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100+ Reasons Not To Buy A Windows Phone 7.5

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100+ REASONS NOT TO BUY A WINDOWS PHONE 7.5

WP7.5 (Mango) is already in its second generation but it still has many restrictions, limitations and serious usability issues. This is a list of its shortcomings as compared with other smartphone OS in the market. We are not comparing special features or abilities but those which have become the norm for all smartphones and even dumb phones. An Android, Symbian or MeeGo phone would have almost none of these shortcomings. An iphone share some restrictions with WP7.5 but is still miles ahead. Even the Nokia N9 running the first generation MeeGo OS is far better with none of the disastrous issues which impact on the sheer usability of the phone.

Note: Some manufacturers may add their own provisions to overcome some of the shortcomings but they are not part of the OS and are applicable only to their specific models. The Nokia Lumia has no special add-ons so this list is generally applicable to the Lumia.

OS LIMITATIONS

1. No true multitasking for 3rd party apps - they re frozen in the background.

2. No Divx/Xvid video codec support. Zune will convert with loss of quality.

3. No mass storage mode.

4. No micro-SD card support.

5. Only support up to 16GB storage .

6. No filemanager. Directory system is totally opaque.

7. Need Zune to transfer files. Zune will only transfer photos, videos & music. All other files need to email/upload to yourself.

8. Your contact details are automatically uploaded to cloud service whether you like it or not.

9. Limited to 800x480 resolution.

10. Voice search is hardwired to Bing.

11. Cannot use any MP3 file as ringtone except those with strict constraints.

12. Cannot set static IP address so no connection to ad-hoc networks.

13. No VPN support for this “corporate enterprise” phone.

14. Cannot sync directly with Outlook without syncing to Cloud

15. Totally closed OS, cannot sideload apps outside MS Marketplace.

16. System font size cannot be changed.

17. Images and photos cannot be renamed in the phone.

18. Windows Live ID account cannot change country once set.

19. No centralized notification page.

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

21. The idle screen is completely blank and cannot display time or notifications.

22. Only photos allowed as email attachments, documents not allowed.

23. Bluetooth does not have rSAP protocol which is the most common protocol for car audio streaming.

24. Cannot stream audio from video to Bluetooth devices (No A2DP).

25. No support for full on-device encryption required for secure applications like mobile banking and online payment.

26. Cannot use Bluetooth keyboard.

27. Cannot silence ringtone or alarm by flipping the phone.

28. Very limited customization option.

29. Cannot be upgraded to WP8 (Apollo)

USABILITY ISSUES

30. No always visible status bar for battery life, signal strength, carrier, 2G/3G wi-fi, Bluetooth on.

31. Taskmanager has no option to shut down apps you don’t want running in the background.

32. Search and Back button cannot be de-activated in apps or games and easily touched by accident which interrupt your user experience.

33. Lockscreen need to be activated to show missed call/sms notification.

34. No way to close an app except pressing back button all the way to the first screen.

35. Tiny fonts in messages is very hard to read for those over 45.

36. Cannot create and save playlists on the phone.

37. Playlist can only be edited when you are playing it.

38. Cannot search your music collection on the phone, only in the Marketplace.

39. Cannot close music player, can only pause. Music player on lockscreen will stay until you reboot. Be careful not to touch it in a meeting.

40. No draggable progress bar for current track playing and no indication which track in an album is currently playing

41. Cannot lock screen orientation.

42. Online and phone contacts are mixed together with no ability to filter.

43. Cumbersome dialing with no smartdial. Not able to enter alphabets into dialler for name lookup.

44. Cannot save draft sms messages.

45. Call history only show phone number type. If a contact has multiple phone nos. for a type the number used is unknown.

46. Cannot recognize phone numbers in sms or email to save or use as calling number.

47. Text messages can only be deleted one by one or the whole thread.

48. Cannot select multiple pictures for deleting, sending or uploading. They must be done one at a time.

49. Clicking on the Me Tile doesn’t take you directly to your notifications it takes you to your profile, a serious usability blunder

50. Apps are listed alphabetically with no way to group by category. Can be hard to find if you don’t remember the name.

51. Calendar scheduler has no weekly view and monthly view is non-zoomable.

52. No peak time/off-peak time scheduling for email downloads to prevent unnecessary email downloads at overnight.

53. If both wi-fi and data connection are available which one it chooses to use is unpredictable. User experiences don’t agree with Microsoft that it “typically” choose wi-fi over 3G.

