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Which new Windows Phone 8 feature tickles your fancy most?

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Which new Windows Phone 8 feature tickles your fancy most?
You might have heard today that Microsoft lifted the veil over its much-anticipated new version of Windows Phone. As speculated, it is called Windows Phone 8, to jibe with the new version of its desktop, laptop, netbook and server operating system Windows 8, and phones with WP8 will apparently have its new tilted windows logo for a home button.

There were numerous features announced, some of which will unfortunately require new hardware, so previous Windows Phones are getting mostly the visual candy like the new homescreen, with an update dubbed Windows Phone 7.8.

Besides the more flexible interface, everything we hoped for will be supported, too, such as multicore chipsets, HD screens and microSD cards, but we are also getting things like free offline navigation and VoIP with Skype running in the background, as well as the "most complete' digital wallet experience with Wallet Hub.

Which new Windows Phone 8 feature tickles your fancy most?
Some might argue that all these pale in comparison with the fact that Windows Phone 8 will share the same kernel with Windows 8, and developers will be able to use the same programming code to write for both platforms, so the growth in apps and interoperability between the two will likely be exponential from now on, not to mention DirectX games will shuttle back and forth.

But to each their own, that's why we want to hear your opinion about which of the new features in Windows Phone 8 tickles your fancy the most? Checkmark it in the poll, and give us some clues as to why in the comments below.

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Which new Windows Phone 8 feature tickles your fancy most?
35.29%
456 votes
(456 votes) Support for top-shelf components like multicore chipsets and HD screens plus expandable storage
28.17%
364 votes
(364 votes) Shared kernel with Windows 8 allows for interoperability, joint apps/games development, secure enterprise management
19.5%
252 votes
(252 votes) Customizable homescreen with free-moving, resizable Live Tiles
6.42%
83 votes
(83 votes) Free offline Maps with voice-guided navigation for every WP8 phone courtesy of Nokia
1.7%
22 votes
(22 votes) The NFC and secure SIM implementation with Wallet Hub, tap to pay and exchange content
3.64%
47 votes
(47 votes) Best in class IE 10 browser
3.33%
43 votes
(43 votes) Apps like integrated VoIP with Skype and Maps navigation can run in the background with managed power consumption
0.54%
7 votes
(7 votes) Improved speech platform for managing apps
1.39%
18 votes
(18 votes) Camera Extras like Smart Group Shot, Panorama and Action Shot

1292 votes

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posted on 20 Jun 2012, 14:29 2

1. hateftotti (Posts: 139; Member since: 03 May 2011)


Question:
GSIII+WP8>GSIII+Android
Or
GSIII+Android>GSIII+WP8
???

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 14:37 17

7. protozeloz (Posts: 5375; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


depends on what you want honestly

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 16:07 4

17. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4010; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


GOOD Answer. It's all preference & that is the bottom line!

& you win a +1! lol

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 14:29 5

2. Penny (Posts: 1143; Member since: 04 Feb 2011)


Option 2 for me. I've spent so much time over the last month evaluating and implementing business solutions for my company this past month that I am truly excited to see if WP8 has features that could make our lives easier.

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 15:12 3

13. snowgator (Posts: 3209; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


Any of the top three choices have me excited, Penny. But, I think you nailed it as for the most important aspect for the future of WP. So many businesses use MS products, I am just not sure why they waited so long. They could truly attack that market with BB on life support. Apple has a bit of a head start, but it is there for the aggressive attack.

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 16:16 3

18. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4010; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


With all that went down today with Microsoft, I can say that WP8 is more mature than iOS6. You know me I am an Android fan, but this announcement is almost everything that I wanted WP8 to be.

They are really making some strides, WP8 is officially in the big leagues. They have in my opinion a beautiful OS, now it has support for multiple-cores, 720p HD screens, NFC, microSD cards & it should play VERY well with the new Windows 8 tablets.

To me the real kicker will be the type of interaction it will have with the NEW Xbox that is scheduled to be released late 2013.

