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Microsoft Provides Windows Phone 8 Details

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Does it have a motor?

by GravityFails    Sep 7, 2012, 1:25 AM

These are all fine and fabulous additions, but if WP8 doesn't persistently display the time, signal strength, and battery indicator on every screen, I'm (still) not interested.

I'm pretty sure this is still a phone, isn't it? It says so in the nomenclature; Windows PHONE 8. So why does Microsoft do their damnedest to put as many layers of unnecessary interaction as possible between you and any essential phone-related information?

The fact that the indicators are hidden on the current batch of Windows Phone devices is one of the biggest reasons why I gave up on my HD7, and rarely use my 710. Combine this with a startling dearth of software, an absolutely horrible on-screen keyboard, and the lack of function-based widgets (such as wi-fi or Bluetooth toggle), and you have a perennial third-string placekicker for an operating system.

If it weren't for RIM's complete ineptitude, Windows Phone would stay in fourth place, where it belongs.

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