Now, before i provide any false hopes, i have to say, that this is only a wishlist. It is my hopes that Verizon and/or Microsoft will take notice, though, and sort out the firmware bugs/poor software design and make this phone behave to its maximum potential. Microsoft, it really could become the next great feature phone, and while i know you don't care much about that market, just remember that the majority of phone users don't have a data plan, and this can be the next best thing.
That said, here is a quick list it threw together. Many of them are firmware bugs, many of them are features that any other feature phone, even ones from 5 years ago, had.
***please read this before posting: before adding your bug reports, and common feature wishlists, read through what has already been posted, to avoid duplicates. Also, remember that this is just a firmware update..so do not ask for applications, windows 7 mobile, or other features that would make it a different phone altogether. Keep it simple, keep it to standard features that other feature phones have.***
I want to thank you (Microsoft/Verizon) for creating this product/providing your services, and hope that you (Microsoft/Verizon) take the time to read through this thread and take into account the requests/desires of your customers. Thanks.
* many of these comments are of features the phone does not have, and things it cannot/does not do, despite 99% of feature phones being able to, and are the desire for them to be fixed/added to the phone.
Since it's unlikely that they'll provide any updates for this phone, it would be nice if they could unlock it and let us contribute fixes and apps for it. I know that they used this for development:
Now if they could make this somewhat of an open source project. I would totally contribute to it. This is no Windows Phone 7 but it is a phone that's easy to fall in love with, even with it's quirks.
Although it's a bit annoying to do, if you record video in night mode, the flash is on and thus can be used as a flashlight.
That would seem like the logical thing for them to do.. Microsoft, if you are indeed just letting the kin phones die out, you really should make the firmware open-source. If not, and you are trying to revitalize the phones, then its understandable that you don't release the source, but i doubt you don't know about its problems, so release an update. Most of these issues aren't too hard to solve (and thats coming from me, who knows 'scratch of the surface' amounts of programming).
As for the flashlight, i knew that worked, but that is only a workaround for them not providing a way to turn it on independently in the first place.
Perhaps they will release the source sometime in the future (about the same likelyhood that they will update it themselves, but both would make my day and add loads to the phone's quality), but no matter who would be able to make fixes, i'll still continue providing a list.
I've never had a phone that has a flash you can turn out without the camera...in fact, I didn't even know that they existed! My phone's screen itself is what I've always used as a flashlight...works just fine IMO.
well, you have a point. I've only owned 1 other phone, and it didn't have a flash/flashlight, as most feature phones don't either. I just know smartphone applications that can do this. So you're right, its not too bad, better than what i've ever used, but its also not very hard to add.
- No ability to change the size of the Font. This is VERY important to a lot of people, especially those who's eyes aren't as
good as they used to be. Changing the color and type of font would also be helpful.
- No acknowledgement that text has been delivered. Also a very important feature missed.
Thank you Microsoft for getting a LOT of things right with this phone. Just need to fix some very basic features that you missed, that have been around for years on the vast majority of feature phones.
Don't think I saw these-- to add on:
-Predictive text of some sort would be great
-Ability to send an MMS to an email address with a Subject Line would be great (my old feature phone allowed this, even though it didn't have an emailing function).
As for the flashlight feature, most cheap phones in Europe and Asia have built-in flashlights, though in the U.S., it seems to be a smartphone thing. The video workaround seems okay though.
I agree with the poster who suggested Verizon opened up the phone to open source updates... PLEASE???
Angry Birds, Just kidding
No. I'm not.
Actually I would really like to see (and forgive me if I missed this if someone else already mentioned it) a recent call log tab when you open up the phone "app" ,ie when you get to dialer screen.
Plus what everyone else already said
...and World Peace