Nokia Lumia 710: The Bad

, posted: 10-Apr-2012 12:11

Remember this is all personal choice.  I know my frustrations may not be echoed anywhere else. I might be a lone solider out there.  That’s ok, I like individuality :).

So what’s not Ugly but still a PITA for me?
Zune, or should I say the method in which you copy files/photos to/from the phone/computer.

Zune makes no sense to me. But then I’m one for tinkering and rooting my Samsung Galaxy SII, for swapping files around via USB.  So I was expecting a similar experience, well at least for moving files.

So not everyone will be familiar with using the phone as a portable device where you simply drag and drop files from the phone to the computer and vice versa.  It seems basic to me.

I get why you’d have a piece of software like Zune, but I’d love to have had an option. Zune is a clunky way to do something that can be done in fewer steps.

Waking the phone
The only way to wake the phone up is to press the power button.  Yes this makes perfect sense. Buy why only that one button?

When you wake the phone the only things available is the date/time and a display of the number of email. All sitting on top of the background. You can see how you’re connected to data and a visual of the health of your battery.

Very quickly the screen goes back to sleep.  To actually do anything with the phone you have to swipe up to fully wake the phone up.

I’m unclear why the Windows button on the phone can’t be used for the same purpose.  Having just one way to wake the phone up just seems more restrictive than it should be.

The number of times I’ve been caught out by pressing the Windows button and getting a non-response are too many to count. So much for those promises that you’ll only do something 3 times and you’ll learn.

Of course it doesn’t help that the SGS2’s home button will wake the phone up in the same way as the power button works on the Windows OS.

I’m finding the customisation somewhat limiting. I want to do more with customising the UI and I’m pretty much restricted to choosing a default colour for the tiles and moving the tiles around. Hopefully there will be some applications that will allow more personality to the phone.

I won’t harp on here, I’ve written an entire post to the limited storage on the phone.  I’ve just put in a 64 GB Micro SanDisk SD card in my SGS2.  Yes I’m heavy on usage.  This meant the limited space offered in the Lumia 710 was never going to satisfy my needs.

I find the lack of external storage capability a major drawback, in fact an oversight on the part of Nokia. I’m unclear why they didn’t include this.  Sure it would add a few more bucks to the price of the phone. Or maybe they wanted to encourage people to go for the Lumia 800 with 16 GB of space. But even 16 GB wouldn’t have helped me out much.

Refreshing applications
I’m yet to understand why Facebook doesn’t restart where you last left off. I’ve mentioned this before too. I’ll launch Facebook to see it appear at some historic post while it’s now actively searching for new content to display. Why? I would be happy if it started at the last post I had read.  I don’t know how it picks where to start from. But whatever the point, couldn’t it work out where I was when I shut the application down last and make that the new start point? Seems logical to me.

Twitter picks up at the most recent tweet.  I want Twitter to take me to where I last left off too. Sure it might have been many hours ago but life changes really quickly in the Twitterverse.  I don’t want to read the most recent update on a person’s account, it’s a bit like jumping to the end of a book to see how the story ends.

Of course there are other Twitter clients. I’ve been using the official Twitter client, and dabbling here and there with alternatives like Seesmic and Rowi. Others do pick up where you last left off. No more having the plot ruined by reading the ending first.

Threaded email
I find email another area where it’s counter intuitive. I have lots of Geekzone email for the same forum.  These email show in a threaded conversation. Typically I’ll go to the first email in the thread.  At that one time I’ll go through all the posts on the forum which means the other email in the thread are no longer of any value to me.

Once I’ve read the forum and used the back button to return to the email, I’ll press the rubbish bin icon to trash the email. And there are all other email notifications.  I wish that when you selected the last email and deleted it that it deleted the earlier emails.  Or at least had an option where you could choose it as a setting.  Yes I know you can press to the left of the “main” email notification and it will pre-tick all the child email and delete them in one hit. It just doesn’t work quite as smartly as I think it could.

Wrap up
Some of the things here might seem a bit nit-picky. Can I live with them?  Not the lack of external storage, but the other things are things I’d get over. I might not agree with the methodology, but I’d adapt. 

And to be honest, if I hadn’t had the Samsung Galaxy phones (I started with the original “S”) then I wouldn’t have given some of these things a second thought.

There are people who have moved from Android to Windows Phone OS. I’m not sure why, it doesn’t make sense to me, but clearly there are elements of Windows Phone OS that others are finding far superior to their prior experiences.
As the saying goes, “each to their own”.

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 Ugly
Nokia Lumia 710: Working out with my phone

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