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Poll: Windows Phone 8.1 is here, are YOU excited?

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Poll: Windows Phone 8.1 is here, are YOU excited?
Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, developers and non-developers, Windows Phone 8.1 is here! Microsoft opened up its bag of tricks and introduced a sizeable list of new additions. And, while most of them aren't exactly fresh and hip, we reckon each and every one of them is very welcome. The increased personalization abilities, the formal introduction of Cortana, and the long-awaited Action Center are worthy updates that bring Windows Phone up to speed, while many secondary additions and tweaks are waiting to be discovered.

So, are you satisfied with what you saw unveiled at Build? Did you have any strong expectations and anticipated features that you felt Microsoft forgot to include? Was there any functionality that really stood out for you? Vote in our poll and voice your opinion in the comments. We're looking forward to hearing from you, and finally grabbing Windows Phone 8.1 for a spin soon.

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Are you excited about the new Windows Phone?
1794 votes
(1794 votes) Yes, Windows Phone 8.1 rocks!
211 votes
(211 votes) No, I definitely expected more.
466 votes
(466 votes) Windows Phone 8.1 has done nothing to change my opinion of the platform.

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posted on 02 Apr 2014, 12:20 12

1. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10456; Member since: 14 May 2012)

Not really since everything that was part of the update is available on another platform, but I want to tryout WP8.1 as my main driver soon.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 12:22 5

3. papss (unregistered)

Say what?? Bookmarked this one lol..
I'm pretty freaking excited for most of the update.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 12:24 3

6. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10456; Member since: 14 May 2012)

I've been really curious to try the 1520. Only thing that's stopping me is Wifi calling with T-Mobile. If T-Mo can offer a flagship WP8.1 phone, I'll test it out without a doubt.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 13:14 1

19. lucid.brat (unregistered)

No company other than Samsung will ever satisfy u...so ur comment is obvious and xpected

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 13:37 3

25. Sauce (unregistered)

Just because he opposed WP 8.1? obviousfanboyisobvious

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 14:12 3

29. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10456; Member since: 14 May 2012)

I think you need to re-read comment #1 and #6 before you spam a troll comment.

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 03:24 1

39. Odiin (Posts: 340; Member since: 23 Apr 2013)

+ 1 lol!

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 13:29 1

22. SemperFiV12 (Posts: 944; Member since: 09 Nov 2010)

Well there is the Lumia 925... It was beyond amazing for my work, home and social use! I am using a Nexus 5 now and I am regretting the switch. HSN has Lumia 925 for $200!

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 12:21 2

2. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2071; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)

What's you opinion about WP8.1 Luis?

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 12:22

4. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2071; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


posted on 02 Apr 2014, 12:42 16

15. luis.d (Posts: 329; Member since: 04 Dec 2013)

I am happy to see Microsoft actively work on making the platform better and more attractive, while staying true to an original vision and simultaneously catering to developers. Although Windows Phone moves forward slowly compared to the competition, it's definitely evolving in the right aspects!

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 13:38

26. AppleHateBoy (unregistered)

Yes. Because of Action Center and Master Chief's girlfriend. I still need a File Manager and the ability to turn off Auto Rotate (I guess it's there, I don't remember). Only then will I consider WP to be up to date.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 18:32 1

33. elitewolverine (Posts: 5183; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)

You use the file manager that much huh? I use note 3 and previous Droids and used it once...

I guess if you absolutely need to move files, it is just not a zomg for me.

Yes auto rotate can be turned off, since the day it was released to developer preview.

