I agree that live tiles are not my favorite in practice. While I love the idea of information pouring through the tile, a bit problem I've found is confusion of brand. Traditional icons used to be 100% about the brand, but with tiles you really have to look for the branded icon. I don't know how many times I accidentally taped the Travel app when I mean to check the News app. with similar phones popping up in the tiles, you really have to look to know which one you are dealing with.