Nokia Lumia 710: The Marketplace

, posted: 13-Mar-2012 09:37

While this blog post isn’t so much about the Nokia Lumia 710, the Marketplace is an integral part of owning an Windows phone.

I’m sure most people would want an app or two, or a game, that’s not been pre-loaded on the phone.

I actually forgot to note what did come pre-loaded on the phone. Not Facebook or Twitter.  I got those from the Marketplace.

You can access the Marketplace from the phone, and from the website.

I accessed the Marketplace from the phone first. The first app I downloaded was a Gmail app.  I searched for Gmail , and when looking through the suggestions offered up to me I noticed that very few apps have any sort of rating, yet.

Downloading from the phone was easy enough. The size of the app is stated in the description. Always handy to know before downloading over mobile data. I’ve got to say I was surprised how small Windows Phone apps appear to be.  Many Android apps are easily more than 5 MB each.  The ones I found of interest in the Windows Phone Marketplace were usually 1 MB or less in size.

Well the Gmail app I downloaded was a waste of time. It appeared to be no more than a help file of sorts. I went to the Marketplace from my computer to see if I had made a mistake in believing what the app was meant to do, but no, I had chosen wisely.

Uninstalling the app was a piece of cake. Just press and hold on the app and a little menu appears with 3 options: "Pin to start", "Rate and review" and "Uninstall".

Once you get a few apps installed the application screen adds in the alphabet and the search icon.

 

Since I was on the website version of the Marketplace I thought I’d have a better look.  Bigger screen and all means it’s easier to browse and read all the information without the need to scroll.

I decided to download the Twitter application via the website.  Seemed simple enough, the instructions were straight forward. And it appeared that everything was ticking along nicely. Until I got the message that the application couldn’t be sent to the phone at that time.

I was advised an email was being sent with instructions explaining how to get the app from the phone. So I waited. And waited. And I suppose it was easily 30 minutes later, the email finally arrived. There was a link to select the app and everything from that point was plain sailing.

I’ve learnt it is significantly easier, and more successful, to install the apps via the Marketplace app on the phone. Not once have I had a problem or delay in installing an app this way.

In the brief about writing about our experiences we’re to use the phone as our daily driver. For me that means I’m looking to use it the same as I do my SGSII. However many of the apps I use on my SGSII are not in the Marketplace. And I can’t always find an alternative.

The Windows Marketplace is just in its beginnings by comparison to Android’s Market and the Apple Store.

All good things come to those that wait, so the saying goes. And it seems as if the development community is in good shape. So I suspect it won’t be too long before the Marketplace starts offering up the sorts of apps that I’m longing for right now.

If anyone knows of an app that puts the phone into a “sleep mode” so that ringtones etc won’t activate during that period of time, I’d be grateful.

The first night I was constantly woken by the announcement of new email. I have now changed the Synchronisation setting to “manual”. But that first night after being woken 3 times I eventually turned the volume down until it was on vibrate and finally got back to sleep.

You’ll be pleased to know that even when the phone is on vibrate, the alarm still works.

About the author:

Hi, my name is Anita, on Geekzone and other social network sites I’m known as Neets, sometimes with a “_”, sometimes with “_nz”. I’m a proud kiwi living/surviving in Christchurch. I’m not blogging about this Nokia Lumia 710 because I need a new phone. In fact I love my existing Samsung Galaxy SII. When offered the opportunity to review the Nokia Lumia 710 I took it up because, in truth, it was an honour to be asked, but I enjoy writing reviews, I like learning new things and I’ve got a bit of a fascination about how far you can push smartphones. The brief is fairly simple, use the phone as much as you can and then write about your experiences. My reviews will be honest about the good the bad and the ugly based on how I use the phone, which undoubtedly will vary to the way anyone else uses their phone.

Other related posts:
Nokia Lumia 710: The Good
Nokia Lumia 710: The Bad
Nokia Lumia 710: The Ugly






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