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 03:01

45. utg001 (unregistered)

File manager is sure a nice feature where you can open or delete any/all files in one go. But I definitely find it better to use the specific app to open or delete something, its actually faster to open a mp3 file using Xbox music than trying to locate it through file manager.
I believe the file manager WILL come but MS is focusing on other more important features since you do have a better alternative to it right now.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 12:23 5

5. pookiewood (Posts: 631; Member since: 05 Mar 2012)

Pretty excited. I really like that animation lock screen. In hoping that's open to the general public. Like gifs, etc.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 12:25 2

7. Anshulonweb (Posts: 430; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)

the options are so extreme.... I think I'll wait for more details and hands on review before deciding

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 12:26 4

8. Lt.Green (Posts: 397; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


posted on 02 Apr 2014, 13:41 2

27. akki20892 (Posts: 3901; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)

Not yes. Oh hell yes.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 12:27 3

9. KenAdams (Posts: 55; Member since: 17 Feb 2014)

WP8.1 definitely looks very exciting. Waiting to pick up a Lumia 930!

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 13:42 3

28. akki20892 (Posts: 3901; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)

930 beauty and 8.1 beauty combine = masterpiece.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 12:28 4

10. lucid.brat (unregistered)

Its damn good

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 12:32 1

11. ArtSim98 (Posts: 3535; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)

Yes I am! If I had more money I would use both WP and Android. Now only Android! I know that what I'm going to say now is pretty weird: I prefer Windows 8.1 on PC than WP 8.1 on mobile. Yeah I know you guys must think I'm crazy but that's what I think lol

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 18:35

34. elitewolverine (Posts: 5183; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)

Not weird I love my note 3, but I am tired of babysitting my Droid, especially the lower end ones. I recommend the note 3 daily especially for the stylus. But my 925 sees more use.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 20:06

35. thealphageek1 (banned) (Posts: 942; Member since: 02 Feb 2013)

You're not weird for that at all. I prefer Windows 8.1 on a PC / tablet as opposed to WP 8.1 mobile as well. Still, I'm stoked about it and can't wait to update my Lumia 925.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 12:34 1

12. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)

I am stoked and I hope they continue to integrate the NSA into the OS...

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 13:29 3

23. papss (unregistered)

You mean from Google?

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 12:35 2

13. The13thKing (banned) (Posts: 849; Member since: 26 Feb 2014)

It's still playing catch up ... And Nokia is dominating the wp .. and in recent years it has such a bad rep everyone smiles when they see one :/

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 12:40 4

14. CX3NT3_713 (Posts: 2275; Member since: 18 Apr 2011)

Windows phone 8.1 FTW!!!!!!!!!!!

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 12:44 3

16. hurrycanger (Posts: 1563; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)

I am.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 12:55

17. StraightEdgeNexus (Posts: 3689; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)

I will appreciate the competition is improving. Wp 8.1 has got a nice major update. But its not convincing yet for me. Its still no match for android imo.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 14:14

30. dome888 (Posts: 73; Member since: 10 Oct 2012)


posted on 02 Apr 2014, 12:56 2

18. Jason2k13 (Posts: 1214; Member since: 28 Mar 2013)

The main thing that's keeping me away from using windows phone as my daily driver are apps and some customization. After playing around with my dad and friends windows phone, most of the apps that I wanted or in my galaxy S4 are not there.

The only windows phone that im interested in is the lumia 1020, because of it's superior camera.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 13:17

20. jsdechavez (Posts: 731; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)

Been using Win8 for half a year now. Losing the Start Menu was a real bummer and took some getting used but it is the most fluid Windows to date and the gestures help a lot too. Still discovering some interesting things (and some missing/quirky ones like drivers and bluetooth audio streaming). Now, having seen the forthcoming StartMenu comeback (with tiles) I think it's gonna be awesome. Also, my computer never had so much apps than before. Ironic? Well, Windows XP, Vista, and 7 didn't have apps. Now there's a lot to try though not as much as some more established mobile app stores.

