the tile screen has the advantage of automatically updating my email, facebook, weather, stock quotes, etc. It's just like live tiles on my Lumia 920. Very similar. I also use the desktop, but not having the "start" button made some things tricky. I still need to learn how to start programs without going through all the steps. Before on WIndows 7, just click the start button and find the program. Now that isn't an option.