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The downsides of Windows Phone

What, if any, are the major problems with Windows Phone?
I'm not bothered about customisation or widgets or anything, so Windows Phone might make a nice change.

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JanSt / MOD  Feb. 4, 2014 at 19:52

I recently came around to finding WP (Lumia 925, 1020 and 1520 with Nokia Black update) quite nice to use.
Downsides? It could really use some type of control/notification center... Toggling WiFi on or off, checking battery level... simple things still require you to dig into the settings menu.

Lumia specific? You need a 3rd party app to view full res images. Remember: the high-end Lumias are all about photography, but you can actually not look at the images in full resolution - apparently M$ reckon it's too much for the OS's processing capabilities. Well, bull... 3rd party apps let you do it just fine.

Apps-wise there are still gaps in the market. And there is some real rubbish, that shouldn't be in there at all. The other day 6 of the 10 'best new and rising' apps were fakes. Fake Opera, fake iTunes, fake Firefox... Bad maintenance.

Also, again, bearing in mind the flagships are Nokia's camera beasts: compared to iOS or Android WP photo apps are bad. Not catastrophic, but more like Blackberry 7 era than 2013/14... Dito sharing is poor. Flickr apps, imgur, Twitter etc etc are all decidedly 2012-ish.

There's more, but these days it's nothing like the first WP7 batch. WP8 is pretty useable.
I certainly prefer it to Android although I miss a lot of little features. It's tidy, neat and relatively consistent UI-wise. If I were to shell out big bucks now (and I like a good camera), I'd buy a Lumia 1020 or 925 instead of an iPhone 5s. I love Nokia's ClearBlack screens, I like double-tap to wake the screen and I like Nokia's Glance screen.

Pondlife  Feb. 4, 2014 at 19:57

Well the 925 has been seen here for £275 Jan so not huge bucks. Though you mentioned that in some ways you preferred the 920 £220 guess internal memory is one of them.

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 4, 2014 at 20:01

Yes, the 920 though less attractive, has some advantages. Camera, to a degree... Memory, also. And it feels somewhat sturdier and less slippery.

Pondlife  Feb. 4, 2014 at 20:03

Just this second seen this, I was tempted for a moment...

http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/nokia-lumia-920-169-tesco-mobile-tesco-direct-1816338

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 4, 2014 at 20:09

Would that be sim-free? If so, good price. Tempting, indeed.

Pondlife  Feb. 4, 2014 at 20:27

It's on Tesco mobile and speculation suggests locked and a whopping £35 to unlock which diminishes it's appeal somewhat.

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 4, 2014 at 20:31

It's on Tesco mobile and speculation suggests locked and a whopping £35 to unlock which diminishes it's appeal somewhat.
Yes, it does. You cannot easily unlock WP 8 devices...
€320 amazon.de unlocked... but white.

Pondlife  Feb. 4, 2014 at 20:52

Well they have it for £220 unlocked too. But it's more than the 169 and 35, though still rather less than the amazon.de price I think

Pondlife  Feb. 4, 2014 at 21:00

Think wp8 lacks video out of any kind.
And maybe Jan's favourite NFC?

satchef1  Feb. 5, 2014 at 00:20

I thought Nokia was delivering RAW support?

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 5, 2014 at 11:07

I thought Nokia was delivering RAW support? Yes, per Black update.
But so? You still cannot view those on the phone.

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