Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 5th Sep 2012 23:41 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless If there's one thing I miss in the current smartphone industry, it's design. Honest to good, real design. We basically see one boring slab after another, void of any true identity, whether it's iPhone, Samsung, or any of the others. In this boring world of grey, black, and the occasional white, Nokia is the jester, coming up with its own unique designs and crazy colour selection. Today, the company unveiled the Lumia 920 and 820 to continue this trend.
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I agree with a couple of those (no constant signal/battery indicator), but most of those are issues that actually effect very few people, are non-issues, or apply to other smartphones as well.

Having been using 7.5 for a while, I am very satisfied.

I do disagree with some of the items in that list. For example I don't believe that a communications device doesn't need to have an equaliser built-in with the default media player (as long as 3rd party application creators can make it happen later on).

80. No equalizer for Zune music player.

Reason 80 is a bit too demanding (although for example iOS comes with built-in equalizer settings.) It's not a standard thing to come with every smarthphone OS. Although it can be widely found. And I understand that some things were software bugs within Lumia line itself like reason 105.

105. Cannot be charged up when battery is flat. (Lumia specific)
(It has been fixed to my knowledge by now.)

And things that Microsoft is going to address in Windows Phone 8. For example:

24. Tiles are fixed size and for many functions is a waste of space.

Microsoft also now promises to give at least 24 months of major upgrades before next major revision which to current models cannot upgrade. This starts with the WP8.

However the fact is that WP7 devices cannot be upgraded to 8, and it's just a huge betrayal. It's just not comprehensible since Nokia's Lumia 900 buyers like were betrayed the worst possible way. Early adopters/buyers are the people who advertise the product to others. No-WP8-upgrade had huge negative impact to Nokia's reputation and now they essentially have to rebuild that trust. And it's not just Nokia's issue.

I do think that there are serious issues with Windows Phone devices. For example reason:

99. Phone cannot be charged when off.

Which have to be issued in Windows Phone 8, or it'll be an epic fail. For example this problem has been around since Zune media players. Why Microsoft hasn't fixed it already?

What about usability issues?

19. Alarm clock cannot work when phone is turned off. All Nokia Symbian and Meego phones can do this.

95. Wi-fi disconnects when screen sleeps.

And just some weird stuff like:

13. Cannot sync directly with Outlook without syncing to Cloud.

The sync options are just obscure and difficult to comprehend, or just plain privacy violations. If I buy a phone, why should I be forced to make a pact with the software maker to give all my personal information to their servers outside my country's jurisdiction?

Makes no sense at all.

It's easy to buy iPhone or any Android device since they have all the stuff people actually need and want. Making the conscious decision to leave the Windows Phone out of the picture is even easier.

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