You have a LUMIA???
BWAH HA HA HA HA HA HA <gasp> HA HA HA HA! No, seriously, what do you really use?
Microsoft has issued another build of the Windows 10 Technical Preview for phones, around two months since the last build was released. The new version, Build 10051, is only being made available to members of the Fast release ring of the Windows Insider program for now, so you can bet it has a few rough edges. The most …
Funnily enough, the first Lumia I have actually seen in real life was this weekend -- a friend's I replaced a smashed screen on (well, smashed digitizer, but the gits have fused the two together like Apple on the 830 -- not as cheap to replace though).
Very annoyingly WP8.1 has a bug that puts it into flight mode after prolonged battery outage and STICKS it there -- you can't get out of flight mode rendering the phone as not-a-phone. I tried the WP10 preview to see if it fixed it but it doesn't. Apparently the usual fix is to go back to WP8.0 then upgrade again, but the 830 doesn't have a WP8.0 version available so possibly it's karked. Anyone with any tips I'd be most grateful (I've tried hard reset and even Nokia Software Recovery Tool re-install).
A lot of people who report having this problem online are typical MS users and just seem to accept that this kind of bug is acceptable and they'll have to buy a new phone.
Sheesh. Never thought I'd be on here asking for WP tips, sorry folks (hence the AC).
Aside: the hardware looked quite nice, and the OS was responsive (if non-operational phone-wise), but the navigation and especially the "settings" were a MESS. The settings might be easier to navigate if you were using vi on a .ini file.
It's a mixed bag: the calendar app is much improved but email feels like it's taken a step backwards: you have one app for all your mailboxes but it shows each email account as a distinct entity. I rather liked the idea of linking email accounts so I could have one mailbox for my main account and have my secondary accounts in a linked mailbox.
Settings is somewhat more confusing with a series of submenus; it's harder to find what you're looking for sometimes.
I've also found that it sucks the battery dry pretty quickly.
Other than that I don't see a huge change on the overall user experience.
Windows Phone 7 was a 'stepping stone' OS, Windows Phone 8/8.1 is all but another stepping stone OS, with built-in face saving.
While its commendable Microsoft are throwing TPs/Betas at (Nokia) Lumia Hardware, its starting to look like dev time on upgradeabilty of existing hardware, will be an the expense of getting Windows 10 for mobiles on brand new hardware, finished and out by October 2015.
Given how difficult its proving in terms of backwards compatibility, you'd be forgiven for thinking Microsoft and Nokia never had any upgrade strategy in place for Windows Phone 8.1 to a subsequent OS, but have decided you can pi.ss off your loyal customers once, but not twice, but is it worth it if you then miss the next wave of tech innovation? 2016 here we come...
"Windows Phone 8/8.1 is all but another stepping stone OS, with built-in face saving"
I can agree about version 7 - Microsoft said as much. To accuse 8/8.1 as a stepping stone is essentially saying that all OS are stepping stone to the next release. 8.x has been around since 2012 - that's a hell of a big stepping stone. Not to mention quite substantial upgrade releases in between. The most I can agree with is 8.1 being a stepping stone from 8.0 to 10.
Or, to put it another way iOS 6 was released around the same time - are 6, 7 and 8 all stepping stone OS to whatever is next? Or how about Android 4.1-4.4 as stepping stones to 5? Nah, I don't think so.
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