Nokia Windows Phone Lumia-The Good The Bad & The Ugly

Announcement of Lumia @NokiaWorld
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The Good The Bad & The Ugly

Nokia Windows Phone- The Good, The Bad & The Ugly

If you are not already aware, I am a massive Nokia Fanboi, however, since the announcement of Window Phone becoming the main OS for Nokia, by CEO Stephen Elop in February 2011, I have had great doubts about it, so after having been invited to Nokia World 2011, by Nokia Support Discussions and having the opportunity to use their just announced Windows Phone, the Nokia Lumia 800 , here are my initial thoughts and opinions.

I won't go into technical details as I have neither the knowledge or ability and others with both better writing skills and 'tech savvy' will cover that all over the web, this is just my thoughts, experience and opinions after using the device for two days.

Going in reverse order, from the title of this piece,

The Ugly -This bit is quite easy, fortunately, as it's just a personal thing, the Tiles, I hate the BLOODY Tiles on metro, as I say, it's a personal thing, the actual handset is gorgeous !!

The Bad- Slightly more difficult, again, it's probably perculiar to me and quite a few 'Geeks' and the general populous will probably neither realise or care, but the inability to drag and drop media onto the phone or to Bluetooth photos from it (hello IOS !!) I find annoying and frustrating as well as restrictive, also the requirement to use Zune to transfer/convert media is something that REALLY does not appeal to me (hello iTunes) and a bit of text re-flow wouldn't go amiss either. That being said, I believe this OS is aimed at mass appeal and the US Market and Apple have proved these type of restrictive practices don't put people off using something that is easy to use, reliable, and 'just works', and selling high end phones in numbers has to be a main aim for Nokia's survival and success, along with there ambitions to extend internet usage and access in emerging markets with Feature/Smartphone crossovers like the new Nokia Asha phones.

The Good- Fortunately, I need to attempt to write more about this, as I honestly believe it to be the biggest part of the story ! From a Nokia point of view, I believe they have caused major problems for themselves in the past with delays causing frustration and anger amongst customers and the press, by announcing things and then not delivering the goods, in this case, Nokia have produced a new phone with a new OS in 8 months and it will be rolling out of the shops in less than a month, and the quirky advertising campaign they plan will grab people by the throat instead of trying to simply drop a hint, they have to be applauded for that, and I for one am very impressed.

Now the actual phone itself, is absolutely gorgeous, it looks good, it feels good and it's 'cool' I doubt many people could deny it ? As for useage, the phone flys, it scrolls through the OS like butter, the screen is a pleasure to use and many of the features are really really good, people who use a Windows Computer and Hotmail, or Live or Xbox (and MILLIONS DO) will get fantastic intergration and some nice and useful features. The social intergration is excellent and will improve, the browser is quick, it will become a great gaming phone with it's Xbox connections. I think the Microsoft Connection will appeal to corporate buyers, as most large companies run there IT departments through a Windows system. Nokias add ons with free turn by turn navigation and maps is a great service, the new internet radio music service where you can stream FREE music and even save it for offline usage is great and will have mass apeall and if I could ignore my Geeky desire to tinker I really believe I could be happy with the Lumia in every respect and I'm sure a large proportion of the mobile 'upgrading' public will be wowed by it, because it's a truly great package, and I'm sure the marketing campaign will push the new phones into the public and it will really take off. I hope the doubters and knockers , including myself, will be proved wrong !!

Something had to be done at Nokia, it has been, it's been done drastically, efficiently and on time and I'm writing this with renewed enthusiasm and hope for Nokia for the future, only time will tell who's right and who's wrong, but if I had the spare cash, I'd be buying Nokia stock at the moment not selling it, I think they've turned a corner and are heading in the right direction, fast !!

Thanks for reading, and sorry about the quality of the photos and writing :)

Stephen Quin

Update and Hopes

Thought I'd do a minor update to this hub as I've recently had a confirmation from Nokia, via The Amazing Collective , a group that Nokia are setting up, whereby they are loaning a group of about 500 people a Lumia-800 each to use and review and give feedback on. I'm lucky to have been picked, and am looking forward to collecting a Lumia from Huddersfield on this coming Tuesday, which I believe I will have on long term loan from Nokia, and will be expected to use it as my main device. I also understand there will be some applications installed to enable Nokia and the rest of the 'Collective' to interact, however I'm sure I'll get the full lowdown when I go for my 'training' and collect the handset.

So, what now ? Well the phone has already had a software update, and further updates and bug fixes are in the pipeline, so I am expecting a better experience than I had with the pre-release SW I used whilst at Nokia World (not that it was bad at all) and also one of the SW updates is supposed to resolve an issue with battery life, which seems to prevent the battery taking a full 1450mAh charge, so that should be a welcome addition if it's to be my main phone, as I do tend to give my handsets a considerable amount of 'stick' and rarely get more than a day out of a battery, sometimes less and extra juice is always welcome, manufacturers in general simply seem to have some resistance to big batteries, and I really do fail to understand it ?