Win8 user, Asus i7, non-touch. Use a fast mouse.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 13:18

21. RandomUsername (Posts: 808; Member since: 29 Oct 2013)

Now all we need is a waterproof Lumia :D

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 13:34

24. HTCOE (Posts: 632; Member since: 20 Nov 2011)

you're telling me if it's waterproof you'd buy it?? lol

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 14:16

31. piko1 (Posts: 7; Member since: 25 Feb 2014)

well i hope to have a start menu and a real desktop just as Windows 8.1 ( not mobile ) in WInP 9 i need to change my phone to be clear i expected to get XL when it gets in Bulgaria BUT after i saw the 8.1 now i want to get Lumia any Lumia (read 525 or 720) for me

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 17:46 1

32. tumchaaditya (Posts: 71; Member since: 21 May 2012)

I remember my old Lumia 800 with Windows Phone 7.5 and WP has truly come a long way from there. Most of the complaints I had about 7.5 seem to have been addressed in 8.1.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 20:12 1

36. thealphageek1 (banned) (Posts: 942; Member since: 02 Feb 2013)

I'm really excited for WP 8.1. Can't wait for the update to be out so that I can update my Lumia 925. WP 8.1 really goes a long way to bringing WP on par with the other platforms, feature wise.

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 01:05

37. Antonyjoseph (Posts: 217; Member since: 06 Apr 2013)

Yup, Really excited. Now MS keep working on fine tuning this and integrating (all the Windows platforms)

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 03:16

38. tomakali (Posts: 17; Member since: 12 Dec 2011)

With Microsoft patent for cubes...
WP9 and WP10 is going to be awesome

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 07:55 1

40. tasior (Posts: 265; Member since: 04 Nov 2012)

To be honest I don't know whether WP suits me, Last WP device I used was WP7, and phone portals such as PA, don't focus on functionalities that are important to me, so maybe someone can respond. Here are my expectations for the platform:

1. Bluetooth
- abitlity to send pictures and music via bluetooth to other devices, and PC's.
- ability to show pictures on the TV. The best is push-DLNA function, but DLNA server would do as well I suppose.
3. Ability to send all files to and from PC, without third party applications on computer.
- wireless would be welcome, but not necessary
4. Online Google map.
- very important to be Google, different solutions are welcome as well, but google map with search function is necessary.
5. Ability to get offline maps (I remember, that in WP7 worked only offline in drive mode, and that doesn't satisfy my needs)
6. Ability to controll data transfer (and to easily cut it off)
- I don't remember how it worked in WP
7. Ability to survive 2-3 days, when not heavily used.
8. Easy switching, between silent, vibrate, and loud modes.
9. Flashlite one click away.
10.Internet tethering. Can be via wifi, but bluetooth teethering would be prefered.
11. Different browser than IE.
- as a developer, I lost countless hours trying to make things to work on IE, therefore I don't like using it.
12. Ability to import, backup, and move contacts without cloud services (offline).
13. Same with SMS.

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 12:22

43. jroc74 (Posts: 6005; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

I dont know the answer....and your post is a great example as to why there is no such thing as the best OS.

Some things I assume can be done with apps, some maybe if the app has a Live Tile.

I am going to take a wild guess....and say WP might not be the platform for you based on your post...and I barely know anything about it.

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 11:18

44. jroc74 (Posts: 6005; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

Especially #11. Before a few years ago...Chrome or whatever the stock browser was on Android wasnt the best....and those still might not be the best now.

I would be extremely surprised if MS ditched importing, backing up, moving contacts without cloud services. That was one thing I loved about Win Mo.

Even tho Google makes it easy by having all that synced with GMail...you still have the option for doing that with an sd card too....for phones that have an sd card... Those without sd cards....I dont really know. And I let my daughter borrow my Moto G today...so I cant see right now.

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 10:42

41. isprobi (Posts: 653; Member since: 30 May 2011)

Still missing too many apps. Right now I can do better on BB10 using a mixture of native and Android apps. But my daily driver is Sony Xperia Z Ultra running Android 4.4. And I just do not like those tiles. They are hideous as a UI.

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 12:02 1

42. vishalaestro (Posts: 81; Member since: 08 Dec 2013)

still missing volume control for individual sections like ringtones ,alarms and music player.other than that it's only the app availability.

posted on 06 Apr 2014, 12:34

46. diyi75 (Posts: 70; Member since: 30 Oct 2013)

It's getting better and better!

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