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Windows Phone 8: What I Would Change

Coming from an Android background I had grown very used to some things. Not all of them were present, or if present working the same, in WP8. I had HTC phones when on Android, so some of this is Sense-influenced and not stock Android. My Windows Phone 8 is HTC as well, so some things may differ slightly for Nokia folks.

Major:

To the left of the spacebar on the keyboard for every Android text input- the Microphone for speech to text.

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Phone numbers and emails and web addresses show up in calendar reminders and are live links on Android. You don't even see the body of the event on Windows.

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Windows phone event notification, no body info, let alone hyperlinked info

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I liked folders. Ben said there may be something like this in WP8. I have not found it yet.

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Minor:

Dragging the camera into the unlock ring on my lock screen was MUCH faster than starting the camera on my WP8.

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I liked the power widget on Android, which showed me at a glance which items were on AND allowed me to toggle them on/off right there without opening Settings (second from the top, under the Google search widget)

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Nice to have:

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Well, I guess I need a new idea for a demo app.