FEATURE LIMITATIONS

54. No video call.

55. No haptic feedback for keyboard.

56. No Swype.

57. No flashplayer support.

58. No support for Java apps.

59. No call recording or app to do it.

60. No call blocking or app to do it.

61. No screenshots or app to do it.

62. No auto wallpaper changer and no app to do it.

63. Totally locked down os means apps which interact directly with hardware not allowed. This excludes a whole range of useful apps

64. No equalizer for Zune music player.

65. FM radio doesn’t work on speaker.

66. IE browser has no text reflow, no download capability and no offline reading.

67. No 3rd party browsers allowed except those based on IE.

68. Volume up/down buttons cannot be used to zoom in camera (sign of an immature os)

69. Cannot open zip or rar files received as email attachment.

70. Cannot send or receive video by MMS.

71. Office Mobile has much less features than 3rd party Office editors like SmartOffice, QuickOffice and Polaris. Shame on you, Microsoft!

72. No native Google maps and Bing maps is useless for most countries outside U.S.

73. Email time stamp does not show the year.

74. Wide difference in apps availability in different markets and users locked to one market.

75. Not all Bing features available outside U.S. especially Local Scout

DUMB AND DUMBER

76. One volume control for all functions including media playback, ringtones, alarms, notifications.

77. Wi-fi disconnects when screen sleeps.

78. If you receive a text message when talking on the phone an audio alert will blast your ear at the full volume set. All other phones will give a soft beep.

79. Can only enter one mobile phone no. for each contact. Mobile nos. entered in other fields will not accept sms.

80. Cannot send/receive MMS without enabling 3G data connection. MMS does not use 3G data.

81. Phone cannot be charged when off.

82. Need to be plugged in to wall charger to sync wirelessly (a funny definition of wireless).

83. Oversized fonts for headings waste screen space and result in low information density

84. Phone will wake up and display sms content on lockscreen when locked – a privacy violation.

85. Phone can be rebooted without entering security code.

FEATURES EVEN DUMB PHONES HAVE BUT WP7.5 DOESN’T

86. No bluetooth file transfer.

87. Cannot handle USSD codes necessary for prepaid users to obtain services.

88. Cannot filter call history into Missed Calls, Received Calls, Dialled Calls, Recent Calls, etc

89. No way to backup or export call history

90. Cannot show call duration in call history.

91. No way to edit MMS profile to work with a carrier in the OS. Need an app which is not available in all markets.

92. Call history does not group calls by contact.

93. Call history does not show the time of call for calls older than current day.

94. Cannot set custom sounds for different types of notifications.

95. No ringer profiles.

96. No silent option (no vibrate and no ring) from ringer menu. Need a trip to settings and another trip to revert.

97. Cannot send/receive contact as a csv file.

98. Cannot backup sms to PC.

99. Cannot save contact to SIM card.

100. Cannot change alarm ring tone or use a MP3 file.

101. Cannot set alarm snooze interval.

BONUS SHORTCOMINGS

102. Unable to read long names in audio and video playlist as they get cut off

103. Zune does not allow user to add or update podcasts directly from the phone

104. Zune can only be installed if you have an internet connection

105. Alarm does not revert to speaker if headphones are plugged in.

106. Forwarded emails cannot be edited

107. OS does not reduce volume of text message alerts when using headphones

108. All photos automatically upload to Skydrive have resolution reduced (no option) and lose their EXIF information

109. Wifi- hotspot and internet tethering not integral features in the OS but need to be provided by manufacturer on a case by case basis.

110. Internet Explorer has no Forward/Backward button for page views.

SOURCE:- HERE

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Good compilation and believe me few things are really really stupid.

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windows for phone is 3rd class !!! oops sorry it has no class .... need to bury it in ground .. wow nokia is tooo smart to get this phone for their wonderful hardware .. gpd help nokia ...

