Nokia Lumia 710: The Ugly

, posted: 10-Apr-2012 12:10

I say in my bio below that I would be commenting on the Good, the Bad and the Ugly on the Nokia Lumia 710.  This post is dedicated to the Ugly.

Things that make no sense
Audible notification for Facebook.  Phone is in sleep mode. Swipe the notification away. Swipe up the wallpaper/screensaver for Facebook to automatically open. But it doesn’t open to the notification at all.  It’s just launched Facebook. You still need to press the notification button.  So what was the point?  You save one step. What’s the big deal?

Things I can’t forgive
This is a big thing for me. It might be my need for order and neatness and pegs that match colour on clothes hung to dry. I might have some issues. Deal with it ;-)

Why oh why does the screen have to have the next page just sneaking into view? This really annoys me, but perhaps not as much as the home screen with its wasted space:



The space used to display the arrow button to indicate that swiping to the left will reveal more:



Windows Phone users aren’t stupid, or at least not from what I’ve seen.  Why do they think you need to waste real estate by showing an arrow button?  So much about the UI is about swiping but nowhere else do I see this little “tip” pointing out the need to swipe to see the next screen.

After having used this “helpful” tip you end up at the list of applications and settings menu:



Here you get an arrow to take you back to the home screen and a search button. Why can’t the hard search button on the phone work here instead of providing a soft touch search button?  If the hard search button could be more useful (than just searching Bing) then you could do away with any on screen buttons. 

I can’t see the point of these buttons.  Someone must have thought they were vital to screw around with the UI.  Or to use 100% of the screen UI wasn’t important. Of course if they did use all the space the dimensions of the tiles would need to change.

I can’t help feel we’ve been robbed. And to the best of my knowledge there’s not setting where you can “hide” these on screen buttons if you decide you don’t need the “trainer wheels” and trust yourself to remember how to swipe left and right to reach the screens.

Annoyances
Here’s another design “flaw”, in my opinion.  I can’t use a USB cable with a protector case. Now admittedly not everyone is going to want a case for their phone. And perhaps not everyone will want to transfer files/music via Zune. And perhaps the “cheap” case I picked up on EBay isn’t the same as an official Nokia case. Perhaps it’s thicker than the official. But I cannot get the USB cable to connect into the phone. Charging the phone isn’t a problem though. Having to remove the case to connect the phone is obviously an annoyance.

Lack of applications
This piece of Ugly will undoubtedly become a non-issue in time. One of the requests was to use the phone like I would use my own phone. But I simply can’t. There are applications I have on my Android phone that aren’t available, or don’t provide the same functionality.

I seriously feel like my hands are tied. The Windows Phone OS only goes so far for my needs.  I’m trying to remain faithful using the Lumia 710 as my daily driver, which results in me missing out on things that I would have otherwise have had access to on my Samsung Galaxy SII.

Round up
It’s not that I’m not enjoying the Windows Phone OS Lumia 710 experience, it’s just that it doesn’t quite go far enough for what I want to do with a phone. I want to tinker, to customise and to have what I want now.

I’ve pretty much come to the realisation that the Windows Phone OS is not for me. But I think it’s a fantastic OS for doing everything it says it will do smoothly.

This is going to be a great phone for my mother-in-law who wants everything to work the first time in a fashion that is easy to follow and doesn’t constantly change.  The phone is smart, simple (but not stupid – other than the wasted UI space) and 100% dependable.

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: Working out with my phone






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