Too many times I have tapped on Marketplace and the tiles fly away and it starts to load, only to jump back to the Live Tiles. I try it again, and again, and again! Each time with no success. I can run any other application – email, messages, or Seesmic or Facebook . I can jump in and out of the People or Pictures hub without any problems. But, no matter what I do, I can’t load the Marketplace. I’ve even put the phone down and tried again hours later – nothing. It seems only a reboot can get this to launch.
The first couple times I saw this, I didn’t think much about it. However, on the way home from work, while stopped at a red light, I tapped to launch Zune on the device and start listening to some tunes. Anyone want to guess what happened? Yup, I had the exact same experience with Zune that I had seen with the Marketplace in the past – loading, loading, loading – nothing. And just like before with the Marketplace, I tried over and over again – until the light was green and eventually I was home. I didn’t get a chance to listen to any of the music I had queued up on my phone.
Now, I’m a fan of Zune. My original Zune 30 and Zune HD have never displayed anything like this. Ok, there was that one issue a couple years ago on New Years Eve, but that’s different story altogether. Provided they were charged, I could always count on it to provide me with music and videos with a moments notice.
At this point, I could careless about cut and paste or faster launching of applications that have been promised from Microsoft in the upcoming patch for Windows Phone. I’m sure the update will address many bugs – but Microsoft hasn’t been very forth coming about what those issues may be. In my opinion, and I don’t think I’m alone on this one, the basic features MUST be functional and reliable. If I tap to run something – it should run! I don’t think it’s asking a lot in todays uber competitive smartphone market. Right now, it’s anything but glance and go.