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I think the biggest blunder by Microsoft was to let go Palm and then paying same amount to Nokia. If they could have got palm, things would have been different.

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I would like to Differ from you all.....

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I have been using Mango 7.5 SAmsung Focus since last 3 months or so and kept it as my 4th phone.

Pros:

I love the flow of information in people (contacts)

I love the IU experience - that half thing written on top and other half on next screen

i love the transactions between screens

I love the tile arrangement - specially the constant changing People photos

i love how it arranges the music and videos - it even pulls all FB albums and all your photos in default album

i love photo slide show in it

Market has all major apps thats required

Cons

Still not a phone for a greek

forget tweaks and customizations

market still small

AS you can see any normal user can survive a windows phone for sure - all limitations that are listed in Kanaga's post are for power users

It looks good on hands too.

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I would like to Differ from you all.....

AS you can see any normal user can survive a windows phone for sure - all limitations that are listed in Kanaga's post are for power users

I would beg to differ that any normal user can survive ... actually he/she can just survive, nothing more.

I have listed points that are important for any normal user. How can one survive with these shortcomings?

(I have not used any Mango phone myself and assuming that all points listed in OP are true).

3. No mass storage mode.

11. Cannot use any MP3 file as ringtone except those with strict constraints.

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

22. Only photos allowed as email attachments, documents not allowed

24. Cannot stream audio from video to Bluetooth devices (No A2DP).

30. No always visible status bar for battery life, signal strength, carrier, 2G/3G wi-fi, Bluetooth on.

43. Cumbersome dialing with no smartdial. Not able to enter alphabets into dialler for name lookup.

44. Cannot save draft sms messages.

65. FM radio doesn’t work on speaker.

69. Cannot open zip or rar files received as email attachment.

76. One volume control for all functions including media playback, ringtones, alarms, notifications.

78. If you receive a text message when talking on the phone an audio alert will blast your ear at the full volume set. All other phones will give a soft beep.

87. Cannot handle USSD codes necessary for prepaid users to obtain services.

88. Cannot filter call history into Missed Calls, Received Calls, Dialled Calls, Recent

99. Cannot save contact to SIM card.

110. Internet Explorer has no Forward/Backward button for page views.

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I think the assumption of usage for normal user has been trimmed to the lowest possible level. :Ohhhh:

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100+ REASONS NOT TO BUY A WINDOWS PHONE 7.5

SOURCE:- HERE

Thanks Kanaga for sharing factual information.

Just in time.

I knew few of the WP7 shortcomings but this is Epic

I was about to recommend a loyal Nokia User WP7 as a primary phone.

Can't imagine what would have been my plight afterwards! :death:

@all

The source forum discussion is also worth reading for greater info in detail.

I would like to Differ from you all.....

I have been using Mango 7.5 SAmsung Focus since last 3 months or so and kept it as my 4th phone.

You said it. This can't be any normal user's primary phone.

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Unable to digest 100+ reasons (except few). :)

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^ daddu do we need to take 1 pill / reason ? :P

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Unable to digest 100+ reasons (except few). :)

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Rx. :)

SGPT Test.

Too much of Liquor is harmful for proper liver functioning. post-4104-0-04080800-1337335943.gif

And directly impacts digestion.

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^^^

Along with SGPT, I will go for SGOT, LDL Cholestrol levels etc. Lol....

Btw, I consume liquor in permitted quantity that my doc (daaktar...wohi apne wale) specially allowed me. J/k.

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The point of this article is that the recently conjured Windows Phone 7.5 cannot even stand up to the original OS of nokia - Symbian and even infant Meego when it comes to the usability of the phone. In any part of the world usability is more important than its applications.

And I doubt that the next version of WP is going to address all these listed issues.

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I think the best mobile OS till date was the last Windows Mobile 6.5. Microsoft had it almost right till then. All they had to add was background running & optional cloud sync and nobody could have touched them. They had (& still have) the most amazing apps & games for this version.

I wonder which idiot guided them to design the current Mobile OS. Sad way to be!!

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I think Nokia and Windows are marching towards stone age.

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unbelievable !!!

:surprise:

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