Again I am VERY impressed on how far WP8 has come. Remember they are the newest kid on the block with 100,000+ apps, you better watch out. Apple I am looking at you!

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 14:31

3. andro. (Posts: 1947; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


Its very much like the old Samsung 360 h1 phones again which isn't a complement unfortunately

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 14:34

6. Mozarrt (Posts: 295; Member since: 08 Oct 2011)


I had the M1, damn that was a crappy phone.

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 14:39 1

8. andro. (Posts: 1947; Member since: 16 Sep 2011)


Ya i hear ya,unfortunately while the hardware is better the ui is the exact same,which isn't popular

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 15:03 3

11. snowgator (Posts: 3209; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


Andro buddy, I respect your posts and opinions when it comes to Android, but it doesn't shock the living crap out of anyone that you are not impressed with WP 8 and it's initial introduction. Just remember: neither Rome nor Android were overnight successes. You may yet be paying bills off the commissions you receive from Microsoft's OS once it is integrated into all platforms and starts selling better....

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 14:31 5

4. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5591; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


now this is how you upgrade. i'd definitely consider more Windows 8 in my future.

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 15:07 2

12. snowgator (Posts: 3209; Member since: 19 Jan 2011)


Boy, how I wish MS would let those multicore beauties from Samsung that drive the Galaxy Series take their WP 8 devices for a spin. Exynos on the Focus series??? I am giggling....

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 15:44 2

16. -box- (Posts: 3786; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


Hee, giggidy!

That would be awesome

posted on 21 Jun 2012, 01:07

32. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5591; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)


yeah, that would be ridiculous. at this point they need to pull an Apple and focus nearly entirely on the GPU. let's get Halo and Gears on WP8! ;D

posted on 21 Jun 2012, 02:38

33. XiphiasGladius (Posts: 801; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)


Hey Kurogiii, since they'd be using Qualcomm chips if I'm not mistaken. Any idea if Adreno 3XX would be able to handle the graphics from those bad ass games?

posted on 21 Jun 2012, 06:07

37. Cyan3boN (Posts: 425; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)


i pray for that

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 14:33 9

5. Mozarrt (Posts: 295; Member since: 08 Oct 2011)


The fact my phone gets outdated tickles me the most.

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 14:48 2

9. kamen (Posts: 84; Member since: 18 Jul 2011)


Funny to see that of 155 people no one cares of voice management.

posted on 21 Jun 2012, 04:58

36. Femto (Posts: 61; Member since: 21 Mar 2012)


I looking to forward to seeing how the this platform compares to Siri's and google's offerings. Count me in. Love the voice to text apps WHEN they work. For now, I'd say straight-up google voice actions (not to be confused with s voice) is the most reliable, then Siri (who has enhanced capabilities), then s voice, and finally the voice software on current wp7.5 is just too slow and inaccurate. good ole Vlingo is decent in a pinch, too. I'm high on ambien. Thanks.

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 14:59 1

10. Allen3697 (Posts: 86; Member since: 26 Mar 2012)


A mix between options 1 and 3. I would consider getting a WP 8 handset now.

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 15:26 4

14. jove39 (Posts: 1279; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


None of those mentioned features are new to Android user (except shared kernel)...so If I am going to try WP8...then its just for windows experience not features it has :)

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 16:47 1

19. good2great (Posts: 1039; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


this comment is pretty damn real...lol

to be honest... in my opinion as well...

i believe "android" was the alternative to "windows mobile 6.x" horrible fall... now that windows seems to have got it together... we'll be back! lol

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 15:26 1

15. akita256 (Posts: 80; Member since: 26 Jan 2012)


The only other thing they should do is add a replaceable battery.

