Which new Windows Phone 8 feature tickles your fancy most?

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.

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.

Which new Windows Phone 8 feature tickles your fancy most?

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

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40 Comments

1. hateftotti

Posts: 228; Member since: May 03, 2011

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

7. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

depends on what you want honestly

17. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

GOOD Answer. It's all preference & that is the bottom line! & you win a +1! lol

2. Penny

Posts: 1851; Member since: Feb 04, 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.

13. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 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.

18. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 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!

3. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

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

6. Mozarrt

Posts: 301; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

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

8. andro.

Posts: 1999; Member since: Sep 16, 2011

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

11. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 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....

4. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

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

12. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 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....

16. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Hee, giggidy! That would be awesome

32. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 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

33. XiphiasGladius

Posts: 813; Member since: Aug 21, 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?

37. Cyan3boN

Posts: 446; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

i pray for that

5. Mozarrt

Posts: 301; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

The fact my phone gets outdated tickles me the most.

9. kamen

Posts: 103; Member since: Jul 18, 2011

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

36. Femto

Posts: 61; Member since: Mar 21, 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.

10. Allen3697

Posts: 86; Member since: Mar 26, 2012

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

14. jove39

Posts: 2146; Member since: Oct 18, 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 :)

19. good2great

Posts: 1042; Member since: Feb 22, 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

15. akita256

Posts: 98; Member since: Jan 26, 2012

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

20. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

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

28. bayusuputra

Posts: 963; Member since: Feb 12, 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..

38. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 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.

21. Non_Sequitur

Posts: 1111; Member since: Mar 16, 2012

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

22. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 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?

29. bayusuputra

Posts: 963; Member since: Feb 12, 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..

34. XiphiasGladius

Posts: 813; Member since: Aug 21, 2011

There was an upgrade from iOS5 to iOS6?

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