Examples? Sounds like a pretty petty complaint as most WP users aren't app junkies and really don't feel that compulsion. I have much better devices available for those areas.
No thanks, I prefer MS's perspective on all those points. You must use the browser way more than I because those have never bugged me. What you call functionality really isn't to me.
-Back works fine, why do you need a forward?
-Pin Settings, basic settings are quite easy to access without dorking up the UI with infrequent information (how often do you really change brightness or WiFi? Rarely)
-I have no idea what your tasking issue is.you have three paths and unless it was closed, its still waiting for you to come back. Messenger has a splash screen? I assume you are using a crappy 3rd party chat app of some kind per the 'load' screen complaint. If there was criticism in the rest I surely missed it.
You can always add more functionality but to say its woefully lacking is simply an exaggeration. If anything, you are under the delusion that having more to click on or look at is 'more' and not less.
Ok so really I should've stopped reading right when you assumed what works for you works for everyone... I have to look up things quite frequently, and I am texting people constantly... When I switch back and forth between the two, that back button is rendered useless because it doesn't go back a webpage, it goes back to the messaging hub! How is that in anyway functional? I didn't say to go back to my conversation, I said to go back to the webpage I was on, how the hell do I go back, why can't I do something as simple as going back! And why do I need a forward button? Well see, when you are browsing the Internet with a working back button and you go back, you can go forward in case you didn't need to go back. It's really wrong you think just because it works for you the way it is, that is fine for everybody else.
And here you go again judging how frequently it occurs that I change WiFi or brightness settings! What is your problem... Ok when I'm doing something and the auto brightness decides to dim the screen to death do us part, I can't see the damn screen to change it back, so I'd like to pull down something wherever I am and push a button and boom the brightness is 100%. Or if I'm at my workplace and my Internet somehow slows down to a crawl and I wonder why and I think oh that's because I'm at work and my phone connects to the attwifi network because it's an at&t phone and even if I forget the network, it still connects to it automatically and slows the whole phone down because that WiFI is slower than their LTE network that I get 5 bars when I'm at work. Nonetheless, I tap settings on my start screen, go to WiFi, and turn it off, and then I have to do that again to turn it back on when I get home to get on my home WiFi network. Why not pull down something wherever I am and push a button and boom my phone is connecting to my home's Internet automatically...
Also when did I say Messenger? I said if somebody messaged me in an app.. Does Kik ring a bell? How about Skype? I guess you don't use apps. When somebody messages you, the notification that pops up reloads the app from the beginning, so I see Kik or Skype and then it takes me to the IM even though I could technically press the back button to resume the app where I was messaging someone. It takes longer using the push notification...because it starts the app up without resuming it's previous state, and unless the app is actually running a background task like music streaming or live tiles, etc, it just pauses, it doesn't run in the background in most cases.
I think you are the exact type of person Microsoft expects the average Joe to behave. Somebody who accepts Microsoft's mobile OS as a work of art and that what they did is perfect the way it is. People who come from iOS or Android feel like they are sorely lacking functionality they had either Android or iOS. It might work for some, but a lot of people will feel something is missing. They need to build in more functionality for the fast browser IE10 is. Even Messenger needs more functionality...what happened to knowing when somebody is typing? Kik does it. iMessage, Facebook, and Kik all have read receipts.
And how do I add someone to my Messenger contact list? When my brother had his Lumia 920, he couldn't add me to his Messenger so he appeared offline to me, and I appeared offline to him. We tried inviting each other using Outlook, that didn't work either. My brother pointed out how difficult that would be for somebody who had no idea what was wrong, I mean even iMessage automatically detects when you're using an iOS device and switches over. We could've used Facebook but Facebook doesn't work well when it always shows somebody as offline...
Microsoft does indeed need to add more functionality to WP8, and I'm not going to lie and say they don't. Android is the better choice, they had lag stopping them before, but Google got rid of that lag, so what's stopping them? Nothing. I just can't stand up for Windows Phones when they are sorely lacking in functionality and apps.
Another thing is how Google improves what they have. I was furious that Microsoft dumped Zune. That was upsetting. They could've added a new wave of functionality to Zune such as uploading music to the cloud like Google Play allows, instead they rebrand and talk about integration. Most of the time on the Xbox Music app on my PCs, it says it can't connect to the Xbox Music cloud... It only syncs music from your music pass, no option to upload your own music and the Windows Store app is slow and sorely lacking in functionality compared to the Zune desktop software they had before... Very, very upsetting, but all I can do is pretend is was for the better and that Xbox Music is a better service...