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 16:50

20. mas11 (Posts: 1028; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


I think WP8 will allow Microsoft's mobile OS to finally be on par with Android and iOS

posted on 21 Jun 2012, 00:22

28. bayusuputra (Posts: 941; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)


yes, it will be on par with android, but iOS? nope.. there's no way iOS can come close to this.. granted iOS will still be on top 3 for the sake of followers, but if you are looking at innovations and advancements of the OSes themselves, iOS can be grouped with BB OS, and Android, WP8, MeeGo, Symbian still coming out higher, with the first two at the top..

posted on 21 Jun 2012, 09:28

38. mas11 (Posts: 1028; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


BTW I'm not saying that WP 7.5 bad it just seemed to be missing something. WP8 has that something and should become a strong competitor in the smartphone market. I really think this OS has the potential to gain at least 20% market share. Since I have a PC and an Xbox 360 I'll definitely look at the WP 8 devices when I'm eligible for an upgrade.

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 17:18 5

21. Non_Sequitur (Posts: 1111; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)


Apple, THIS is how you upgrade an OS. None of that pussy iOS 6 bulls**t.

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 17:42

22. mas11 (Posts: 1028; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


I completely agree WP8 is a huge upgrade. I like how they changed around the UI a bit, but they were able to keep the Metro theme. Apple didn't change the UI at all. Seriously, how is a grid of apps a good idea for home screen?

posted on 21 Jun 2012, 00:26

29. bayusuputra (Posts: 941; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)


dude, in iOS, there is no home screen.. it's just a glorified app drawer.. :)

WP8 has already surpasses iOS 6 in many ways.. It is the next big OS after android..

simply put: iOS is a toy, WP8 is for serious time (biz, with a little bit of play time), and android is for you to go NUTS over customisations and tweaks..

posted on 21 Jun 2012, 02:43 1

34. XiphiasGladius (Posts: 801; Member since: 21 Aug 2011)


There was an upgrade from iOS5 to iOS6?

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 18:06

23. lubba (Posts: 1310; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)


Actually I welcome all these new features. I'd vote all of them.

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 18:25

24. zackh121556 (Posts: 98; Member since: 01 Feb 2012)


Give them something Android does not already have and maybe I will vote lol

posted on 21 Jun 2012, 00:18

27. bayusuputra (Posts: 941; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)


kernel integration?

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 19:02

25. biophone (Posts: 1893; Member since: 15 Jun 2011)


I think with wp8 we aren't there yet but a big 3 is starting to appear in the phone landscape. Android, ios, and wp8. LET THE FUN BEGIN!!!!

posted on 20 Jun 2012, 19:14

26. md227a (Posts: 124; Member since: 20 Mar 2012)


I might use one of my two upgrades this fall for a wp8 device , sad that my Titan that's not even a year old will be a legacy device

posted on 21 Jun 2012, 00:30

30. emitchell4luv (Posts: 7; Member since: 21 Jun 2012)


well i'll kudo to nokia, and they should try and add great spec to these new develop. In d case of samsung and android, i remembered something lyk dis wen samsung avail their D500 1st smart phone, and nokia 6600 or so, it same case play but in different magnitude, hence nokia will still impote their young OS with tym

posted on 21 Jun 2012, 00:48

31. maverick786us (Posts: 117; Member since: 20 Apr 2012)


Will it only have support for Dual core or multi-cores? Now a days all smartphones have moved into Quad core. Will WP8 have smart dialing?

posted on 21 Jun 2012, 04:17

35. srk_srinivas (Posts: 21; Member since: 27 Dec 2010)


I want IE10 on Android....

posted on 21 Jun 2012, 12:30

39. nnaatthhaannx2 (Posts: 820; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


"Best in class IE10 browser"

..... oh microsoft....

posted on 21 Jun 2012, 21:17

40. SmartPhoneStream (Posts: 160; Member since: 21 Jun 2012)


I think all these features are great but If I had to pick one it would be the shared Kernel because WP7 ran great without Dual Core processors and one of the main problems with WP7 was there lack of apps with this they should be able to catch up to iOS and Android much quicker then if WP8 and Windows 8 didn't share the same Kernel

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