Windows Phone Central - Special Edition - 3 Screens and a Cloud

This week, Windows Phone 8 officially launched along with the Microsoft's Surface. Hear our thoughts on the releases along with a mini-review of the HTC 8X and Nokia Lumia 920 for AT&T!

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Windows Phone Central - Special Edition - 3 Screens and a Cloud


The 3 screens talk has been around for over 10 years. Phone, computer, and TV. With tablets now isn't it 4 screens? Anyway, as long as I can still get by with 2 screens and no cloud I am happy.

just thought of something after listening, wouldn't it be nice if they made the volumn rocker into zoom in and zoom out? that'll fix Rich's complaint and it will work even more like a point and shoot :) (and still clean up the interface, there, three bird in one stone :P)

Just listening to the podcast and had a comment.
You said that digital zoom is the same as cropping.  It kinda is except if you use digital zoom it will meter and focus on what is on the screen.  So if there is a scene with a bright sky for instance, you can zoom in on the darker area and it will adjust accordingly.  And I agree that pinch to zoom for the camera should be an option.  I prefer the buttons. 
Also, I want to know what you guys think of this:
With the introduction of WP7.8/8 the updates to the home screen include the elimination of the gutter (the blank space on the right).  This in turn will increase the size of the tiles.  So the new home screen will now only show 3 rows of medium sized tiles vs the previous 4.5.  What I would like to see is the option of increasing the resolution of the home screen so it would show 5 columns of small tiles across vs 4.  The medium sized tiles would go back to the size they were in 7.5 and would effectively allow users to bring back or replace the gutter with a column of small tiles (or down the middle).   I think a maximum of 5 small columns would be fine for my 4" Focus but for the larger phones an option of 6,7, or even 8 would be nice.  With the larger screens the tiles are just too big so this would not only prevent them from looking goofy but would allow further customization.  The number could just keep increasing with the screen size so that even a future Windows Nook could run WP8 and not look goofy.  On the flip side there could also be an option of 3 or 2 small columns as well.  This would allow the use more basic and smaller phones/devices (like a watch!)