I like having the side menu. But as I understand you cannot force that side menu to always show. I like to be able to hide it in some of my apps, but others I would like to be able to always show it:
I would like to be able to have icons there instead of text (as well). I believe the side menu can be very useful and also hard to remember its there (for some users).
Examples of what I would like the option to add/have: