I was practically forced to move to a Windows 7 phone a year ago, as my company changed an Exchange host and my BlackBerry was no longer an option.
At first it was awful, no Icelandic characters, no copy / paste. Then Mango came along with some improvement.
My phone is an LG, probably with a better screen and keyboard then most, but again it seems that Nokia have added a few features.
What makes the Windows 7 Phone frustrating are, at least, the following issues. Perhaps version 8 has some improvement, but there is a lot to be done before Windows is practical on a phone.
So what are the problems I am hoping will be fixed?
Here are a few examples:
- It is impossible to group apps, they are either pinned to the start page or alphabetalized. No arranging, sub folders or groups.
- My BlackBerry would light a small red LED light when I have a message, No bugging sound and no need to constantly open my phone to check for messages.
- There is no way to copy regular files, you need to use e-mail or SkyDrive or an 3rd party app.
- You cannot copy/paste (or directly) call a number from a message, or other applications.
- Zune only syncs predefined document types.
- The back button is like an eccentric cat, you never know what it brings up. Sometimes is backs within an application, sometimes it switches application.
- Messages cannot be zoomed in (or out).
- Making a phone call takes too many steps.
- When you turn on the phone the screen saver jumps up partly and back down. Three times. This design team must have been up very late at night.
- The keyboard is of course far slower than a real keyboard.
- The screen goes blank during a call.
- There is no way to use a presentable e-mail signature, no font changes, not to mention small graphics. Another probably-very-very-late-at-night design decision to default to “Sent from my ..”. Who really thought that it was important for the receiver of a message to know what equipment was used to send the message?
- IE favourites are too far-fetched.
- Flash pages are not available, but I guess that can be forgiven.
- Occasionally a single page is stuck as my “default” page in IE.
- Notes from Outlook are not accessible.
- Only basic tasks from Outlook are accessible.
- The maps have a problem with locarl characters, making local addresses almost impossible.
- No, or poor, Google Maps access.
- Multitasking is incomprehensible. Sometimes apps seem to be sitting in the background, draining my battery, when I thought I had turned it off.
- SugarSync is not available. All right, not Microsoft’s or LG’s fault.
- Most icons are small, and no help available.
- As the number of applications grow, an alphabetical grouping appears. And this feature is turned on without asking me if I want this. And once in, there is no way to get rid of it.
- You cannot see the total length of a phone call.
- You cannot group phone calls into threads.
- If I miss a phone call from a person with more than one of home, work and or mobile number – it does not suggest to call the number last call. I have to guess (or read a small print before returning the call).
- The system is constantly rearranging my main menu. Without asking. Adding shortcut and deleting as well. I asked about this and was told that my only option was to return to factory settings, losing all my data.
- You cannot send contact information / card.
- You cannot correct one single character in a message. I do understand Nokia has fixed this.
- You cannot store locations in the map system.
- You cannot prepare your travel from your laptop / home computer and access places in maps.
- A document received by e-mail cannot be edited.
- When I connect my phone to charge it plays an annoying tune.
I have a feeling that the whole thing is designed for people who actually like the “cute” search puppy in Windows