Most apps require it? (horizontal scroll)
Those are panorama style apps and they are intended to be like that
Yea, I think the search button opening Bing is a dumb move as well. I wouldn't have so much a problem with it if I could select the search provider. It is what it is I guess. Using the back button to close programs annoys the crap out of me with Internet explorer. Having to taptheshit out of the back button, going through multiple previous pages till it decided to close. God help you if you want to close it from Youtube. When you hold the back button and see whats running, what would be wrong with adding an "X" to the corner of each to allow you to simply close the application? Its maddening the how simple something could be and see how they decided to implement it. When the iPhone was first released, people bitched about no copy/paste. When MS released WP7, they made the exact same mistake. Stuff like that needs to be in DAY ONE or your OS isn't ready. You're not going to get ahead of the competition by following in their footsteps.
Some of my WP8 issues:
1. Can't pick a custom sound for anything other than ringtones.
2. No task manager to see whats sucking your battery dry.
3. Start screen doesn't rotate.
4. No Forward button.
5. Loading times on stuff like phone/network options.
6. Would like some options in dealing with attachments. Sent a ringtone to myself, but all WP8 would let me do was play it. No options to save or anything.
Regarding notifications, I remember reading Microsoft saying they wanted to add it, but ran out of time. I think we'll see it added although we'll probably have to buy a new phone to use it. Now that I actually have a smart phone and care, this whole carrier getting in the way of software upgrades is a real PITA.
1. Not sure what you mean
2. No app keeps running in the background in Windows Phone; they are all killed and their state is persisted. If they need to do background processing then they use Agents. You can see all the agents in system settings.
3. Subjective whether its good or bad. I like it not rotating.
4. Forward button? Then what happens in IE for example?
5. Mine load quite fast. Maybe your network takes a long time to respond to the initial queries?