Reading this post today, I began to think about why Nokia would even need a backup. I know lots of people with Windows phones, and then I remembered that the reason I bought mine was not for Live tiles and early adoption of the new paradigm. I bought it because the guy in the AT&T store said it was a hundred bucks cheaper than either the iPhone or an Android phone. Now, I know a lot of people with Windows phones, and most of them have big-time complaints. I thought about it some more, and I realized that I, too, have my gripes with the device. Here are my beefs:

1. Calendar
I know it’s not a desktop, but why can’t my month view be enlarged so I can actually read the events I’ve entered into certain dates, without having to tap twice to get the information? Seems small, but if you use the phone as your main calendar, you’d be surprised how many times a day you’re in that app.

2. Bing
It launches when it feels like it, but I can’t seem to locate it to launch it when I feel like it! This should be easily accessible from a Live tile on the main display.

3. The accidental unpinning or moving or resizing tiles
It’s too sensitive. Give me another choice besides “normal” and  “high.” Hold your finger on a Live tile for a split-second too long (however long THAT is!), and you’re either moving it, shrinking or growing it, or sending that feature back to some menu someplace, without even realizing it.
#!
4. The size
When I first saw the phone (I will admit the size of the screen caught my eye), I thought, “Wow, the screen’s so big!” Now that I’ve had it a while, I realize one thing: a large screen means a large phone. It doesn’t fit in a pocket, and I’m not yet enough of a dork to wear a cradle on my belt. Man purse? Not in this lifetime! So I just carry it around openly, creating the very real chance that I’ll just casually leave it someplace when I get distracted by, oh, anything!

5. Battery critically low
Ridiculous. Basically, this phone must live with the charger, or you quickly find you don’t have enough power to make a call, let alone run an app. You could prolong its life by deactivating the Live tiles, but then what’s the point of having a Windows Phone 8? (One huge upside: the charging plate! Simply lay the phone down on the plate, and it’s charging. No fumbling for wires, trying to figure out which way to insert the plug into the charger port… Brilliant!)

6. Speaking of apps…
Never mind that my favorite sports teams—the New York Giants, Rangers and Mets—don’t have apps for Windows Phone. Neither do so many other companies, games and utilities! This week, though, we welcome the iHeartRadio app, and wonder how much longer it’ll take Pandora to get on board.

7. But mostly I hate the way I don’t hate my Windows Phone.
Not even close…
Not even a little bit…
Not even at all.

About David Rubinstein

David Rubinstein is editor-in-chief of SD Times.