screen.  I could use that other tile for something else.

10. I’d like to see the option to display % of battery life vs. just an icon

11. I want, nay NEED, the camera to remember the settings that I choose. In fact, Anti-shake should be ON, by default.

12. Add videos and audio for MMS.  I really wanted to send a video of me singing “Happy Birthday” to my friend the other day.  Ooops, no video…oh well, I’ll just an audio gift, right? Wrong.  Microsoft, you have denied someone’s inner ear the magical massage of my voice. 

13. More settings for email delivery: in WM6, I set it to show me 1 days’ worth of email and I had it check every 5 minutes. Those settings are not available to me in WP7.  It now shows 3 days and it only checks every 15 minutes.  People call me if I don’t respond in 10 minutes, cuz I’m that important.  Trust me, it’s a curse and a blessing.

14. I’d like to insert (vs. attach) pictures into my email messages.  People want pictures, they don’t want attachments.  People also want my witty banter right next to what I’m talking about.  Don’t believe me???  Really?  You’re still reading this list aren’t ya? 😉

15. I’d like to control my search in Marketplace. If I am looking for an application, I’d like only apps to show up in my search results. The same for music or whatever.  Would I look in a record store for something at the hardware store?  Will if Marketplace had its way, that’s exactly what I’d have to put up with if searching for “Tool”.

16. On the dialer, I’d like it to search while I am dialing. I used this A LOT with my old WM6 device. I could start dialing and it would show me people with those numbers and also the letters on the numbers.  I like stuff simple & easy n stuff.

17. On the calendar, I’d like a week view to go with the day view and the month view.  Most people plan their week.  The ambitious plan their month sure and the day is something we all must make it through, but the week; the week is the foundation that drives life.

18. It would be cool if the Music + Video tile cycled through more than just the last artist played.  I love the pan/zoom effect, I just want to see more artists displayed.  That way people will see how eclectic I am at the same time they realize that I have impeccable taste.

19. Please for the love of all that is holy, fix the SD card issue and make it user-friendly to expand memory.  I don’t even have anything funny here…just please fix it.

20. Please look at the following Zune features from the desktop version.  Is it cheating that I have a-c listed here.  Is it not really a Top 20 now? 

  • a. Let me sort albums by date purchased. This is my default view on Zune Desktop and I’d like it to be the same on my phone. That reminds of what I have that is NEW that I should be listening to.
  • b. Let me make and edit playlists on the phone
  • c. Let me download the whole album using my Zune Pass. Why do I have to do that on the computer?? The phone version lets me download individual songs with my Pass and I can buy them with either my credits or money. I can also buy the album, but not utilize my Zune Pass benefit of downloading it.

OK, you’ve earned it…here’s one of them there witty “Really” commercials.  I think I’m going to review ALL of these commercials in the near future.  Stay tuned.

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Posted on November 30, 2010, in Technology and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. Great list. Just wanted to let you know that some are there already, but kind of tucked away:

    Number 2 is already there if you have OneNote 2010. In OneNote, configure the notebook to sync with SkyDrive. On the phone, open the Office Hub. Hit the “all” button under the OneNote section, pull up the app bar, and hit settings. Then toggle auto sync to on. Your notebooks should then be in sync between your phone and computer.

    For number 3, when in the keyboard, tap the “&123” button. Then tap the left arrow button to toggle to the second keyboard page. The math symbols should be there.

    Everything else should be added ASAP.

  2. Thanks for the tips! The match symbols one is making me feel dumb for not finding it, but the OneNote one is a bit more challenging.

  3. 20.c. is also available. Tap and hold the name of the album for a download of the album to you phone.
    15 is kind of there. When you go to Marketplace and then tap ‘apps’ and then the HW Search button, all app results are displayed first.
    Otherwise, week-view is on the top of my list, and I agree with the items you are listing. Would also add: allow storing and accessing non-OneNote files on the SkyDrive.

    • Thanks Pavel. The album one is a great find!

      If I was doing the list again, I think I would still keep the Marketplace issue listed. If I am searching for apps, I should only see apps in the results.

  4. I just got my Samsung Focus. I haven’t used it that much, but have a couple of suggestions/complaints.

    The first thing is that not all phone numbers were imported from my SIM card (I spent a lot of time yesterday making sure that all of my contacts were correct on my old phone; and I kept a list in Excel).

    In line with that, I really miss having a group attribute for contacts. I used that capability on my old cellphone and on my cordless phones at home. With both of those, I can set a ringtone for everyone in the group, saving time and effort as new contacts are added to the group.

    Lastly (at least for now), having a speed dial would be nice. My Motorola Razor had that feature – just press and hold a numeric key and it would dial the number associated with that key.

    • Bob – I’m guessing something went wrong with your SIM import. Did you try again?
      I’m totally with you on the group attribute and speed dial. I’ve tried pressing and holding ‘1’ to dial voicemail numerous times.

  5. Great list! I was making my own wish list, and I ended up using half of your suggestions. I kept saying “Oh yeah, I hate that!”

    Top on my list have to be separate volume controls (so annoying), copy paste, More Landscape Support, camera setting retention, global e-mail inbox, search contacts on dial, etc…

    I’m loving my focus (my wife can’t keep her hand off of it, and my sister loves hers too), but these issues NEED to be addressed. Is Microsoft aware of these problems? I know we’re getting copy paste, but I wonder what Microsoft thinks are the priority updates, and when we could see them.

    • Hey Caleb. I hadn’t noticed the volume control issue but now it’s annoying me as well. THANKS! 🙂

      Hopefully, the rumored updates in January and February address most of these concerns. I’m fairly sure that Microsoft knows about these things. I know that I post them to the Windows Phone Facebook group and to @windowsphonesupport on Twitter.

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