Having more than a couple of days with the phone, will hopefully give me the time to stop Hating the Tiles, other users say they grow on you, and are a much more useful tool once you've personalised them and set them up to give you the live info they are capable of, so I'm looking forward to that :) Also I plan to make a concerted effort to use Zune, I'm not looking forward to it as I like to do my own thing, and don't like the 'walled garden' approach of running an OS , but I'm always open to new ideas and want to get full use of the phone, so I'm going to use every aspect of the phone and it's ecosystem fully, and as Zune appears to be a major part of that it will have to appear on my laptop in the next couple of days ! Fortunately a big part of my Mobile phone usage is social networking and web browsing and as Twitter and Facebook are well integrated in Windows Phone that should fulfil a large part of my requirements, and hopefully I can grow to like the system as much as other people I know and respect from the web do, who are already using the phone. It's really great to be involved from the start of the Nokia /Windows Phone adventure and I hope to keep doing the odd piece as I use the Lumia-800 and hopefully I will be fully won over, whatever the case I will be honest and post what I find, and will also try my best to help users on the Nokia Support Discussions forum. assuming I learn enough to do so :)

So here's hoping my next post on the phone can lose the Bad and the Ugly bits and maybe just Good,Gooder,Better and Betterer ? Watch this space !!

Lumia Number 20 loaned to me at Nokia World
Lumia Number 20 loaned to me at Nokia World | Source

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arunii 5 years ago from Delhi

Looking a very nice phone and hope it rocks !


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carman58 5 years ago from Leeds, Uk Author

Seems to do so far, the people who got to borrow them were very reluctant to hand them back :)


Rich_enduro 5 years ago

I didn't know about the Zune connection thing! seems many things we've taken for granted with symbian have been taken away from us! lets just hope this partnership is a strategic one to get more US market share. i want more of what i'm used to but better and more intuitive. N9 is still top of my list


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carman58 5 years ago from Leeds, Uk Author

As you've no doubt read Rich, I do agree to an extent, but the whole point of WP as far as I can see is 'mass appeal' if Nokia go out of business, they will produce nothing ? I hope that I get another chance to use WP, but hope more that it proves am immense success, that secures the future of Nokia, because some of the stuff they are producing in R&D is mind blowing, and it all takes money, if people love the iPhone, the same type of people will love this, and I wouldn't want Nokia to go down the pan for a few thousand users, like me, if they can sell a great, easy to use and reliable product that appeals to millions, as such, I'm very optimistic :-D


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mobilephonenerd 5 years ago from UK

Thanks for this carman58, really enjoyed it!


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carman58 5 years ago from Leeds, Uk Author

Well thanks for reading, enjoyed writing it and it's always great to get any sort of feedback , especially positive :) but all is welcome !!


Steve Barker 4 years ago

Great review, Stephen - you have realty caught the essence of this significant device.

Even as a Geek myself, I have come to appreciate the way the Lumia800 just works, and it has now become my main device.

It may not have multitasking as we geeks define it, but it is so quick to flow between tasks it mitigates the need for tries multitasking on the few tasks the majority will use it for.

I have always liked Live Tiles concept; I consider it the ideal compromise between the free-range diversity of widgets and the uncompromising design language of iOS. At least you can create a homepage layout to best serve your needs and control what data and info is placed up front.

For me, Lumia800 has been an enjoyable holiday from the frustrations and disappointment of other nascant devices, but like you I miss being able to use the device as a drive and being able to drag media on and off via any computer.

Skydrive is on the road to answering that: within minutes of getting in range of my home WiFi all my pictures are automatically uploaded to the cloud and the whole device is synced to my PC before I could dig out a USB cable, but the limitations on music and video transfer await a solution.

And I think that is part of the appeal of the Lumia800: we're going to see more development, more change, and more improvement over the next two years than on any other current Nokia device.

And that has to be good value for money!


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carman58 4 years ago from Leeds, Uk Author

Thanks for the response Steve, hoping to get a long term trial device when I return home, and maybe do a more in depth review once I learn the phone properly, as apposed to a couple of days with a handset on pre-release firmware :)


Chris Bidmead 4 years ago

The Tiles limitation may ease up in future. A tile can also open up to be a panorama, so in future user-created tiles may well become the equivalent of folders.

However, you've spotted the major limitation -- lack of drag and drop from any operating system (aka USB mass storage). There really is no excuse for a modern device to omit this. Similarly, as you've noted, there's no Bluetooth file tranfer, another serious omission. IMHO these are pretty well show-stoppers.

You've also homed in on another missing feature that struck me immediately. Any small screen device needs to handle text flexibly. IE has a convenient feature that expands or contracts a column of text to fit the width of the screen when you double-tap, but the user has no control over the text size when this happens. Of course the text should be user-resizeable (the designer can't possibly second guess how good any individual user's eyesight will be) and therefore needs to reflow to the screen width. The Lumia 800 doesn't know how to do this.

System text size also needs to be user-definable, but the Lumia 800 doesn't permit this either.

The feedback I've had from Nokia suggests there are no plans to fix any of these problems in the future.

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Chris


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carman58 4 years ago from Leeds, Uk Author

Thanks for the feedback Chris, as I said I'm hoping to approach the whole WP thing with an open mind and see how I get on, some of the size issues will be resolved with the larger screened phones that are expected, but I agree text reflow is needed not just on the Lumia , but all Nokia phones, guess all we can do is wait and see, still have enough optimism to look forward to it all at the moment :)


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carman58 3 years ago from Leeds, Uk Author

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