9 posts • joined 16 Feb 2011
Re: Good move; but still too little, too late...
@Shell_user Well, I was braced for an incoherent anti-MS, Google-rules-everything-else-rubbish rant, but what I got was one of the most thoughtful posts on WP that I've read for some time. Kudos.
Re: It may take a while, but...
I am just such a manager, and find that Office 365 meets our needs perfectly. Cost is far less important here than peace of mind.
iP5 > Lumia 620 - and sticking
Last year I used a Lumia 710 as my “roaming” phone (I travel a lot and have local SIMs), but when MS left WP7 users high and dry I wondered if I could really trust the platform.
Then two triggers changed my mind: first at the iP5 launch when Jony Ive banged on about beautiful hardware. Apple should have lost me there and then, I was thinking hell I don’t want a piece of jewellery even if I can blow over 500 quid, I want a functional communications device. Yet because of my poor experience with WP7 I played safe and believed the lad.
The second trigger was Office 365 Home Premium. Now, I live in Office all day, and it wasn’t until I subscribed to 365 that I started to appreciate Skydrive, OneNote etc. Yes I know these are all available for iOS but the prospect of consistency led me to reconsider WP8.
The iPhone's lightness set the benchmark for my WP8 search. Non-Nokia handsets were out of the question since I’d already found their baked in apps are best of breed, especially navigation. A top end Lumia 920 would be over 50% heavier than my iP5 which drew me to the model that had least heft.
I was about to press Buy on a Lumia 520 when I read that it doesn’t support map downloads outside its home SIM area, ie you cannot presently upgrade to Here+. Deal breaker – I need those maps wherever I travel, and can’t stomach resetting the device each time with a new locale to match my SIM. So Lumia 620 it was, and though it’s not perfect it echoes all the reasons I used to buy Nokias way back before cell phones became art – simplicity, quality and value. And the gaps in the app store are filling up, there's no more I need but a few I miss. Some apps are really elegant - Londoners could check out Next Bus UK Live for a masterclass in clean design and function.
Android? It all seems a bit chaotic, and the features arms race between Samsung and Apple leaves me cold and makes the elegant simplicity of WP even more compelling. WP8 makes sense at present, and at 150 quid these handsets make me feel like I've been screwed all these years.
Re: So, to resume
Very little interest? Well, 25% more interest than last quarter apparently. Nokia's strength is solid, affordable hardware, and it's better for them to focus on value, especially in emerging markets, than trying to compete for digital jewellery. So I don't agree it's a race to the bottom and, as Apple's recent performance shows, more people now realise you don't have to spend £500 to own a decent communications device.
Re: not long
I also bear the scars of an early adopter, but El Reg is right to say it has steadily improved since the days of the dedicated support line. Back then you would always drop a call when you moved out of range, now it hands over seamlessly and 5 bar coverage is constant and complete. It also transforms the battery life of the family iPhones, so all in all definitely worth the wait.
Shows promise, could do better
At last - a thoughtful analysis from someone who's actually used a Lumia.
+1 re fonts, Bing, editing.and Zune. My wife and bought Lumia 710s for roaming (A4S for local) as they were relatively low cost, had the excellent Nokia Drive baked in, and don't need a case. You might have mentioned being able to fire up the camera without waking the phone, this is a really useful feature.
Let's hope WP8 fixes the font proportions, allows choice of search, and lets a PC see the device as a remote drive. If MS deliver that, I might contain my disappointment at having to upgrade my handsets within 6 months of purchase. Grrr.
Better to buy handset separate from carrier. Unlocked 4S ordered from Apple 7th, arrived 14th, pop in Voda SIM, activate, sell the IP4 for £350 on eBay, job done - and with a cheap SIM only data plan.
Would you buy your PC from BT?
Yes - same applies to The Times/Sunday Times.
But has always puzzled me why The Economist is prepared to ship me 52 issues of their magazine for only £3 per annum more than digital only.
Love femtocells, hate the name
My iPhone might as well have been a 3G iPod Touch.
For fifty quid my Vodafone SureSignal means I can make/receive calls when at home.
Simple problem, simple solution. And highly recommended.
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